Wooo-whoo! We are already wrapping up Week Four today! I hope you’re enjoying the study as much as I am.
Remember, should you not be in a position to watch the video at this moment, you can page down and skim through the highlights and respond to the discussion questions in the comments.
I’m looking forward to hearing your insights about this week’s topics. There were some great ones this week.
Extreme Makeover: Spiritual Edition
We spent a good deal of time in Ephesians this week looking at our spiritual “before” and “after” in our Extreme Makeover: Spiritual Edition.
Discussion Question: 1)
Based on the passages we read in Day 1, how would you respond to the idea that you can be a Christian without being born again?
Have you been born again?
Has the Holy Spirit given new life to your sin-dead spirit and brought you into a relationship with Jesus Christ? If not, don’t go another day without receiving the free gift of salvation God offers. Click this link for information about how you can accept Christ and be born again. [Set up page for Accepting Christ – use my stuff from RIV as basic framework]
Holy and Becoming Holy
We looked at how Jesus’ work on the Cross makes our “after” possible. Kathy pointed out that Christians are both holy and still becoming holy.
Discussion Question 2)
How does knowing we are holy and becoming holy impact you? How does that help you in your day to day struggle with being holy? (Maybe it’s not a struggle for you like it is for me, and if so, that’s fine. Just tell us how this concept impacts you.)
You’re holy. Now, act like it!
Moses started off well in his response to God at the burning bush, but as soon as God made it clear he was calling Moses to do something, Moses opted for doubt and disobedience.
Discussion Question 3a)
When you reflect on your status as holy and how God is making you holy, as we did in Question 2, how does that help you cooperate with God’s sanctification process? Does it take some of the fear or pressure off of you? Does it empower you in any way? Does knowing you are holy and becoming holy help you lean into the sanctification process?
Our Power Source
In Day 4, we explored how the power of Jesus’ resurrection can help us live the holy life that pleases God. Jesus’ death paid the price of our sin, but His resurrection provided our hope for life—both now and eternally. Now, we have His Spirit within us. The truth of his resurrection and the power of the Holy Spirit is a spiritual reality we must choose to walk in.
Discussion Question 4)
At the top of page 103, Kathy asked you to identify, according to 1 Peter 1:4, what will be the benefit when we “participate in the divine nature.” Review what you wrote. How do you tap into the divine nature in you? What are some of the practical ways you tap into the power of this spiritual reality? For example, how do you, when faced with temptation, tap into the divine nature within you and thus resist temptation?
Reflect and Respond
Using Ephesians 1:3-14, we noted the many blessings God has bestowed upon us in Christ. Why did God do this for us? Why did God he lavish his blessings upon us? Kathy summarized for us:
- He wants to make us holy and blameless (v. 4)
- It pleased Him and He wanted to (v. 5)
- Our salvation will bring Him praise (v. 6)
- He is loving and full of grace (vv. 6-7)
- To carry out His plans and purposes in Christ (vv. 9-11)
Every believer has been called by God to partake of the divine blessings of redemption. Paul encouraged believers to “live a life worthy” of our calling.
Discussion Question 5)
How do you live a life worthy of your calling? What are some of the ways you partake of these divine blessings you identified on p. 105? How do you take full advantage of the blessings he has lavished upon you?
Preview Week 5
Light Us Up!
We will take a closer look at what grateful, redeemed lives should look like. God calls us to come out of the darkness into his marvelous light. We will explore how we do that this week.
I chose the following verse as it goes so well with the theme of this week’s homework.
1 Peter 2:9, ESV
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”
Have a great week. And be sure to let me and the other participants know how we can be praying for you this week! Can’t wait to read your comments.
Blessings of truth and grace,
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