Northwest Bible Church – January 21st, 2018 – Worship Service – Jeremy Malone
Spiritual Blessings in Christ: The Electing Nature of Salvation—Election Stated
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.
Questions for small groups/meditation:
- What does it mean to be a saint?
- 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?
- How should we react to the doctrine of Unconditional Election? Why should it cause us to praise God?