• What do you think of the idea that you are created specially by God?
  • Have you united with Christ in any way? How did you do this, and how did it change you?
  • What is the best medicine for you when you get down in the dumps?

Going deeper

  • In light of this week’s sermon, what was new information, challenged, or stood out to you?

Read Ephesians 1:3-14

  1. What would you say is Paul’s tone in this passage?
  2. In your own words, how would you describe the “blessings in Christ” mentioned in verses 3-9
    1. How do they relate to praising God?
  3. From verses 3-14, list the activities and descriptive words relating to the work of the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.
    1. What does this show you about God?
    2. About His relationship with us?
    3. His goals for us?
  4. How does his initiative in choosing us relate to our believing?
  5. How do you know if you are chosen, or adopted, or predestined?
  6. What phrases from this section could you use to define your purpose as a Christian?


  1. From this passage, what motivates you to praise God most?
    1. Why?
  2. What are some of the greatest benefits of God’s grace to you?
  3. How does the reality of His grace make a difference in the way you see yourself?
  4. What part of God’s plan most confuses you?
    1. Most encourages you?



  • What do you need to change in your lifestyle to live for the praise of his glory this week?
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