The Gift of Grace

SERMON NOTES
9/28/2014
Rev. Dr. Jim Toole
Ephesians Sermon Series
Ephesians 2:1-10

 

The Gift of Grace

Today we are going to walk through the first few verses of Chapter 2 that show a description of the bondage of this world. Then we will read the power of God’s mercy as we look at the subject of Salvation.

Ephesians 2:1-3 – Bondage, Satan and Spiritual Warfare

Blueprint Worldview –

Warfare Worldview –

Biblical view of Satan and Spiritual Warfare -

Ephesians 2:4-7 – Salvation

Jesus took the projected evil of the world and drew it on Himself. The cross speaks of a world reborn. The story of the redemption is a story of how a loving creator, when His creation went awry, redeems the whole world.

Ephesians 2:8 - Faith is the trust in which we receive Grace

Through Christ we have been made alive, exalted and seated in the heavenly realm.  Grace is God’s free and undeserved mercy towards us and faith is the humble trust in which we receive that grace.

Ephesians 2:9-10 – Grace to Others

Paul is telling us to receive that free gift of salvation and grace and then to give that grace to others.

Questions: N.T. Wright – Life after Death

1. 1. What, according to Paul, characterizes people who are going in the wrong direction (v.3)?

2. 2. God made us alive and raised us up in Christ (vv. 4-6). What does verse 7 say God desires to accomplish by this?

3. 3. Read Ephesians 2:8-10. What is the means of our salvation (vv. 8-9)?

4. 4. Why did God save us (v. 10)?