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A Trip for All of Eternity (6 of 6)
Series: How God Works in Your Life
INTRODUCTION: In my international flight to Israel recently I really enjoyed one of the features of the flight. The airline had a computer tracking system that was shown on a screen the exact place you were at all times on the trip. A map was shown, in various stages and dimensions, and would retrack and project the trip for you at all times. That sure beats your child saying, ''Are we almost there yet?'' You can reply and say, ''Be quiet and look at the map.''
This computer tracking system on this international flight told the passengers where you were, where you are going, and how you are going to get there. This is exactly what the Apostle Paul tells us in this Bible text today. He takes us on what I want to preach about today, ''A Trip for all of Eternity.'' He tells you where you were before you gave your life to Jesus Christ. He tells you where you are going once you have demonstrated faith in Christ. He then tells you how you came to Jesus Christ.
T.S.: I want you to look a these various truths in this text today. If you follow me I will share with you, not about a trip of a lifetime, but I will share with you about, ''A Trip for all of Eternity.'' Let's begin by looking at:
1. WHERE YOU WERE.(vs. 1-3)
Exp: Before you repented of your sin and came by faith to Jesus Christ your life is pictured here in Ephesians 2:1-3. In fact, many of you are still here because you have never responded in genuine faith in Jesus. Notice the four facts about your life before you knew Christ:
(1) Dead Spiritually.(v. 1) You were not dead spiritually because you do acts of sin, but you were dead spiritually because your nature is sinful. Your condition is sinful . . . dead! ''trespasses''-to stumble or go the wrong direction. ''sin''-missing the mark of God's holiness and this word is used 173 times in the New Testament. *Any person apart from Jesus is dead! ...
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