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Living Word Christian Church


Tim Carns
Apr 23, 2023

INTRODUCTION

It was on New Years day exactly 250 years ago that the church was introduced to one of the most beloved English hymns ever penned. It was written by a former slave-ship captain whose life before Christ would have made even the most immoral of sailors blush. His name was John Newton; his hymn was Amazing Grace.

John Newton wrote this hymn some 25 years after his conversion. He was now a pastor and the poem came to him as he was preparing his message from 1 Chr 17:16 where David had said: “Who am I, O Yahweh God, and what is my house that You have brought me this far?” You see, those words resonated with Newton because he saw himself like David – an undeserving sinner who had committed terrible deeds and yet experienced the grace of God. So, he began with the words

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound
that saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now am found
Twas bind but now I see

BODY SERMON

TEXT: Ephesians 2:1-10

I. God’s Amazing Grace in the past (vv. 8-9)

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not of works, so that no one may boast.

II. God’s Amazing Grace in the Present (v. 10)

His grace is sufficient for you husbands to love your wives as Christ loved the church;

His grace is sufficient for you wives to submit to your husbands and to respect them;

His grace is sufficient for you to raise your children

His grace is sufficient for you to forgive others;

His grace is sufficient for you not to give in to anger or bitterness or fear or jealousy or gossip or immorality or lying;

His grace is sufficient for you to endure in suffering and trials;

His grace is sufficient for you to be salt and light in this dark world.

III. Future Grace (v. 7)

If God saved you by His past grace, He will also sanctify you by His present grace.

CONCLUSION

Every believer has a testimony of how God saved them. And those testimonies are like fingerprints, no two are exactly the same. But there is one common thread to all of them – we have all been saved by grace through faith.

Brothers and sisters, the only reason any of us know Christ, the only reason any of us have been forgiven, the only reason any of us are saved is by God’s grace, by His undeserved, unearned gift to us.