Protected By His Promise
Goals for this Week’s Study:
Reflect on how each member’s faith was grown by the one thing that your Group helped with over the week! (If there wasn’t anything, go on to the next point)
Review Sunday Morning’s Message.
- Help group members (especially new members) get to know one another.
Open your group with prayer.
SHARE: Have you ever met someone who is overly saved? Have you ever been that someone? Share a story!
- “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And having called them, he gave them right standing with himself. And having given them right standing, he gave them his glory. What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us. Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”) No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 8:28-39
- “Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to his plan. God’s purpose was that we Jews who were the first to trust in Christ would bring praise and glory to God. And now you Gentiles have also heard the truth, the Good News that God saves you. And when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago. The Spirit is God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people. He did this so we would praise and glorify him.” – Ephesians 1:11-14
- “A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” - Ephesians 6:10-17
Sermon Notes: Take time to let everyone share some of the notes they took or anything that stood out to them from the message. Use this time to get everyone in your group talking (a good tip for this situation would be to go around the room and have everyone share one thing that stuck out to them from Pastor Daniel’s sermon)! Keep in mind, not everyone may feel comfortable talking yet, so try your best to help assist them in any way you can!
- When you hear the word “Salvation”, do you think of your past, present, future, or all three? Why?
- What does Sanctification mean? Describe in your own words
- Pastor Daniel shared that we have been, are being, and will be saved! How does knowing all three instead of just your past change your perspective on your Salvation?
- What is the #1 thing that Satan wants from you? (Your mind)
- According to the Roman soldiers, what were two main uses for their Helmets? (Protection & Identification)
- How does a Roman soldier’s helmet relate to our salvation? (It should be the most glorious thing we wear, it should identify who we belong to)
- What are 2-3 things that you need to remember from this sermon/discussion this week? How can your Group help you with that?
- We are saved from the Penalty, Power, and Presence of sin!
- The Holy Spirit has been placed in you as a seal of your salvation!
- Your salvation outweighs your situation!
- What you put in will eventually be what comes out!
- You only feel what you believe. Change your belief, change the way you feel!
- Grace will chase you down and nothing can separate you from it!
- You have the capacity in you to crush whatever's before you!
Pray Over Your Group!
Leaders, have each member pray for the person on their left or right (You choose), then you pray for everyone at the end. Write down any requests that were mentioned and send them out to your group throughout the week!
Reach out to at least one member of your group this week. Pray for them and encourage them through either a text message, phone call, over lunch, or even coffee.