6. For a long time the old church sat empty and abandoned in a Detroit neighborhood. I'm not overstating the case. Paul says, "I urge you to walk in a way that's worthy of the calling you have received." (2) Faith is necessary in the nature of the case. Then He proved that His work of redemption was done when He rose from the dead. A Remarkable Life Ephesians 2:8 October 30, 1998 This is the story of a man with whom I worked. Her pastor shared Romans 10:9-10 and Ephesians 2:8-9 with him. Mighty strength in our inner being, "through His Spirit" (Ephesians 3:16). Immediately after stating that we are not saved by works, Ephesians 2 tells us, "We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them" (Eph 2:10). Perhaps they'll want to hear the music too.—David H. Roper. --Anon. Grace is: God's favor bestowed on undeserving people (Eph 2:1); God's instrument for bringing salvation to each believer (Eph 2:8); God's provision of spiritual fellowship with others (Eph 2:5, 6); and God's creative influence, equipping the believer to fulfill His purposes (Eph 2:10). Red Cross Ephesians 2:8-9 October 11, 1992. As an adult he taught Sunday school. Both concepts are correct for they are both taught in the scriptures. But often it's "a different gospel" (Galatians 1:6). We show our love for God when we love His family. Grace: Getting what we don't deserve. Genuine faith is always evident by what follows—a life of good works. Ephesians 2:19 Spurgeon, C. H. Morning and evening What is meant by our being citizens in heaven? --D C McCasland. Christ builds His church with different stones And makes each one secure; All shapes and sizes fit in place To make His church endure. Dec 15, 1985 . We are saved by faith alone, but faith that saves is never alone. He was saying, 'I want this child. His comrades watched breathlessly, expecting to hear at any instant the crack of a rifle that would end his life. Chilean poet Pablo Neruda was a lonely and unhappy child, with no siblings or friends. He had not noticed a stranger come in and sit in a rear pew. The Only Road to Real Happiness. SermonAudio.com - Ephesians 2 Sermons. In the first three verses of this chapter he shows us our moral and spiritual bankruptcy. Adding To A Masterpiece Ephesians 2:1-10 October 17, 2000 Could you improve on a masterpiece? this awesome gift we call freedom. The best we have to offer is not good enough to meet the Lord's holy standards. I once was lost but now am found, Was blind but now I see. Later you get a bill for a bunch of items you didn't buy. --Gray No one is good enough to save himself; no one is so bad that God cannot save him. You say, "What do you mean by that?" All who have faith will be saved. Ephesians 2:1-10 contains three main segments: (1) Verses 1-3; (2) Verses 4-6; and (3) Verses 7-10. In the next verse, Paul described believers as "created in Christ Jesus for good works [not by good works], which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them" (Eph 2:10). It's a gift. Matthew 25:31-46. Believe in Christ who died for you (Jn. It may lie up hill or down dale; may be lined with grassy sward or be full of jagged stones; may be short with the years of childhood or long with those of old age; may consist in lying on a couch to suffer or in strenuous activity — but every yard has been prepared. And since 1970, he's spent over $200,000 of his retirement money and savings contacting every city and town in this country by mail or by fax, seeking to learn information on any men and women who have given their lives for this country. 2. We can no more make things square with God than Bill Walker could atone for hitting that girl. God is a peacemaker who always takes the first step. These are the notes of the sermon preached by Andy Evans on the morning of the 17 January 2010. If you read Ephesians 2:1-3, and listen to most sermons on these verses, that is the type of message you will often hear. Ephesians 2 Sermon Illustrations; Free Sermon Illustrations for Preaching : In Sermon Illustrations: "Ephesians 2" showing 1-20 of 51 Filter Results Sort By. The old church sparkled with light. Bible Verse; Newest; Oldest; Most Viewed; Most Shared; Sermon. But by the amazing strategy of the cross, our gracious God, the Supreme Artist, took ruined sinners and recreated them to reflect the beauty of Christ's holiness. Sermon series: Open Your Trauma Toolbox. This is what Jesus meant by the "broad way that many find." Marvelous, infinite, matchless grace, Freely bestowed on all who believe! It happens when supposed teachers of the Bible distort the gospel and proclaim a false message that they call the truth (salvation by works, for example). What's next?" It's an amazing testimony of his own experience. There's no better news than the gospel—spread the word! So we need to encourage fellow Christians to turn from their sin and live for the Lord. With his original perfection stained and disfigured, he was fit only to be eternally discarded. The magnificent Inca buildings will eventually crumble, but the church is built to last. Most spell righteousness with God "D-O." The Cross of Jesus stands between you and the constant appeal of the world, as when the neighbours of Christian tried to induce him to return to the City of Destruction. As citizens, we