Open the Door

SCRIPTURE
Ephesian 2:1-10 (NLT)

1 Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins. 2 You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God. 3 All of us used to live that way, following the passionate desires and inclinations of our sinful nature. By our very nature we were subject to God’s anger, just like everyone else. 4 But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, 5 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!) 6 For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. 7 So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus. 8 God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. 9 Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. 10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

MAIN IDEA

Our worship of God, the way we live our lives, propels the mission that God has given to us. Christ’s resurrection life in us opens doors for us to have make it more conversations.

GOING DEEPER
Questions from this weeks message.

1. What insight, principle or observation from this week’s message did you find to be most helpful, eye opening or troubling? Please explain

2. Read 1 Peter 3:13-17. Have you ever thought about how Christ’s life lived through you (worship) propels the mission that God have given to us? What does that look like in your life? Think through the opposite of that – how can our lives be a stumbling block to the mission of God?

3. Romans 12:1 gives us the motivation for living a life of worship! Why is that so important to keep in our minds?

4. Six ways were given in which we can be intentional in living our lives of worship on mission. Which one(s) comes naturally to you and which one(s) do you need to grow in? Are there other ways?
     • Be story-formed
     • Be a listener
     • Be hospitable – eat together
     • Bless people through being present, your words and gifts
     • Include people as you celebrate
     • Include people in your recreation

5. Read Ephesians 3:14-4:2 Reflect on the love of Jesus, reflect on what God may want to do through your life that is bigger than you, then pray that we together as the church would be good reflections of our Saviour Jesus Christ!

SUMMARY

God call us to live “winsome” lives of worship (good deeds) that attract people to the hope of the Gospel as it is displayed in our lives!

CALL TO ACTION
Ephesians 4:1

“Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God.”