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Ephesians, Chapter Two, Lesson Two

BROUGHT NEAR IN CHRIST   Ephesians 2:11-16             Print this Bible Study

STIMULATE

** Thankfulness toward our gracious God needs to be a part of our everyday life as Believers. At the end of last week's study we saw something we should be eternally grateful for, do you recall what that was?

"For by grace you have been saved" (V.5)

All relative to God's eternal plan of redemption, we saw that our position was that we were dead in our trespasses and sins. God's pardon came through Christ's death, because He was willing to nail our guilt to the cross of His beloved Son and that our practice should be to live thankfully by walking in the good works that God has planned for us from before the foundation of the earth.

** Just before our closing prayer last week, we made a commitment to "apply our thankfulness" each day to the things we experience so that we might produce an even greater glory for His name sake. How did you do in your effort to walk in thankful obedience?

It was wonderful to be reminded all week of God's amazing grace and my need to be truly thankful, even unto application of His Word to the daily events of my life.

MOTIVATE

** As the unsaved world around us views Christianity, what kinds of things do they see?

Ritualistic religion, emotional outburst, ridiculous miracles, money, greed, false piety,
self-righteousness, etc.

** What should be the one true characteristic of the church of Christ as it relates to itself?

Our unity, a sincere love for the Brethren. cf. 1Peter 1:22-23

** Paul continues in our passage for today by showing us the blessed reality that we have been "Brought Near in Christ". Like last week, our study will break down into three parts.

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