have common rights to all the property of heaven. Because of God's grace, salvation is a free gift. UN SERMON POUR THANKSGIVING (SERMON N°65 SUR LE LIVRE DE LA GENÈSE) par le Dr. R. L. Hymers, Jr. « Cependant le chef des échansons ne se souvint pas de Joseph ; mais il l’oublia » (Genèse 40:23). Another important part of this ministry is visiting these folks later and sharing the gospel of Christ with them. I heard of a man who had lived a troubled life and died without understanding the message of God's grace. The hymn's composer John Newton, who was once an infidel and slave trader, had been thirsty for grace. Your credit card is invalid, the message says, and your number has to be reentered to reactivate your account. But that masterpiece was completed when Jesus said, "It is finished," while hanging on the cross (John 19:30). God’s design was to bless all the families of the earth through Abraham (Ge 12:1, 2, 3; Is 51:2). July 28, 2002 "Hear, and your soul shall live!". During the Spanish-American War, Clara Barton was overseeing the work of the Red Cross in Cuba. Paul insisted, "By grace you have been saved through faith, … not of works" (Eph 2:8, 9). "'But the man came over to me, and he began rattling away something in English. Acknowledge your sin and helplessness. One explanation of the white stone is a picture of unearned acquittal. saith the Lord. That's what's next! She's not sure God will accept her. Why did God come for me, for you? After he retired, Les met Ruby. Did you pay?" The great maker of the Stradivarius violin rightly said of God: "He could not make Antonio Stradivari violins without Antonio." As you approach the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci, would you think about taking a palette and brushes and touching up the painting? A week later, he was lying in a hospital bed and looking into the face of a black man who had saved his life. Receive it, and the whole world is altered, and all is right with God forever. Ron Love. Sermon Notes for Ephesians 2:12 Next Section → Sermon Notes for Galatians 1:3 ← Prior Book. Let's drink deeply of God's amazing grace so that we will be grace-dispensers to a thirsty world. Suddenly, the truth struck him. (Ephesians 2:8, 9). Ephesians … You get it wrong - and it is incredibly easy to get it wrong--and you've missed heaven. All we can do is reach out to Jesus by repenting of our sin and receiving His free gift of eternal life. These men were given the task of proclaiming the terms of salvation and establishing the primitive church. Soon he too felt deep emotion welling up in his heart. Ephesians 2:8-9 October 29, 1994 Having just received the Lord Jesus as his Savior from sin, an enthusiastic young boy blurted out, "Now what do I do? And from their valiant death comes this gift that most of the world has never known . --Oxenham Prejudice is a lazy man's substitute for thinking. From Blot to Beauty August 11, 1994 Ephesians 2:7 God our Maker faced a situation something like that of the artist, except that the problem was immeasurably greater. If not, you can "get sure" today. Trusting Christ for salvation gives us a new identity. The relationship between faith and works is explained in the New Testament writings of Paul to the Ephesians, and in a brief letter from James. 12:33-37; 15:17-20 . Ephesians 3:8-21 July 2, 2001. "As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he." —Anon. Then, says Paul, He is rich in grace (Ephesians 2:7), which is the same nearly as "the rich in mercy" of my text. SermonAudio.com - Ephesians 2 Sermons. Get to know Christ personally, and you will love to hear His music. We do the same. — Hartsough There is no one so deaf as the person who refuses to hear! No one is allowed to unload the food from the truck, pass it out, or do anything else with the intention that such efforts will earn this food. Making Things Square Ephesians 2:8-10 March 14, 1998 No one is good enough to deserve heaven. — Our new creation in Christ Jesus and the preparation of our life-work are due to the same mind. Have you ever been scammed by spam? came the blunt reply. Surviving clansmen soon began a fierce guerrilla campaign against their occupiers. One night at the dinner table, his youngest boy made a disrespectful remark to him. I had boils all over me. Sermon Central Share a Sermon; Try PRO Free ... Scripture: Malachi 4:2, Ephesians 4:31, Ephesians 3:17, Galatians 5:23. The war is over! --H V Lugt. I once was lost but now am found, Was blind but now I see. Amazing grace—how sweet the sound— That saved a wretch like me! Christians are a "heavenly" people. With tears trickling down his cheeks, he exclaimed, “Bless Him! --Martin To appreciate the Master's music, you must know the Master. he agreed. Have you heard the Savior's voice? In context, though, we find that James wasn't denying that we are saved by faith, for he referred to Abraham and said that he "believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness" (James 2:23). We were slaves, powerless and punishable, but God has raised us up with [Christ] and seated us with Him in the heavenly places. The masterpiece is complete. Today’s Sermon Outline from Ephesians 2:1-10. He set it down in the same spot and ran off with the sheep. Sermon Ephesians 2:8-10 Saving Grace Check out these helpful resources Biblical Commentary Sermons Children's Sermons Hymn Lists Dr. Mickey Anders Ephesians 2:8-10 Philip Yancey begins his wonderful book entitled, What's So Amazing About Grace?, with this gripping story he heard from a friend who worked with the down-and-out in Chicago. Lloyd Stilley is pastor of First Baptist Church, Gulf Shores, Alabama. That's what makes God's grace so amazing! The Bible, in Ephesians 2:8-9, makes it crystal-clear that we are saved by grace through faith. With many of us there is little attempt to guard our thoughts. Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for Ephesians 2:10 ← Back to Chuck Smith's Bio & Resources "HIS WORKMANSHIP" I. He hears about Judas, who betrayed Jesus for 30 silver coins. The apostle Paul had to correct some believers in Galatia who had the same idea. On the ground was a small toy sheep. "And Christ shall give thee light." 2:1). We're not better than you or your boys.". Jesus came as a baby, and when He grew to manhood He preached peace to a warring world. He is so by effecting two reconciliations, and thus obliterating two deep and long-standing alienations. When explorers entered Peru, they found huge, impressive buildings that may have been standing for 2,000 years. He too has spoken through His work "with particular directness and intimacy." What was he saying? —Fawcett As we draw near to Christ we are drawn near to each other. For by grace you are saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God's gift-- not from works, so that no one can boast. At Chatsworth High School in Los Angeles, he's known as Mr. Memorial. The sovereignty of God and the human responsibility of man. She was tagged with one of the ugliest words in the Korean language to describe her mixed lineage. In the foregoing verses he insists that we are not saved by our works, that none should boast; but, as though to meet the objection that his system was inconsistent with holy living, he affirms that the whole intention of God was that we should manifest our new life in Christ by the holy life in which it fruits. Paul begins with where we were before we … Then, says Paul, He is rich in grace (Ephesians 2:7), which is the same nearly as "the rich in mercy" of my text. The bitter conflict had finally ended between the North and the South. There is a catch, however. "Remember me," the kid whispered into Rooney's ear as he died. The rich young ruler in Luke 18 was outwardly religious and morally upright. ”The scene was repeated as a third man and then a fourth walked over, gazed at the painting, and exclaimed, “I love Him too! The conquest took 30,000 Celtic lives, but the Roman victory was short-lived. When we do nothing else but accept God's total pardon, we receive the guarantee of eternal life (Titus 3:4, 5, 6, 7). To drive this home, Paul comes right out and says that our salvation is not from yourselves; it is God's gift - not from works... You don't earn a gift. When he learned that it was a debate about the uniqueness of Christianity, he immediately commented, "Oh, that's easy. 55:9), and He does not deal with us according to our sins (Ps 103:10). Then just as suddenly the hand was gone. 2:1-3 is a hopeless one. He learned that the man had used his own coat and bare hands to smother the flames that had turned the trucker into a human torch. Verses 1-3 focus on fallen man, and his hopeless condition (dead) as a result of his sin. They do not draw from their relationship with God the comfort and peace He intends for His children. When he listens to the Bible stories in Sunday school, he hears about Adam and Eve, who messed things up for all of us. Paul was in trouble because he was accused of breaching a wall. Dr. Mika Edmondson, a pastor in Michigan, gave an address in the summer of 2016 to the Council members of The Gospel Coalition, touching… What's Next? You can't add anything! Notice how the Apostle insists on this: "You died, you were raised with Christ, your life is hid with Christ. Want to get in touch? --JDB What this world needs is the peace that passes all misunderstanding. Ephesians 2:8, 9 says, "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast." He gave the Lord all the glory, saying nothing about any of his own merits or what he had done to deserve the blessings of redemption. See to it that nothing hinders the output of His glorious indwelling. All of us are the beneficiaries of their courage. Do they chant the glories of triumphant grace? 2:8, 9). It's absolutely free. In this section of Scripture he wants the Ephesians to remember where they once were. Do they there rejoice over sinners that repent—prodigals that have returned? Bosses don’t pull out a stopwatch when they give a command. That night in his cabin, he began to reflect upon God's mercy. "But God, … even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ" (Eph 2:4, 5). THE PROMISE TO THE SLEEPER. We read of His rich mercy, His great love, and His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. Many non-Christians know the hymn "Amazing Grace" but may not know what grace means. Family members had extolled David's character and comforted everyone with the assurance that he was in heaven. Let's not be half-baked Christians, claiming God's forgiveness but still living as we please. God knows what He is doing. Anyone looking at this friendly, clean-living churchgoer would have labeled Les a Christian in a heartbeat. So the company altered the formula and changed the recipe to call for adding water and an egg to the mix. ”Although these men were from different churches, they felt a common bond because of their faith in Christ. The person in charge, who was very legalistic, didn't fully appreciate the reality of salvation by grace through faith alone, apart from human works. It is impossible for anyone to earn these favors! "FOR BY GRACE ARE YOU SAVED THROUGH FAITH." CONSIDER NOW WE ARE SAVED BY OR THROUGH FAITH. 