Someone pray, asking God to help everyone understand the passage, apply it to our lives, and to love Jesus and love others. Read Ephesians 2:1-10 and discuss the following.
1. Study through Ephesians 2:1-10 together. What stands out to you and why?
Imagine you received a letter from a collection agency that read, “Your debt has been paid in full.” The intensity of joy in your response would greatly depend on the amount of debt that was paid off on your behalf. In Christ, you have been saved from spiritual deadness, sin, worldly living, a sin nature, and the wrath of God.
2. Which of these things that Christians are saved from most stand out to you and why?
3. Does knowing the depths of what you’ve been saved from intensify your response to the gospel? Explain your answer.
4. How does Paul explain exactly how spiritually dead sinners end up coming to faith in Jesus in verses 4-5 — what happens first? What specifically are sinners saved by?
5. How does our culture typically understand Christian salvation? Does this view differ from the way that Paul explains salvation in Ephesians 2:4-5?
6. What about the church at large in our context—what’s the typical view and does it differ from Paul’s?
We are saved to be exalted to the position of Jesus, to enjoy God’s immeasurable riches and grace, to boast in the grace of God, and to do good works that God has set out for us to do.
7. Which of these four things that we are saved to most stand out to you and why? How does Matthew 5:14-16 shed light on Ephesians 2:10? How does 1 Peter 2:9 also shed light on Ephesians 2:10?