This sermon was preached by Andy Brownlee at the CCM Heatons site of Christ Church Manchester on Sunday 12th June 2022.
This sermon was based on Ephesians 3:1-13.
The Mystery of the Gospel Revealed
1For this reason I, Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles— 2assuming that you have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace that was given to me for you, 3how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I have written briefly. 4When you read this, you can perceive my insight into the mystery of Christ, 5which was not made known to the sons of men in other generations as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit. 6This mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.
7 Of this gospel I was made a minister according to the gift of God’s grace, which was given me by the working of his power. 8To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, 9and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God, who created all things, 10so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. 11This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him. 13So I ask you not to lose heart over what I am suffering for you, which is your glory.
What is the Mystery?
• Through the gospel the Gentiles are now heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.
• Humility and Community.
• People of all nations get to come together as God’s people through Jesus.
What Do We Do About It?
• Living for Jesus, when we pray, read our bibles, resisting sin.
• Approaching God with freedom and confidence.
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