I'm Alive: Ephesians 2
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Group Discussion Guide
Sin, no matter how small it is in our eyes, separates us from God who is holy and perfect. Through the blood of Christ though, we are no longer separated and are able to come to the Father. In Jesus, we can be made alive again and saved from our sin.
1. Read Ephesians 2
“And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— 3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. 4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
11 Therefore remember that at one time you Gentiles in the flesh, called “the uncircumcision” by what is called the circumcision, which is made in the flesh by hands— 12 remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14 For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility 15 by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, 16 and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. 17 And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. 19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. 22 In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.
1. What stands out to you in this chapter? What is clear? What is challenging?
2. Have you ever experienced someone’s wrath? How was that situation remedied? From Ephesians 2, how is God’s wrath toward sin remedied?
3. What are characteristics of someone who is spiritually dead? Spiritually alive? How do you know if you’re spiritually alive?
4. Is there a battle in your life that you need to face head-on? What is the first step you need to take?
Have you put your faith in Christ and been made alive? If not, what’s holding you back? This week, take a step toward God. Ask Him your biggest, toughest question. Tell Him your fears. Pray that He would restore you and make you alive. It doesn't matter where you are in your walk, take one step.
4. Commit to Memory: Ephesians 2:8-9
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”
5. Things to Know
• Our Serve Day is on Saturday, February 23. We are asking all groups to be involved and serve our community/church that day. A list of ways you can serve together will be provided. Please consider how your group can meet some of these needs. See a video below for more information. Register Here.
• For more on this topic, go here for a blog post written by our Groups Pastor Jon Wood.