Church in Philadelphia
Statement of Faith
Truth Pursuit – Ephesians
Message 1: An Introductory Word to the Book of Ephesians
What is the difference between riches and fullness of Christ?
What is the relationship between Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians and Colossians?
Message 2: Three Aspects of Well-Speaking
What does the phrase "the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ" indicate? Why this is a top praise compared to common praise like "His mercy endures forever"?
What does the phrase " everything spiritual blessing in the heavenlies in Christ" imply?
Message 3: Chosen to be Holy
What does it mean to be Holy?
How does God make us Holy? What is the ultimate issue of our being made Holy?
What are the two main aspects of sanctification?
Message 4: Predestinated Unto Sonship
What is the difference between being holy and sonship? How are these two things related to the church?
What are the three things related to the sonship? What is their significance in relationship to sonship in our experience?
Message 5: The Praise of the Glory of God’s Grace
What is the praise of the glory of God's Grace?
What does it indicate that God has graced us in the Beloved?
Message 6: Redemption in the Son
Why does the phrase "in whom" in Ephesians 1:7 indicate?
What is the difference between redemption and the forgiveness of our offenses?
Why does redemption require the riches of God's Grace?
Message 7: The Mystery of God’s Will
What is the church?
What is the mystery of God's will?
How is God's hearts desire related to His administration?
Message 8: To Head Up All Things in Christ (1)
What are the two rebellions that causes the universal heap of collapse?
How is God's intention of heading up all things in Christ related to us in the church life? How can we be rescued out of the universal collapse today?
Message 9: To Head Up All Things in Christ (2)
What is God's eternal plan?
What is the meaning of the word "dispensation" or "economy" mean in Ephesians 1:10? What is the meaning of the dispensation of grace?
Message 10: To Head Up All Things in Christ (3)
What is the meaning of dispensation? How can we apply this to our church life today?
What are the two things in which we will be headed up? How they are shown in the ultimate dispensation?
Message 11: The New Testament Believers to the Praise of God’s Glory
What is the meaning of the phrase "to the praise of His glory"?
How can we be God's inheritance subjectively? How is this related to being headed up in Christ?
What is the difference between God's will and His counsel?
Message 12: Sealed with the Holy Spirit
What is the two-fold significance of being sealed with the Holy Spirit?
What does this word "unto" in Ephesians 1:14 imply?
What is the qualification of the redemption of our body? How is this related to the Spirit's sealing?
Message 13: The Pledge of Our Inheritance
What is the difference between anointing, sealing and pledging?
What is the glorious cycle as the issue of the pledging of the Spirit?
Message 14: A Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation and the Eyes of Our Heart
What are the five things that this phrase " the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory" implies?
What are the four things needed for us to see the spiritual vision?
Message 15: The Hope of God’s Calling and the Riches of the Glory of God’s Inheritance in the Saints
What are the five aspects of the hope of our calling? How are they related to our living today?
What are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints?
What is the difference between human virtues and divine virtues?
Message 16: The Surpassing Greatness of God’s Power
What is the meaning of "hope" and "glory" revealed in Ephesians 1?
What is the four fold power that is being transmitted to us in Christ?
Message 17: Christ to be the Head Over All Things to the Church
What is to know God in a subjective and experiential way?
What is the way to receive the divine power?
Try to practice speaking Ephesians 1:19-23 ten times a day for 10 days.
Message 18: The Church Being the Body of Christ
How was the Body of Christ produced as the new creation?
How can we become the fullness of Christ?
Message 19: The Triune God Dispensed Into Us and Wrought Into Our Being
What are the seven crucial things covered in Ephesians 1?
What is the basic factor that is required by all seven crucial items of Ephesians 1?
How is the church produced? What should we do under this light?
Message 20: Dead in Offenses and Sins
What are the two aspects of the view of the church emphasized in Ephesians 1 and 2?
What does it mean to be dead according to Ephesians 2:1?
What are the three realms people living in who are spiritually dead?
Message 21: Saved by Grace to be the Masterpiece of God
What is the meaning of salvation by grace?
How can we say that faith is Christ Himself?
What is the significance of the word "masterpiece"?
Message 22: Once Far Off, But Now Near
What was our position according to our status before we were saved?
What is the flesh mentioned in Ephesians 2:11? How is this related to the command of circumcision given to Abraham?
What have we been brought near to in Ephesians 2:13?
Message 23: The Breaking Down of the Middle Wall of Partition
What is the difference between moral laws and ritual laws?
