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A Matter of Life and Death

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Ephesians 2:1-10 (NIV)

1As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful naturea and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath. 4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

I.        Introduction:

II.      Evaluate The Grave Case Of The Sinner: A Matter Of Death

A.      The Deceased Examined

1.       The State Of Death

2.       The Cause Of Death

a)       Death Caused By Sin

b)       Death Caused By Sinner

B.      The Dead Walking

1.       Following The Ways Of The World

2.       Following The Ruler Of A Kingdom

C.      The Devil Operating

1.       An Ongoing Operation: Now

2.       A Targeted Operation: Sons Of Disobedience

a)       Marked By Behavior

b)       Marked For Wrath

III.   Examine The Glorious Aid Of A Savior: A Matter Of Life

A.      A Lively Resurrection: Power

1.       Made Alive By God

a)       The Mercy Of God: Rich

b)       The Motive Of God: Love

2.       Made Alive With Christ

3.       Made Alive When Dead

4.       Made Alive Through Grace

B.      A Lofty Elevation: Position

1.       Being Raised Up With Christ

2.       Being Seated With Christ

C.      A Living Demonstration: Purpose

1.       A Demonstration Through Time

2.       A Demonstration Of Extended Grace

3.       A Demonstration Of Received Kindness

IV.    Embrace The Generous Heart Of Salvation: A Matter Of Grace

A.      Receive The Gift Of Salvation

1.       Salvation By Grace

2.       Salvation Through Faith

3.       Salvation Of God

B.      Recognize The Work Of Salvation

1.       The Work Of Man In Salvation

a)       Does Not Earn The Right Of Salvation

b)       Does Not Earn The Right To Brag

2.       The Work Of God In Salvation

a)       We Are Saved With God’s Redemptive Power: The Creator Works

b)       We Are Saved For God’s Redemptive Purpose: The Creature Works

(1)     Created In Christ
(2)     Created For Works
(a)     Works That Are Good
(b)     Works That Were Planned
(c)     Works To Be Performed

V.      Conclusion:

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