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How Sweet The Sound: Amazing Grace

Speaker: Jeff Geyer                                                                          

Date: June 23, 2019


Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me.

I once was lost but now I'm found, was blind but now I see.

'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear and grace my fears relieved.

How precious did that grace appear the hour I first believed.


Over the next several weeks, we’ll be in a teaching series called How Sweet the Sound, which we're talking about classic hymns of the faith, the stories behind them and the theology around them.


The simple gospel goes like this: You were…but God…by grace.


Scripture:

Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins.

Ephesians 2:1 (NLT)

  • Until you see yourself as a sinner, you’ll unable see your need for a Savior.


All of us used to live that way, following the passionate desires and inclinations of our sinful nature.

Ephesians 2:3 (NLT)

  • Death in our roots led to death in our fruits.

·     Bless your heart, right?


By our very nature we were subject to God’s anger, just like everyone else.

Ephesians 2:3 (NLT)

  • Sin is not just what we do, it’s who we are.
  • We need to understand that guilt, acknowledging what we've done wrong, guilt is often the starting point for grace.


But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (it is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!)

Ephesians 2:4-5 (NLT)

  • You were…but God…by grace.
  • For all of us, until we see the weight of our sin, we’ll miss the depth of our salvation.


Conclusion:

God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.

Ephesians 2:8-9 (NLT)

 

  • You were…but God…by grace.
  • For followers of Jesus, God didn’t save you to keep you how you were…He saved you to be like His Son.


We begin to become what we already are in Jesus:

  • Blessed and not cursed
  • Chosen and not rejected
  • Forgiven and not condemned
  • Remembered not forgotten


Through many dangers, toils, and snares, I have already come.

'Tis God's grace hath brought me safe thus far, and grace will lead me home.

When we've been there ten thousand years, bright shining as the sun

We've no less days to sing God's praise than when we’d first begun.


Discussion Questions