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Summary: Sermon 3 in the Walking a Life Worthy of the Calling (Ephesians) Series.

First Baptist Church of Cresson

Sunday Morning – May 2nd, 2004

Ephesians 2:1-10 (quickview) 

Walking a Life Worthy of the Calling

“By Grace You Are Saved Through Faith”

I. INTRODUCTION

a. BKG: 10th book of NT. Church @ Ephesus / paul = prison.

b. Central Theme: Ephesians 4:1 (quickview)  - “I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called.”

c. Grace = defined as an unearned act of God

d. ILLUS: Finals –> God grades on the cross not a curve.

e. Recap Last Week: Paul’s prayers = Riches in Blessings from God. Build now=You Are Saved by GRACE -> READ

II. What We Were Without Grace - PAST (v. 1-3)

a. EXPLAIN ->

i. Rom. 6:23 – “Wages of sin is death.” ALL but =

ii. Read Ephesians 4:18 (quickview) 

iii. Principle problem = Spiritually Dead (not lifestyles)

b. ILLUS -> EMS – Try to revive the dead. (Paramedics TLC)

c. APPLY -> Mac = “Spiritual Zombies” / dead in sin

III. What We Are With God’s Grace - PRESENT (v. 4-9)

a. EXPLAIN -> - (ploo•see•os) = unlimited measure

i. v.4 – John 15:13 (quickview)  – No greater love to lay down life.

ii. v.5 – Dead needs to be given life!

1. no longer dead – “newness of life” Rom. 6:4

iii. v.6-9 – Salv. response = faith = gift -> Phil. 1:29

b. ILLUS -> FAITH = pew sitting on. Drink, car, sleep.

i. Life is based on series of faith.

ii. Not church membership, baptism, confirmation, giving money, taking communion, 10 commands.

iii. ONLY part = exercise faith in what Christ has done.

IV. What We Will Be Because of God’s Grace FUTURE (v. 7 & 10)

a. EXPLAN- > no part in gaining salvation but,

i. Good works are a byproduct of salvation!

ii. John 15:8 (quickview)  – “By this is My Father glorified, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples.”

iii. His work in us FIRST then our work in Him.

b. ILLUS ->SS class–why act God made you! Ain’t through

c. APPLY -> We are all works in progress through Grace and relationship. – Knowledge not enough – relationship!

V. CONCLUSION/PREVIEW/INVITATION – United in Christ 2:11-22


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