Sermon Follow-Up Study
Open: Describe a time you struggled with insecurity:
Read: Ephesians 1-2, Ephesians 4:1-2; Deuteronomy 29:29; John 6; Romans 9-10
1. How do you see an identity crisis in our world today? Why do so many Christians struggle with their spiritual identity in Christ? In what ways do our identity struggles demonstrate themselves mentally, emotionally and physically in people?
2. Define sovereign election: Why is sovereign election such a difficult doctrine to understand? Describe the passive and active views of election: How can sovereign election and free-will be understood complimentary instead of contradictory?
3. How should the doctrines of election and adoption confirm my spiritual identity? How can and does grace become an idol of self-sufficiency and insecurity? Is it true that self-sufficiency and insecurity go hand in hand? As you look around, what do you see that people choose to put their sufficiency and security in?
4. How does our knowledge of God’s sovereign election and adoption enhance my view of grace? How can grace settle my identity crisis and motivate worthy living? Give examples of people who live with grace-based identity and are walking worthy of their calling in Christ?
Pray: Ponder the beauty of God’s sovereignty in your life. Pray that your identity will be settled in God’s sovereignty
Memorize/Meditate: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us for adoption to Himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of His will, to the praise of His glorious grace, with which He has blessed us in the Beloved. Ephesians 1:3-6