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OIA for sermon on 03/11/12

This week the sermon discussed redemption and the doctrine of election. The doctrine of election is essential in fully understanding the doctrine of God, man, and redemption. The following is a list of OIA questions based on Ephesians 1:3-14.

(See sermon page emmauscf.org/sermons/ for a complete list of scriptures used)

Observation

1. Are there any cultural or background issues that are important in understanding the listed passage?
2. What key word(s)/phrase(s) really stand(s) out to you in these passage of scripture? Why are/is they/it important?
3. Which scripture passage did you find most intriguing or interesting? Why?
4. What key word(s)/phrase(s) really stand(s) out to you in this passage of scripture? Why are/is they/it important?
5. If you had to sum up all five of theses passages of scripture in one sentence, what would it be?

Interpretation

1. Compare at least 3 of the used passages with at least 3 other Bible versions (NIV, ESV, NASB, NKJV, Ect.) What similarities/differences do you observe? Share with your group.
2. Are there any verbs, commands, prepositions, or conjunctions, that seemed to stand out? What? Why? Share.
3. Read through at least 2-3 commentaries on the listed passage and share what your learned with your group. Here are some free online resources. (http://net.bible.org) (http://www.blueletterbible.org/) (http://biblia.com)

Application

1. In the sermon, Joe stated the question “what is the end for which God has created all things?” How would you answer this question? Share.
2. Scripture is abundantly clear that our salvation fully rests on God’s grace and will. How would you respond to a fellow Christian who was open to accepting the doctrine of election, but didn’t understand how other verses such a John 3:16 could harmonize with this doctrine? Share.
3. When you come/came to discover the comforting truth that God chose you and you are forever secure in Him, how does/did this truth change you as a Christian? (i.e. more confident, more secure, less anxious, etc.)
4. As many of us have seen first hand, the doctrine of election can spark high emotions amongst fellow Believers. Share some thoughts with your group on how one can avoid conflict in sharing with other believers (or non-believers) about the doctrine of election, while still remaining true to the scriptures.

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