Ephesians 2:1-10 | Day Three
By: Sophie DeMuth | To download this series in it's entirety, click here.
"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God--not by works, so that no one can boast." - Ephesians 2:8-9
We’re starting chapter 2 of Ephesians today! Before we dive into today’s verses, let’s recap.
If you were giving the gist of chapter one to a third grader, how would you describe it? Remember, paraphrasing is key to clearly knowing and remembering passages of Scripture. So is purpose! If you haven’t already, sit down and read the whole book for context into today’s verses.
What were three things you learned from chapter one, two truths you were convicted about, and one way you acted upon them over the last few days?
Let’s move forward to chapter two!
Settle yourself before God. Silence your phone, talk to God about your worries and pray for guidance from the Holy Spirit as you read today’s passages.
Read Ephesians 2:1–5. Underline every time Paul mentions something about death and circle his references to life. If you’d rather not write in your Bible, make a list.
Why does Paul establish a stark contrast between life and death? What is he teaching us about salvation?
Read Ephesians 2:1–5 again. How does Paul describe those who are dead in sin?
What did we deserve when we were in sin?
What did God do for us through Jesus? Why did He do it?
What does it mean that we’re saved by grace? Did we do anything to deserve or earn salvation?
What does it mean for you to be alive in Christ? How has He changed your life?
Jesus brings us from death to life! Write out what you were like before and after you met Jesus. By the section about how you were before Christ, write “death” and by the section on how He changed you, write “life” to remind yourself that Jesus blesses you with life!
Who could you tell your “death to life” story to this week?
Continue reading Ephesians 2:6–10 in this passage. How does the phrase “and God raised us up with Christ” relate back to what we’ve read so far in Ephesians? By whose power did Jesus rise from the dead?
How did God provide a way for us to be raised to life? Why were we dead in the first place?
According to verse 7, why did God raise us up? How do you see God’s grace and kindness at work in your life?
What saves us (v. 8)? What doesn’t save us (v. 9)? Why can’t we be saved that way?
Let’s tie it in: Remember that we learned in 1:14 that God orchestrated salvation for His glory. If we could be saved by doing enough good things, we would rob Him of His glory—we would boast in our awesomeness, not God’s.
How have you been tempted to think that you have to do a bunch of good stuff to please God or earn salvation? How does this passage speak against legalism (trying to do enough good, religious acts to earn God’s approval)?
How does verse 10 tie in? Does God still want us to do good works after we’ve been saved? Why? Do these works save us? Why not?
How could you embrace God’s grace this week instead of trying to check off a long list of spiritual “to do’s”? What good works could you do to serve your family, classmates, or teammates this week? Close in a time of prayer, embracing God’s grace and asking Him how He wants you to love others this week.