Sermon outline: This is an abbreviated outline with the complete sermon downloadable at the bottom of the post.
Text: Ephesians 2:4–6
Title: Together with Christ
Introduction: Review verses 1–3 to remind us of the impact of those two words but God. These two three-letter words draw us into Ephesians 2:4, where the Apostle Paul begins to set forth the story of our great salvation from the hopelessness and death of our human condition. We must grasp the enormous meaning for our lives that is contained within these brief but towering words.
I. The Motivation for Joining Christ
A. God’s mercy
B. God’s love
II. The Need for Joining Christ
III. The Reality of Joining Christ
A. God has quickened us together with Christ
B. God has raised us up together with Christ
C. God has made us sit together with Christ
Conclusion: Now, you see the radical difference that two little words make: but God. Those two words spell the difference between gloom and glory, between darkness and light, between death and life. It is the most astounding, thrilling, life-changing statement human ears have ever heard: once we were dead in our trespasses and sins—but God . . . !