Into Ephesians 2

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  • Yesterday, I continued our exposition of Paul’s letter to the church at Ephesus. I finally made it into the second chapter of the letter. The passage I am studying consist of verses 1-10. However, I only did the first three verses. I will take me at least two, possible three, more sermons before I finish this passage. I look forward to this being a rich study for me and MSMBC, seeing that this is one of the New Testament statements of the way of salvation: by grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone to the glory of God alone. Here is the sermon skeleton from yesterday’s message:

    Title: “The Tragedy of Life without Christ

    Text: Ephesians 2:1-3

    Theme: The total depravity of the unredeemed human condition

    Point: You have absolutely no hope of getting right with God without faith in Jesus Christ.


    I. You are dead without Christ (2:1)

    II. You are enslaved without Christ (2:2-3a)

    A. The unsaved are enslaved to the world (2:2a).

    B. The unsaved are enslaved to the devil (2:2b).

    C. The unsaved are enslaved to the flesh (2:3a).

    1. The flesh is bound to sinful desires.

    2. The flesh is bound to sinful deeds.

    III. You are condemned without Christ (2:3b).


    H.B. Charles Jr.

    Pastor-Teacher at the Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church of Jacksonville and Orange Park, Florida.