Summary: A sermon about salvation.
a) John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life.
b) Acts 2:21 and it shall come to pass that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
c) Romans 10:13 for whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Point: 1 John 4:15 says that whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. Anyone can take the free gift of eternal life, Jesus does not discriminate, and God is not a respecter of persons. The lamb was slain at Calvary for the world not just a select few. Each and every person has an opportunity to have a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.
Illustration: Shall is the key word in any of these verses, it means and indication that something will happen in the future. Hey we as Christian people believe that God’s going to do something, if we are in a condition of broken fellowship he will restore that fellowship if we ask him, if we have unrepented sins he will forgive them if we ask him.
a) 2 Corinthians 5:17 a new creature
b) If any man be in Christ
c) If is the biggest word in the bible because it requires an action by the reader.
d) Salvation is free and forgiveness available IF you choose it.
Point: Transformation is what happens when you become saved, you change from lost to found, from death to life. Behold all things are become new, in the instant your saved you gain all these. But don’t be misled, transformation happens at salvation but sanctification is a process, we call life.
Illustration: Christians love to look at other Christians and give there two cents. When a brother or sister falls or makes a mistake many are quick to discard, discredit, disassociate. Why?? Brother John Doe who was teaching Sunday school got caught doing this or that and now his home; his family and his entire life are in shambles. What does the church do a lot of times? They leave him too, just plain spoke, some would say he probably never was even saved to act that way. When a fellow solider is wounded on the battle field we shouldn’t leave them out there to die. When a sister falls in the ditch we shouldn’t just pass by and act like we don’t see them or notice them. As God’s people we have a responsibility to help each other and to uphold one another in love. If I’m not mistaken I believe that’s part of the Great Commandment!!! Love God with all your being and love each other...
Body: Ephesians 2:1-10
1: Brought to life
a) quickened- to make alive
b) everyone of us has or had a sin debt
c) if your saved your debt is paid through the shed blood of Jesus Christ
d) if your lost your debt stands as unsettled in heaven
Point: the lost person is as a dead man walking this world, the only pleasure or joy he will ever have is temporary because his joy and happiness resides on this earth with earthly things. But when Jesus saves someone they are quickened; their made alive with all the eternal promises and hope that are given too a child of the Lord.
Your either alive or dead today!!!
2: we’ve all been there
a) there is no reason to revel or live in the past
b) but before we throw someone away we should recollect
c) not too long ago we were in the same condition
d) v 3 we all had our conversation in times past
Point: this is sole opinion but I believe one of the most deadly devices too a Christian is self righteousness. Self righteous people believe that they are doing God’s will and his work they don’t have a shadow of a doubt about it. Leader’s church worker, teachers and preachers, no one is immune to this. In the days of Jesus they called these people Pharisees and scribes. We see clearly what self righteousness done too them. Let us be ever mindful of how we live our lives in Christ, and when situations arise let’s ask ourselves are we acting like Jesus or we acting like ourselves or each other.
3: Grace is not earned
a) v 4 but God who is rich in mercy, for his great love where with he loved us
b) v 5 even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, by grace ye are saved
c) I can’t be a good enough person