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The Testimony of Salvation (7 of 40)
Series: Emerge: Identity
Jesus Culture - Banning Liebscher
Ephesians 2:8-9

Last week, we learned that salvation is like a gift that needs only to be received. God loves us more than we could ever possibly imagine, and He loves to pour His extravagant blessings into our lives. The more love and truth we receive, the more we have to pour into the lives of the people around us. God wants the whole world to receive the gift of salvation.

This week, we are going to learn even more about how we were designed to rely solely upon the grace of God and not upon good deeds for our salvation and ongoing relationship with Him.

Salvation is a gift, and gifts cannot be earned. They can only be received and enjoyed.

Main Scripture: Ephesians 2:8-9

EQUIP: The amazing gift of salvation

Have your group read EPHESIANS 2:8-9 and then focus on the observations and teaching points provided.

Teaching Point 1: What's the difference between grace and works?

- Salvation does not come through human self-effort. It is by grace we have been saved, through faith so that no one can boast (Eph. 2:8-9).
- If you try and work for a gift, that changes it from a gift to a payment. God's gift is free, with no strings attached - trying to earn it ruins it!

We are all driven to prove ourselves as we grow up. In our world, the most popular people have the latest fad toy, the trendiest shoes, or the coolest smartphone available. We tend to compare everything we have, from our looks to our athletic abilities and our wisdom. We all want to be loved and accepted in the chaos of all the peer pressure.

Unfortunately, this performance culture has made its way into Christian circles also. But God wants to set us free from our addiction to comparing, judging, and performing.

Paul calls the teaching of works an evil curse (GAL. 3:1) and explains how we owe our salvation entirely to the undeserved favor of God. GALATIANS 2:16 says, ''We know ...

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