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Ephesians 2:1-10 Sermon Outline
Best thing ever preached to me
ABC’s  A-to-Z
Eph 1: 7In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, 8which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight 9making knownc to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ 10as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.
Union with Christ is Union with God and Union with each other  the reversal of the fall, the reversal of sin, selfishness, death.
Works itself out:
1. God’s sovereign, electing power and love – Paul’s praise – we are blessed in Christ with every Spiritual blessing – not because we were worthy – this was predestined before the foundation of the world – this is God’s glory that exists apart from us and will continue without us – this calls us into it.
2. Paul’s prayer: Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him.
3. the way God saves people – tonight’s passage –
Reorientation, surrender to flames or missionary service, or give up addictions or be reconciled where forgiveness was once a joke of impossibility.
4. New mankind – the Church – reconciliation to god and each other from all courses and walks and cultures of life, all races, all backgrounds, all struggles – all in the same boat of hopelessness – disaster/flood unites people
5. Spiritual realms/dimension – God’s victory, the headline.
6. Workplace, Marriage, Parents/Children.
7. Mission in the world taking on the dark forces in all of the armor that the gospel gives us as Christ’s warrior identity is given to us to take to the world.
Lead up  Paul’s piling up words: magnificence, dominion, power, authority, position of Christ over ALL!!!! Lord of everything – This and That, Earth and Heaven, Seen Unseen
 how God saves us.
Intro 2: David Foster Wallace  “Eternal Jest” (late 90’s novel).
1000 pages of the depths of
Godless Worship.
Symptoms of life apart from grace  Pride and Despair.
Tennis player  magazine picture.
first second, enjoyment/pride … every second after is worry/fear/despair of a time when his picture won’t be in there.
Follows this character into the deeper levels of the psyche, sounding the psychological destination of life’s pursuits.
Numb  Pain  burning building burn or jump.
Autobiographical  author committed suicide less than a decade later at 46.
He speaks of worship:
“There is no such thing as not worshipping.
Everybody worships.
The only choice we get is what to worship. . . .
If you worship money and things, if they are where you tap real meaning in life, then you will never have enough, never feel you have enough.
It’s the truth.
Worship your body and beauty and sexual allure and you will always feel ugly.
And when time and age start showing, you will die a million deaths before they finally grieve you.
On one level, we all know this stuff already.
It’s been codified as myths, proverbs, clichés, epigrams, parables; the skeleton of every great story.
The whole trick is keeping the truth up front in daily consciousness.
Worship power, you will end up feeling weak and afraid, and you will need ever more power over others to numb you to your own fear.
Worship your intellect, being seen as smart, you will end up feeling stupid, a fraud, always on the verge of being found out.
But the insidious thing about these forms of worship is not that they’re evil or sinful, it’s that they’re unconscious.
They are default settings.
They’re the kind of worship you just gradually slip into, day after day, getting more and more selective about what you see and how you measure value without ever being fully aware that that’s what you’re doing.”
No escape from evil within/without.
“The consequences of a fallen world and the consequences of our sin, tag-team to shoot Novocain deep into the soul.
Depravity and sin numb us to all true spiritual sensation.
The soul is dead.
To finid any hope, God’s sovereign grace must reach into the darkness of a world of despair.
It must be an electing, all-powerful, miraculous move on His part.
 exiled sinners in Babylon, slaves in the Egypt of Hell with Satanic pharaoh with greater loads of bricks.
God himself must enter  lives, story, rewrite it with Himself as the main character.
A disjoint story.
1. Powers outside of us: (devil and world system, heavenlies – spiritual dimension)
1And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 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—
Following the course of this world
Following the prince of the power of the air: Air is ubiquitous – it’s at your workplace, in your closet, vibrating through the air waves of radio, television, internet, social media, on the news.
Air is everywhere, as is our enemy.
You breathe in the possibility of demonic influence.
We, in our modern culture of scientistic arrogant denialism, tend to minimize any thoughts of spiritual warfare, any thoughts of demonic, satanic influence over the world and over our own thoughts.
Hell has been mightily at work in the Supreme Court, the Presidency, and the Congress.
We no longer know what marriage is – humanity has known for thousands of years what marriage is (haven’t been very good at it, but at least understood definitions), no longer knows what manhood and womanhood are (again, haven’t been very good at it, but at least understood how definitions work), and can’t even protect the most innocent and vulnerable in our society, act as if it’s the most controversial topic ever to actually propose the non-murder of a human being because he or she is smaller than the rest of us.
This is called following the prince of the power of the air.
It’s wickedness, satanically induced wickedness, and society follows this, including US (apart from grace).
The spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience.
The world thinks it has broken free and sets the new definitions of reality for itself, when the reality is that they are being pulled around by the snout by the powers, agents, and spirit of hell that is in the very air we breathe.
It is a spirit of lies and illusion.
2. Us Too!
The enemy within:
3 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.
We were just like them, no finger pointing as if we were any better/different.
I am a groupie of the devil until/unless I am made alive.
We all once lived
Passions of our flesh
Desires of the body
e. Desires of the mind
By nature children of wrath
Like the rest of mankind
The demonic powers are the carrot danglers for us to follow because our desire goes for the carrot, the pipers that play the music for our desires to decide to dance.
3. BUT GOD!!! Best 2 words in all of scripture.
This is the turning point, the plot twist, the resolution.
It was all a set up for Paul to bring us to the amazingness of grace, that we might be at least somewhat close to being as amazed as we should be by God’s salvation.
4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us,
a. Rich in mercy: not just a little mercy for little stuff, but not enough for great evil.
Because of the great love: not just a little love, not just enough love to love you as long as you’re pleasing him, (illustration of when wife is at her worst, that is when you have a chance to have greatest love)
4. How? Resurrection.
5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,
When we were dead!
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