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Bible Study: Chosen by God - Christmas 2 Epistle

Text: Ephesians 1:3-12 for the Second Sunday after Christmas, Lectionary Series A

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Through the power of the Holy Spirit working through the Word, participants will believe they have been chosen for salvation by God.

Materials Needed


Pencil or Pen 


Group Guidelines

This study is designed for groups of 4-6 people. Choose a leader who has the largest big toe. The leader's job is to keep the group discussion moving through the study, giving everyone an opportunity to share.

Building Community

Select the shortest person. They should stand outside the remainder of the group. The remaining participants form a standing circle, facing each other. They can hold hands, lock arms or just stand closely together. The person outside has to attempt to get into the middle of the circle. The circle has to keep the person out. Stop after 1-2 minutes.

Have each person share when they have been left out of something, especially something they really wanted to do.

On a piece of paper, write down the following sentences. Take five minutes to complete the statement. After you are done, give your paper to the leader who will mix them up and then read them out loud.

I feel rejected when. . .

I don't think God can ever love me because I. . .

God will accept me when I. . .

Looking at Gods Word

Read Ephesians 1:3-6. As a group, answer the following questions.

When did God choose to save us? (verse 4)

Why did He decide to save us? (verse 5)

What did He save us to do? (verse 6)

What is our response to our salvation? (verse 3)

Assign one of the following situations to each participant and give them a few minutes to formulate their answers to share with the group.

Before I was born, someone decided to give me one million dollars. This is how I will spend the money. . .

Before I was born, someone decided to give me an incredible brain. This is how I will use my knowledge. . .

Before I was born, someone decided to give me an understanding of how others feel. This is how I will use my empathy. . .

Before I was born, someone decided to give me a new car every year. This is what I will use my car for. . .

Before I was born, someone decided to give me the ability to speak well. This is what I will say. . .

Before I was born, someone decided to give me a lot of good land. This is what I will do with it. . .

Reinforcing What Has Been Learned

Have everyone share their response to the following thought: Before the world was created, God chose me in Christ to be His own child. That makes me feel. . . and I will respond to His love for me by. . .


Form a circle and hold hands. Close with a circle prayer in which all thank God for His choosing and how we will respond to that love He has for us in Christ.

Originally published in Discovery Bible Studies 8, studies on the Epistle readings for lectionary series A, in 1995.

Republished and revised in January 2014 for thESource.





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