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Becoming a Child of God

April 22, 2017

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him was not any thing made that was made." (John 1:1-3, ESV)

 

9 The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, yet the world did not know Him. 11 He came to His own, and His own people did not receive Him. 12 But to all who did receive Him, who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. (John 1:9-13, ESV)

 

12 But to all who did receive Him, who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God"

 

"No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him..." (John 6:44, ESV)

 

12 But to all who did receive Him, who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God"

 

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16, ESV)

 

"Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because He has not believed in the name of the only Son of God." (John 3:18, ESV)

 

"43 I have come in My Father's name, and you do not receive Me. If another comes in his own name, you will receive him. 44 How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?" (John 5:43-44, ESV)

 

"And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh." (Ezekiel 36:26, ESV)

 

"God does not force men to walk in His statutes by external violence, but causes them to walk in His statutes by an internal principle. If God will do His part according to the promise, we must do ours according to the precept." - Matthew HenryWeek 1 - Becoming a Child of God

LifeGroup Notes

Sunday, we heard about the process of becoming a Child of God.  We answered the question, “What happens when a sinful person surrenders to perfect God?’. The answer is that they are forgiven and become part of God’s family.  Scripture also describes this process as being ‘grafted in’.  Let’s take a look at Romans 11:24 as Paul describes  this process.

 

1. Paul mentions a wild olive tree from which believers have been cut off.  What is he talking about?

2. Secondly, Paul mentions a cultivated olive tree.  What does this symbolize?

3. Discuss the implications of this verse as a group.  What process is Paul actually describing here?

 

 

 

 

Let’s look further at the topic of reconciliation

4. What does the process of reconciliation look like? How does it happen? As a group--reference this chart below.  There are 5 simple questions that layout the process of reconciliation, each with some verses to reference.  Analyze this chart as a group. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Impact statement

What happens when a sinful person surrenders to a perfect God? They are given perfection through Jesus Christ.  The sin and corrupt nature that they are born with are overcome by the grace and mercy of a loving Father wishing to impute to them the perfect record of Christ.  This is reconciliation--taking something that is far off and making it near, taking something that is foreign and making in native. This is what happens when a sinful person surrenders to a perfect God--they are brought near and grafted into the family of God.

 

 

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