Gripped By Glory
The Gospel Part 2
February 24, 2108
Ephesians 4: 17-24 • February 24, 2019 • Pastor Phil Burggraff
Theme: Transformed Living Passage: Ephesians 4:17–24 If we desire God’s transforming work in our lives, 1. We must no longer live according to empty thinking like we did as unbelievers (17–19). The unbeliever makes choices … a. … with a darkened mind b. … apart from the will of God c. …to indulge their sensual desires 2. We must live what we learn of Jesus Christ (20–24). a. How do we learn Christ? i. Hearing: Our response to the Gospel ii. Teaching: Continued instruction about the person, work, and commands of Jesus b. What do we “learn” of Christ and his ways? i. We are to no longer make decisions according to sensual desires. ii. We are to be made new in the thinking of our inner being. iii. We are to live the new life that God is creating. Main Idea: God transforms believers to mirror Jesus Christ as they come to know and obey him. Application Questions: • According to vv. 17–19, what characterizes the living of those apart from God? Describe the different elements of Paul’s description. • How do we come to learn Jesus Christ? What does this imply about the focus of what we should study in scripture? How might this change your approach to Bible study? • How did Jesus mirror the various actions that we are to emulate in vv. 22–24? • How can Paul call us a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17) and yet challenge us to put on the new self? Aren’t we already the new creation? How is it that we still need to put the new self on (v. 24)?
February 17, 2019
Ephesians 2: 1-10 • February 17, 2019 • Pastor Phil Burggraff
Passage: Ephesians 2:1–10 Theme: The Gospel Believed Conviction #2: God is glorified through Christ as his gospel is proclaimed, believed, and obeyed, transforming the believer to become like Christ. The Gospel Believed: • We are/were dead in our trespasses and sins (1–3). o We walked in the way of this world. o We walked under the control of the ruler of this world. o We lived according to our own fleshly desires. o We deserved the wrath of God. • God made us alive with Jesus Christ (4–7). o Basis: He did this because of his mercy and love toward us. o Actions: He raised us from the dead and seated us with Christ in heaven. o Purpose: He will show his incomparable riches of grace to us in Jesus Christ. Implications: • We are saved by God’s grace through faith (8–9). • We are God’s new creation in Jesus Christ, transforming us to do good works (10). Main Idea: God graciously saves those of us who believe in what he has done for us in Jesus Christ in order to transform us to live like Christ. Application Questions: 1. How does Ephesians 2:1–3 describe us in our spiritual state apart from the work of God? Describe the different things that Paul indicates about people in this spiritual state. Is everyone truly this bad off? 2. According to this text, why did God choose to act toward us? 3. What is it that God has done for us? For what purpose did he do these things? 4. What does the phrase “by grace you are saved through faith” mean? What would happen if salvation came by any other means? 5. Where does “good works” fit into what God is doing in the life of the believer? Are they necessary?
February 3, 2019
Ephesians 1 • February 3, 2019 • Pastor Josh Kee
Series: "Gripped by Glory" Passage: Ephesians 1 Title: Conviction #2: God's glory in Christ Summary: Acknowledging the worth of Jesus Christ comes easy for most of us who are familiar with the gospel. Beholding his glory and being gripped by it so that we are changed is something altogether different, but this is the goal of our salvation. God has chosen to glorify himself by transforming sinners who will believe on and obey Jesus. Without Christ, we are bankrupt. Join us this week as we stare into the Radiance of God's Glory. Outline: Main Point: Without Christ, everything else is utterly meaningless, but in Christ we possess the blessings of heaven. I. God's Delight in Christ (3-10) a. Chosen in Christ (v. 4) b. Adopted in Christ (v. 5) c. Grace through Christ (v. 6) d. Redeemed in Christ (v. 7) e. Forgiven through Christ's blood (v. 9) f. United in Christ (v. 10) II. Our Future in Christ (11-14) a. Heirs with Christ (v. 11) b. Hope in Christ (v. 12) c. Sealed in Christ (v. 13) III. Our Delight in Knowing Christ (15-23) a. Rejoicing in our Hope (v. 18) b. Rejoicing in Christ's Riches (v. 18) c. Rejoicing in Christ's Power (v. 19) d. Rejoicing in Christ's Authority (v. 20-23) Discussion Questions: 1. How does God glorify himself through his Son, Jesus? 2. Why is Jesus essential to God's glory on the earth? 3. How precious is Jesus to you currently? 4. How can you press in to grow in your knowledge of what God has given you in Christ this week? 5. Start with the list above and spend time meditating on how God has blessed you if you are in Christ. 6. Find a fresh way to express your praise for "God's glorious grace" each day this week.
February 10, 2019
The Gospel Proclaimed • February 10, 2019 • Pastor Phil Burggraff
Passage: Ephesians 3:1–13 Theme: The Gospel Proclaimed Conviction #2: God is glorified through Christ as his gospel is proclaimed, believed, and obeyed, transforming the believer to become like Christ. What Ephesians 3:1–13 teaches us about the proclamation of the gospel: 1. Content: The Gospel enables Jew and Gentile alike to experience God’s grace (2–7). 2. Action: The recipient of God’s grace declares the gospel message and makes plain God’s plan (8–9). 3. Purpose: Through the carrying out of this mission, the church reveals God’s wisdom to all spiritual authorities (10–11). 4. Result: Believers in Christ possess boldness and confident access to God (12–13). Main Idea: Through the ministry of proclaiming the Gospel and their membership in the church, believers in Christ glorify God. Application Questions: • Write out a definition (your understanding) of the Gospel. What unique features of the gospel are discussed here in Ephesians 3:1–13. • Paul alludes to a mystery on a few occasions in this passage. What is this mystery? What details does 2:11–22 add to the understanding of this mystery? • Discuss the ways in which Paul’s mission in vv. 8–9 is similar to and distinct/different from our individual mission today. Are each and everyone one of else commissioned by God to carry out these same responsibilities? Why or Why not? • How does the church make known the wisdom of God to spiritual authorities (v. 10)? • What applications and motivations do you take away from Paul’s conclusion in vv. 12–13?