New Beginnings

A New Power

If we don’t know who we are, we’ll never know how we ought to live. God’s promise is true: “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

If we don’t know who we are, we’ll never know how we ought to live. God’s promise is true: “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

January 31, 2021
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Craig Walker
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Introduction

If we do not know who we are, we’ll never know how we ought to live. God’s promises true: “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17). If you have given your life to Christ, you are a new creation. What does this mean? Today we will discuss what it means to have new power in Christ. It is through receiving the free and undeserved gift of grace in Christ that people are justified (found not guilty) and redeemed (set free) to live their true and eternal purpose to know, love, and glorify God.

Discussion Questions

(The goal is to grow in our relationship with Christ and each other. It is ok if you don’t cover every question.)

1. Have you ever lost something that was very valuable or even irreplaceable to you? How did you lose it? How did you feel once you knew that it was gone for good?

2. Have a volunteer read John 1:12 - What kinds of people were contrasted with those who did not recognize Christ? What two verbs did John use?

3. How would you describe the difference between believing and receiving?

4. Have a volunteer read John 1:13 - What do Christians contribute to their own salvation? Why is this important to continually remember?

5. Why do you think John used the language of birth here? In what sense have Christians been “reborn”?

6. How does today’s teaching challenge the way you have thought about salvation in the past? How should it impact the way you live in the future?

7.  How does this reality give hope that anyone can come to know Christ? How does this make it clear that no one is “too far gone”? How should this give us boldness in sharing the gospel with others?

Moving Forward

"I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God's power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God's right hand in the heavenly realms." Ephesians 1:19-20 NLT

Changing Your Mind

Look, I have given you the authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy; nothing at all will harm you. Luke 10:19 CSB

Prayer

Pray for a deeper, richer understanding of the biblical gospel. Reflect on the depth of your own sin and the matchless mercy and grace of God in Christ toward all who believe. Give God all the glory and credit for salvation found in Jesus.

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