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Supernatural Religion – Ephesians 2:1-10

In its 2000-year history, Christianity has almost destroyed itself numerous times.It really is amazing the church is around at all.Jesus must have been telling the truth when he promised, “The gates of hell will not prevail [against the church].”Its problems have not only been caused by enemies from without, but also by enemies from within (as Paul himself predicted would happen to the Ephesian church in Acts 20).One of the things that has plagued the church from the very beginning is the attempt to redefine the church in ways that end up evacuating the church of its power and real influence.Often the way this comes about is through people who argue to convince Christians that the only way they can stay relevant is by changing who they are in ways that conform to society and culture.We’re seeing that today, with the effect that the church is losing relevance instead of becoming relevant.
Christianity has been redefined in multiple ways.Some try to redefine it as a political movement.I’…

Salvation by Grace – Ephesians 2:4-10

Christianity is different from every other world religion in one very important sense.  It is the only world religion that is a religion of grace.  Every other religion tells you what you have to do to earn eternal life.  Christianity, on the other hand, puts a cross where every other religion puts a rule and says that Jesus Christ the Son of God has done for us what we could not do for ourselves.  Salvation is not  a work, it is a gift.  And no where is the gracious nature of salvation exhibited more clearly than in Ephesians 2:4-10. 

It is imperative however, as we look at the apostle’s words here in verses 4-10, that we keep the reality of verses 1-3 before our minds.We will never truly appreciate what God has done for us until we really appreciate where we were at before God moved in to save us.And Paul helps us here because at the beginning of verse 5 he himself reminds us that God saved us “even when we were dead in sins.”To be dead in sin is not the state of a small minority of…