• A Tour of Ephesus Media Resource by

    Ephesians 1:1

    Perhaps it seems like a no-brainer to say the book of Ephesians was written to the Ephesians. It is also seems equally obvious that in God’s providence this epistle was incorporated in the Canon of Scripture for the whole body of Christ. But before we delve into the rich content of this epistle, we should understand the context in which it was written. Beginning this series on The Book of Ephesians, Dr. Sproul takes us on a tour through the city of Ephesus to catch a glimpse of the religious environment in which Paul preached the gospel of God. View Resource

  • All Christians Believe in Predestination Media Resource by

    Ephesians 1:1-5

    The Bible clearly teaches that only the grace of God can save us from spiritual death. But why did God choose to save some and not others? Isn’t that unfair? In this message, Dr. Sproul looks at some of the misconceptions and caricatures of the doctrine of predestination. He explains why Christians should not only embrace this doctrine but rejoice in it. View Resource

  • Gifts From the Father Media Resource by

    Ephesians 1:1-6

    Whenever the word predestination comes up in a Bible study, there is a good chance that a debate will arise. In the book of Ephesians, Paul not only mentions the word but celebrates it. What is your doctrine of predestination? Does it give full glory to God for your entrance into the Kingdom? In this message, Dr. Sproul explores the glorious doctrine of predestination and explains how this gift should leave us giving glory to God alone. View Resource

  • The Inevitable Question Media Resource by

    Ephesians 1:1-6

    Would it be an exaggeration to say that the doctrine of predestination is at the core of the Christian faith? Sooner or later, Christians have to talk about it. If we ignore it, then we neglect the teaching of Sacred Scripture. If you look in any English Bible, you will find a word that causes more controversy than perhaps any other. The word is predestined. Even as you hear that word spoken, you may be experiencing a number of different emotions based on past conversations, or your own private contemplations of the subject. The topic might be closed for discussion. … View Resource

  • Election & Reprobation Media Resource by

    Ephesians 1:3-6

    When trying to understand God’s decrees, believers come face-to-face with the difficult doctrine of predestination. In this lesson, Dr. Sproul explores many of the challenging questions that arise when we consider the relationship between salvation and the sovereign decrees of God. View Resource

  • God’s Electing Love Media Resource by

    Ephesians 1:3-9

    Not everyone receives God’s eternal love. So, how does a person become a part of God’s family? Is everyone called to be adopted? Is God obligated to give His love to everyone? In this lesson, Dr. Sproul discusses the sovereignty of God’s electing love, the recipients of it, and our proper response to it. View Resource

  • How a Marrow Grew Media Resource by

    Ephesians 1:3-10

    Controversy erupted in eighteenth-century Scotland over the Auchterarder Creed and a work titled The Marrow of Modern Divinity. In this lesson, Dr. Ferguson recounts the history of this debate and its relevance for the Christian life. View Resource

  • For His Good Pleasure Media Resource by

    Ephesians 1:3-12

    Children are curious creatures. Before you are done answering one question, the next one is already escaping their lips. And as soon as they ask “why?,” you are forced down a road of infinite regress. It seems they can ask why a thousand times and never exhaust it. But it must end somewhere. Asking “why?” is a question of purpose, reason, and cause. When we consider the purpose, reason, and cause of our salvation, our curiosity should find full satisfaction. So why did God save you? For the persistent, the question of why does have a final answer. View Resource

  • In Christ Media Resource by

    Ephesians 1:3-14

    Some of the ways in which evangelicals self-identify today were not part of the vernacular of early believers. The first Christians thought of themselves as followers of “the Way” and as being “in Christ.” In this lesson, Dr. Ferguson reasserts this ancient way of thinking about the Christian life, and he demonstrates how the doctrine of union with Christ, which is often overlooked today, actually resides at the heart of Christian faith and life. View Resource

  • Salvation in Galatians & Ephesians Media Resource by

    Ephesians 1:3-14

    The books of Galatians and Ephesians are full of rich doxology precisely because they are full of rich theology. This is particularly true in Ephesians 1:3–14, a beautiful passage that outlines Paul’s theology of election. In this lecture, Dr. Lawson highlights the truth of election and the nature of the atonement in Galatians and provides a lengthy study of election in Ephesians 1. View Resource

  • The Accent Is on Grace Media Resource by

    Ephesians 1:4-5

    When wrestling with the various aspects of predestination, people often forget the one overarching dimension of this beautiful and mysterious doctrine. In this message, Dr. Sproul explains how people’s misunderstandings about predestination result from a misunderstanding of grace, as he reminds us that “The Accent is on Grace.” View Resource

  • Union with Christ Media Resource by

    Ephesians 1:6

    In this lesson, Dr. Reeves will examine a doctrine that is sometimes neglected in discussions about Reformation theology: union with Christ. This doctrine is at the very heart of the gospel. When sinners are joined to Jesus Christ, sharing in His death and resurrection, the vast riches of the gospel become theirs. Examining this crucial article of faith is an invitation to rejoice in a glorious Reformation truth. View Resource

  • For His Own Glory Media Resource by

    Ephesians 1:7-10

    Have you ever pondered the question, why did God save me? Out of all the people in the world to choose from, why you? There is an ultimate answer as to why God chose to do the things He does in redemption. Looking at this in this message, Dr. Sproul teaches us that all that God does is “For His Own Glory.” View Resource

  • God’s Sovereignty Media Resource by

    Ephesians 1:11

    Calvinism affects the life of every individual Christian, but it also affects the church corporately. The Holy Spirit conforms Christians to the image of Christ. In this lesson, Pastor Hamilton calls attention to the sovereign grace of God as one of the fundamental features of Calvinism and how it affects a people under the lordship of Christ. View Resource

  • Persevering in the Faith Media Resource by

    Ephesians 1:13-14

    What part does the Christian play in the plan of salvation, if any? If salvation hinges on our performance, then our confidence is only as good as our latest good work. But Ephesians chapter 2 says that our salvation is by faith, and not of works lest any man should boast. But if salvation is all of God, then why should we do anything? Why does Paul tell us to strive, and to work out our salvation with fear and trembling? Dr. Sproul will examine these questions here in the lecture, “Persevering in the Faith.” View Resource