Sometimes, love itself gets disordered. There’s a way of loving good gifts that gives God the glory for giving them. There’s also a disordered love that elevates the gift above the Almighty Giver himself. That’s idolatry, and we’re all so inclined at times. But Glory to God in the Highest! We’re visited by our Lord, delivered from our idols, and restored by grace, through faith, to worship Christ in the church, and together cling whether in weakness or strength to our God and Him alone!

Hear the full audio of Glory to God in the Church and in Christ

A sermon on Ephesians 3:13-21 (ESV)

Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity / 16 September 2018

(See also selections from Luther’s sermon on Ephesians 3:13-21 at this link!)

Ephesians 3:13-21 (ESV)

13 So I ask you not to lose heart over what I am suffering for you, which is your glory.

14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

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