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"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God."

John 1:1

 

Study Questions for The Plan for Life Week 2

Read Ephesians 2:1-10

God's Story

1.  The writer of Ephesians says we were once dead in our transgressions according to Ephesians 2:1-2. What caused us to be dead in transgressions?

2.  According to Ephesians 2:3, what are the signs of someone who is spiritually dead?

3.  Ephesians 2:4-5 makes the claim that we are alive in Christ.  What gives us this life, according to the passage?

4.  The writer of Ephesians implies that we are where Christ is in Ephesians 2:6-7.  Where is Christ and where are we?

5.  Ephesians 2:8-10 is a great biblical passage to memorize.  It makes an astounding claim about grace and faith.  What does it claim?
My Story

1.  Consider the ways you engage your life.  Where do you see signs that you may continue to be dead in your transgressions? What parts of your life do you need to commit to God’s mercy and grace?

2.  Are there areas of your life where you feel spiritually dead?  Why do you think that is? How might a refocus on Christ in your life aid in bringing you back to life spiritually?

3.  Reflect on the way that you look at your life. Are you bogged down looking at things from a worldly perspective?  How might claiming the proclamation of Ephesians 2:6-7 change how you look at your life?

4.  What does grace and faith mean to you in light of Ephesians 2:8-10?

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