What does it mean to be saved? Through Christ, God’s glory has fallen on us like the dawn of a new day, casting light on all the unimaginable benefits that are ours in him. And salvation’s benefits are more than what we are saved from but whom we were saved for. When he gives life to the dead and blessing for the cursed, protection for the helpless and freedom for the enslaved, at each turn—we see him. Salvation is God-in-Person. Join us in studying its many facets as we trace the "scattered beams" of God Our Savior.
WEEK 2: Dead to Alive
August 18 Ephesians 2:1-11
Give It All | Grace Church Worship | iTunes
Psalm 101:1 • Romans 12:1 • Romans 5:8 • Galatians 2:20
Call Upon the Lord | Elevation Worship | iTunes
Psalm 18:3-2 • 2 Corinthians 3:17 • Hebrews 13:5-6
Christ Our Savior | Grace Church Worship | iTunes
Lamentations 3:21-26 • Ephesians 2:8-9 • Titus 3:5-6
Dwell | Aaron Keyes | iTunes
Psalm 91:1 • Isaiah 54:17
Nobody Like You | Red Rocks Worship | iTunes
Psalm 33:6-7 • Exodus 15:11 • Phil 2:5-11 • Jeremiah 10:6
O God of Our Salvation | The Village Church | iTunes
Psalm 29:1-2 • 1 Chronicles 16:29
Salvation’s benefits are more than what we are saved from but whom we were saved for.
When you hear “salvation”, what do you think of? How have you thought about the phrase “being saved” in your life and how did this teaching impact you differently?
God chooses to cover Adam and Eve in Genesis 3:21 and be merciful to them at the expense of another life. What does this tell you about the character of God?
How have you tried to save yourself? What lesser things do you look to on this earth to save you instead of trusting entirely in God your Savior? What do you need to start saying no to?
In Isaiah 43:2, God doesn’t say we won’t go through difficult things. He tells us that when we go through them, he will be with us. In what current situation does this bring you comfort? What does his presence change about your circumstances?
God is Yahweh, your God. He is the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. You are precious in his sight, honored, and loved (Isaiah 43:4, ESV). Is this how you view God and his relationship with you? Why or why not? If you truly believed this with everything in you, what is one thing that would significantly change in your life?
Most of us think of salvation as transactional or when we have a problem that threatens our health or security and we are forced to think about it.
In Genesis 3:21, Adam and Eve are ashamed and naked, yet God is merciful and covers them with the skin of an animal. In order for them to be covered, life had to be taken to triumph over their sin and give them freedom from shame. Jesus is the ultimate fulfillment of the animal whose blood was shed—skinned— to provide cover for us.
In Isaiah 43, we are reminded that God who created and formed us has chosen to identify with us in our brokenness, even while we create and form our own gods.
Through salvation, we are not given the absence of difficult situations but the power and comfort of God’s presence in the face of our difficulty. God is committed to be present and connected to his people.
God is Yahweh, your God. He is the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. You are precious in his sight, honored, and loved (Isaiah 43:4, ESV).
Read Romans 8:31-32. God is willing to go to this length to be your God. He gave up his son to be the innocent sacrifice for your sin and shame, consuming you with his holiness and giving you freedom from the false and life-draining saviors you find on this earth. This is who he is and why you can trust him.
Read Ephesians 2:4-5. What do we bring to the table? What does God bring?
For those of us who have been Christians a long time, it is easy to merge the work of God in our lives and the work we feel like we have done for him. How might you have felt like God owes you for something, that you have accomplished more than you have, or that you are in some way better than other people? How does this passage refute that?
As believers, we can’t let this become old news for us. How will you keep remembering what God has done for you? What disciplines do you already have in place in your life to remember?
Where do you feel powerless, stuck, or not compelled to tell people about Jesus because you aren’t living in your new nature as a believer? What does it look like for you to make choices in obedience and faithfulness to Christ?
What new understanding from this passage do you have about being united with Christ? What is one way that you are experiencing the power of God being alive in you?
We are born with a sinful nature, unable to rescue ourselves.
Ephesians 2 lays out for us the journey from spiritual death to spiritual life. While it is easy for us to identify the “unacceptable” forms of spiritual death—murder, abandoning your family, gossip, etc., we have also created “acceptable” forms of spiritual death in our affluent culture: you can be religious, educated, and successful by the world’s standards yet still be just as dead as the person who has no concept of God. The selfishness, pride, and separation from Christ are still the same.
According to Ephesians 2, we are dead in sin when we are born. It is only after trusting in Christ and receiving a new nature that we have a choice of which passions and desires to follow: those of our old, sinful nature or of our new redeemed nature.
Our sin is not on the outside; it’s on the inside, It isn’t just something you do, it is who you are. You can’t rescue yourself from who you are—you need Jesus.
If you have been a follower of Christ a long time, you might find yourself wrongly feeling entitled because of your work and faithfulness over many years. Faithfulness is not the same as regeneration.
Our union with Christ is not just a side-by-side connection; we are in him, and he is in us. We cannot be separated.
Part of our salvation is not about us at all but about revealing God’s great generosity towards us.