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We are made alive in Christ! The result of the fall into sin resulted in death, spiritual death. This means that we were unable to reach out to God, unable to seek help. So God, in his grace, reached out to us and made us alive in Christ, even though we were dead in our trespasses.

Because we are alive in Christ, we are able to live, really live now! God calls us to do the works he’s prepared for us to do. So what kinds of works are prepared for us to do? This week’s passages will guide us in this discovery!

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“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10 NIV








Ephesians 3:17-19

John 14:12-14

John 11:25

1 Corinthians 12:7–10, 29–30

John 15:1–7

Matthew 5:16 

John 8:31-38


Questions to think about as you read:

  1. Consider God’s incredible love for you. For you. God knows every moment of your day, your life. He wants you to make the most of each moment. To do that you must know who you are in Christ!
  2. What works did Jesus do? How can we possibly do greater things than Jesus did?
  3. In addition to reading John 11:25, read John 6:35, 7:38 and 12:46. What is the key to all these passages? How does that correspond to being ordinary Christians?
  4. Jesus said we’d do what he did, and more. These verses in 1 Corinthians show that we accomplish this by working together with other believers. How does belief in Jesus impact what we do?
  5. The key to doing good works, prepared in advance for us, is being connected to Jesus. How does Jesus’ imagery of the vine and branches help you understand this? Where does nourishment come from?
  6. According to Jesus, what is our motivation for doing these good works as people who are alive in Christ?
  7. Read the passage in preparation for worship on Sunday. Try writing out the passage by hand to help you concentrate on the words, then spend some time in prayer to set your mind and heart on what God is teaching you.