Opening Eyes to the Gospel

Trials Should Not Make Us Doubt the Reality of Our Salvation

Sermon outline: This is an abbreviated outline with the complete sermon downloadable at the bottom of the post.

Text: Ephesians 3:7–13

Title: Opening Eyes to the Gospel

Introduction: In verse 7, Paul continues his discussion of the great mystery of the Christian gospel (that was begun a few verses earlier), yet he does so in a way that is intensely personal and candid. Verse 13 reveals that Paul wrote this section of the letter because the Ephesian Christians were troubled by his suffering—not so much because they felt sorry and fearful for him (though, of course, they did), but because their faith was shaken by his sufferings.

I. Paul: A Minister of the Gospel—vs. 7

A. According to the gift of grace

B. In spite of his condition, Paul never got over his salvation

II. The Gospel: The Fellowship of the Mystery—vs. 8–10

A. Paul used two terms to describe the gospel

1. Unsearchable riches

2. Manifold wisdom of God

B. Paul gave three facts about the gospel

1. It has been God’s plan since the foundation of the world.

2. The angels desire to know more about the gospel.

3. It is God’s intent that the church make it known.

III. The Eternal Purpose—vs. 11–12

A. We have boldness in Him

B. We have access with confidence

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