Breaking Down Barriers

Breaking Down Barriers By Senior Pastor Dr. Scott Vail on Vimeo.

Ephesians: the Calling and Conduct of the Church
Part 5 – “Breaking Down Barriers” (Ephesians 2:11-22)

The reminder: the Gentiles were once alienated from Christ (vv. 11-12)

    1. Paul reminded the Gentile believers to recall their former state before conversion.
    2. Circumcision of the flesh was in itself of no advantage nor any other external rites (Col. 2:11; Phil. 3:3).

The resolution: God reconciled them to Himself in Christ (vv. 13-18)

    1. The phrase, “But now” introduces God’s intervention.
    2. The blood of Christ bought us and brought to God (1 Pet. 3:18).
    1. Christ’s death fulfilled the OT ceremonial laws and sacrifices which formerly separated Jews and Gentiles (ref. Rom. 10:4).
    2. Personal and national prejudice and exclusiveness was also slain at Calvary (Rom. 10:12-13; Gal. 3:26-28). This means prejudice is a sin! (ref. Rom. 2:11; Jas. 2:1)
    3. All believers have direct access to God the Father, through the Christ the Son, by means of the Spirit (Gal. 4:6; Heb. 4:16).
    4. Hindrances to prayer:
  • Unconfessed sin –  Psalm 66:18
  • Insincerity – Matthew 6:5
  • Carnal motives – James 4:3
  • Unbelief – James 1:6-7
  • Domestic problems – 1 Pet 3:7  (Husbands who do not honor their wife)
  • Pride – Luke 18:10
  • Refusing to help the needy – Proverbs 21:13
  • Refusing to forgive or be forgiven – Mark 11:25

The result: We are members of one body (read vv. 19-22)

    1. We are fellow citizens in God’s Kingdom (ref. Phil 3:20)
    2. We are members of God’s household.
    3. We are united in God’s Temple (ref. 1 Cor. 6:19-20)
    4. Jesus is the foundation (Mt. 21:42; 1 Cor. 3:10-11) and the Chief Cornerstone (Psa. 118:22; Isa. 8:14). His is the rock upon which the church is built (ref. Mt. 16:18)
Contact / Location

Contact Us

704.596.4856
333 Jeremiah Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28262
northside@northsidecharlotte.com

Worship Times

Sundays:
Life Group Bible Study: 9:15 AM
Main Worship: 10:30 AM
Servicio de Adoración: 10:30AM

Wednesdays:
Wednesday Night Prayer - 6:30 PM
Estudio Bíblico Semanal: 6:15 PM
Youth Worship: 6:30 PM
Awana Kids: 6:15 PM

Events / Calendar