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EPHESIANS 2:11-22 | CHRIS WINANS | JULY 18, 2021

WE ARE GOD'S PEOPLE

Replacement View


  • The Bible (pick the best answer).
  • Old Testament was written to ethnic Israel.
  • Contains some things for Christians, some things for the Jewish people.
  • Says the New Covenant replaces Israel with the Church.
  • Is written to God’s people, all of it. 


  • The apocryphal book 2 Esdras (2:10-11) says: 
  • God is going to give ______________________ to the Church.
  • True or False: Pastor Winans is advocating for the above view.


  • Read Ephesians 2:11-22. How does the replacement view (The Church replaces Israel as the people of God) diminish what Jesus has accomplished for Israel?  


Separated View


  • The separated view believes some sections of the Bible are written only to the   ______________ and others are only written to the nation of _______________.


  • True or False: The Separated View takes the Bible the most literally.


  • The Separated View believes the following (pick the one that is false).
  • We are in the Church Age.
  • There is no difference between a Jew and a Gentile in how a person becomes a child

             of God.

  • The age of the church is also known as the great parenthesis.
  • The Bible is written to two distinct peoples. The nation of Israel and the Church.


  • Read Ephesians 2:11-22. How does the Separated View (The Church and Israel are distinct peoples of God) diminish what Jesus has accomplished for the Church? 

Fulfillment View


  • Dr. J Ligon Duncan III expresses the following Fulfillment View:
  • The promises of God are ________________ in the Gentiles.
  • God ____________ the Gentiles into the people of God.
  • Therefore, the Gentiles and Israel are ____________ people.


  • Read John 15:5-6 (pick the best one).
  • Jesus describes a child of God as one who is a part of the vine. 
  • Jesus describes a child of God who is born of the nation of Israel.


  • Read Romans 9:6  (pick the best one).
  • All people who are descended from Israel are not true Israel.
  • All people who are descended from Israel are true Israel.


  • Read Matthew 3:7-10 (pick the best one).
  • Jesus warned the Pharisees and Sadducees that they were not necessarily Abraham’s children. 
  • Jesus assured the Pharisees and Sadducees that because they were descended from Abraham that they would bear good fruit.


  • Read Hebrews 3:16-4:2.
  • Of all the people who left Egypt only ____________ and ______________ entered into the Promised Land.
  • Entering into the rest of God depends upon _____________.


  • Read Galatians 6:14-16.
  • Describe what these verses mean.
  • How does the Bible describe how a person becomes a new creation?


  • If we believe that Replacement or the Separated Views are correct, then the ______________ and __________________God made to Israel cannot be fulfilled by the _____________________. 


  • Read Acts 15:13-18 and Amos 9:11-12.
  • Acts 15:16 quotes the _______________ passage and in verse 17 gives the reason that the ______________ are to be made into  _______________ people.


  • How does a person know they are a child of God? 
  • Are you? 
  • How does this impact the way you approach the Scriptures and apply them to your life?  

Going Deeper

Apologetics: Why some books/letters are included, and not others? 


  • How should we view writings like 2 Esdras and early epistles (letters) like the “Epistle of Barnabas” that was mentioned in the sermon, yet not in our bibles?
  • Are there others?
  • Why are they not part of the Bible?  

Doctrine:

 

  • “What is the visible church?”