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“A Tale of a Tool” – audio sermon and study guide

24 Apr

Wordserve Logo_COLORWordServe Church Study Guide for April 27, 2014

  • Sermon Title: “A Tale of a Tool” (Rev. Bill Hogan)
  • Audio Link (check HERE on Sunday afternoon for the latest sermon and .pdf download)
  • Sermon Scripture: Ephesians 2:1-10
  • Additional Study Texts:

Getting Started

–  Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged, or confused you?

– If you had to pick a tool in the toolbox to describe yourself, what would you pick?  Why?

Digging Deeper

Read Psalm 139:1-16

The Psalmist says that God knows everything about us and that we cannot hide from Him.  Do you find this comforting, or alarming?  Why?

Think about how you are “knit together” (verse 13).

– What parts of you are from God?

– What parts of you are not from God?  How did they get there?

– How can we get rid of things in us that are not from God?

Read Ephesians 2:1-10

Paul says we are created anew in Christ for good works (v 10).

– How are we created “in Christ?”

– Paul says we are saved by __________, not by works.  Then why would God create works for us to do as a way of life?

– Why does Paul stress that we cannot boast about how we’ve been saved?  What difference does that make?

Taking It Home

On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being highest) answer the following:

– I am using my unique talents for God’s good works.

1—–2—–3—–4—–5—–6—–7—–8—–9—–10

– I see works that God has prepared for my community.

1—–2—–3—–4—–5—–6—–7—–8—–9—–10

– How can your Community Group help you move these scores to the right?

– List some examples of good works that God has prepared for the West Katy/Fulshear area (or in your area if you’re “not from around here!”):

– What “next step” will you take to line up how you’re made (i.e., how you can help) with the needs of the community?

– What steps will you take in the next 5 weeks to discover how you are uniquely made?

Extra!

  • Parents:  If you’re looking for a good way to convey Christ’s vast love for your children, consider reading The Runaway Bunny alongside Psalm 139 with your kids!  (Probably available at a library, or check with a friend!)
  • Book, Chazown, by Craig Groeschel
  • Book, S.H.A.P.E. by Erik Rees (see video below for brief introduction to the book)

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