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Summary: Are you experiencing life as the Walking Dead or are you truly Alive in Christ?

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Made Alive in Christ

Ephesians 2:1-10

Intro

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Have you heard the one about a plane that is about to crash? It has a pilot, a scientist, a pastor and a student, but there are only 3 parachutes.

The pilot, knowing first that the plane is going to crash, takes a parachute reasoning, that it takes years to become a pilot and he is worth more than the others alive.

The scientist takes a parachute thinking he is the smartest and he jumps.

That leaves the pastor and the student.

The pastor, having Christ, knows that he will be with the Lord and says to the student to take the last parachute. The student responds that there is no need; there were still 2 parachutes left because the scientist jumped with the students back pack!

Transition

Have you ever thought you had the real thing, only to find out that it wasn’t real at all?

The scientist jumped thinking he had a real parachute.

Maybe you had what you thought was a gold ring, but it kept tarnishing!

Maybe your boyfriend gave you a diamond, but then it turned out to be cubic zirconia!

You thought what you had was real, but then found out otherwise and you were probably sorely disappointed.

Has that ever happened to you?

I would argue that this has happened to all of us at some point.

I would argue that there was a time that many of us here have thought we were alive, and living “good” lives, but only later found out the truth.

And there are probably some here today that believe they are alive and living a good life. Well, if you are not in Christ, you are not really living the life God created for us to live. It is a fake. You are actually dead.

Don’t believe me?

Well, let’s turn to Ephesians 2:1-10

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And see what Paul has to tell us about life outside of Christ so we can know the reality of our situation outside of Christ and hear How God works to give us life.

Let’s read Ephesians 2:1-10

Ephesians 2:1-10

2 As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath. 4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions — it is by grace you have been saved. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.


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