Ephesians Wrap Up: Go and Claim It!

Questions for the Ephesians Wrap Up: 1.       What do you think the response was from the Ephesian believers when they heard Paul’s letter read to them? 2.       Remember some of the characteristics of Ephesus in the 1st century: major port city, business center, religious pluralism (i.e., lots of different religions / beliefs to choose from), ... [...]

Ephesians - 6:10-18

Discussion Questions What do you usually do when you have a really bad day? How do you cope? What are the "schemes of the devil"? What are some of his strategies? Discuss what you think the various parts of the armor are for. How do you put each on? Belt of Truth Breastplate of Righteousness Gospel Shoes of Peace Shield of Faith Helmet of Salvation Sword of the Spirit - the ... [...]

Ephesians - 6:1-9

Discussion Questions: As a son or daughter (child or adult), what does it mean for you to honor your father and mother?What does it mean to raise children “in the training and instruction of the Lord”? What are your biggest challenges / struggles as a parent? When and where are you under the authority of others? And the inverse: in a position of authority? How would your workplace be different if everyone took these words to ... [...]

Ephesians - 5:21-33

Discussion Questions: What does it mean to submit or be subject to someone? What does the fact that Jesus submitted to God the Father say about the person who is doing the submitting?  (i.e. Jesus is equal with God and yet he submitted to the Father) Husbands are called to love their wives like Christ loved the church.  How did Christ love the church?  What does this tell us about the role of the husband ... [...]

Ephesians - 4:25-32

Discussion Questions:Paul says, “In your anger do not sin,” which seems to imply that anger is not always bad. What is “good anger”?Do you struggle with anger? How does it show itself in your life?When have someone’s words been especially uplifting to you?Imagine out loud what your workplace or home or school would be like if people only spoke so as to “benefit the listener”.Where have you seen ... [...]

Ephesians - 4:17-24

Discussion Questions:Where have you seen real change in your life since becoming a Christian?  How is your "walk" different now?What is one "old life" piece of clothing that you have that you are having a hard time "putting off"?What is the difference between asking yourself the question "what would Jesus do?" and asking Jesus "what do you want to do in and through me?"  How is the focus different?  Paul says we're to "put on" ... [...]

Ephesians - 4:7-16

Discussion Questions: What does this passage tell us about spiritual leadership? A major metaphor for the church is the human body. Why do you think that is? What kinds of spiritual gifts are there? What spiritual gifts do you have? What is one area where you have sensed yourself growing and maturing since you’ve been a part of this body (your Life Together Church)? What does your life look like as you ... [...]

Ephesians - 4:1-6

Discussion Questions: Read the text again as a group – Eph 4:1-6 Reading between the lines, what problems do you think Paul was concerned about in Ephesus? What qualities ought to characterize “a life worthy of the calling”? What happens when believers live out these qualities?   How does each of the four qualities listed in verse 2 promote unity? Which of these four qualities do ... [...]

Ephesians - 3:14-21

Discussion Questions:What does it mean for Christ to dwell in our hearts? What does it mean for the Holy Spirit to strengthen us?What do you picture when you hear words like boundless, fullness, surpassing measure or immeasurable, and magnitude? What does that tell you about how much Jesus loves us? About how much He loves you?What does it mean to live for God’s glory? How does that play out in day-to-day life?God is described as ... [...]

Ephesians - 3:1-13

Exegetical Outline This mystery was revealed by God to Paul: in Christ the Gentiles are fully included in God’s family. (1-7) The grace given to Paul was to proclaim Christ to the Gentiles and shed light on this mystery. (8-13) Application Outline God wants to reveal Himself to us. God reveals Himself to us so we can respond to His direction for our life. The Big Idea: God wants to reveal Himself ... [...]

Ephesians - 2:11-22

Discussion Questions:1.       Imagine your life far away from Christ, “without hope and without God” (verse 12). Describe what your life might look like or feel like in that scenario. Considering the reality that you are actually near to God in Christ, what kind of response does that create in you – both vertically (toward God) and horizontally (toward ... [...]

Ephesians - 2:1-10

Discussion Questions:What was one of the best gifts you received as a child?  What made it so special for you?What does it mean to be "dead in sin"?  What caused this?What is the relationship between "wrath" and "love" (vv. 3-4)What is the relationship between "grace" and "works" (vv. 8-10)Spiritually, do you feel more dead or alive now?  Why?What has God prepared for you to be and to do? [...]

Ephesians - 1:19-23

Discussion Questions:Read 1 Cor 12:4-31.  What impresses you most about this passage?  Paul lists a number of "spiritual gifts" that different Christians have (though his list is not exhaustive).  What spiritual gifts do you think you have?What gifts do you recognize in others in your group?How can your group function more as one body?  How should we be viewing one another?What is God saying to you right now? [...]

