Core Convictions – Study #3
Jesus Changes Everything
Sunday’s Teaching: We have launched our CORE CONVICTIONS series. In our time together on Sunday, we saw that Jesus “drew near” to the disciples on the Emmaus road in a way that was timely and meaningful to them by opening the Scriptures and explaining God’s plan for the Messiah. In this story, we see a key belief emerge, that we believe that Jesus is the only one who is capable of changing our lives now and in eternity, our relationships, and our world.
In this Connect Group Study, our focus is on Article 4 and 5 of the Evangelical Free Church of America Statement of Faith (SOF). All 10 Articles are below…
Let’s get STARTED – Take time to tell your story.
In your group, have each person take 30 seconds to 1 minute to share how God “drew near” to you in a meaningful and important way on your path to belief in Jesus as Savior.
Questions to consider in your story:
Who are the key people in that process?
What are the key places?
Let’s Explore in the WORD – This week, let’s go back and dig into Luke 24:13-35, and then let’s see what the NT teaches us about who Jesus is.
In Luke 24:13-35,
(1) What stands out to you about the disciples who are walking along? (Remember, they clearly knew and had considered themselves followers of Jesus prior to the crucifixion.)
(2) How are you and I just like them?
(3) What stands out to you about Jesus in this passage? (Remember, three days prior he was crucified!)
(4) In v. 27, Luke tells us that Jesus started with Moses (the Torah… first 5 books of the NT) and worked through the prophets and all the scriptures to reveal what the scriptures taught about himself. Let’s dig into those scriptures to uncover who Jesus is. Start with the following passages and add more if you have time.
What do the following scriptures teach us about Jesus?
Isaiah 53:12: Quoted in Luke 22:37
Isaiah 6:9-10: Quoted in Mt 3:3; 13:14–15; Mk 1:3; 4:12; Lk 3:4; 8:10
Psalm 8:2: Quoted in Matt. 21:16
(Remember, most Jews in the first century thought David’s life was a picture for the coming messiah.)
Let’s Prioritize APPLICATION
From the observations you made about Jesus, what is one key truth that stands out to you? And, how should that truth be applied to your life this week? Remember, be specific… think action step.
Pray for one another.
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The Evangelical Free Church of America SOF
Statement of Faith articles
We believe in one God, Creator of all things, holy, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in a loving unity of three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Having limitless knowledge and sovereign power, God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself and to make all things new for His own glory.
We believe that God has spoken in the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, through the words of human authors. As the verbally inspired Word of God, the Bible is without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for salvation, and the ultimate authority by which every realm of human knowledge and endeavor should be judged. Therefore, it is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises.
The Human Condition
We believe that God created Adam and Eve in His image, but they sinned when tempted by Satan. In union with Adam, human beings are sinners by nature and by choice, alienated from God, and under His wrath. Only through God’s saving work in Jesus Christ can we be rescued, reconciled and renewed.
We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, one Person in two natures. Jesus—Israel’s promised Messiah—was conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father as our High Priest and Advocate.
The Work of Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, shed His blood on the cross as the perfect, all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins. His atoning death and victorious resurrection constitute the only ground for salvation.
The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit, in all that He does, glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. He convicts the world of its guilt. He regenerates sinners, and in Him they are baptized into union with Christ and adopted as heirs in the family of God. He also indwells, illuminates, guides, equips and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service.
We believe that the true church comprises all who have been justified by God’s grace through faith alone in Christ alone. They are united by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ, of which He is the Head. The true church is manifest in local churches, whose membership should be composed only of believers. The Lord Jesus mandated two ordinances, baptism and the Lord’s Supper, which visibly and tangibly express the gospel. Though they are not the means of salvation, when celebrated by the church in genuine faith, these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer.
We believe that God’s justifying grace must not be separated from His sanctifying power and purpose. God commands us to love Him supremely and others sacrificially, and to live out our faith with care for one another, compassion toward the poor and justice for the oppressed. With God’s Word, the Spirit’s power, and fervent prayer in Christ’s name, we are to combat the spiritual forces of evil. In obedience to Christ’s commission, we are to make disciples among all people, always bearing witness to the gospel in word and deed.
We believe in the personal, bodily and glorious return of our Lord Jesus Christ. The coming of Christ, at a time known only to God, demands constant expectancy and, as our blessed hope, motivates the believer to godly living, sacrificial service and energetic mission.
Response and Eternal Destiny
We believe that God commands everyone everywhere to believe the gospel by turning to Him in repentance and receiving the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that God will raise the dead bodily and judge the world, assigning the unbeliever to condemnation and eternal conscious punishment and the believer to eternal blessedness and joy with the Lord in the new heaven and the new earth, to the praise of His glorious grace. Amen
What have you learned from the 1st five Articles as we’ve studied them in our Gather Worship Teaching?