Wk 2 // JACKED // Alive In Christ

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ICEBREAKER

  • What is your best story of a time when you felt like you were in a dangerous situation?

  • What happened? How did you get out of that situation?

  • How did you feel once you realized you were safe?

INTRODUCTION

Whether we recognize it not, all of humanity is in great danger. That’s because there is no middle ground when it comes to our spiritual lives. Either we are dead in sin, or we are alive in Christ. Until we see how bad our situation was without Christ, we will never appreciate how good the news of the gospel really is.

SERMON RECAP

Spend a few minutes recapping this week's sermon together. Click here to view the sermon notes.

  • What was one takeaway from this week's sermon for you?

  • Were there any stories, ideas, or points that stuck out?

  • Was there anything that challenged you?

READ

Ask a volunteer to read Ephesians 2:1-10.

  • How do verses 1-3 help us understand what sin is? How do they show us that sin is not just a bad choice, but a condition in which we live?

  • Why is it important that we understand humanity, apart from Christ, to be dead and not just bad?

  • How does that understanding change the way we view the good news of the gospel?

NOTE
Sin is the default condition of the human heart. This frames our understanding of the gospel because it helps us see that Jesus didn’t come to make bad people a little better; He came to give life to those utterly without hope in their deadness.

  • Paul referred to his audience in past tense terms because this was how they once were. Why, even as Christians, is it helpful for us to remember our sinful condition before Christ?

  • How does doing so change the way we view others apart from Christ?

NOTE
Paul was not morbid; nor was he obsessed with bad news. It’s a healthy practice for us as Christians to revisit who we were before Christ. Then we can look on others not in judgment, but in mercy, knowing that apart from the grace of God we, too, would still be dead in our sin.

  • Look back at verses 4-7. What attributes of God do you see in this passage?

  • What is your “but God” moment? The moment when everything changed spiritually for you?

  • How is your life different now than it was before Christ?

  • Focus now on verses 8-10. Why is important to know that God didn’t just save us from something, but to something?

  • How can we guard against being prideful in doing the good works that God has saved us for?

  • Why do you think God wants us to know that we are His workmanship? Is it difficult for you to believe this about yourself? Why or why not?

NOTE
What matters most about us is not what the world tells us, how people around us see us, or even how we see ourselves. Our identity is determined by what God says about us. While apart from Christ we were dead and hopeless, in Christ we are alive, and we will never be dead again. When we begin believing what God says about us, we can find the freedom to walk inside the good works He has planned for us.

APPLICATION

  • What is one way you can remind yourself of who you were before Christ without feeling a sense of judgment or condemnation?

  • Who is someone in your life that you have judged but instead need to look on with mercy?

  • What is one good work God has planned for you this week?

PRAYER

Thank God that in His mercy, He made you alive with Christ when you were dead in sin. Pray that you would have a greater appreciation of what Jesus has done and a greater compassion for others as you look deeply into the truth of the gospel.


Brian Otte