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The Worlds are Watching

July 14, 2013 Speaker: The Very Rev. Dr. Henry Baldwin Series: Church: Winning the Fight?

Scripture: Ephesians 2:1–2:22

The Worlds Are Watching

Rev. Dr. Henry Baldwin                           July 14th, 2013

The Christian Life – neither quietism nor pacifism

Review of Chapter 1

The What:




These are incredible blessings!

The Why:

1.11 In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, 12 in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. 13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God's possession--to the praise of his glory.

Ephesians 2

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 bodyand the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. 4 ButGod, 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 awe are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

11 Therefore remember that at one time you Gentiles in the flesh, called "the uncircumcision" by what is called the circumcision, which is made in the flesh by hands-- 12 remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were afar off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14 For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility 15 by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, 16 and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. 17 And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were ear. 18 For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father.

19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens,but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. 22 In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God bythe Spirit.

Chapter 2

The What:

A. “Dead men tell no tales…” (vv. 1-10)

B. Polar Opposites Repel! (vv. 11-18)

C. God with us (vv. 19– 22)

This is astonishing mercy!

The Why:

2.4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions--it is by grace you have been saved. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. (cf. 3.10)

A. “It’s About God, Stupid….” (It’s a question of character)

      1. Genesis 18.22-25

      2. Psa 73.11-14

B. “Who started this, anyway?”

      1. Genesis 3

      2. Isaiah 11.11-14

      3. Rev 12.7-12

C. “ ’Cuz we’re in a war zone”

      1. 1 Peter 5.8-10

      2. Eph 6.11-12

The What Now?

1. “I didn’t ask for this duty!”

2. “We shall reap, if we faint not”

3. “The worlds are watching”

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