Sermon-Based Small Group
Theme: Exhibit A: What Does it Mean to be Saved?
Get to Know Me: As you grow older, what is one quality you hope to retain (besides a sound mind)?
Into the Bible Questions:
- Ephesians 1:3-14
- How do you think God’s predestination works? Does this mean that some people have no chance to be saved? Why or why not?
- According to this passage, list what happens to those who receive salvation.
- Who makes known to us God’s will? How does He reveal things to you?
“We are saved by faith without works, but not by a faith that is without works.”
Salvation is totally of God, apart from any human works or merit.
Galatians 2:14-16, Romans 4:18-25, Romans 5:15-19
- How is a person justified before God?
- What does justification mean to you?
- How does Christ’s death and resurrection justify us before our Heavenly Father?
- How did you come to realize that you needed a Savior?
God’s gift of salvation is received through faith alone.
- In what ways is our society like the Jewish culture in this text? In what ways are we different?
- According to this text, how is a person saved?
- Tell of a time when you trusted Jesus and were not disappointed.
Salvation results in a life of good works.
Galatians 2:15-16, James 2:14-17
- What’s the difference between these two scriptures?
- Is the Bible contradicting itself? Why or why not?
- Give a personal example of how faith and works operate in your own life.