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We Are God's Dwelling Place (10 of 40)
Series: Emerge: Identity
Jesus Culture - Banning Liebscher
The apostle Paul says that God's children are called to be built up as the holy ''dwelling place'' of God (Eph. 2:22). This week, we're going to talk about what that means and what it can look like on an everyday basis.
Jesus' blood makes us the true sons and daughters of God. We are not guests who sit in His living room and feel awkward because we are not at our own house. His house is our house, and all He has is ours (Luke 15:31). We literally are His kids.
What does it mean for Jesus to be the Lord of your life? Have you experienced how much better life is when He is your focal point? Because we belong to God, Jesus should be at the center of everything we do, every decision we make, and every relationship we have. Together, we are being built up as His dwelling place.
Main Scripture: Ephesians 2:19-22
EQUIP: We are one big family in the Father's house.
Have your group read EPHESIANS 2:19-22 and then focus on the observations and teaching points provided
Teaching Point 1: We bear our Father's name.
- Before Jesus, we were like homeless orphans (Eph. 2:12-13), but now we have been adopted into God's house.
- We have been made actual, legitimate sons and daughters of God, with full rights to everything His name offers (John 15:15).
Have you ever watched Extreme Home Makeover? A crew of people go in and build an amazing home for a family who is struggling. In many cases, a parent has died or one of the children is seriously ill, and the family has barely been able to stay afloat financially and emotionally. But then this team of people shows up to provide for them in ways that literally are extreme.
Throughout Scripture, we see God coming along and doing the same for us. ISAIAH 43:1 says that God ''called you by name'' and declared, ''You are Mine.'' Before we met Jesus, we were like orphans who had no home (EPH. 2:1 ...
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