A Crash Course in the Gospel (Ephesians 2:1-10)


One of my favorite books of the Bible is the Psalms. Through the Psalms I have learned how to pray. One of my other favorites is the Gospel of John. John’s telling of Jesus’ story has helped me connect my spiritual longings with the revelation of God in Jesus Christ so powerfully. Right after the Psalms and John comes Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. Here, the basic contours of right thinking about God and right living with God come together in such a short space that every sentence strikes with power.

This past weekend at Eastbrook Church, as I continued with our series “Ephesians: A Crash Course in Basic Christianity,” I had the privilege of addressing one of my favorite Scriptural texts in this favorite book of mine. I turned to Ephesians 2:1-10 for “A Crash Course in the Gospel.”

You can watch my message from this past weekend and follow along with the message outline below. You can also engage with the entire series here or download the Eastbrook mobile app for even more opportunities for involvement.

“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.” (Ephesians 2:4-5)

Bad News: Walking Dead (Ephesians 2:1-3)

“dead in your transgressions and sins” (v 1)

“the ways of this world and the ruler of the kingdom of the air” (v 2)

“gratifying the cravings of the flesh” (v 3)

“by nature deserving of wrath” (v 3)


Good News: Made Alive in Christ (Ephesians 2:4-7)

“his great love for us” (v 4)

“made us alive with Christ” (v 5)

“it is by grace you have been saved” (v 5)

“God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him” (v 6)

“in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace” (v 7)


Living Good News: Walking as Masterpieces of Grace (Ephesians 2:8-10)

“it is by grace you have been saved, through faith” (v 8)

“the gift of God” (v 8)

“so that no one can boast” (v 9)

“God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works” (v 10)

“God prepared in advance for us to do” (v 10)

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