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Living from Inheritance (3 of 40)
Series: Emerge: Identity
Jesus Culture - Banning Liebscher
Everyone knows that the odds of winning the lottery are astronomical, yet tickets are purchased every day by millionaire-hopefuls everywhere. Why do you think people buy tickets despite the astronomical odds of winning?
People don't buy tickets because of the good odds - they buy tickets despite terrible odds because winning the lottery could absolutely change their lives.
For some people, the lottery seems like their best shot in life at significance or happiness. The truth is these things have been made available to believers in Jesus. What's more, in Christ, we are the recipients of the incredible bounty of Heaven!
Paul teaches that the moment you believed in Christ, you were given access to extraordinary wealth - an inheritance in Christ! It's like you have the winning ticket for the lottery of Heaven.
Main Scripture: Ephesians 1:11-14
- Focus on verse 11 for the inheritance obtained.
- Focus on verse 11 for predestination according to God's purpose.
- Focus on verse 13 for being sealed with the Holy Spirit.
EQUIP: Plans of inheritance
Read EPHESIANS 1:11-14 and then focus on the observations and teaching points provided.
Teaching Point 1: We have obtained an inheritance.
- As co-heirs with Christ (Rom 8:17), we have obtained a heavenly inheritance (Eph. 1:11).
- Inheritance gives us abundant blessings in this life (Phil. 4:19) and in the life to come (1 Peter 1:4).
Picture yourself with a winning lottery ticket. Tens of millions of dollars have just been handed to you - what does it feel like? How would it affect your life and your future?
Paul tells the Ephesians, ''In [Jesus] we have obtained an inheritance'' (v. 11). As God's adopted sons and daughters, we are co-heirs with Christ (ROM. 8:17). Through the cross, we were taken from slavery, restored as sons and daughters, and made legal owners of the inheri ...
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