Sermon Notes & Life Group Questions

Notes & Life Group Questions 05-16-21 (WORD)
Notes & Life Group Questions 05-16-21 (PDF)

Notes
Race, The Gospel, and Us
05/16/21
Ephesians: God Made Visible – Week 16

Ephesians 2:11-22

In Ephesians 2, Paul connects our reconciliation with God to our reconciliation with others.

Paul is saying, _______________ & ____________________________ is incompatible with the Gospel. (Galatians 3:28-29, 2:11-13; 2 Corinthians 5:16)

This sin of showing ________________________ is connected to the sin of ________________________. (James 2:1-9)

God calls His people to be a people of ____________________________.

(James 2:15-17; 1 John 3:17)

When we respond to the needs of others different than how we’d respond if it were done to us, we are ____________________.

To focus on one’s own relationship with God independent of ______________________ is an incomplete understanding of the Gospel.

(Matthew 23:23; Deuteronomy 10:16-19)

The question is always, how is what God is doing ______________ moving me to be His _____________________________ to those around me?

 

 

 

Life Group Q’s
Race, The Gospel, and Us
05/16/21          

Ephesians: God Made Visible – Week 16

*Remember that this discussion is intended to unite us in Christ, around the Gospel, for His mission. Please be careful not to be divisive in your tone or in allegiance to things other than Christ and His teachings.  Where there is disagreement on things, be humble and charitable.

Review

Which point of this week’s sermon was most helpful, challenging, or thought provoking for you? Why? (See the sermon notes for the key statements/points)

Going Deeper

Read Deuteronomy 10:16-19. How do these verses summarize the key ideas of the sermon and even of Ephesians 2:11-22?

Why is the conversation around race and justice such a difficult/sensitive one to have? What does that expose?

What have you learned about yourself through the more recent heightened tensions around race and injustice this past year? Where & how have you seen growth in Christ? Where have you seen sin exposed (not necessarily sin of racism, but maybe of division, pride, anger, etc.)?

Read Luke 10:25-37 – How does this parable help you examine how you view and interact with others?

Read Romans 12:15-16. How much do these verses represent how you are responding to the divisions of our day?

Prayer: As a group, pray for (A) Those you know who have been affected by the heightened tensions this past year. (B) The power of the Gospel to captivate every sphere of our hearts and minds (C) Unity for our church, The Church (D) Those in positions of authority working to address the complex racial issues.

What action can you take as a life group based on what God has shown you in discussion and prayer?