February 28, 2016
1. THE BIG IDEA
(If you missed the sermon, we will have it available to view online Tuesday afternoon.)
2. THE SCRIPTURE
And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
3. THE QUESTIONS
Use these questions to further explore the theme of today’s message:
QUESTION 1: PRAY
Write out a prayer of thanks to God for delivering you from the darkness described in Ephesians 2:1-3. Sin no longer defines you. “Saint” describes you. Dave Stone said this past week at Ozark Christian College, “Satan knows your name but calls you by your sin. Jesus knows your sin but calls you by your name.”
QUESTION 2: SPEAK
Chose a fellow believer and practice articulating the gospel to them. Read Ephesians 2:4-9 and create an outline in your head how you would explain the gospel to someone. How is it that we can come into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ?
QUESTION 3: GROW
Impression without expression leads to depression. We weren’t saved to sit. We were saved to serve. The only way to grow in our faith is to give ourselves to good works. Of all the ministries in the church, which one has your interest? Whom should you seek out to find out about getting more involved in that ministry?
QUESTION 4: LOVE
Randy Gariss used to say, “Christian living is just gratitude for grace.” Mother Teresa said, “There are no big deals anymore, just small things to be done with great love.” In a spirit of Ephesians 2:10 what small things need done with great love this week by you?
4. THE PLAYLIST
You Are Good by Lakewood Live
This Is Amazing Grace by Bethel Live
At The Cross (Love Ran Red) by Chris Tomlin
Thrive by Casting Crowns
5. THE HIGHLIGHT
One of the highlights from our morning was having some of our friends from Thru The Roof (Ministry for People with Disabilities) help lead worship on the song Thrive. What a fantastic way to end the service!
ON A SIDE NOTE....