The Main Thing Wk 2 // God's Masterpiece

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ICEBREAKER

  • Have you ever seen the TV show How It's Made? Why are we so entertained by the process it takes to create something?
  • What is something that someone created that you were truly impressed with? Artwork, Architecture, Fine-Dining Cuisine, anything. What was it that impressed you about it?
  • Have you ever created something you were truly proud of? What was it, and how did you create it? Do you feel like others truly appreciated the work that went into it?

 

INTRODUCTION

 

Any piece of art is a reflection of the artist. Historians can look at a painting and know without a doubt who the creator was. The Bible says that you are God's masterpiece. When we live for God we show the world that we are His workmanship, His masterpiece, and that He is at work in our lives. We call this Discipleship. By following Christ we become more like Him and become better equipped for the purpose He has for us. 

 

SERMON RECAP

Spend a few minutes recapping Pastor Mike'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 2:1-3.

  • 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?
  • 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 reflecting on the sins of our past change the way we view others who are far 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.

 

READ

Ask a volunteer to read Ephesians 2:4-7.

  • What attributes of God do you see in this passage?
  • What is was your turning point moment? The moment when everything changed spiritually for you?
  • How is your life different now than it was before Christ?

NOTE
Spend some time briefly sharing faith stories. You may have heard the stories of your fellow group members before, but briefly recap how God has been at work in your life and how you have grown and changed in your walk with Him. 

 

READ

Ask a volunteer to read Ephesians 2:8-10.

  • Why is important to know that God didn’t just save us from something (v. 8), but for something (v. 10)?
  • Why do you think God wants us to know that we are His workmanship? His masterpiece? 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