A series of homilies on Ephesians.
A homily is “a short talk on a religious or moral topic; a usually short sermon; a lecture or discourse on or of a biblical theme.”
I am sharing a verse-by-verse series of short messages on Ephesians (as well as other passages of Scripture) specifically targeted at reviving families and encouraging and exhorting husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, and children to do what God has commanded them to do, for if the church is to be revived and the country is to be awakened, the family must be revived first.
TEXT: Ephesians 4:3-6:
3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
Hudson Taylor said, “Would that God would make hell so real to us that we cannot rest; and Heaven so real that we must have men there.”
Leonard Ravenhill said, “We’re blind to the fact that we have an obligation to billions people in the world. This generation of Christians is responsible for this generation of lost souls.”
In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “Francis Asbury, the first bishop of the Methodist Church in America and the human impetus for Methodist growth, crossed the Allegheny Mountains sixty times, visited every state, preached 17,000 sermons, and stayed in 10,000 homes. Methodist preachers were typically not college-educated, but they were called by God from occupations such as common laborers, farmers, shoemakers, carpenters, shopkeepers, or blacksmiths. (Asbury, in fact, had been a blacksmith before being called to ministry.) Because of their background, they had an affinity with their parishioners. They never read their sermons, as the Anglicans or Congregationalists did, but instead exhorted the people passionately from the Bible, using anecdotes, illustrations, and analogies from everyday life.”
The church of Jesus Christ ought to be unified because we have one Lord. We all have the same Savior. We all worship the same God. We all are supposed to obey the same Master. The word “lord” occurs over 700 times in the New Testament. It means one who has power or authority; one who is in charge. Jesus is Lord.
The church could easily be more unified if we all submitted to the fact that Jesus is in charge and if many of us stopped trying to take some power and authority for ourselves. We must remember Jesus’ teaching to His disciples who argued over who was the most important among them at least twice in Scripture. That kind of disputing causes division in the church. The only Lord we have in the body of Christ is Jesus Christ himself. When Paul told the Corinthian believers to follow him, he didn’t stop there. He said, “Follow me as I follow Christ.”
The greatest way that we can endeavour to keep the unity of the Spirit is to remind ourselves and each other that we all have the same Savior and Lord. On a football team you have three different squads: you have offense, you have defense, and you have special teams. These different sets of players operate differently from each other, but they play for the same coach and they have the same goal — to win. The goal of the church is to win as well. And, we can win when we begin playing as one team for one Lord.
An old German hymn says —
Fairest Lord Jesus!
Ruler of all nature!
O Thou of God and man the Son!
Thee will I cherish,
Thee will I honor,
Thou, my soul’s glory, joy, and crown!
All fairest beauty,
Heavenly and earthly,
Wondrously, Jesus, is found in Thee;
None can be nearer,
Fairer, or dearer,
Than Thou my Savior art to me.
Now, if you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, please keep in mind that the Bible says, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.” Just pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will. I will be sharing more on the matter of salvation in the next segment of our service which starts in about 5 minutes.
Revival Prayer List
PRAY FOR SPECIFIC FAMILIES
Philippians 4:6 says, “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”
— Rachel in Jerome, ID
for blessing and protection to be upon their church and ministry, as well as her and her husband as they strive to minister
— Sylvia in Bridgetown, Barbados
give her strength amid her mother’s terminal illness
— Marc in Tanzania
deliver Christians being persecuted by ISIS in Iraq and Syria
— Vijay in Pakistan
for ministry blessings
bless his church to buy a plot of land and build a building
PRAY FOR CHURCH LEADERS
Paul said in Ephesians 6:18, “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.”
Leaders of the Pentecostal Church
Lemuel M. Boyles
PRAY FOR GOVERNMENTAL LEADERS
1 Timothy 2:1-2 says, “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.”
WASHINGTON STATE LEGISLATURE
Kevin Van De Wege
Luanne Van Werven
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.
He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.
He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.