Sunday School Material 3-12-17: Great Love





(Ephesians 2:1-10; 3/12/17)

Introduction: A key idea in today’s Sunday School material is that God is calling us to appreciate our salvation by grace so much that we serve Him. Prayerfully, we will be challenged to appreciate our salvation by grace and our call to serve the Lord.

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Body:

Read Ephesians 2:1-3

I. Past Life: Living Death. Paul talks about how his readers were dead in their transgressions. He talks about how he himself lived among them also. Those who live in disobedience are deserving of God’s wrath.

 

Applications –

- Evangelism. Notice in vss. 1-3 that before a person accepts Christ, that person is dead in their transgressions and sins. This is a key point to keep in mind, as we consider evangelism. There is no neutral. We are either right with God, or we are sinful before God. The only way to move from wicked to right is through Christ. Let’s work on evangelism with renewed energy. We can at least invite and try to bring people with us to worship and growth groups. We can at least live so people can see how God is making a difference in our lives and be willing and able to talk about how good the Lord has been to us.

 

- Following the Lord. Notice in vss. 2-3 that disobedience and following one’s desires and thoughts lead to God’s wrath. The devil is real. His agenda is to get us to forsake God’s will, so we can do what we want to do. Whenever we are following after our desires and thoughts, instead of after God’s will for our lives, we are being disobedient and lining up for God’s punishment. Our lives are challenging enough without adding God’s punishment. Let’s work on denying ourselves and following divine directions. Prayerfully studying and obeying God’s word with the support of others will help us in this area.

Read Ephesians 2:4-7

II. Future Life: Exceeding Riches. God made them alive with Christ. By God’s grace, they have been raise and seated with Christ. God wants to show His incomparable riches of grace, by blessing His people.

 

Applications –

- Saved by God’s grace. Notice in vss. 4-5 that salvation comes by God’s grace. No one lives right enough to be right with God. All who are saved only because Jesus paid it all. Let’s live like we are saved by God’s grace. This kind of living starts with making sure that we have asked and are trusting God to save us because of Jesus’ death for our sins. This kind of living should be known for humility about our self-righteousness but confidence in God’s righteousness.

 

- Showing off God’s glory. Notice in vss. 6-7 that we are saved to essentially show off God’s graciousness. In other words, God gets the glory out of our lives, when people see how we obey Him, in spite of what we are going through. God gets the glory, when people see how blessed we are because of God’s grace. Let’s live so people can see the goodness of the Lord in our lives. This calls for obedience and sharing with others that God is the source of our blessings.

 

Read Ephesians 2:8-10

III. Current Life: Saving Faith. Salvation is by grace. It is not of works, so no one can boast. Saved people are to serve, by doing the good works that God has prepared for them to carry out.

 

Applications –

- No bragging rights. Notice in vs. 9 that salvation doesn’t come from our righteous works. If it did, there would be room for boasting. However, the truth is that there is none righteous, no not even one. Jesus paid it all. Let’s live like we have no bragging rights. This kind of living should be known for humility towards our self-righteousness and faithfulness towards God, out of a sense of indebtedness.

 

- Good works. Notice in vs.10 that we are saved to serve. Every believer has a good work to do that God has prepared for us. We can all at least do general things like being friendly, enthusiastic in worship, invite and bring people with us to worship and growth groups, and find something that we can do to be helpful in making the church and community better. Let’s work on finding and doing our good work. The “GPS (i.e., gifts, personality, and service) Challenge” is designed to help you with this.

 

Conclusion: Let’s work on appreciating our salvation by grace and our call to serve the Lord. God has much for those who obey His will.

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