There Ought to be a Rule for that…

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There Ought to be a Rule for that…
Ephesians 2:1-10

Are you an insider or an outsider to God?  How does that impact how I relate to God and other people?

Grace: undeserved love consistently offered without strings or excessive rules (God loves us even though he doesn’t have to)
As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins,  in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.  All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. (v. 1-3)

But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. (v. 4-5)

And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 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. (v. 6-7)
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,  neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39

Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first.  Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place. Revelation 2:4-5

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—  not by works, so that no one can boast. (v. 8-9)
This is the ______________________ of grace.

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (v. 10)
The purpose of our life is to bring ___________________

Live by grace and be as grace-filled to others as
God has been to you.

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