Standing Firm

The sermon begins at 20:26


Ephesians 6

Summarize the passage by asking Who? What? When? Where? Why?


  • How have you experienced inequality?
  • Where do you see partiality in the church?
  • What creative ways can you think of to share the love of God?


  • How does this message help us make Kelsey known as a loving church?
  • What image/illustration from the passage and/or Sunday‚Äôs message caught your attention most?
  • What other questions do you have about the passage and/or message?
  • In what ways did the Holy Spirit challenge you through the message?
  • What do you have to do to make the message mean something to you?


Pray for those looking for a purpose for their life. Pray that the Spirit would inspire them to see God’s will as their priority. Pray for a chance to learn and live into spiritual gifts.


Take time to memorize this 1 Bible verse:

Therefore take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.

Ephesians 6:13


This year’s Summer Sermon Series was titled “Masterpiece.” I based it on Ephesians 2:10.

For the record, I love the book of Ephesians. It’s my third favorite book of the Bible to read. How I wish I could convince the church who Ephesians says they are! I think your church should read it at least once a year.

For this year’s sermon series I asked everyone to create a masterpiece. The idea is that part of living into our identity as God’s holy church is employing our creativity. Creativity, of course, put within us by our Creator.

And far be it for me to not join in what I ask the church to do.

My masterpiece is a song of praise. I summarized a lot of what we’ve talked about in the series. Not to be too original, I titled my masterpiece “Masterpiece.”


We have our victory in Christ our Lord.

There is no power he can’t overcome.

We share the mystery that we are one

made alive together by the love of God.


The church’s redemption is through the cross.

Filled to the measure all the fullness of God.

Now, we are strengthened together we walk

in the glory of God as his masterpiece.


God has saved us and raised us

We are one in the Lord.

Now our glory is only

When we live as one.


Marked by the Spirit our lives are transformed.

With every effort to live in God’s peace.

Now, it’s our witness that proves we believe

there is hope in the name of our Jesus.


Praise be to the God and Father

of our Lord Jesus Christ

who has blessed us in the heavenly realms

with spirituals blessing in Jesus.

My kids will help me record it later. Why don’t you get to creating something!

Stay blessed…john

My pandemic tension

There are several ways I want to reconnect the church coming out of the pandemic. Real, meaningful ways. Ways a lot of people might not consider all that appealing–you know like prayer meetings and fellowship gatherings.

I’m itching to begin to introduce some of these opportunities.

But our city’s covid numbers are high again. Like Willie Nelson high. Our daily case count almost matches other cities that are quite larger than Corpus Christi.

So, I don’t want to add to the problem.

But we have masks. We don’t shake hands that much. We know to social distance.

Pray for me. I want to make wise and faithful decisions.

Stay blessed…john