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February 11th Sermon Discussion Questions

Adoption: The Spearhead of God’s Mission

Text: Ephesians 1:3-14

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  1. What does the text mean when it continually asserts the spiritual blessings we receive in Christ? Is this always true? How does knowing of “the riches of his grace which He lavished upon us” prepare you and carry you through suffering?
  2. What’s the significance of God being our adopted Father instead of a foster parent? How does the truth that God chose you, in spite of there being no good in you, change the way you think about yourself? What’s the difference between God arbitrarily choosing people and God choosing them out of his own pleasure?
  3. What does this passage teach us about each member of the Trinity’s role in the Gospel? How does this inform your life? Are we ever alone in the Christian walk?
  4. What are some of the lesser “identities” that the world and the flesh tell you about yourself? Are you living out your true identity in Jesus or are you listening to the world’s expectations on your lesser, fragile “identity?”
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