A Community of Grace · Clinton, SC

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Saved by Grace – through Faith

Ephesians 2:8-9 Because it is so essential to understanding the gospel as well as our need to worship, Paul re-emphasizes the truth that our salvation is all of God’s doing. He does this first by reminding us that we were saved by grace – words that repeat themes both in chapter one and earlier in chapter 2. Grace, of course, by virtue…

But God!

Ephesians 2:4-7 The words “But God” in Ephesians 2 take us right to the heart of the gospel. We were dead, disobedient and doomed, but God intervened at the point of our desperate need. This sermon looks first at God’s great work of salvation. How he made us alive with Christ, raised us with Christ and seated us with Christ. We then…

Power and the Exalted Christ

Ephesians 1:19-23 Part of Paul’s prayer for the believers (and our prayer for ourselves and others) was that they would know the immeasurable greatness of his power. We tend to underestimate the exact nature of this power – so Paul puts this power into perspective by reminding us that this is the same power that raised Christ from the dead, the same…

The “Whats” of Knowing God Better

Ephesians 1:18-19 Here we are reminded that we must pray that we would know three great spiritual truths. The first is “the hope of God’s calling.” This refers to the assurance that what God calls us to – he brings about. Second we are to pray that we would know “the riches of God’s glorious inheritance in the saints.” Such a view of what awaits…

A Prayer to Know God Better

Ephesians 1:15-19 Paul’s prayer that the saints in Ephesus would know God better is just as needed by the Church today, for one of the things most urgently needed Western Christendom is a deeper knowledge of God. Paul offers this prayer because he knows God is sovereign in the affairs of men. He begins with thanksgiving, for through thanksgiving we get to…

Salvation – Arranged by the Father – Part 1

Ephesians 1:4 While in many ways the doctrine of election is difficult to understand, in the end it is meant to bring comfort and assurance and to lead us to worship. Sadly, because of misunderstandings about election, it often results in confusion and doubt. In this first sermon on election, we see: 1) that the one who elects is none other than…