23rd Sunday after Pentecost
Editor’s Note: We had multiple issues with both our primary and backup audio recording, so, regrettably, there is no audio recording to offer for this service. And, since this was also a guest speaker, we do not have a transcript either. Steps are being taken to prevent this from happening in the future. Again, our apologies.
We hope you will enjoy the following passage that relates to God’s gift of grace.
1As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. 4But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9not by works, so that no one can boast. – Ephesians 2:1-9