Ephesians 1:4-8, 13-14, 18-19 (NIV) For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will– to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding… And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession–to the praise of his glory… I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.
Nehemiah 4:10 (ESV) In Judah it was said, “The strength of those who bear the burdens is failing. There is too much rubble.”
Psalm 103:14 (GW) He certainly knows what we are made of. He bears in mind that we are dust.
Romans 8:28-29 (ESV) And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.
Proverbs 4:23 (CEV) Carefully guard your thoughts because they are the source of true life.
Psalm 63:3-4, 7 (ESV) Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands. for you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy.
Take a few moments to reflect on the text from Ephesians provided in your outline. As you reflect on this passage of scripture, which part strikes you the most? What is it about that particular part that you find so meaningful or helpful? Is there a portion that is confusing or more challenging? Bring that up with your small group for discussion.
Review the section, “Challenges to your vision”. When do you most struggle to see yourself as valuable to God? How does knowing your value to God help you? Share with your small group.
Which of the “Four truths” that Pastor Shane covered did you find the most encouraging or helpful? How does knowing these truths help you to live the life God made you for?
Was there a new insight gained from listening to the message today? If so, what was it?
Finally, in the last section, Pastor Shane gave 5 practical ways that you can maintain a healthy vision of who God is calling you to be. Which of these will you start putting into practice immediately? How can your small group help you to do it?
Elementary parents, for the month of February your children are learning about prayer. We want kids to understand that prayer should be no more difficult than talking to a friend, because that is exactly what it is! Our bottom line today is: God wants us to talk to him about everything. Grab one of the monthly handouts in your child’s class for ways to continue the conversation about prayer at home.
With a passion for Christ that is undeniable, Shane directly involves his listeners in each message. He speaks with high energy and delivers powerful teaching that is relevant to current life issues.
NorthPointe Community Church
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