Topic: Sunday Morning Teaching Passage: Ephesians 2:1–2:10
What did God set in motion at the first Christmas? His incredible plan to save us. Join us this week at CrossWinds Church in Spencer as we look at the antidote to a "small Christmas" from Ephesians 2.
Sermon Discussion Questions
- How would you define “cultural Christmas?” How is this different than the picture of Christmas from the firsst two chapters of Ephesians?
- What is one highlight from the sermon and one question that you had after hearing the sermon?
- Read Ephesians 2:7. Why does God save people? What does this look like now? What will it look like in eternity?
- Read Ephesians 2:1–2, 4–6. What does it mean to be in “union with sin”? How is this similar and different from our union with Christ?
- Read Ephesians 2:1–3. What are the three ways sin exerts its power over us? Why is it important to maintain belief in all three of these and not over-emphasize one over the others? What would it look like to emphasize one of these areas at the expense of the others?
- Read Ephesians 5:3–6. According to these verses, what are the “sons [and daughters] of disobedience”? Consider your own life. In what ways were you a son or daughter of disobedience?
- Read Ephesians 2:4–6. What does it mean that we are “united with Christ”? What does Paul mean when he says that we are “seated with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (verse 6)?
- Read Ephesians 2:8–10. What type of life results from our union with Christ?
- Read Ephesians 2:2, 10. How does Paul contrast the trajectory of the life of the believer before and after Christ? (Note: he uses the word “walk.”)
- 10.Read Ephesians 4:1, 17; 5:1–2, 8–9, 15. How do these verses help us understand the good works for which we were created in Christ Jesus (verse 10)?
- 11.As we draw near to Christmas, what would it look like for you to take Ephesians 2:1–10 to heart? Share one or two examples from each of the sections in this text (1–3, 4–7, 8–10).