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What Grace Can Do

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Sermon shared by Rick Crandall

July 2011
Summary: The impact of God’s amazing grace: 1. Grace gives life to the lost (vs. 1-6) 2. Grace reveals God’s riches (vs. 4-7) 3. Grace gives God the glory He deserves (vs. 8-9) 4. Grace prepares us for God’s purpose (vs. 8-10)
Denomination: Baptist
Audience: General adults
Sermon:
What Grace Can Do
Ephesians 2:1-10
Sermon by Rick Crandall
McClendon Baptist Church - July 26, 2009

*What’s so special about Christianity? -- One time in England some religious experts were debating this question, and they couldn’t agree on an answer.

*The debate went on for some time until C.S. Lewis wandered into the room. “What’s the rumpus about?” he asked, and heard that they were debating what makes Christianity unique. C.S. Lewis immediately responded, “Oh, that’s easy. -- It’s grace.” (1)

*Then they all agreed: The thing that makes Christianity unique is God’s amazing grace! -- But what is this thing called grace?
-Grace is God’s unmerited favor.
-Grace is getting good things from God that we could never deserve.
-Grace is G.R.A.C.E. -- God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense.

*La Juana Morris tells us that:
-Grace is our source of power when problems are perplexing.
-Grace is the spring of our tenacity when trials trip us up.
-Grace is the element of hope when we feel harassed and helpless.
-Grace is the fortifier of our faith during frustration.
-Grace allows us in times of trouble to look up instead of falling out.

*God’s grace is not dependent upon our actions!
-Not because we were obedient!
-Not because we had tithed.
-Not because we attended church.

*The grace of God is given unto us because he loves us and he is the God of another chance!
-Our past is not relevant to receiving his Grace.
-Our transgressions will not prohibit us from receiving his Grace.
-His Grace is the result of his outpouring love for us. (2)

*Let’s look into the Scripture and see the impact of God’s amazing grace.

1. First: God’s grace gives life to the lost.

*Paul was speaking to saved people in vs. 1-3, people who had trusted in Jesus Christ. -- Paul said:
1. And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins,
2. in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience,
3. among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.

*In these verses Paul explains very clearly what it means to be lost.
-In vs. 1 he said, “We were dead in trespasses and sins.”
-In vs. 2, we were “sons of disobedience.”
-And in vs. 3, we deserved God’s wrath.

*Paul told those believers: “We were dead.”
-In a very real sense, we are all born dead, not physically dead, but spiritually dead, cut-off from God, and deserving to spend all eternity separated from Him.
-What a tragedy!

*Most of us have gone through the grief of a death in our family. We understand the loss that comes when someone physically dies. If you multiplied that pain a million times, it would not begin to compare with the pain of spiritual death.

*Jerry Sillcocks is a New York firefighter and a Christian who helped search for survivors at the World Trade Center after 9-11. Jerry later wrote that he and his co-workers called ground zero “the pit.”

*And Jerry said, “Almost everywhere I looked, mighty columns of steel were twisted into sad, pointless sculptures, towering over the tragic scene as we worked to find survivors. Gray smoke was everywhere.

*I’m no theologian -- I’m a New York firefighter
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