The Electing Nature of Salvation

January 21, 2018 ()

Bible Text: Ephesians 1:1-4 |

Series:

Northwest Bible Church – January 21st, 2018 – Worship Service – Jeremy Malone

Ephesians 1:1-4a

Spiritual Blessings in Christ: The Electing Nature of Salvation—Election Stated

Intro

I. APOSTOLIC GREETING (Ephesians 1:1-2).

A. “To the saints who are at Ephesus.”

B. To those “who are faithful in Christ Jesus.”

C. Grace and peace.

II. DOXOLOGY (Ephesians 1:3a).

III. BLESSING BESTOWED BY GOD (Ephesians 1:3b).


A. “Every spiritual blessing.”

B. “In the heavenly places.”

C. “In Christ.”

IV. ELECTION STATED (Ephesians 1:4a).

A. “Just as He chose us in Him”.

B. “Before the foundation of the world”/Foreknowledge.

Conclusion:

Questions for small groups/meditation:

  1. What does it mean to be a saint?
  2. How would the Ephesian believers have understood Paul’s statements about being chosen by God before the foundation of the world? How should we understand it?
  3. How should we react to the doctrine of Unconditional Election? Why should it cause us to praise God?