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Preaching Series on Ephesians (4 of 4)
Ephesians 6:10-20 Commentary
by Mary Hinkle Shore
[This is Week 4 of a 4-week preaching series on Ephesians.]
Preaching text: Ephesians 6:10-20; accompanying text: Matthew 10:28-31
In his commentary on Ephesians, Andrew Lincoln speaks approvingly of “popular expositions, which summarize the message of the letter in terms of three verbs, ‘sit,’ ‘walk,’ and ‘stand’” (Word Biblical Commentary [Dallas: Word Books, 1990] vol. 42, p. 460). Believers have been raised up and seated with Christ in the heavenly places (1:20; 2:6). We are therefore to walk in a way that is worthy of the gospel (4:1), and we receive that we need to stand against the wiles of the devil (6:11, 13).
The last reading in our series gives voice to our sense that many of the problems our neighborhood, our world, and we ourselves face are beyond our capacity just to roll up our sleeves and muscle our way to a solution. Throughout Paul’s letters, sin is a power rather than a type of human action, and Ephesians continues this idea: “Our battle is not ...
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NL277: Preaching Series on Ephesians
August 06, 2017
This is the podcast for the Narrative Lectionary's 4-week preaching series on Ephesians (July 16-Aug. 6, 2017), featuring Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Kathryn Schifferdecker, and Craig Koester. Podcast recorded at Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, Minn.