Welcome back to our online Inductive Bible Study on the book of Ephesians, “Free from Bondage God’s Way” by Kay Arthur. We just completed Week Three, “Grace that Covers and Provides.” We are halfway through our study, and oh what a powerful week of study it has been!
God’s grace is so amazing that I had to break out in song a few times by singing one of my favorite hymns. This hymn is also very special to me, because we sang it at my daddy’s funeral.
Amazing grace how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now I’m found.
Was blind but now I see.
‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear
And grace my fears relieved.
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed.
When we’ve been there ten thousand years
Bright shining as the sun
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Then when we first begun.
Oh what powerful words! “I once was lost but now I’m found, was blind but now I see.”
Have you ever been lost? It’s such a scary feeling. I recall a time when I was a child shopping with my mother. I stopped to look at something that caught my eye, and when I turned around, my mother was nowhere to be found. Fear gripped my heart, and I panicked. In my teenage years, I was driving in Atlanta, Georgia with a friend of mine. We were headed to Six Flags over Georgia. We somehow ended up in unfamiliar territory, and it was pitch dark. Back then cell phones and GPS units did not exist, and we stayed lost for about an hour. We were scared out of our minds.
But this doesn’t come close to how lost I was before I came to know the saving grace of Jesus Christ. I was spiritually blind, like being lost in the pitch darkness of night, and then God’s grace covered me, and the light broke through the darkness, and I was able to see clearly for the first time.
What a beautiful gift of grace God has given each one of us! We become Christians through God’s unmerited favor, not as the result of any effort, ability, intelligent choice, or act of service on our part. God’s part in our salvation is grace. Our part is faith. Without faith, we cannot be saved, and without faith, it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6).
“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God…” Ephesians 2:8
Have you accepted God’s free gift of grace? He is waiting for you.
Kay Arthur writes in the Thought for the Week…
“The minute you simply believe, the minute you receive Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord and acknowledge Him as God, you are saved by the grace of God.”
BIBLE STUDY TIP: Make an appointment with God. If you find that you often miss your Bible study time, why not start treating it as an important appointment? Set a reminder on your smart phone, and never miss another appointment.
ASSIGNMENT FOR THE WEEK:
- Join a small group and fellowship with your fellow Bible students. https://www.facebook.com/groups/WBCInductiveStudies/
- Complete your study of Week Four, “Loved Unconditionally.”
- Pray before you begin your study. Ask your resident Teacher, the Holy Spirit, to open your heart to wisdom and understanding to learn His truths.
- Do an online word study on “Grace” (Ephesians 2:8) at www.blueletterbible.org. Instructions for doing a word study are located in “Files” in the Inductive Studies chat room.
- Store in your heart Ephesians 2:8-10 (Week Three, Day Seven).
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR THIS WEEK (answer in small groups or post a comment here)
- How would you define the grace of God to a person who has no relationship with God?
- What does the grace of God mean in your own life?
- What is the relationship between salvation by grace and being created for good works? Ephesians 2:8-10
- What does it mean to be God’s dwelling? Ephesians 2:22
- Is grace a license to sin and to live any way you want to live? How are you to respond to the grace of God?