I Love to Tell the Story (Ephesians 2:1-10)

1. Chapter 1 – The Real Problem: Spiritual Death a. Totally corrupted by sin b. Seduced by the world’s values c. Enslaved to the rule of Satan d. Destined for judgment 2. Chapter 2 – The Divine Solution: the Gospel a. We have a hero who loves us b. We have a hero who forgives us c. We have a hero who shows us grace d. We have a hero who gives us a purpose...

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Safer-with-the-Church (Ephesians 4:11-16)

Key idea: The church is essential to us, and we are essential to the church. I. The Church is Essential to Us The picture we are given is that the church consists of believers transformed by the Gospel of Christ (chapters 1-3), united around the person of Christ (4:13), ministering the truths of Christ (4:15), so that everyone would be rooted in Christ (4:14), resulting in a family who loves like Christ (4:15-16). Ephesians 4 accomplishes at least two things: A. It recognizes the importance of the church B. It reconstructs our understanding of......

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Key Idea – Community is necessary because in it, we exalt and proclaim Christ better together than if we were apart. Community is God’s intention in the Cross Do people know me, and do I know others? Community is God’s context for our Growth A. Christ-likeness is the Purpose for Community B. Community is Necessary for Christ-likeness We Know the Word Better Together in Community We Fight Sin Better Together in Community We Grow Better Together in Community We Serve Better Together in Community We Witness Better Together in Community We Love Christ......

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