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Our Element: Ephesians 1:1-2

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October 4, 2022 10:39 am

Our Element: Ephesians 1:1-2

Delight in Grace / Grace Bible Church / Rich Powell

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October 4, 2022 10:39 am

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Welcome to the light increase the teaching ministry of Rich Powell Pastor Grace Bible Church in Winston-Salem.

The book of Ephesians overflows with the message of our marvelous inheritance and Christ today. Pastor Rich continues a new series from Ephesians titled in Christ, the riches of his grace as we dig into this study we will go behind the scene to get a glimpse into the world of ancient Ephesus. Knowing the back story will give us a strong framework through which we can read and interpret Paul's letter through Paul's journey, people's lives were changed not through politics or a cultural shift that from the transforming power of the gospel, one life at a time and so with these disciple then Paul takes them to the synagogue and he is reasoning with the Jews and he is persuading them for three months. He's in the synagogue but as a result of that song who had hardened hearts started speaking evil of the way they were speaking slanderously.

They were spreading rumors about the way they are accusing him of taking falsehood of worshiping a false God and because of that, as a result of this Paul left the synagogue with these disciples left the synagogue and he then took his ministry to the school of Tyrannosaurus was a lecture hall in the city of Ephesus, and this is where the Ephesian church mushroom why because Paul was teaching in the school of Tyrannosaurus for two years.

Lecture Hall school of tyrannical auto Taira as well as consider the name though tyrannical meeting tyrant. You wonder why his parents gave him that name. I don't know just the thought but anyway Paul was in the school if it's possible that tyrannical is a lecturer and when he wasn't giving lectures he would let Paul come in and bring people in to give them the apostolic doctrine. The truth of Jesus Christ and the gospel of grace in Jesus Christ showing them from the Old Testament and the things that Jesus had done that Jesus indeed was the Messiah, and he had come to redeem and to reconcile mankind to himself. So here he was. He did this for two years and look what it says in verse 10, and this continued for two years so that all who dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks. That's quite a spread isn't the word of God was multiplying it was transforming lives, and even beyond that it says in verse 11. Now God worked unusual miracles by the hands of Paul all miracles are unusual, but here, particularly, it says God did unusual miracles by the hands of Paul.

This was very unusual things like Paul has a handkerchief it's hot in the in the in the lecture hall of tyrannical and it's full of people and it's a hot day in Palestine. It's a hot day in Ephesus. In that part of the country and impose wiping his brow right and they take this handkerchief and because it's touched him. The apostle they take this handkerchief and taken to sick people and these people are healed from their diseases while the rich. Why don't we see that the day that's a whole different sermon K, namely because we have the word of God we have the word of God with us. We don't need those kinds of things today.

That's not to say that God can't do stuff like that we have the word of God before us and that's what we're discussing, that's what were considering right now. He did unusual miracles in Christ was glorified in the word of God spread these miracles were authentication of the message that it was the distinction of the apostles teaching. In other words, this is not just another itinerant preacher coming along trying to gain a following.

This is truth that needs to be dealt with.

This is truth that needs to be brought to bear upon your lives is true.

It is trustworthy. It is from God. This is the work of the holy spirit of God. That was the authentication and this is what the purpose of these miracles that were done, but another important part about this is that there was a uniqueness about this also. There was a uniqueness about these unusual miracles that Paul did. They are not listed here, they are not presented here as a prescription is simply described, it is not prescribed for us that we should seek this to happen among us today. In fact, it is unique in the sense that it is not to be duplicated because there were those as we see in the text particularly versus 13 to 16 who are trying to duplicate what Paul did what Paul did and it didn't go so well for them right in the whole region knew about it.

So the whole point here is that the, the, the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified and the word of the Lord grew mightily and prevailed the word of the Lord grew mightily and prevailed. In other words, the power of the word of God to transform was overcoming the influences of the worship of Diana.

The superstitious persuasions of this false God idolatrous worship. It was diminishing the businesses associated with this rainmakers. Diana was a huge image that ostensibly had fallen out of the sky so the silversmith these winemakers would make these little images or maybe there were little images like that but little in comparison to the one that was in the temple and people would buy these and they would take them and put them in their home and and count on that to be there protection, but the gospel of Christ was diminishing the influence of this and as Demetria said one of the silversmith who made the sizes we have our prosperity by this trade. His bottom line was hurting. Why, because the gospel of Jesus Christ was changing the culture get the order of this okay.