What is an ordinance experientially? Why should we never insist any ordinance on others (with the exception of sins, immorality and idolatry)?
Message 24: The Two Created Into One New Man
What are the aspects of the church? Why is the church as the new man is the highest aspect?
What are the things dealt with by Christ on the cross? How is Christ's crucifixion related to the creation of the new man?
What does it mean for the spirit to be the spirit of our mind?
Message 25: Putting On the New Man
What does it mean experientially to put off the old man?
How can we put on the new man?
Message 26: Both Reconciled to God in One Body and Fellow-Citizens of the Saints and Members of the Household of God
How can we see that our reconciliation to God is a corporate matter?
What is the difference between "being reconciled to God" and "having access unto the Father"?
Message 27: Growing Into a Holy Temple and Being Built Into a Dwelling Place of God
What is the spiritual significance of Christ being the corner stone?
What is the difference between "the holy temple" and "the dwelling place of God"?
Message 28: The Stewardship of the Grace
What is the condition for us to see the heavenly vision revealed in Ephesians?
What is the meaning of the stewardship of the grace of God? How is this related to God's economy, His dispensing?
What is the meaning of the word "minister"?
Message 29: The Revelation of the Mystery
What is the basis for us to say that each one of us the believers is an apostle and a prophet?
What is the sign that apostles and prophets bear?
Message 30: The Revelation of the Mystery
What are the five matters in which the riches of Christ are revealed? And what are the six matters that portrays the riches of Christ?
How is the church becoming the fullness of Christ related to the riches of Christ?
Message 31: The Church for God’s Wisdom According to His Eternal Purpose
Who are the rulers and authorities mentioned in Ephesians 3:10?
Why does God allow Satan and the tree of knowledge to cause so many troubles?
Message 32: To Be Strengthened Into the Inner Man that Christ May Make His Home in Our Hearts
What is the inner man mentioned in Ephesians 3:16?
What does it mean for Christ to make home in our hearts? How can we cooperate with him to let Him make home in our hearts?
Message 33: To Apprehend the Dimensions of Christ and to Know the Love of Christ
What are the steps for us to become the fullness of God revealed in Paul's prayer in Ephesians 3?
Why do we need to be balanced in our experience of Christ? How can we advance from "one liner" to "carpet" even "cubical" in our experience of Christ?
What do "rooted" and "grounded" indicate in our experience of Christ?
Message 34: To Be Filled Unto All the Fullness of God
What is the highest definition of the church?
How can the church become the fullness of God?
What is the vision that we need to see concerning the church in God's economy? What is the effect of seeing this vision?
Message 35: God Glorified in the Church and in Christ
What are the things mentioned as "all that we ask or think" in Ephesians 3:20?
What is the significance of God being glorified in Christ?
Message 36: Keeping the Oneness of the Spirit
Why did Paul address himself as both the apostles and prisoner of Christ, even the prisoner in Christ?
What is the oneness of the Spirit? How can we keep this oneness?
How is the transformed humanity related to the keeping of the oneness?
Message 37: The Base of Our Oneness
What is the relationship between the one Body and one Spirit in Ephesians 4:4?
How can we say that our transfiguration and manifestation are gradually taking place today?
Message 38: The Gifts Perfecting the Saints
What are the gifts mentioned in Ephesians 4:11?
How did Christ give gifts to the Body of Christ?
How can we say that we are all gifted given by Christ to the Body?
Message 39: The Believer’s Standard
What is the goal of God's calling us?
How can we have a walk worthy of God's calling?
Message 40: The Way to Reach the Standard
How can we receive grace for the sake of our stewardship?
How can we receive revelation from the Lord?
Message 41: The Way to Be Perfected
What is the work of the ministry mentioned in Ephesians 4:12?
What are the two aspects of being perfected?
Message 42: All Building Members Without Rank
What are the two things we need to be the buildng members of the Body of Christ?
What is the function of an elder in the church?
Message 43: Arriving at Three Things
What are the three things we must arrive at in Ephesians 4:13?
Why is it necessary for all the saints to be perfected unto the work of the ministry?
Message 44: Babyishness and the Winds of Teaching
What is the result of arriving at the three things mentioned in Ephesians 4:13?
What is the only way to escape the waves and the winds?
Message 45: The Growth of the Members for the Building Up of the Body
What does it mean to hold to truth in love?
How does holding to truth in love result in our growing up into Christ in all things? How does the Body build itself up?
