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The Good News of the Gospel

September 7, 2014 Speaker: Guest Speaker Series: Topical Teachings

Verse: Ephesians 2:1–2:10

Overview of Ephesians 2:1-10

We all know Satan is a liar, but sometimes we still can get discouraged or depressed when we listen to his condemnation. But we must remember our identity in Christ and what He has done for us on the cross. It is our Christian responsibility to preach the gospel Mark 16:15 1. Before we can do this, we must know what the gospel means and what the implications are for our lives 1 Corinthians 2:2. The bad news in these first few verses of Ephesians is that we are all separated from God because of our sin Romans 5:18. This was our identity before we were saved. Without the working of God in our lives we are utterly lost. 1 John 15:19, John 7:7, John 3:19. We were all in bondage to sin and eternally separated from God. Not only that but we were condemned to endure the eternal punishment of God’s wrath being poured out for our disobedience. But because of what Jesus has done for us on the cross we have been set free from our bondage to sin and guilt and so Satan no longer has any power in our lives.

1. What is the Gospel?

a. What are the implications of the gospel on our lives?

2. What has Jesus done for you personally?

3. How have you been carrying guilt for your sin?

4. How has Satan been disarmed by the cross?

The good news is that our salvation is based on what Jesus has done for us on the cross and has nothing to do with anything we can do for ourselves Ephesians 2:9, 1 Corinthians 1:29-31. His sacrifice has removed the wrath on our life and turned it into favor. God has already perfectly loved us so it is not that he can now love us more, but that he can now call us sons and daughters. Now we can share in the inheritance of Jesus. His sacrifice has preserved Gods justice while erasing our record of wrong so that we may live in his presence eternally. We have been redeemed from our guilt and have been set free from our sin. This is our identity now in Christ and so we must see the gravity of the cross. Now that we understand this we can fulfil our calling as Christians and take the message to our neighborhoods, city and to the ends of the earth Matthew 28:19-20.

1. What does reconciliation look like in your life?

2. How do these verses in Ephesians encourage you?

a. What does it mean to have your identity in Christ?

3. How has God shown you favor?

4. Do you understand the gravity of the cross in human history?

a. What does this mean for us as Christians?

b. What is our responsibility now?

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