- Life Stages
• (Intent: Ideas may include it validates Jesus' claims about Himself, demonstrates that He has power over death, shows that we like Christ will be resurrected from the dead, gives us assurance that Jesus really is with us since He's alive, and gives us an idea of what our resurrected bodies will be like.)
• (Intent: Leader, follow-up the answers with the Romans passages above. Ask the group how these passages compare with what they have shared. Recounting some sins or "dead thinking" helps personalize the concept of everyone being not only a sinner, but disobedient and enslaved, following Satan (whether aware of it or not), and deserving of God's wrath.)
• (Intent: Remind your group that God’s love is unconditional, undeserved, and intentional. The outflow of this type of love is to desire the best for someone and to be willing to sacrifice for them. This kind of love, whether exhibited by God or by man empowered by God, is not superficial, or necessarily warm and fuzzy. Help the group appreciate an example of a person exhibiting this kind of love, and then grasp how God’s love is even greater toward people.)
• (Intent: A person must recognize his sinful condition and act on it, (repentance is demonstrated through an act of the will) in order to be a candidate for salvation. The father eagerly forgave his son, lavishly rewarding him just as God rewards us when we come to Him confessing our sinfulness and our need for a Savior.)
• (Intent: The indwelling Holy Spirit transforms us to change our motives and desires to match those of God. See 2 Cor. 5:14-19 -- new creation, John 10:10 — abundant life, and Rom. 8:5-11 -- life through the Spirit. We are made alive only because Jesus was made alive. He is the first fruit of the resurrection; we follow. See 1 Cor. 15:20-23.)
• (Intent: Our place in heaven was secured at the pinnacle of all human history, through Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection. Our seating with Him was done at that point. The New Testament is replete with references showing that “It is finished” (see Romans 3-6). Our part in receiving this finished work is accomplished by believing – good works are an outflow of faith. To be “raised…up with Him and seated…with Him” is both a present ensured state and a future reality.)
• (Intent: To glorify God by the unveiling of His grace (unmerited favor), His kindness, and to live with Him forever.)
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