May 17, 2020 | Categories: Sublime.

SUBLIME: Ephesians – Week 4 | Ryan Falls

God’s Plan: Ephesians 1:7-12

A Saving Plan

  • Redemption through his blood – bought out of sin and brought into new life with Jesus –
    • 1 peter 1:18
    • 2 Cor. 5:21
  • Forgiveness of Sins – released from debt
  • Our Plan: religion

A Pointed Plan

  • Wisdom and Understanding – Jesus is wisdom as we see it personified in Proverbs 8
  • Mystery – once concealed, now revealed
  • Sum up again :: Under Christ

“There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, Mine!”
–Abraham Kuyper

  • Our Plan: The wisdom of the world: Things just keep falling apart. We look to saviors that are imperfect. All of our stories end up looking for a person who can deliver, who will deliver. Look at literature. Look at the stories we tell.

A Perfect Plan

  • Everything works out in conformity with the purpose of his will
  • Good things, bad things, all things? Yes, this is really hard to comprehend how this all works together!
  • Are we free or is there a plan: The answer is yes!
    • Acts 2:22-23
  • Our Plan: Scrambling
  • Embracing the model prayer: Your kingdom come, your will be done

 Discussion Questions

  • What has redemption looked like in your life of faith?
  • How do you tend to gravitate toward religion(making your own way to God) over grace?
  • Why is it so important that God is summing up all things under Christ?
  • In what ways do you struggle to lean into the wisdom of God’s plan and lean into the wisdom of the world? What does this look like for you?
  • Once again, we have to grapple with the plan of God. How do you tend to understand this plan? What are you learning as we discuss it?