1. Describe a time in your life when you felt God’s great mercy, God’s powerful love and God’s amazing grace. How did that realization change how you looked at life?

  2. Ephesians 2:1-10, how does Paul contrast those people who are now in Christ with those who have yet to know Christ?

  3. We live in a world where human beings left to themselves, not only choose the wrong direction, but remain cheerfully confident that it is in fact the right direction. What forces lure or compel us to go in the wrong direction spiritually? (1-2) What according to Paul characterizes people who are going the wrong direction? (3)

  4. Paul says that we have been made alive in Christ. (2:5) What does that mean and how does Paul contrast that with being dead to sin?

  5. What reasons does Paul give for why God has “made us alive with Christ?”

  6. What is it about God’s grace that makes it so amazing?

  7. What do these verses tell us about God? Is Paul telling you something new? Or are his words familiar and foundational for your life of faith?

  8. What in us did God see as worth saving?

  9. The gospel of Jesus Christ is all about grace. It gives life to the dead. It is God’s love in action. It is God’s free undeserved gift. But people think they can earn God’s grace by doing good works. Do you ever feel that you need to earn God’s favor? If so, why do you think it is hard to accept God’s grace as a free gift?

Reflection - written by Jan L Richardson, as posted on The Painted Prayer - http://paintedprayerbook.com

But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which God loved us, even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ. (Eph. 2:4-5)

Even when we were dead, Paul writes.

Even when we turned away from the One who had created us.

Even when we lived in the grip of what drew our gaze from God.

Even when we were oblivious.

Even when we followed a path fashioned of nothing but our own desires.

Even when we wandered far and willfully away.

Even when we forgot to look past our own feet and see the wonders not of our making.

Even when we failed to stand in awe, to breathe thanks, to lean into the love that had waited long fro us.

Even when,Paul writes.

Even when, even then: Grace.