Alive in Christ

June 26, 2016 Speaker: Fred Greco Series: Ephesians

Topic: AM Service Passage: Ephesians 2:4–2:7

The Bible paints a realistic and ugly view of sin. It also tells us that we are dead in our sins – not sick or hampered – and that as such we are completely unable to do anything to lift ourselves out of our predicament. The Bible also gives us good news: the good news of the gospel. The great interjection of the gospel is declared by Paul with a full voice: “BUT GOD!” We are lost and helpless, but God showers His mercy on sinners and makes them alive in Christ. The grace of God makes all the difference; it not only brings life, but it also raises us up to blessings unimaginable. Sin may be powerful, but the grace of God is still more powerful. It is a great blessing to know that the Lord makes us “Alive in Christ” (Ephesians 2:4-7).

I. God’s Intervention
A. Undeserved
B. Powerful and Effective

II. God’s Work
A. Made Alive
B. Set Free
C. Secured Forever

III. God’s Purpose
A. For Our Good
B. For His Glory

Questions for consideration: (1) How does knowing that you had nothing to do with your salvation affect how you view God? How does it affect how you relate to other people? (2) If you are alive and set free by God, what does that mean when temptation comes to you? (3) How do God’s glory and His mercy intersect? Why is it important to understand God’s free grace to properly honor Him?

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