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By Grace We Are Saved (6 of 40)
Series: Emerge: Identity
Jesus Culture - Banning Liebscher
Last week, we looked at what we were before we had a relationship with Jesus. We were dead, living in lies, and under God's wrath.
This week, we are going to transition into learning about the amazing grace that God gives freely to us who believe.
During the Christmas season, we celebrate family, giving gifts, and generosity. With Christmas in mind, we are going to look at God as an extravagantly rich parent, who cannot hold back from lavishing His love and gifts upon us.
Main Scripture: Ephesians 2:4-7
EQUIP: Empowering Grace
Have your group read EPHESIANS 2:4-7 and then focus on the observations and teaching points provided.
Teaching Point 1: God is abundantly rich in love and mercy!
- It is by God's grace that you have been saved (Eph. 2:4-5)!
- God has provided us with the most precious gifts in Jesus: eternal life when we were dead and mercy when we deserved judgment.
Christmas is an amazing holiday when we celebrate the abundant goodness of God. The holiday was inspired by a young boy named Nicholas. His wealthy parents were passionate believers and taught Nicholas all about Jesus' generous love, but they died while Nicholas was still young, leaving him with a huge inheritance.
Young Nicholas' heart was filled with Jesus' love for the lost. He was a ''burning one'' - a revivalist, who was consumed with Jesus' true message to change the world.
''God is so rich in mercy, and He loved us so much, 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'' (EPH. 2:4-5)!
Just like Jesus, Nicholas had a love burning in him for hurting people that led to mercy. There are many different stories about how he secretly left money and gifts for those in need. He poured out freely from the riches that he had freely received.
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