October 9, 2017

5 BIG Ideas: sola Gratia (Grace alone)

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Read along with Ephesians 2:1-10

 

In this podcast: 

1. Anthem of the day: "And Can It Be" (Thomas Campbell, Lloyd Larson, Charles Wesley) 

2. Sermon 

 

Sermon excerpt: 

But I gotta say, even for a word nerd like me, this passage from Ephesians chapter 2 is daunting. In the original Greek, “verses 1-7 form a single, one hundred twenty-four word sentence.”[i] The subject of the sentence (God) doesn’t appear until verse 4 and the main verbs (made us alive and raised us up with him) don’t show up until verses 5 and 6!

So, for the sake of sparing you the headache that untangling this passage gave me this week, let me break it down for you. Very simply … the author of Ephesians is trying to say this: … once you were dead in your sin, but God who is rich in mercy, out of his great love for you, has made you alive in Christ.

Wait. I can make it even simpler: once you were lost, but now you have been found.

 

[i]  https://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=262   

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