Christian, Christian… Part One: The Grace Factor

Sermon Notes by Dr. Greg Sloop, Lead Pastor of the Kannapolis Church of God, from the Sunday AM Service October 23, 2016

Part One – The Grace Factor
With Grace From Above

Ephesians 2:4–10 (NKJV)

4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

God: Rich in Mercy, Great in Love
Man: Dead in Sin, but Alive in Christ
The Act: by Grace we are Saved
The Change in Tense: raised us up, made us sit (past tense), might show (future tense)

8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

What does it mean to be saved? It is not just getting saved and holding on until Jesus comes.

The Growth Trajectory of Faith:

New Birth
Baptism in the Holy Spirit

How are we saved? By grace
What is our part? Faith
Can we earn it? No, it is a gift
Who does the saving? God, we are His workmanship
What is our saved purpose? Good works

What’s the Big Deal about Salvation?

1. Salvation is a gift from God and is effected by grace
2. Salvation is a gift that expects growth through the spiritual trajectory known as the order salutis.
3. That order is a progression of growth that leads us along the path God has designed for us

Ordo Salutis (Order of Salvation)

Foreknowledge: God’s knowing (in this sense) prior to salvation those who would be saved.

Predestination: God’s putting a plan in place before time for all who would be saved.

Evangelism: The communication of the Gospel by which one can be saved.

Faith: Belief and trust in the message of the Gospel.

Conversion: One’s turning to God based on the Gospel.

Election: God’s confirmation of all who would be saved.

Repentance: One’s turning from sin to God.

Regeneration: God’s renewing of one’s life (not physically – but as opposed to the spiritual death caused by sin).

Justification: God’s freeing of one from the penalty of sin – the pronouncement of “not guilty” on a sinner.

Perseverance: One’s continued true belief – remaining in the state of salvation.

Sanctification: God’s separation of one from the lure of sin. “The place in the Christian life where one is no longer under the dominion of sin, but has dominion over sin.” Dr. Greg Sloop

Baptism in the Holy Spirit: One’s receiving the gift of grace of empowerment and power to be more effective witnesses and Christians.

Glorification: God’s final removal of all sin from the life and presence of one (in the eternal state).

How are We Saved?

By grace through faith

Part One Takeaway Points

Salvation is a gift of grace
Salvation leads to growth
Growth comes through grace
Growth is God’s will for us all

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