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Ephesians 2:1-10 is one of the richest texts in all of the New Testament that captures what God has done for us in Christ. It also helps us to see why God has done this for us and what purposes He has in mind for making us alive together with Christ. In this passage we see a clear picture of our lives before Christ, and insight into the plan God has for our lives now that we’ve been joined with Him. 

Think...

  1. Think about what we’ve learned from our first three sessions from Chapter 1. How would you summarize, in your own words, what we have learned in Chapter 1 and what has made the biggest impact on you so far? 
     
  2.  What do you think it means that we were “dead in our trespasses …”? (Ephesians 2:5)
     
  3. In chapter 2:1-3, Paul gives a detailed description of our lives before we came to Christ.  Make a list of the ways Paul describes us. Think about (and maybe jot down) a few of the things in your life before Christ that helped to show you your need for Him.

Discuss...

  1. Jim mentioned that Paul is talking about more than the sins we commit. He is talking about the realm of sin. Discuss as a group what it means that we are all living under sin?
     
  2. Think about the phrase in Ephesians 2:4-5, “But God…”
    a.     What did God do to change everything?
    b.     How would you describe what this tells us about the character and nature of God?
     
  3. Read Ephesians 2:6-7. Jim mentions that baptism is a great picture of the Gospel.
    a.     Discuss the symbolism of being immersed in water and then rising up from under it.
    b.     What are ways you can embrace God’s purpose in your life now that you are joined with Christ?
     
  4. Read Ephesians 2:8-9. Discuss why it is important to realize we can do nothing to earn God’s favor, grace, and salvation.
    a.     The Gospel tells us that the penalty of sin has been paid and the power of sin has been broken. Knowing that we are freed from the power of sin, discuss what it might look like to walk in a manner worthy of our calling.
     
  5. Ephesians 2:10 shows us that we were not saved because of our good works, but Paul does say we were saved for good works (which we will learn more about in the second half of Ephesians chapters 4-6).
    a.     What do you think it looks like for you to walk in good works in your family? In your neighborhood? In your place of work? In your Connect group?
    b.     God has prepared good works for you to walk in even before the foundation of the world. How does this make you feel? 

Next Steps

Spend time in prayer and ask God to show you what good works He has in mind for you to pursue this week. Write them down and take steps (even if they feel small to you) toward them. Come to group prepared to share what happened as a result.