Ephesians 2:4-10 "But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy,
MADE US ALIVE with Christ and sealed us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ
grace, expressed in His kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by GRACE you have
been saved, through FAITH- and this is not from yourselves, it is a gift of God- not by
works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, CREATED in Christ
Jesus TO DO GOOD WORKS, which God prepared in advance for us to do." (NIV )

Saved - refers to salvation. Man is on a one way course for destruction and death
because of sin. "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God" and "the
wages of sin is death", BUT "…God so loved YOU that He gave His only son…that if
YOU believe in Him, you will have eternal life."

Eternal life - is God’s life in us. It is real life. He MADE US ALIVE; He put life in us.
This life is greater than what we have known previously and lasts forever. We will live
with Him in Heaven forever.

Grace - is undeserved favor. We do not deserve salvation. We do not deserve Christ
dying in our place. We deserve punishment. But God, because of His love, gave us
Another CHANCE.

Faith - means more than to admit something exists. It means to put your trust in
(Saying a chair will hold you is one thing; sitting in it is another.)

Created to do good works - Christianity is more than words. It is living. God doesn’t
just want us to say a prayer and make the right moves. He wants us to Follow
JESUS_ to live like He did; to do the same things He would do.

Romans 8:29 " For those whom God foreknew He also predestined to be conformed
to the likeness of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brothers."
Predestined simply means that God had a plan in mind before He started His
creation. His plan was that "…all should be saved and come to the knowledge of the
truth."

WHAT GOD WANTS MOST OF ALL IS FOR US TO BE TOTALLY DEPENDENT ON
HIM AND NOT ON OURSELVES.

2. What does it mean to be BORN AGAIN (John 3:3-5)?

It means that you are born spiritually; you are a CHILD OF GOD (John,1:12); you are
a NEW CREATION.
2 Corinthians 5:17 "Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has
gone, the new has come! You may not always feel like a new person; you may not
feel saved, but God’s Word says you are because you have put your faith in Him.
Salvation is not based on how you feel or what you think, but on what God says. The
facts are in God’s Word- You are a new creation. Put your faith in the facts. The
feelings will come and go.

3. As a new person, you must GROW- by feeding on God’s Word, the Bible.

1 Peter 2:2 "As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow
thereby." (KV)
2 Timothy 3:16 "All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking,
correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly
equipped for every good work." James 1:22-25 "Do not merely listen to the Word,
and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the Word but
does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in the mirror, and after
looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the
man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do
this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it- he will be blessed in what he
does."

4. Sin can no longer control you.

Romans 6:11-14 " In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin, but alive to God in
Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its
evil desires…For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under the law,
but under grace." Man was not created to sin. God will give strength to resist
temptation.
1 Corinthians 10:13 "No temptation has seized you except what is common to man.
And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But
when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under
it."

5. Unfortunately, because of our fallen natures, we do fall victim to sin from
time to time, but God has provided forgiveness for all our failures.

1 John 1:18-21 "If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is
not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and
purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make Him out
to be a liar and His Word has no place in our lives. My dear children; I write this to
you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the
Father in our defense- Jesus Christ, the Righteous One." You couldn’t save yourself.
That’s why you needed a savior. Neither can you keep yourself pure. Just do your
best and trust Jesus to help keep you from sin and forgive and cleanse you when
you do fail.

6. You must not try to use God’s grace or suppose that you can freely and
deliberately sin.
1 John 2:3-4 " We know that we have come to know Him if we obey His
commandments. The man who says, I know Him, but does not do what He commands
is a liar, and the truth is not in him."
Hebrews 10:26-27 "If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the
knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of
judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God."


HOW WILL THIS AFFECT MY LIFE?

1. Few will agree with your commitment to Christ.

John 15:19 "If you belonged to the world. It would love you as its own. As it is, you do
not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, that is why the world
hates you."
Matthew 10:32-33 "Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge
before my Father in Heaven. But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown
before my Father in Heaven."


2. You must go God’s way, and not your own.

Mark 8:34-38 "…If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up
his cross and follow me. For whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save
it. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? If anyone is
ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous generation, the Son of Man will be
ashamed of him when he comes in His Father’s glory with the holy angels."
Proverbs 16:25 "There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to
death." Your will, your desires, must give in to God’s. We must obey His Word instead
of following our own feelings and plans.


3. You must base your life on the teachings of the Bible.

Salvation in not the end of the road- it is a new beginning. Don’t stop as if you had
arrived. Continue to pursue God.


4. You need other Christians.

John 13:34-35 "A new commandment I give you; Love one another. As I have loved
you, so that you must love one another. All men will know that you are my disciples if
you love one another."
Hebrews 10:24-25 "And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love
and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of
doing, but let us encourage one another- and all the more as you see the day
approaching."
Proverbs 15:22 "Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisors they succeed."


5. Expect God to work in your life.

John 14:12-14 "I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have
been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the
Father. And I bring glory to the Father. You may ask for anything in my name, and I
will do it."


6. Do God’s work- spread the gospel and He will back you.

Mark 16:15-18 "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.
Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be
condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe; in my name they will
drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their
hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place
their hands on sick people, and they will get well. Tell your friends and family what
has happened to you.


7. Keep your eyes on Jesus and not on other Christians.

Man will disappoint you. Jesus never will. Don’t expect others to be perfect. And don’t
stumble over hypocrisy or failure in church people. We are all people in process-
learning and growing. Don’t let a few rotten or half-ripe apples spoil you. God
forgives you as you forgive others (Matthew 6:14-15). Nobody needs condemnation.
Everybody needs love and understanding. That is why Jesus came- not to condemn,
but to save. When we get to heaven, we’ll all be perfect. Until then, we have to
forbear one another (Ephesians 4:32).

Remember: YOU WERE SAVED TO PERFORM GOD’S WORKS AND TO BE
CONFORMED TO THE IMAGE OF HIS SON JESUS.

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know. Thank you! Rev Rick Roberts)