The Mechanics of Salvation (Ephesians 2:1-10)

 
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Summary

Four prepositional phrases. "By grace through faith in Christ, not of works." These are some of the most important descriptors of salvation in all of Christianity. In Sunday's sermon, Dave unpacked why salvation had to be this way and how knowing how grace and faith works can help Christians in their daily life.

Sadly, though, Sunday's recording failed. You can download Dave's manuscript if you're interested in reading the sermon. Dave also provided a handout that Citizens' regularly uses which applies the gospel to our daily life called "Fruit to Root."

Text

Ephesians 2:1–10

[1] And you were dead in the trespasses and sins [2] in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience—[3] among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. [4] But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, [5] even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—[6] and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, [7] so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. [8] For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, [9] not a result of works, so that no one may boast. [10] For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (ESV)