members, click to sign in..
 
SITE NOTICE | MORE..
Attention Broadcasters: The latest monthly Sermon Download PDF Report for July 2015 is now available. Please log into the Members Area to download and print it.
 


6,394 active users!!Bandwidth
TUESDAY
AUG 4, 2015
Home
NewsSITE
Events & Blogs
New Audio & Video
BroadcastersNew Stuff!
Local Church Finder
Webcast LIVE NOW!
Sermons by Bible
Sermons by Topic
Sermons by Speaker
Sermons by Date
Staff Picks
CommentsALL -12 min
Top Sermons
VideosPDFs
Daily Log
PhotosNew Stuff!
Stores
Online Bible
Hymnal
Daily Reading
Our Services
Submit Sermon
Members Only

Mobile Apps | Info
Enjoy sermons from this broadcaster
on a variety of mobile devices.
MyChurch: faithfulwitness
Church Apps | Info
Creating your own Church App is
as simple as turning ON the option.
 | Aberaman, Wales, UK
Podcast + Codes
•  Apple iTunes | Video
Sermon Browser Info | Demo
Newest Widget | Demo
Our Picks | Info | Demo
Latest Blog | Info | Demo
Single Sermon | Info
To embed a single sermon,
use the "Email & Share" button.
Our Blog
Older
Newer
Blog
Post+
Search
  
Filter By

ToEncourage Vol 1 Art 2
SATURDAY, MARCH 09, 2013
Posted by: Faithful Witness Missions | more..
750+ views | 100+ clicks
Ephesians 4:29-32 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.

Last week we were left with a challenge to:
“choose our words wisely. Let’s determine in our heart what effect our words will have (yes that which we say and type). Let’s ask ourselves, ‘will our words lift up or tear down?’”
Of those that accepted the challenge, how well did you perform? You may have discovered there was less speaking in your day than before. I have received countless testimonies over that simple fact, that by ‘choosing our words wisely considering whether they will lift up or tear down’ people found they naturally had less to speak about in ‘common conversations’ throughout the day.

That is the practice of the Ephesians 4.29a “let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth...”. The word ‘let’ means ‘allow’, ‘permit’ or ‘give permission’, when followed by the word ‘no’ it is easy to decipher that we are to ‘prohibit’, ‘disallow’ or ‘prevent’ the proceeding of corrupt communication from our mouth. Jesus Christ said: “But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart...” (Matthew 15:18). Jeremiah said: “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9). I personally believe we are aware when corrupt words proceed from the mouth of believers, those words orginated in the heart which is desperately wicked. Nevertheless, the admonition from the mighty Apostle is to ‘prevent’ those corrupt words from going on from our mouth. It really does not matter how true they (words) are, we must examine our words according to our manner, motive, and matrix.

Every word we say effects our manners (I Cor 15.33), even-so our motive for the words we say must be examined asking ourselves “what am I attempting to achieve?”, “is there a reason of self preservation or sacrifice involved?” Many times the true motives of ‘corrupt communication’ are masked by ‘needing to talk to someone’. In the shadow of Ephesians 4.29, it is prudent for us to examine our motives of that which continues out of our mouth.

Moreover, the matrix of our words must be considered. A matrix is a pattern, a structural mould that shapes or reshapes the image of another in the minds of the ‘hearers’. It is my personal conviction that Christ is referring to this aspect of what we say when He stated: “...That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof...”(Matthew 12:36). You may disagree and that is fair, but I would rather err on the side of caution, before idly speaking to comfort myself and altering the image of a fellow brother and sister of the Lord in the mind of another soul. Even more-so, altering the image of my Lord and Savior in the minds of those that are lost.

The practice of Ephesians 4.29a enables the purpose of remainder of the verse, namely the latter portion: “that it may minister grace unto the hearers”. For years I have strove to clearly and keenly grasp the full teaching of this verse, even though the practice is difficult, the purpose is plain. Yet, even by understanding the verse, do we thoroughly understand what it means to minister grace?

