Welcome to Day 4 in our Hope is Here Bible Study. Today’s post was written by Denis Johnson, our Worship and Teaching Pastor at The Father’s House in Rochester, New York. Check out the Hope is Here message series at http://www.tfhny.org.
Day 4 – The Miracle of Grace
There are over 7 billion different people in the world, yet we have many similarities. Whether we are a wealthy trust fund baby, or born in the impoverished depths of a third world country, we all have bodily organs, breath in our lungs, blood running through our veins, and ways in which we communicate with one another. We also share the similarity of sin. We were all born in sin, and have had to struggle with the power of that sin that steals life from us. The good news of the gospel of Jesus, is that we don’t have to stay stuck in our sin. In today’s reading, we’ll read how the life and love that God gives, intersects our lives once we receive Salvation through Jesus Christ.
READ: Ephesians 2:1-10
1 And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— 3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. 4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
REFLECT: Take a moment to answer the following questions in a journal or the notes app on your phone… and then leave a comment below about what you learned.
- Question 1: What are the benefits of being made alive in Christ?
- Question 2: What does it mean to see yourself as God’s handiwork? What are the good works God has created you to do?
RESPOND: Pray for the life that is in Jesus Christ to become vibrant in your own life and faith journey.
Leave a comment below and share what you are learning.