Cornerstone: Saved By Grace 04 Jun 23

(Message 2) Can you be dead and not know it? What does it mean to be spiritually dead and what’s the solution? Join us as we discover eternal life in Christ through faith and grace in Ephesians chapter 2. #GCCornerstone

Things that will keep us blind to being spiritually dead:

  • Religion
  • Prosperity


Our Problem:

  1. We’re dead in sin
    • Transgressions
    • Sins
  2. We’re enslaved by sin
    • We followed the ruler of the kingdom of the air.
    • Gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts.
  3. We’re condemned by sin


God’s Wrath:
God’s personal, righteous, constant hostility to evil, his settled refusal to compromise with it, and his resolve instead to condemn it.


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Key Scripture:

Ephesians 2:1–10 (NLT)

Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins. 2 You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God. 3 All of us used to live that way, following the passionate desires and inclinations of our sinful nature. By our very nature we were subject to God’s anger, just like everyone else. 

4 But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, 5 that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) 6 For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. 7 So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus. 

8 God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. 9 Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. 10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

This letter is from Paul, chosen by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus.

I am writing to God’s holy people in Ephesus, who are faithful followers of Christ Jesus.

2 May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.

3 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. 4 Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. 5 God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. 6 So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son. 7 He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. 8 He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding.

9 God has now revealed to us his mysterious will regarding Christ—which is to fulfill his own good plan. 10 And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth. 11 Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to his plan.

12 God’s purpose was that we Jews who were the first to trust in Christ would bring praise and glory to God. 13 And now you Gentiles have also heard the truth, the Good News that God saves you. And when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago. 14 The Spirit is God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people. He did this so we would praise and glorify him.

Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.

  • What does it mean to be a religious person?  Would you consider yourself religious?

Start sharing. These questions are to help get your group thinking and to create openness.

  • What does it mean to be spiritually alive?  Would you consider yourself to be spiritually alive?  What’s the difference between being religious and spiritually alive?
  • Read Ephesians 2:1-3.  Do you find Paul’s statement to be offensive?  Do you agree that before Christ we were spiritually dead?
  • Verse 3 teaches that we used to live for the cravings of our flesh.  As Christians we still sin, but what’s the difference now?
  • The end of verse 3 says we were deserving of wrath.  Do you believe that your sin deserved punishment?  What is God’s wrath?
  • What if God didn’t punish sin, what would the world look like?  For context:  What would your home look like if your kids were never punished for their sins?
  • Read Ephesians 2:4-7.  Why did God save us and give us eternal life?
  • Dead people don’t choose.  How did God take you from death to life?  What does it mean that we’re seated with Christ in the heavenly realms?
  • Read Ephesians 2:8-10.  Will anyone in heaven be able to say, “I’m here because I was a good person?” What does the phrase “saved by faith and not by works” mean?
  • What were we saved to do?  Are you doing what God saved you to do?

Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.

  • Share the Ephesians 2:8-9 message of hope with at least one person this week: salvation by grace through faith, not by works.

Start praying. Be bold and pray with power.

  • Praise God for His righteousness and mercy.  Be thankful that you don’t have to try to earn salvation, that He has graciously given this to us through Christ Jesus.

Start digging. For further study.


Troy Knight

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