The Blessing of the New Birth – Deric Bartlett

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Sermon Notes

This week Pastor Deric continues the series The New Birth with a sermon entitled The Blessing of the New Birth focussing on Ephesians 1:3-14.
Ephesians 1:3-14
ICEBREAKER: Tell me about a family member you are really proud of.

1. What comes to mind when you hear the term “mediator”? Under what circumstances would you expect to need one?
2. Why do you think Jesus is the only One qualified to act as our Mediator? [1 Timothy 2:5]?
3. In the original language, Ephesians 1:3-14 is a single sentence.What short phrase is repeated, in one form or another, that reveals
the source of all the listed spiritual blessings?
4. What spiritual blessings are listed in this sentence [Ephesians 1:3-14]? Share how each impacts your thinking and living today.
5. According to this text, how has the Father, the Son, and the HolySpirit contributed to our salvation? How does this enrich your understanding of the new birth?
6. Who initiates and accomplishes the spiritual restoration of lost and broken people? Why does this matter?
7. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?

 “When we are born again, a new life – the life of God – is put into us by the Holy Spirit.” – F.B. Meyer