10 says, "It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God," says Hebrews 10:31. Confess Him as Savior and Lord (Rom. Free Sermon Illustrations > Ephesians 2:8-9. You Were Made for Ministry (Ephesians 2:1-10) Michael A. Milton. Sometimes the path to spiritual growth can get pretty rough. A Christian couple told their sons to be kind to the boys next door but not to become close companions with them. Just as it seemed that the vessel would sink, Newton cried aloud, "Lord, have mercy upon us!". It should. How does God correct His children? "Blessed are the meek," said our Lord, "for they shall inherit the earth." You who are longing to see His face, Will you this moment His grace receive? Why? (Lee Strobel, "Meet the Jesus I Know," Preaching Today Audio #211.). Now that Christ lives in our hearts, we want to hear His "music" in all of its expressions--through His Word, His creation, and His people. Taft looked thoughtful. Set your mind on things above (Col 3:2). As the meter varies in the poems of a laureate, so does the course of one life differ from another; but God has a thought, a plan, a purpose for each. A. But she's afraid to die. The soldiers of the US Civil War were free to return to their families. DIGGING DEEPER Read Genesis 15:1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and Genesis 22:1-14. The Lord, He is God - Isaiah 6; The Bible is God's Word to Me - Psalm 19; I Am a Sinner Who Needs a Savior - Ephesians 2; Jesus is the Answer - John 14; You Can't Earn a Gift - Ephesians 2; Are You Married or Just Dating the Church? Together, these illustrations show us the wonderful balance of the Christian life. As the organist turned to go, the stranger came forward and asked if he could play the piece. Some friends gave us a piece of Raku pottery. A headline in The Grand Rapids Press caught my attention: "Conversion to Hindu Faith Is Torturous." Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24. CSB Holy Land Illustrated Bible (Hardcover), Discover the Hope You're Looking for In God's Word, by Lloyd Stilley on Wednesday, January 01, 2014 at 7:00 AM. But someone objected, saying that other religions teach similar doctrines. What's next?" "First Thoughts on Year B Epistle Passages in the Lectionary," Lent 4, William Loader, Murdoch University, Uniting Church in Australia. According to a New York Times article, the historic structures are in advanced stages of disrepair, and buyers must restore each property "consistent with its historical architecture." I saw tears running down his face, and I knew if they could, they would have taken the whole lot home with them. She also said that she was so eager to earn God's favor that she gave a large sum of money to her church without her husband's knowledge. Built To Last Ephesians 2:22 February 23, 2006. Like every other president, William Howard Taft had to endure his share of abuse. He had always hoped that God would accept him because he did more good deeds than bad, but he knew he couldn't count on that. A friend said, "If anyone goes to heaven, he'll certainly be there, for he was such a good man!" Choose Book of Bible to StudyGenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SolomonIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Search Wikipedia using spiritual discretion. As I reflect about what we have learned about grace from this book thus far, I stand amazed at God’s great work of grace for His people. Believe on Jesus as your Savior (Jn 3:16). His men needed the help and he was prepared to pay out of his own funds. Sometimes it's harmless, but sometimes it's not. Three things to see and believe and then we're through. This is a common mistake among professing Christians. —Dennis Fisher. People with a variety of backgrounds, abilities, interests, and needs make up Christ’s church, so uniting in a common purpose is not an easy process. It's something like that in the spiritual realm too. The universal scope of His sacrifice shows His love for every human being. I was not a pretty sight. Thinking It Over Are you willing to take the first step to understand fellow believers who are different from you? I just got into the cage and was pulled to the top." Ephesians 6:2 Topic : Ephesians Constitutional Privilege. We freely quote Ephesians 2:8-9, "By grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast." Favor to the undeserving, Love, when from God we have turned, Mercy, when His love we've spurned-- That's God's grace! ", "Oh, that's easy. What a change Christ makes in our lives! 3. Ephesians 4:1-2 F B Meyer. 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