Message 46: Learning Christ as the Truth is in Jesus
Using Ephesians 4:17-19, describe the walk of the nations.
Practically speaking, how do we learn Christ?
Message 47: Having Put Off the Old Man and Having Put On the New Man
Consider Ephesians 4:22-23 in the light of our Christian experience. How do we practically experience the putting off of the old man?
How was the new man created? From the Bible, how can we say the new man is corporate?
Message 48: A Living that Does Not Grieve the Holy Spirit of God
In Ephesians 4:25-32, what are the basic principles for living the practical daily life in the learning of Christ?
Explain how truth and grace are the basic elements of such a living.
Message 49: A Summary of Learning Christ
What are the basic elements and basic factors of learning Christ?
What is grace? What is truth?
Message 50: Living in Love and Light
What ten points does the apostle Paul bring out in Eph. 5:1-14 concerning our living in love and light?
How is walking as children of light related to bearing fruit?
Message 51: Living by Being Filled in Spirit
What is the fifth item of the walk worthy of God's calling?
In what ways does being filled in spirit cause us to overflow with Christ?
Message 52: Living in the Relationship Between Wife and Husband
What are Paul's exhortations to wives?
What are Paul's exhortations to husbands?
Message 53: A Mysterious Type of Christ and the Church
How do Adam and Eve present a complete and significant picture of Christ and the church?
How does Christ nourish and cherish the church?
Message 54: Christ Sanctifying the Church by Cleansing Her
What are the three stages of the production of the church?
How does Christ sanctify the church?
Message 55: Christ in Three Stages
How can we experience and enjoy Christ in the first stage as the God-man?
How can we experience and enjoy Christ in the second stage as the life-giving speaking Spirit?
Message 56: Sanctifying, Cleansing, Nourishing, and Cherishing (1)
How is the subjective Christ sanctifying us?
How are we cleansed and nourished by the subjective Christ?
Message 57: How Christ Glorifies the Church
How does Christ glorify the church?
How is the process of glorification related to eating?
Message 58: Sanctifying, Cleansing, Nourishing, and Cherishing (2)
What is the significance of sanctification and cleansing?
What is the significance of nourishing and cherishing?
Message 59: God’s Desire for a Glorious Church
What is God's desire and goal?
How can we experience the light of God's glory?
Message 60: Experiencing Christ in God’s Economy
How can we be saturated with Christ?
What is God's concern in His economy?
Message 61: A Summary of the Exhortation in Chapter Five
What are the basic elements and basic factors of each chapter of Ephesians?
What is the distinction between light and truth?
Message 62: The Believers’ Living in the Relationship Between Children and Fathers and Between Slaves and Masters
Why is it necessary for us to have a proper human living in the present age?
What is the proper relationship between 1) children and fathers, and 2) slaves and masters?
Message 63: Warfare to Deal with the Spiritual Enemy
What are the twelve aspects of the church covered in Ephesians?
Explain how being empowered is related to the will. What is spiritual warfare as seen in Eph. 6:10-13?
Message 64: The Whole Armor of God (1)
How is being girded with the truth related to our daily living? How does the breastplate of righteousness cover us from the accuser, Satan?
In Eph. 6:15, what is the significance of "the firm foundation" versus "readiness" or "preparation"?
Message 65: The Whole Armor of God (2)
How do we spontaneously take up the shield of faith? What are the 7 items we need to have faith in?
Explain how the sword, the Spirit, and the word are one. In spiritual warfare, why is it necessary that the logos become the rhema?
Message 66: The Application by Prayer
Why is prayer crucial and vital in the application of the armor of God?
Why is it necessary to watch unto our prayer life and how is this related to our will?
Message 67: Conclusion
How can we be kept in a situation of peace?
How can we see Paul's concern for the Ephesians being one of continuation and fellowship?
Message 68: The Church as a Hybrid Life
What is God's eternal purpose? How can we see it in Ephesians?
Define the church. How does God obtain the church as seen in Ephesians?
Message 69: The Mingled Spirit for the Church Life
How is the church produced?
Which verses from each chapter of Ephesians show us the mingled spirit? Why is the mingled spirit critical to the producing of the church?
Message 70: Ordinances and Doctrine
Why did the Lord deal with the ordinances on the cross?
Why must the Spirit replace the ordinances if we are to have the building up of the Body of Christ?
Message 71: The Old Man and the New Man
How is the abolishing of the ordinances for the creation of the one new man part of the gospel?
