Preparing for SMR Gathered April 7th, 2013

Last week, as we celebrated the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday, we got to hear two of the best words we could ever imagine hearing: “But God.” Why are these words so good to hear? Because the words that preceded these in Ephesians 2 seemed anything but good. In the opening verses of this chapter, we are described by Paul as dead men walking! Though we walked and appeared to have life, we were utterly dead and hopeless in sin, doomed to receive God’s wrath. In our hopeless state, unable to revive ourselves from eternal condemnation, see what has happened! “…God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ…” These words meant that the only one who could save us, did. God has intervened. The resurrection of Jesus Christ from the grave also meant the resurrection of our dead souls from the graves of sin and death!

God’s grace alone is what saves us. He enables faith to be kindled in our hearts. Since it is God who has begun this work, he will also sustain and persevere it. So what do you do when those who have trusted in Jesus, don’t seem to do so anymore? What do you do when once repentant sinners, reject God’s word? As we continue our sermon series this week, ‘What is a Healthy Church?’, we’ll consider what it means to practice church discipline. The term itself seems out of place in modern day society. But Paul’s words to the Ephesian Church are indeed timeless and relevant for Christians in the 21st century.

Here’s what we’re singing:

See you on Sunday.

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