Week 1 – March 12-19
Rooted in Gospel Identity
And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— 3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. 4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
As we begin 7 weeks of prayer together as a church, we want to first center our hearts on the goodness of the Gospel. The Scriptures declare that anyone who calls upon the Name of the Lord Jesus will be saved. If you trust Jesus, then you have been brought from death to life!!! As Paul says in Ephesians, each of us was dead in our trespasses and sins. We were living away from God, and were by nature children of wrath. Let that rest on you a moment. You were dead in your sins. Wrath was yours to have, just like everyone else. And yet…
God is rich in mercy!!! In other words, when it comes to mercy, God has A LOT of it. And He loves us, A LOT. And He has saved us by grace through faith in the great name of Jesus!!! And now we are each His workmanship, created in Christ for good works.
This week, our challenge to you is that you would intentionally memorize Ephesians 2:1-10. You’ll be shocked how quickly this will happen if you simply commit to spend 5-10 minutes in the morning and evening in the passage. As you memorize it, we believe that you’ll find that God uses His Word to center your heart on the great Gospel message: you were dead in your sin, but God has saved you by grace.
Further, this week please pray that God would continue to work out His character in you and in our church. Pray that God would build a heart of gratitude in us for all He has done for us!