Two Myths That Distort Grace
Myth #1: The main problem in the world is other people.
Everybody recognizes that our world has evil in it, but we assume other people that are the primary problem.
Myth #2: Deep down, we’re not really that bad.
“We are basically good, and our main problem is that we have lost touch with our inner goodness; and oppressive or distorting societal structures have obscured our goodness.”
Ephesians 2:4–5 ESV
Our problem is not that we’re good people who occasionally lose our way and do bad things; we are spiritually dead.
Ephesians 2:8–9 NIV
Ephesians 2:10 ESV
HIS WORKMANSHIP ARE WE, CREATED IN CHRIST JESUS, for good works.
We are saved, brought to new life, for the purpose of walking in good works.
How do we then live?
Read Ephesians 2:1-10
Share a time when you were given something (a gift, opportunity, or experience) you absolutely did not observe.
How did that make you feel toward the person who gave it to you?
Can you give an example of a person who felt they had to earn love in a relationship (parent/child, husband/wife, etc.)?
What dangers arise in this kind of relationship?
What is the difference between the words “faith” and “fidelity”?
Is there an area of your life that you are not showing God the loyalty that reflects his grace to you?
What step could you take to align with God’s grace in that area?