03/22/15 The Beginning of The End!

Posted by Pastor Steve Siegrist on Monday, March 30, 2015 Under: Sermon
Worthy Walk Series! – Ephesians 6:19-24

Intro: Remember Paul Harvey the news commentator? He had a unique way of telling the news and bringing to light the events of the day. I have great memories of my honey moon and a story that Paul Harvey spoke of. Paul Harvey and Paul the Apostle had something in common; they both had a trademark statement in their closing remarks of their commentaries. Paul Harvey, between his opening remarks and his closing statements always ended by referring to “now the rest of the story” The Apostle Paul had told the rest of his story when he illustrated the full armor of God and a covering of prayer. Paul Harvey’s last statement always ended with “This is Paul Harvey, Good Day!” The Apostle Paul always reminded the reader of the grace: “Grace be with you!” all who love the Lord.

“In Him we have boldness and confident access through faith in Him. So then I ask you not to be discouraged over my afflictions on your behalf, for they are your glory.” Ephesians 3:12-13 (HCSB)

Text: Ephesians 6:19-24 (NKJV)

“And for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. 21 But that you also may know my affairs and how I am doing, Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, will make all things known to you; 22 whom I have sent to you for this very purpose, that you may know our affairs, and that he may comfort your hearts. 23 Peace to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 24 Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.”

Application: “Boldness is required for the mystery of the gospel to be revealed!”

Each time his team loses a game, a well–known professional football coach tells the players in the locker room afterward: “Gentlemen, I told you how to win. You didn’t do what I told you, and you lost.” Just like an athlete, a Christian can have great skills, the best training, the best equipment, and a good understanding of what he is supposed to do—and yet fail because he does not follow instructions. If a football player does poorly when he fails to follow his coach, how much worse does a Christian fare when he fails to follow his Lord? Paul’s focus even from a dimly lit dungeon was not to share with everyone his woes and his imprisonment afflictions but to conclude the rest of the letter to the Ephesus Community, and to tell them this is the end of the letter but the beginning of the worthy walk; a walk of boldness which will lead you to the joy of revealing the mystery of the Gospel.

1. Boldness Given: “Utterance”

“And for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel.”

An utterance is given, so with boldness you can reveal the mystery of the Gospel. The big difference in our churches today and the results of what Paul did and what the church should do – utterance! THE UTTERANCE IS THE IMPORTANT PART OF THE ACT. This is what is in the play book and if we don’t run this play we won’t win! Paul did not allow Satan to interfere with his utterance. The power of God gives us power. The Armor equips, prayer gives us the ability to endure and the worthy walk is the results. This can be the rest of our story.

“But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that the message might be preached fully through me, and that all the Gentiles might hear. And I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.” 2 Timothy 4:17

2. Beloved Brother: “Comfort given”

“Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, will make all things known to you.”

In the case of Paul he had the encouragement of Tychicus a faithful minister of the Lord who was willing to do his part. God cannot use the self–sufficient person, because such a person feels no need for God. It is the humble believer who knows his own need and is genuinely poor in spirit whom the Lord can use and bless. Paul also needed the prayers of fellows’ believers because he was a leader. Our enemy knows that when he strikes the shepherd, the sheep will scatter: “Then Jesus said to them, "All of you will be made to stumble because of Me this night, for it is written: 'I will strike the Shepherd, And the sheep of the flock will be scattered.” Matthew 26:31

Church leaders even as the Lord Himself are Satan’s special targets. The more faithful and fruitful a pastor is, the more his people need to pray for his strength and protection. He is more subject to the devil’s schemes to make him discouraged or self-satisfied, hopeless or superficially optimistic, cowardly or overconfident. Satan uses every situation-favorable or unfavorable, successful or unsuccessful-to try to weaken, distract, and discredit God’s gifted men in their work of “equipping of the saints for the work of service.”

3. Peace, Love & Faith: “From God”

“Peace to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”

The concluding remarks of Paul’s commentary come’s with the best sound one might imagine in the climatic moments in the rest of the story. Peace to the brethren is offered, love is the cause of Christ and the blood that was shed for us! And faith is the key that can unlock the mystery of a God. A God who could care less, of your ethnicity, gender or age. A God who reminds us red and yellow black and white they our precious in His site Jesus loves the little children of the world.

Philippians 1:12-14

Grace, or divine favor, was the gift Paul desired for all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ with a love incorruptible. That is the love that belongs to true believers; so Paul is really identifying the ones who will receive grace as only those whose love is not temporary and thus untrue but permanent and thus genuine!

To apply obediently in the power of the Holy Spirit the principles of peace, love, and faith taught in this epistle will yield to every believer the blessing and favor of God.

Conclusion: What is the rest of the story for you? Is it the end or only the beginning. Is there boldness in your walk? What is it that you want to reveal?

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