The term ‘minister’ is in the action or verb usage in this verse, which means ‘to give’ or ‘to bestow a gift’. In this context we are exhorted to ‘give’ grace unto the hearers or those that witness our life and hear our words.

There are many facets to ministering grace unto the hearers, one in particular builds upon the thought of edifying (lifting up). The world we live in teaches our young people they have come from nothing and when they die they will go to nothing. Therefore they surmise they are nothing. That is a discouraging and disheartening outlook of life. It is no wonder that suicide is the fourth leading cause of death among ages 5-14 year olds and the third leading cause of death among 15-24 year olds. An entire generation has been conditioned that they are accidents in the cosmos and at the end of their accidental existence it all ends, the lights go out.

Jesus Christ felt very different, He did not see them or anyone as ‘nothing’, but rather something and someone. So much so, that He gave His only earthly life, suffering a shameful death He did not deserve so those those feel or are taught they are nothing can realize they are so important, the God of universe and Creator of all things made an appointment for them personally, that they may live eternally.

These words are simple, but true and will minister grace to the hearers. Despite one’s crimes, convictions or coincidence the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ is for them that they may live; So they may receive and accept the forgiveness of sins.
“...that it may minister grace unto the hearers.” Ephesians 4.29c

Dr. B. J. Stagner Jr. Dr. B. J. Stagner Jr.

Pastor Stagner has preached in many different countries and continues to preach the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ in the manner that it is intended from the...

Category:  Encouragement

post new | clone this | rss feed | blog top »
Text feature this blog entry
Our Blog
Older
Newer
Top



Jonathan Shishko
True Love, Agape Love

OPC MTI Sermon
Special Meeting
Reformation Presbyterian
Play! | MP3 | RSS


Scott T. Brown
In Whom Do You Trust?

Isaiah
Hope Baptist Church
Play! | MP3

Bruce David Bell
Angels Don't Sit For Long

Berean Bible Fellowship
Sunday Service
Play! | MP3

Shawn Mathis
Fasting for the Unborn Aug 22

Providence OPC
Current Events
Play! | MP3

Kevin Swanson
McConnell Won't Defund PP

Christians Losing Appeals
Generations Radio
Play! | MP3

Event: Dec 15-17, 2015
The Foundations Conference

New York City | December 15-17, 2015
Conference
SermonAudio Classics

Sermon:
How Should We Then Pray?
Ken Wimer

SPONSOR | 1,000+

SPONSOR




                   
One drop of Christ's blood is worth more than heaven and earth. ... Martin Luther

City: Las Vegas, NV
Gospel of John
Cities | Local | Personal
MOBILE
iPhone + iPad New!
Church App
Android New!
Church App
Kindle + Nook
Chromecast TV
ROKU TV
BlackBerry
Windows Mobile
Apple Watch New!
Pebble Smartwatch
Kindle Reader


HELP
Knowledgebase
Broadcasters
Listeners
Q&A
Uploading Sermons
Uploading Videos
Webcasting
Tips & Tricks
YouTube Screencasts

FOLLOW
Weekly Newsletter
Staff Picks Feed
Site Notices New!
RSS | Twitter | Facebook
SERVICES | ALL
Local Church Finder | Info
MP3 Play & Download
Mobile Apps
Podcasting
Video Support
Live Webcasting New!
Transcription Service
Business Cards
SOLO | MINI Sites
Domain Redirect
Favorites | QR Codes
Online Donations New!
24x7 Radio Stream
INTEGRATION
Sermon Browser
HTML Codes
WordPress
Twitter
Facebook
Logos | e-Sword
JSON API

BATCH
Transfer Agent
Protected Podcasts
Upload via Email
Auto-Upload Sermons
Auto-Blog Import
Picasa | FTP | Dropbox
ABOUT US
SermonAudio.com is the largest library of audio sermons from conservative churches and ministries worldwide. All broadcasters must adhere to the Articles of Faith.

Our Services | Testimonials
Broadcast With Us!
Support Us
Advertising | Local Ads
CONTACT
info@sermonaudio.com
Copyright © 2015 SermonAudio.com.