The Biography of the Christian
1And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; 2Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: 3Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. 4But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 6And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: 7That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. 8For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
Someone has that the you are the same today as you will be in five years except for two things; the people you meet and the books you read. May I suggest reading biographies. You can even start by reading your own biography. The biography of the Christian is found in Ephesians 2:1-10. The title of your biography is “God’s Amazing Grace”
The work of salvation reveals God’s grace
The __________ that describes our past
My story of Grace
The __________ the defines the present
“by grace are ye saved” Grace explains what God has done.
The way of salvation requires God’s grace
The not’s of Salvation given to us in verses 8 and 9
Not of works
Not of yourselves
The __________ God demands
Salvation is not in whom you are, or what you do, but something received by faith
Salvation does not depend on what you or I have done. It depends entirely and solely on what Christ has done. The Lord Jesus paid our sin debt on Calvary’s Cross and all that God demands is of us is that, by faith, accept what the Lord Jesus has done for us
The wonder of Salvation should cause us to love God’s grace
The __________ He has proven to us
The __________ He has provided us
Why do we love the grace of God
John Newton said it best:
Amazing Grace how sweet the sound,
that saved a wrench like me;
I once was lost, but now I’m found,
was blind, but now I see.