This Sunday, Pastor Brandon Levering and his wife Carissa and four children will be with us. Pastor Brandon will be sharing from Ephesians 2:1-10 at both services. Then at 2:00 we will have an open forum, and at 3:00 a congregational meeting, where we will vote as a congregation to extend a call for Brandon to be our next Lead Pastor.
In Ephesians 2, we have one of the most concise statements of the gospel in the New Testament. It emphasizes grace as the basis of our salvation, faith as the means, and good works as the result. This great gospel summary is addressed to those who already believe in Christ which suggests the aim is not merely evangelistic, but transformational. God’s grace changes everything in the life of a follower of Christ.
Understand God’s Grace (Ephesians 2:1-7)
Receive God’s Grace (Ephesians 2:8-9)
Keep Depending on God’s Grace (Ephesians 2:10)
What this means for us…
Main Idea: Our spiritual life in Christ is entirely dependent on God’s grace.
Talk with your group: What was one of the best gifts you received as a child? What made it so special to you?
Read Ephesians 2:1-10 two or three times (use a different translation for one reading). What are the characteristics of a person apart from Christ (2:1-3)? What does it mean to be “dead in sin”? What caused this condition? What is the human experience as a result of it?
In verses 4-7, how has God worked for you? “But God” describes God’s action. Why must He take the initiative to give us life? How does Christ’s experience in Ephesians 1:20-23 compare with ours (2:5-7)? How does Christ work in us through what He did on the cross?
These verses contrast our former spiritual death with new life in Christ. What is the relationship between “wrath” and “love” (Ephesians 2:3-4)? What are contrasts between an unbeliever and a saved person? Why is there no reason to boast about our salvation?
What are the two kinds of “walks” (2:2,10)? How do you understand the contrast between “grace” (2:8) and “works” (2:10)? What is meant by “good works which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them”?
Paul wrote 2:1-10 for believers (“saints”, 1:1-2). What is the main point he wants us to grasp?
How does God desire to work through us today (Ephesians 2:10)? What are some of the “good works” we can do as Christians? How will this truth impact your “walk” this week?
ASSIGNMENT: With your group, discuss Brandon’s summary, “This is one of the most concise statements of the gospel in the NT, emphasizing grace as the basis of our salvation, faith as the means, and good works as the result…and it is written to those who already believe in Christ.” Why is the gospel just as important for Christ followers as it is for those who are not yet Christians?
Exciting news! After several months of praying for guidance, reviewing resumes and interviewing candidates, we are happy to announce Brandon Levering as the candidate we believe God has led us to pursue as the next Lead Pastor of Stonebridge Church
Use the link below to find out more about Brandon and his family and learn about the upcoming opportunities you will have to meet them Feb. 15-17, 2019