Summary: This sermon is about our redemption from sin through the blood of Jesus Christ. It includes a story about a little boy who redeems his boat.
We Are Redeemed
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
24being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,
It's a common belief that good people go to heaven...
and bad people go to hell.
However, today's Bible passage says we all sin.
When we die, we all deserve to be found guilty of sin...
and sentenced to eternity in hell.
Nevertheless, today's Bible passage offers us hope.
It says by God's grace we can be justified.
We can be redeemed from the penalty of sin through Christ Jesus.
Today's sermon is entitled "We Are Redeemed".
Today's story is about a little boy named Teddy O'Dell who lived close to the Ohio River. The one thing he loved best was to carve out little boats from pieces of driftwood that washed up on the riverbank. One day Teddy found a piece of wood perfect for sculpting. He told himself, "This is going to be the best boat I've ever made!" So he proceeded to carve it, sand it, then paint and lacquer it. When the boat was finished he showed it off to his friends. He was very proud of his boat.
More of that story in a moment!
Point 1 We were created by Jesus.
Ephesians 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
Jesus creates every baby born into this world!
13 For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother's womb.
14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous
are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. 15 My frame was not
hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the
lowest parts of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet
unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for
me, When as yet there were none of them.
As I've said before, there are no accidental pregnancies.
The Bible declares that God opens and closes a woman's womb.
He decides when a child is to be conceived.
Jesus has a plan for the life of each baby born into this world.
Colossians 1:16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.
"You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power;
For You created all things, And by Your will they exist and were created."
Jesus created us! We are His workmanship.
He created us to do good works!
Let's get back to our story about Teddy and his boat!
One day, Teddy went down to the river, put his little boat in the river, and watched it bob up and down on the water. He was so engrossed in watching his new boat that he didn't notice a storm that was approaching. Suddenly the wind became very strong and big waves were created on the water. The little boat was swept far, far out into the river and away from Teddy. As he watched helplessly from the shore, the boat was carried down the river and disappeared. Teddy ran to his father, crying, and his father tried to comfort him.
More of this story a little later!
Point #2 Sin separates us from God.
Ephesians 2:1-3 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.
There comes a time when each person must make a choice.
We will either accept Jesus as our Savior,
and choose to serve Him in our lives,
or choose to live our lives according to the ways of the world.
The Bible describes the Lost as "dead in trespasses and sins.".
Now, this doesn't mean only wicked people become Lost people.
Lost people can still possess good or godly desires.
Most of those people whose conversions are described in Acts
were God-fearing people before they were saved!
The thousands of "devout men" in Jerusalem for Pentecost - Acts 2:5
The Ethiopian Eunuch traveled great distances to worship God..
and was reading Isaiah when Philip found him - Acts 8:27-28
Cornelius, a devout God-fearing Gentile...