1. What do you think our modern culture here in Canada values and treasures?
2. Do you share in any of the valuing and treasuring of what you described in question one?
3. What is the “treasure” that Paul refers to in 2 Cor 4:7 ?
4. What does Paul mean by “jars of clay”? Why is the treasure placed in these?
5. What do think are the consequences - or fruit - of pursuing worldly treasure and distractions rather than godly treasure and service?
6. See 2 Cor 6:4-10; 11:23-29. Why did Paul not loose heart and give up? And why do we not loose heart and give up?
In this sermon, Lorne Meisner, the Manitoba district coach for the Baptist General Conference, opened our eyes to a view into the depths of eternity.
Lorne asks, when you relate the story of your relationship with God, how far back do you go? What did he mean by this? Is this a helpful question for you in growing your view of God’s activity regarding us?
Let’s read from Ephesians 1:1-14 together to begin.
Before hearing this sermon, and reading this passage, what did you consider to be the first time God planned for the death and resurrection of Jesus? Why does it matter? What does Eph. 1:3-4 have to say about timelines?
This passage allows us a sense of wonderment as we look over the brink of time, into the depths of eternity. It also allows us to see that God’s plan sits above circumstances. Lorne said that “God does not make reactionary choices.” Reflect on this statement in light of Philippians 1:6.
Read through Ephesians 1:1-14 again. This time, take not of all the places where God is listed as the initiator, or the active one, and we are the recipient. Lorne listed 9.
What is the benefit to us in this activity of God? Walk through Romans 8:28-30. Verses 29-30 are often referred to as the Golden Chain of Redemption.
Walk through this statement together… “God is always, ALWAYS, the initiator. We are always, ALWAYS, the responder… at best.”
If this is difficult to process, honestly ask why. Lorne said that God’s goal in absolutely everything… creation, redemption, Jesus, humanity… is to manifest his glory. He is at the centre. If it wasn’t all about him, what would it be about?
Our service on Sunday closed with the doxology from Jude 1:24-25.
“Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.” (Remember, amen simply means ‘truth’).
This passage beautifully wraps up the themes of God’s capacity in our salvation, sanctification, and the origins of this plan from outside of time. How has this conversation grown your view of God?
How does a bigger view of God move you to worship? Should Jude 1:24-25 affect evangelism?
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