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The Apostle Paul’s letter to the Ephesians displays a pattern for Gospel-centered preaching that includes both indicatives and imperatives.

In Ephesians, the Apostle Paul demonstrates a model for Gospel-centered preaching that includes both indicatives (chapters 1-3: who we are in Christ) and imperatives (chapters 4-6: what we do for Christ).

As we learned earlier, John Stott writes that the key to effective preaching is not mastering certain techniques but being mastered by core convictions.

In this FREE video, our focus is on one of the core convictions of the Apostle Paul revealed in his letter to the Ephesian Christians.

In this course, you’ll be equipped to:

  • Understand the necessary core convictions in preaching
  • Explain how Christ is the means and motive for Christian living
  • Share how God’s astonishing love in Christ impacts preaching
  • Design a practical method for preparing Christ-centered sermons
  • Demonstrate how to apply the gospel to the lives of believers
  • Illustrate how to preach Christ to believers and unbelievers

This brief video (12:58) will help you discover how the book of Ephesians provides an overarching structure, or template, for preaching the gospel and living the Christian life.

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In the first century, when the believers in the church in Jerusalem were experiencing an extended period of great hardship, the Gentile churches responded sacrificially – and with joy – sending offerings to relieve the suffering of their brothers and sisters in Christ. (2 Cor. 8 – 9)

The Covid-19 pandemic presents PCA churches with a similar opportunity to demonstrate the love of Christ in practical ways in the midst of this unprecedented need among our brothers and sisters in Christ throughout North America.


Thousands of ethnic minority members of PCA congregations throughout North America have been affected severely by the COVID-19 shutdowns. Some of our most vulnerable church members are now in our small, predominantly minority churches located in economically challenged areas.

Many worked as nannies, housekeepers, handymen, day laborers, dishwashers, busboys or home health care aides. Their jobs and their income have come to an abrupt halt, and few will qualify for any government relief. 

The majority lived paycheck to paycheck, and they’ve already exhausted their meager savings. Their unpaid bills accumulated during the shutdown now threaten to snowball and overwhelm them.

They’re facing genuine hunger and danger of eviction. Some have little or no food to offer their children. For many, English is their second language, which makes accessing any local government assistance programs challenging if not impossible. 

Many who were previously self-sufficient and among the first to help others are now turning to their trusted local churches for help as their families face exceptional privation. Their church is the one place they know and trust to find help amidst crisis. 

In response, the PCA has formed a relief fund, called the Ethnos Coalition Relief Initiative, to provide financial resources for the mercy ministries of PCA churches in North America to help them give immediate relief to their members in poor and marginalized ethnic communities.

Apply for Relief

For PCA churches in need of relief fund grants for their low-income households, CLICK HERE

Donate for Relief

To make a donation to the Ethnos Coalition Relief Initiative of MNA, PCA, CLICK HERE

For More Information

For additional information on the needs of specific groups in North America, contact members of the MNA Ethos Coalition listed below:

Bland, Jeb – Native American/First Nations Ministries; jebland@pcanet.org

Caires, Darcy – Network of Portuguese Speaking Churches; dcaires@pcanet.org

Hatch, Pat – Refugee and Immigrant Ministries; phatch@pcanet.org

Jun, Alex – Korean American Leadership Initiative; ajun@pcanet.org

Nabors, Randy – Urban and Mercy Ministries; chaprandy@gmail.com

Plummer, Wy – African American Ministries; wplummer@pcanet.org

Sáenz, Hernando – Hispanic Ministries (Chairman, Ethnos Coalition); hsaenz@pcanet.org

Sim, Bill – Korean Ministries; bsim@pcanet.org

St. Germain, Dony– Haitian American Ministries; dstgermain@pcanet.org


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Christ-centered preaching turns up the music of God’s amazing grace in Jesus and calls for the dance of loving God and loving people.

A core conviction in preaching is the need to communicate both: 1) the music of God’s radical love in Christ, and 2) the call to dance to that music, i.e. God’s radical call to gospel obedience.

In this FREE video, our focus is on the importance of preaching Christ in a way that helps people obey God’s word by relying on God’s grace in the gospel of Jesus Christ.

In this course, you’ll be equipped to:

  • Understand the necessary core convictions in preaching
  • Explain how Christ is the means and motive for Christian living
  • Share how God’s astonishing love in Christ impacts preaching
  • Design a practical method for preparing Christ-centered sermons
  • Demonstrate how to apply the gospel to the lives of believers
  • Illustrate how to preach Christ to believers and unbelievers

This brief video (5:34) will help you understand that the music of the gospel of God’s amazing grace is the core motivation for the dance of a life of gospel obedience.

Take this course now.


We help underserved church leaders develop churches that transform lives and communities