During this time, we want to be wise as a church about how we gather and who we gather with. We believe this is the best way to honor God, our leaders, and love our neighbors. The CDC has advised to cancel all gatherings of 10 for the time being so we will not be able to physically gather together on Sunday or in groups. However, we want to encourage you to participate in some form of community. This may look different for everyone. For some, it will be just a family gathering. For others, it can be family, roommates, close friends, and neighbors. However it looks for you, we want to encourage you to be smart in your specific situation. We also want you to be equipped. Here is a guide to help you lead this time.
Summary: In Ephesians, Paul writes a letter that begins with a theological foundation that sets up how that theology should teach us to live practically.
Before Christ, we are spiritually dead. Paul says that before salvation, all of us are spiritually dead which is seen by living for yourself and following satan.
Through Christ, we become spiritually alive through faith. By God’s grace, He made a way through Christ for us to not be punished for our sin, and to be saved through Jesus.
Following Christ, God has prepared good works for us to advance His kingdom. God wants to use us for His glory by preparing good works for us to walk in.
How has your week been spiritually? What has God been teaching you this week?
What sins are you struggling with that you need to confess?
Why do you think it is so important to understand who you were before Christ changed your heart?
How can you show grace to unbelievers daily by remembering who you were before God’s love changed your heart?
Why do you think it is important that we give God the credit for His work in our lives, and not try to take the credit ourselves?
What are some practical decisions you can make today to have your life revolve around God and not yourself?
What are some good works God has prepared for you during this time? What can you do that reflects Christ to the people around you?
Who has God placed in your life to share this Good News we read about in these verses?