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The Doctrine Of Grace (7 of 13)
Series: What Every Christian Should Know
I. The Story Of Past Guilt
A. We Were Dead
B. We Were Devilish
C. We Were Depraved
II. The Story Of Grace
A. Salvation Is By Grace
B. Salvation Is Through Faith
C. Salvation Is Unto Good Works
III. The Story Of Glory
A. Saved By Grace
B. Serve By Grace
I want you to turn, tonight, to Ephesians 2 as we continue our doctrinal study. We are going to talk, tonight, about the doctrin of grace. The doctrine of grace is both simple and complex. It is one of the deepest studies, and yet, God makes grace so simple that a child can understand.
We sing the song, Amazing Grace. It is called the Baptist anthem, not because the Baptists are the only ones who sing it, but because grace has been at the heart of the Baptist movement throughout the centuries of time. We thank God for this great doctrine tonight.
We are going to read the first ten verses in Ephesians 2: " And 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 show 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."
Now, sometimes, I notice when I go into homes that there will be different kinds of trophies displayed on the bookshelves in the living room, or perhaps, some other part of the home. Sometimes, these trophies are very obvious. They are the trophies of hunters.
They are the heads of animals that have been taken as trophies or prizes, and they are displayed on the wall because that person is into hunting, and these trophies tell about his love for hunting and his love as a sportsman.
Then you go into other homes, and you will find their baseball or softball trophies, or basketball or football trophies, or some other kind of sport, because many people are into athletics. Athletics are a tremendous pursuit because they teach us to be competative.
They teach us to be sportsman like. They teach us how to win and they teach us how t ...
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