We have some to learn from this, the gospel of Jesus Christ was changing what first lives and as lives were changed, then the culture was being changed. Christian media back in this because the culture was not impacted by the gospel through any political means was it.

It wasn't done through petitions and demonstrations. It was done by the transforming power of the gospel, one life at a time. That's the mission of the church. This is what we need to get back to now. Demetrius recognize this and his bottom line the bottom line of his business was hurting because people weren't buying these trains anymore and he recognize that so he started a riot. He arouses the people.

He says these guys this Paul is saying that they are not gods, which are made with hands, he states these shrines that you all are buying from us that you value put them in your home and you worship them is telling you those are God.

Think about what he saying there for a minute we created these we built them. We sold them to you. You plot them and he's telling us they're not gods you see the deception of the human heart. There how prone we are to put our trust in things that we create ourselves. Things that we can see and manipulate. That's the human heart. This is what the gospel of Christ counters and Demetrius was recognizing that and so he was afraid that his trade was coming into disrepute not only his trade but the temple of Diana itself.

Look with me at versus 28 and 29 now when they heard this, they were full of wrath, and cried out, saying, great is Diana of the Ephesians.

So the whole city was filled with confusion and rushed into the theater with one accord, having seized Gaius and Aristarchus Macedonians. Paul's travel companions you can just see the image that it's a riot going on. It's a mob scene. You know what's interesting about it. Two of Paul's companions were seized. But Paul was held back by the other believers. They did not own. Paul wanted to go out there talking people had no Paul you can go out there, they will tear you to shreds. If you go out there but look what it says here about the mob is as most of them did not know why they had come together and all they did was that they chanted for two hours.

Great is Diana of the Ephesians, so you have a whole lot of people. Everyone thinks something different as to why they're coming together and the only thing they can do is just shout down the opposition things haven't changed much.

Have Christians listen to me you are not called to that tactic don't do it.

That's not how God operates. He doesn't operate by demonstrations and shouting down the opposition. That's not what we are called to. We are called to present the gospel of grace in Jesus Christ. 1211 life at a time so that lives and hearts are transformed and when they are transformed then the culture becomes transformed. That is the mission of the church. That's what we need to get back to I want you to join me on. There's a reason why we say we are a community of grace with a culture of discipleship.

This is how the first church transformed the first century Roman empire. It can be done again.

But there's something there for you to think about now as they were chanting for two hours. Great is Diana of the Ephesians.

The town clicks as a Town Clerk comes out says clerk. This man is a scribe. We think the hotel clerk. Oh he's just a low guys little peon gets everybody quiet house that Lee's not just a little peon okay this Town Clerk. He is the executive officer of the town assembly right so is the liking of town manager, city manager sums up like that. Kinda like the mayor eat. He is the highest ranking official of the natives of that land. Now it was there was Roman rule there so you had, you know, the governor and all that comes up in those role Roman but this is the highest ranking native official in the city of Ephesus, and he quiets the crowd and he Dimmitt dismisses what he calls a disorderly gathering and he told them if there any charges to be brought they need to be determined in a lawful assembly, so there are many in our world today.

They could learn from acts chapter 19 aren't there, including some Christians. Here's the reason why they rioted because Paul had turned away many people. It was the power of the gospel.

He is not ashamed of the gospel of Christ which is the power of God unto salvation.

So we have now a growing church. The church is mushroom for two years. Paul's been teaching tennis is all of that region of Asia had heard about this. So the church is growing and now Paul needs to write to the church and so this takes us now to about five years later Paul writes to the church at Ephesus, where is he right from the writes from prison. Paul had a tremendous jail ministry as an inmate he's in prison it's about five years later after the events of acts 19. It's about eight A.D. 62 peas in prison, probably in Rome when while he's in prison he's allowed visitors to the lighting grace teaching ministry of Rich Powell, the pastor of Grace Bible Church in Winston-Salem visit our church website to see upcoming events or to listen to my to discover how to live by grace to you in with us on weekdays at 10 AM

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