Although it has many branches and twigs, there is only one Church. In Ephesians 4:1-16, Paul reminds his readers where that unity comes from, what gifts Christ has given them, and how those gifts are intended to help them grow together into Christian maturity,
Pastor Hinkle begins a new series of sermons drawn from the book of Ephesians. In this sermon on Ephesians 1, he talks about why the letter, which was written while Paul was in prison, overflows with praise to God.
Jesus told a story about a rich man who gave his servants large sums of money and went away.
Two of them trusted their master and desired to please him. They worked hard and wisely and eventually doubled the money they had been given.
The other servant despised and feared the master. He buried his treasure in a safe place and gave it back when the master returned.
How the master responded to each of his servants is intended to give us a preview of how Jesus will judge our efforts. For some of his listeners it was a warning. For others it was a word of encouragement and hope.