Below is a brief review of our meeting on Sunday, followed by projection from the message and a few discussion questions for Community Group or personal study this week.
Matthew opened our time together by reading Psalm 103.
Andrew Campbell led us in a prayer of confession and we sang How Deep the Father’s Love.
Matthew gave announcements and prayed specifically for the King’sKids teachers as they serve our church family’s children. Mark Donahue read the scripture for this morning’s message, Ephesians 2:1-10. Matthew preached the sermon, “Saved by Grace” as part of our current series, United: The Letter to the Ephesians. To listen again, please subscribe to our English or Spanish podcast.
After the message we sang Grace Alone and Chris led us in Communion.
Projection from the Message:
“For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole word and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul? For the Son of Man is going to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay each person according to what he has done” – Matthew 16:26-27
“The LORD descended in the cloud and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD. The LORD passed before him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious…” – Exodus 34:5-6a
“Your worst days are never so bad that you are beyond the reach of God’s grace. And your best days are never so good that you are beyond the need of God’s grace. Every day of our Christian experience should be a day of relating to God on the basis of His grace alone.” – Jerry Bridges
“Therefore is anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.” – 2 Corinthians 5:17
1. What is the contrast between the ideal “American Dream” and the life that believers in Christ are called to?
2. Matthew taught that we do not achieve acceptance from God through obedience to God. What does this mean? What is the significance of God’s grace being a gift? Why would God give such grace freely?
3. What is the connection between the understanding of this gift and genuine joy?
4. When we are saved by grace, why is our life no longer about what sort of person we want to be? How have you experienced your own identity being replaced by your identity in Christ?