Ephesians 2 for Easter

17 Mar

This year I have the privilege of preaching at the Ammanford Churches Together Easter Sunday Celebration Service (catchy…isn’t it).

This means preaching the glorious truth to around 300 people that Jesus Christ is risen.

I’m going to be preaching from Ephesians Ch2 (probably just verses 1-7). Where Paul, having just spoken about the power of God in raising Jesus from the dead, turns the attention on the Ephesian church. “As for you…”

“Jesus was dead. Jesus was made alive. You were dead. You were made alive.” – my paraphrase.

It’s a glorious truth that those who God has joined to Christ have not only died with him but been risen with him also.

This is where I’m at with it so far. I’d really appreciate your insights on the passage, especially in terms of application and any illustrations you might think suitable. Comments please 🙂

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6 Responses to “Ephesians 2 for Easter”

  1. sammydaviesjr 18/03/2010 at 10:14 am #

    Cheers Larry for the eMail, lots of really helpful thoughts.

    Still looking for any help anyone has to offer though…

    Thanks

  2. Larry 18/03/2010 at 10:23 am #

    Having thought about it more i’d make it verses 1-10 cos they fit together as a unit i think – I think verse 1-2 and 10 are full of lil sandwich markers – “Walk”, bad deeds/good deeds and bad leader/good leader… Just an extra ha’penny thought…

  3. esselis 18/03/2010 at 3:38 pm #

    I’m always struck that none of anything is possible without Jesus. It’s dead or alive and going from one to the other is un-doable (word?) without Him. I know it’s not news but I’m just saying I forget.

    • sammydaviesjr 18/03/2010 at 4:00 pm #

      Couldn’t agree more with you steff. That has got to be the thrust of the passage (and hence my sermon).That the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead does an impossible work of resurrection in us!

  4. Charlie 18/03/2010 at 4:37 pm #

    Hello,
    I’m interested to learn more about the Christian belief system and traditions and I came across your blog after doing a Google search. Can I ask what do you mean by “Jesus Christ is risen”? And how do you know this is the “truth”?
    Thanks and good luck with your preparation.

    • sammydaviesjr 18/03/2010 at 4:44 pm #

      Charlie, that’s great that you’re interested in Jesus. He’s the most fascinating, important person in History.

      “Jesus Christ is Risen” simply means that not only did he die on the cross but 3 days later he ‘resurrected’ i.e. came back to life again. The only difference being that this new life of His is eternal.

      We know his because the Bible makes it very clear. Additionally some of the earliest material in the Bible challenges people who don’t believe to go and ask people who were witnesses…a bold challenge if it was all made up!

      One of the strongest pieces of evidence for it is the disciples being willing to die for the risen Jesus. Instead of rejecting Him, they suffered terribly and many were killed. Again, a little odd for someone who made it up.

      There’s loads more I could say, but this response is getting long. Feel free to ask any questions.

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