Sermon Title: "Jesus God's Amazing Grace

Scripture: Ephesians 2: 1-10

Amazing Grace How sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me. These famous lines were pinned by John Newton. He was born in London July 24, 1725, the son of a commander of a merchant ship which sailed the Mediterranean. John's mother died when he was young, his mother was a Christian but his father was not. When John was eleven, he went to sea with his father and made six voyages with him before the elder Newton retired. In 1744 John was pressed into service on a man-of-war, the H. M. S. Harwich. Finding conditions on board intolerable, he deserted but was soon recaptured and publicly flogged and demoted from midshipman to common seaman .Finally at his own request he was exchanged into service on a slave ship, which took him to the coast of Sierra Leone. He then became the servant of a slave trader and was brutally abused. Reminds us of the story of the "prodigle son". Early in 1748 he was rescued by a sea captain who had known John's father. John Newton ultimately became captain of his own ship, one which plied the slave tradebelieve it or not .Although he had had some early religious instruction from his mother, he had long since given up any religious convictions. However, on a homeward voyage, while he was attempting to steer the ship through a violent storm, he experienced what he was to refer to later as his "great deliverance." He recorded in his journal that when all seemed lost and the ship would surely sink, he exclaimed, "Lord, have mercy upon us." Later in his cabin he reflected on what he had said and began to believe that God had addressed him through the storm and that grace had begun to work for him. For the rest of his life he observed the anniversary of May 10, 1748 as the day of his conversion, a day of humiliation in which he subjected his will to a higher power. ?Thro? many dangers, toils and snares, I have already come; "tis grace has bro't me safe thus far, and grace will lead me home." He continued in the slave trade for a time after his conversion; however, he saw to it that the slaves under his care were treated humanely. Our scripture reminds us we are saved by grace, God shows His grace by sending His son Jesus to die for our sins, once and for all our debt was paid on the cross and then we with Jesus are seated at the right hand of God coverered and sealed in that blood. In Ephesians 2 we read starting with verse 4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. We are saved by this Amazing Grace through the blood of Jesus. Jesus is there available for us all, He stands at the door and knocks we just need to let Him in. Then we too can say, "Amazing grace shall always be my song of praise, for it was grace that bought my liberty, how marvelous that He would love me so, He looked beyond my fault and saw my need. If you will but open the door He will come in and sup with you.

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