Sermon on Ephesians 1:3-14 for the 6th Sunday after Pentecost.
Sermon Talking Points:
- Do you ever have doubts about your salvation? Why or why not? What things can contribute to our complacency about such questions?
- What are harmful ways of thinking about predestination? What focus is lost in them?
- What are the implications of the fact that God chose us before the foundation of the world?
- Read Romans 15:4. Why can’t it be that one of God’s teachings (such as predestination) should cause our faith harm or trouble? What is the purpose of God’s Word?
- Does predestination make it irrelevant how I live my life? (reread Eph. 1:4)
- How does the eternal decree of predestination intersect with faith in Christ in time and history?
To study further on the teaching of Election/Predestination, there is a short summary explanation in the Book of Concord in the section called the “Epitome, article XI”, or there is a more in-depth treatment in the “Solid Declaration, article XI.” Both links are below if you don’t have a book copy.