Why is it necessary to put off the old man and put on the new man if we are to have the church life?
Message 72: God’s Accomplished Work Concerning the Church
In this message, what are the points that have been accomplished concerning the church?
Which items have been accomplished from God's point of view, but from the standpoint of our experience, are still in the process of being accomplished?
Message 73: Three Items that Damage the Church
How can we say that the church life is the corporate mingling of the divine Spirit with the human spirit?
What three things did Satan use to damage the church? How is the church life recovered?
Message 74: Seven Aspects of the Church
What are the 7 aspects of the church revealed in Ephesians?
In what three ways does the church in these 7 aspects accomplish God's goal?
Message 75: God’s Economy—Christ with the Church
What is the reality of the book of Ephesians? What is God's economy?
How does God fulfill His economy?
Message 76: God’s Economy-to Work Christ Into Us
What is God seeking today? How does He get what He is after?
How can we cooperate with God in His economy and what is the result when we do?
Message 77: Christ in God’s Economy
Which verses in Ephesians reveal Christ in a "vertical" and "horizontal" way?
What 3 things does Ephesians 3 reveal regarding Christ?
Message 78: Taking Christ as Our Person for the Church Life
What is our unique need today?
How does Christ become our person?
Message 79: Five Aspects of Christ
What are the five aspects of Christ revealed in this message?
How is the church-loving Christ related to the recovery of the church life?
Message 80: Putting on the New Man by Growing Up Into Christ
In order to have the church life, why must Christ be not only our life but also our person?
Based on Ephesians 4, how does Christ become our person and how is He expressed in the church?
Message 81: The Church—the Expression of Christ
Based on Eph. 1:23, 3:8, 4:13, and 5:18 how does the church become the expression of Christ?
What is the difference between the riches of Christ and the fullness of Christ?
Message 82: The Church—the Overflow of Christ
How does the church come into existence?
Why is the experience of the indwelling Christ necessary for the church life?
Message 83: Experiencing the Riches of Christ
Explain the connection between Eph. 3:8 and Eph. 3:17.
Give three examples from 2 Corinthians that reveal Paul's experience of the riches of Christ.
Message 84: Overflowing to Speak
How should we be scriptural according to Eph. 5:19?
How is speaking related to being filled with the Lord?
Message 85: Ordinances and the Church Life
What are the basic factors that damage the church life according to the revelation in the book of Ephesians?
How do we deal with ordinances without being divided?
Message 86: Slaying the Ordinances
How did Christ deal with the ordinances?
Practically speaking, how can we practice the church life without ordinances?
Message 87: The Ordinances Versus Christ
How did the new man come into being? How should we view the redemption of Christ from the angle of God's purpose?
Compare our situation when we were apart from Christ with our situation in Christ. Now that we are in Christ, what is the base of our meeting together?
Message 88: Universal Building and Local Building
Why is it necessary for us to forsake all ordinances in order to be built up both locally and universally?
How is the universal building accomplished?
Message 89: Growth by Feeding for the Building
What is the cause of division? How does the Lord recover His church out of division?
Explain how the growth of the building is related to feeding and not doctrine.
Message 90: Dropping Doctrines by the Growth of Life
What is the distinction between the faith in Eph. 4:14 and doctrine?
What is the way to drop our doctrines?
Message 91: Faith but Not Doctrine
Why does the New Testament charge us to contend for the faith yet not to fight for doctrine?
What is God's intention? How is the Lord's recovery related to the Lord's coming back?
Message 92: The Perfecting of the New Man
What is the growth of the Body? How does the Body cause the growth of itself?
How did Christ give gifts to His Body? How does He constitute the members into gifts?
Message 93: The Corporate Life of the New Man
From the perspective of the church, how is putting on the new man a corporate matter?
What does Paul mean by "as the truth is in Jesus"? How does this relate to the living of the new man today?
Message 94: The Spirit and the Church
What is the key to the church life?
What is the result of having a daily living that is by the spirit?
Message 95: The Beauty of the Bride
What is God's way of removing spots and wrinkles?
Explain the connection bewteen Ephesians 5 and Revelation 19. How does Christ prepare His Bride?
Message 96: Head Over All to the Church
How does God acquire His inheritance and His possession?
Connecting Ephesians 1 with Ephesians 3, how does God head up all things in Christ?
Message 97: The Church as God’s Warrior
Explain how spiritual warfare is a matter of the Body.
What is a practical way to kill the adversary within us? Why is this way effective?