Ephesians Week 2


Sermon Notes & Group Questions

Ephesians 2:1-7 - “And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience—among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with Him and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages He might show the immeasurable riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”

Luke 15:24 - “‘For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.”

Romans 6:5-11 - “For if we have been united with Him in a death like His, we shall certainly be united with Him in a resurrection like His. For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; for He who has died is freed from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him. For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.”

“God establishes a union between believers and Christ, in a way that makes it fitting for him to count Christ's death to be our death.” (John Piper)

“Should anyone knock at my heart and say, ‘Who lives here?’ I should reply, ‘Not Martin Luther, but the Lord Jesus Christ.’” (Martin Luther)

Ephesians 2:8-10 - “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”

Titus 2:11 - “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people.”

Titus 3:3-5 - “At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy.”

“God’s grace has a drenching about it. A wildness about it. A turn-you-upside-downness about it. Grace comes after you.” (Max Lucado)

Ephesians 2:12 - “Remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world.”

“God is not only generous with what He gives, but in what He withholds.” (Pastor Judah Smith)

Ephesians 2:13-15 - “But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For He Himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in His flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in Himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace...”

Ephesians 2:17-18 - “He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. For through Him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.”

“It is of great spiritual benefit to remember the hopeless condition in which we were and would yet be without salvation by grace alone through Jesus Christ.”(John Piper)

Ephesians 2:12-13 - “Remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.”

Ephesians 2:19-22 - “Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of His household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the chief cornerstone. In Him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in Him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by His Spirit.”

Q1: Notes

Begin your study time reading the second chapter of Ephesians.

Q2: Have you ever been so excited about something that you gush all over someone about it? You can tell you are coming on a bit strong, but you just can’t seem to help it. Maybe it was a fishing trip, or a vacation destination, or a new diet or workout plan. Maybe it was a spiritual truth that blew you away. Whatever the situation, if it’s happened to you, share it with the group (the short version, please!!).

Read Ephesians 2:1-7 and Luke 15:24

Q3: Paul teaches us that we are “dead” in our trespasses and sins. What do you think that means? How do you think the Luke 15 passage (story of the prodigal son) correlates with this?

Read Romans 6:5-11

Q4: The Apostle Paul taught us in Ephesians that we were born dead to God. In Romans 6 he is teaching us that in salvation we become dead to ourselves. (But alive to God!) John Piper wrote, “God establishes a union between believers and Christ, in a way that makes it fitting for him to count Christ's death to be our death.” (And for His life to be our life!) Martin Luther wrote, “Should anyone knock at my heart and say, “Who lives here?” I should reply, “Not Martin Luther, but the Lord Jesus Christ.” These men are reminding us that the miracle of salvation bonds us completely with the Lord Jesus. His death is our death. His life is our life. Do you get excited about that? Do you think it’s easy to forget how closely tied we are to Jesus? Why do you think that is?

Read Ephesian 2:8-10

Q5: If you have your bibles read this passage again, slowly. What do Paul’s words mean to you in light of what we have learned about our intimate connection to Jesus?

Read Ephesians 2:11-22

Q6: John Piper also wrote, “It is of great spiritual benefit to remember the hopeless condition in which we were, and would yet be, without salvation by grace alone through Jesus Christ.” Paul is eager for us to remember what state we came from and to what estate we are adopted. In light of these verses, what can we be mindful and thankful for as children of God? Share your thoughts with the group.

Close your group time in prayer. Is there anyone you are “blessing” right now? Let’s remember to pray for one another as we live out the good news of Jesus our Redeemer.

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