Series: New City Catechism

Title: How Can We Be Saved?

Text: Ephesians 2:1-10

For this series, we are going to use The New City Catechism as our guide for Faith Talks. If you have not already done so, you can download the app at or purchase the books in the Legacy Resource Center. The additional devotional thoughts and resources for each week are available in these resources.

Gather the family, find a quiet place alone, or get with a friend, spouse, or your LifeGroup and do the following:

Read the Question:  How can we be saved?

Read (Aloud Together) the Answer:

  • Only by faith in Jesus Christ and in his substitutionary atoning death on the cross; so even though we are guilty of having disobeyed God and are still inclined to all evil, nevertheless, God, without any merit of our own but only by pure grace, imputes to us the perfect righteousness of Christ when we repent and believe in him.

Read the Scripture: Read Ephesians 2:8-9

Read the Devotion: Take time to read the devotional commentary in the book, website, or app.

Discuss the Following Questions:

  1. Why does a person need to be saved?
  2. What was God’s response to our need to be saved?
  3. How would you explain the idea of Jesus being our “substitute”? How does this “atone” for our sins?
  4. What does it mean to be made “alive” in Christ as Paul writes in Ephesians 2?
  5. How do you explain words like “substitutionary, atoning, imputes”? How can you explain the meaning of these in a simpler way?
  6. Tell the story of when you were saved.
  7. Who do you know who needs to be saved? How can you pray for them and share the good news of Jesus with them?

Memorize: (Optional) As you conclude your time, take a minute to read the question and answer again.  If you are seeking to memorize them, you may want to repeat this several more times. Take time each day this week to work on memorizing these important truths.

Pray: Take a few minutes to pray, thanking God that you can be saved and praying for those who still need to receive God’s gift of salvation.