Ephesians - 1:15-19

Peter continues our series through the book of Ephesians. This week we look at one of Paul's prayers for us as Christians. He prays that we might know both the hope we have as Christians and the very real power made available to us. [...]

Ephesians - 1:3-14

Discussion Questions Read the entire passage, Eph 1:3-14, but before you do, tell the group that when done you'll be asking the following question:  What activities and descriptive words relate to the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit?(now read the passage and then go through each person of the Trinity below asking for descriptions of each - what each has done and how each are described)FatherSonHoly Spirit In your own ... [...]

Ephesians - Introduction

Discussion Questions: Read Acts 19:11-20.  Why do you think it was necessary for the new Christians in Ephesus to burn their magic books publicly "in the sight of everyone"? Read Acts 19:23-41. Read verse 30 again. Why wouldn't the disciples let Paul speak to the crowd like he wanted to? What would have happened to Paul? Paul sounds pretty brave, almost superhuman, ... [...]

Spiritual Practices: Solitude

Do you like to be alone or is solitude hard for you?  Why?Read 1 Kings 19:11-13a.  How did the Lord speak to Elijah?If one of the ways God speaks to us is in a gentle whisper, what would you do if you were Satan and wanted to prevent God's people from hearing His voice?If having a consistent "quiet time" with the Lord has been a practice of yours, share with the group what has worked for you and what hasn't.  (Note to ... [...]

Spiritual Practices: Simplicity

In what ways do you think you need to simplify your lifeHow does the practice of simplicity affect how we spend our money?In the story of Mary and Martha, Martha was busy serving Jesus, but Jesus implies that this "serving Jesus" was actually distracting Martha from what was most important.  Can you relate?  How can doing good things for Jesus be a distraction.Picture Jesus as your King sitting down on the throne of your life.  ... [...]

Spiritual Practices: Introduction

Richard Foster writes, “The desperate need today is not for a greater number of intelligent people, or gifted people, but for deep people.” What do you think about his observation?  Reflect on the twelve spiritual disciplines.  Inward: meditation, prayer, fasting, and study Outward: simplicity, solitude, submission, and service Corporate: confession, worship, guidance, and celebration Any ... [...]

Teach Us To Pray - Deliver Us From Evil

Scripture speaks of three enemies for the Christian: the world, the flesh and the devil. Which of these three “enemies” we have are you most concerned about and why?  Read through Ephesians 6:10-17 and discuss what you think each of the pieces of the Armor of God means. What would you actually put each of these on? Belt of truth Breastplate of righteousness Shoes of the gospel of peace Shield of ... [...]

Teach Us To Pray - Forgive Us As We Forgive

1. What kinds of images come to mind when you hear “release”? Or what other words or pictures do you associate with “forgiveness”?2. Lewis B. Smedes said, "To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you." What do you think about these words?3. Consider these words. “When deep injury is done to us, we never fully recover until we forgive. Forgiveness does not change the past, but it ... [...]

Teach Us To Pray - Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread

Discussion Questions1.  What are some of the things you worry about? 2.  What are some signs that you are worrying too much? 3.  If God knows what we need before we ask, why pray? 4.  Do you struggle with trusting God with your needs? 5.  Jesus says we should pray for our daily needs and that we should not worry about tomorrow.  Does that mean we should never plan for the future or save money for ... [...]

Teach Us To Pray - Thy Kingdom Come

Discussion Questions1.  Can you identify with the child charging headlong into the pool, or similarly, the child on the overstuffed chair?2.  What have been your own Towers of Babel in your life, your own little kingdoms, your sand castles? 3.  Are there any areas of your life that are especially hard to align with God’s will? 4.  We never hear of the rich young ruler again in the Bible. Imagine a few ... [...]

Teach Us To Pray - Hallowed Be Thy Name

Teach Us To Pray – Hallowed Be Thy Name: Discussion Questions 1. Have you ever experienced a time when you felt overwhelmed (in a good way) by the holiness of God. 2. How might seeing God in His holiness and power and greatness impact your prayer life in a positive way. 3. Explain in your own words the difference between being afraid of God and fearing God. 4. Do you think there might be a connection between “fearing ... [...]

Teach Us To Pray - Our Father in Heaven

Teach Us to Pray – Our Father in Heaven: Discussion Questions1. What kinds of “father stories” do you bring into your relationship with God? How havethose stories affected your relationship with God?2. Imagine out loud together the Star Wars story if Yoda could have assured Luke, “TheForce loves you.”3. Describe the difference between the life of a slave and the life of a child heir– both inliteral and ... [...]


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