Pastor Roben Rodriguez In this talk, pastor Ruben Rodriguez teaches about how to overcome rejection by shifting our focus to God's acceptance. Ruben is an IT consultant, who also enjoys graphic design. He lives with his family and recently planted City of Joy Church in Union City, NJ.
PASSAGE | Ephesians 1:3-6
Ephesians 3:1-6 ESV
 For this reason I, Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles—  assuming that you have heard of the stewardship of God's grace that was given to me for you,  how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I have written briefly.  When you read this, you can perceive my insight into the mystery of Christ,  which was not made known to the sons of men in other generations as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit.  This mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.
According to the passage, when did God choose us?
What did God determine beforehand for those who believe in Christ? (1:5)
What character quality do you see in Christ in verse 1:5-6?
What new insight do you get about your identity?
How does your perspective toward God’s acceptance need to change?
What specific actions are you willing to take in order to shift your focus to God’s acceptance of you? Go ahead and share it with the group.
What is something you believe God wants you to do that the fear of rejection has kept you from doing in the past?