Because We are Transformed by Christ – Preaching Notes

Ephesians 5:8, Philippians 3:20-21, Ephesians 2:4-10

 

Ephesians 5:8

At one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. 

 

Philippians 3:20–21

Our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.

 

Ephesians 2:4–10 

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.  

 

For by grace you have been saved.

 

Christ has raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 

 

For by grace you have been saved through faith. 

 

This is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 

 

We are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

 

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Christians intentionally connect with other believers

 Kyle and Margo’s story

Christian community is intentionally different

Christ-centered

Grace-driven

 

Why must Christian community be Christ-centered?

Jesus is the one who transforms and restores us

Ephesians 5:8 – once were, now are

Philippians 3:20 – Christ has raised us up

Ephesians 2:4-5 – God … has made us alive

Ephesians 2:6 – God … has raised us up

Ephesians 2:8 – This is not your own doing … it is the gift of God

Ephesians 2:10 – For we are His workmanship

We have been transformed, restored, healed, not by ourselves, but by Jesus

 

To be restored

To be returned to your original created condition

Paul Tripp on restoration verse remodeling

Restoration starts with the heart

Remodeling starts and stops only with the surface

Restoration deals with the foundation, source of the problems

Remodeling addresses the presenting symptoms

Restoration seeks to bring back to life

Remodeling seeks livability

Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want

He makes me …

He leads me …

He restores my soul …

 

The power of God’s work

OT stories – everyone’s success is dependent upon God’s work

Moses vs Pharaoh

God’s Work is Critical 

Isaiah 55:10–11 (ESV)

“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven 

and do not return there but water the earth, 

making it bring forth and sprout, 

giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, 

so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; 

it shall not return to me empty, 

but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, 

and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.

Romans 1:16 (ESV)

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

 

If the Church not offer others Christ, we fail them

But any old love, wisdom, and support will not transform/restore a person

Success-rate of faith based recovery programs vs therapeutic models – 42% vs 3%

 

Everything we do in church must be Christ-centered

Worship

Look for friends who offer you Jesus

If you leave with more friends and less Jesus, we have failed

Thankful for sharing of members last week

Give me Truth, give me Jesus

Our strength is not the Pastor, our programs, our family spirit, our help

Our strength is Jesus, Christ alone

 

Promises from Scripture

2 Corinthians 12:9 (ESV)

God said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 

1 Peter 5:10 (ESV)

The God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.

Colossians 1:13–14 (ESV)

He has delivered me from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom I have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

 

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