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Sermon on Ephesians 4:7-10 by Pastor Dan Hendley.
We are in a series called “I Need a Miracle.” Our definition for a miracle is “those things that can only be described by the phrase, ‘God did it.’” There are seven such miracles in the Gospel of John that are intentionally used by the Spirit of God through this Gospel writer to prove that Jesus is who He said He was. So far we have considered the miracle at the wedding at Cana, the healing of the royal official’s son, the man at the Pool of Bethesda, and the miracle of the feeding of the multitude. There are two more after today. We have been looking at each of these miracles as a way to ask God about our own need for Him to do something in our lives that we are desperate to see. Today, we come to the fifth miracle in this sequence—the miracle of Jesus walking on the water. It is immediately following the feeding of the multitude.
When we don’t read the enclosed instructions, when we discard or bypass or even only simply glance casually at the instructions, we fail to maximize the resources God has given us on this journey of life called Christianity.
The example of Paul and the original apostles reminds us that we should always view what distinguishes us through the lens of the gospel that unites us.
In this passage, Peter has to face all of his prejudices. It is a challenge to us to also let go of our dislikes - those people we tend to despise and cannot, or will not, love. Are you ready to forgive, accept and truly love?
Paul speaks to us today that despite our differences, we are called to remain united through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.
1. The Word of God gives perspective to tradition. 2. The Word of God unravels feelings. 3. The Word of God gives a foundation to the Church.