God's Saving Work
God's Saving Work
7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace, 8 which He lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight 9 making known to us the mystery of His will, according to His purpose, which He set forth in Christ 10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in Him, things in heaven and things on earth. 11 In Him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, 12 so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of His glory. 13 In Him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in Him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of His glory." (Ephesians 1:7-14, ESV)
There is Freedom in our Redemption!
7 In Him we have redemption through His blood...
"For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery." (Galatians 5:1, ESV)
"23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by His grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus," (Romans 3:23-24, ESV)
There is Purpose in our Inheritance!
11 In Him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, 12 so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of His glory. (Ephesians 1:11-12, ESV)
12 so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of His glory.
16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ..." (Romans 8:16-17, ESV)
"as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until He comes." (1 Corinthians 11:26, ESV)
LIFEGROUP NOTES -Week 2 - God's Saving Work
This week’s message was on the topic of God’s saving work. Take a few moments and discuss which portions of this week’s message had the greatest impact on you. The subject of God’s saving work is directly related to what we studied last week--Election. Continuing with the theme of practicality and application in this series, we will study today redemption, specifically, how we are not redeemed.
As a group, read Romans 9:6-13. We see that Paul is anticipating a question from his audience based on the topic from the previous verses. Paul makes the statement in v6, “But it is not as though the word of GOD has failed”. This shows that Paul is anticipating his audience to question the reliability of GOD’s promises and the truthfulness of GOD’s word based on what he has just shared with them.
1. As a group, discuss what it is in v1-5 that would lead Paul’s audience to ask this question?
This question comes from Paul talking about the brokenness that he has for his Jewish “brothers” who are lost. He anticipates his audience to say, “Well how/why are you broken for them, are they not the people of the promise? Are they not Jews and as such God’s elect? They can’t be lost because scripture says that they are the chosen people...to share in the adoption as GOD’s children. So, what you are telling us now then is that GOD’s promises are no longer trustworthy? People have a bad habit of treating election and brokenness for the lost as mutually exclusive--but they are not!
Paul’s anticipation of this question leads to his response in v6 where he points out three things: 1) Your heritage will not save your, 2) your works will not save you, and 3) Only GOD can save you! Today’s study will look at two additional verses that support these three truths First, let’s address the topic of being saved by good works. As a group, turn to and read Eph. 2:1-10
2. Describe the “works” of the people in v1-3?
3. What does the end of v3 tells us about these people’s position as it relates to GOD?