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March 1, 2018

In review of our time in the scriptures last night, we looked at Ephesians 2:1-10, an astounding passage! Paul talks about three main things: that Christians were at one time sons of wrath (and we should remember that this was our unconverted state), that God brought us to new life in His son Jesus Christ so that we would see the depths of His immeasurable grace and love, and He did it all through grace alone, by faith alone so that we would walk in the good things he’s called us to. We talked for a while about the wrath of God towards sinners, whom Paul says are “dead,” “walking according to the course of this world.” Although it’s hard to talk and think about God being wrathful towards sinners, the fact is we must understand our prior state of peril as sinful people in order to understand how great the mercies of God are. That’s the reason Paul reminds the Ephesians of who they were, so that they would fully understand who they are now.

The main application of our time in the Word was simply to be amazed at God. We can so often recite the gospel, sing the songs, but fail to be amazed at the things we’re saying, or the things that we’re singing. I challenged the students to really see Ephesians 2:1-3, to understand that before Christ, they were without excuse and without hope, so that they would be freshly amazed at the grace and mercies of God to give them what they don’t deserve.

It was a good night in the scriptures, and one that would be really good to follow up on.

Categories: Pastor Ryan's Youth Update