Series: God Has A Plan-And We're Part Of It (2 of 6) by Stuart Briscoe

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NOTE: This sermon is part 3 and 4 of a 12 part sermon series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.


Part 3: God's Plan of Salvation
Series: God Has A Plan-And We're Part Of It
Stuart Briscoe
Ephesians 2:1-10

It is no secret that the human race is in deep trouble, but there is little agreement on the exact nature and the extent of the problems. Scripture not only explains the situation but also outlines God's response: His gracious plan of salvation.

I. What We Need to Be Saved From: The Human Condition. vv. 1 3

A. Spiritual deadness.
1. Evidence of spiritual deadness.
a. Lack of spiritual appetite.

b. Lack of spiritual activity.

c. Lack of spiritual acuity.

2. Causes of spiritual deadness. See Isaiah 59:1-2
a. Transgressions.

b. Sins.

B. Spiritual domination: the world, the flesh, and the devil.
1. The "age of this world." v. 2
a. This "age"-in contrast to the "age to come."

b. This "world"-that which is purely secular.


Part 4: God's Plan for Reconciliation
Series: God Has A Plan-And We're Part Of It
Stuart Briscoe
Ephesians 2:11-22

The feelings of alienation that get so much publicity in our society are as old as humanity. They have their origins in humanity's alienation from God but manifest themselves in fractured relationships across the board. God has a plan to address it.

I. Alienation. vv. 11-12

A. The chronic alienation of Jew and Gentile.
1. Jewish contempt for Gentiles-"called uncircumcision."

2. Gentile hostility towards Jews.

B. The historic roots of this alienation.
1. God had chosen the Jews.

2. Called to be "holy unto the Lord" and to be a blessing to all nations.

3. They had settled for isolation and superior attitudes. (e.g. Temple.)

C. The spiritual results of this alienation.
1. "Separated from Christ"-compare "in Christ."

2. "Excluded from Israel."

3. "Foreigners to the covenants of promise."
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