Follow-up From Last Week
Share with the group how you have prayed big this past week!
As we enter into the second half of Ephesians, the focus of Paul’s writing will now turn toward a big exhortation to “walk in a manner worthy of your calling.” Because Chapters 1–3 are true, Paul tells us that we are to develop patterns of living that are in accordance with who we are as God’s people. Think about a pattern of living that has changed since becoming a follower of Jesus or as you have grown in your faith. Share this change with your group and the impact it has had on your life.
- Read Ephesians 4:1. The verse includes the word “therefore” and as Jim has said, whenever you see a “therefore” in the Bible, find out what it is there for. Discuss the significance of verse 4:1 in the context of the entire book of Ephesians.
- Read Ephesians 4:2-3. Paul immediately dives into how to have effective relationships.
a. Share with the group a relationship that has impacted you greatly, describing the characteristics of that relationship.
b. How can we develop the patterns described in these verses in our relationships with each other, within our families, and at work?
c. Why do you think we sometimes struggle with these things the most with those we are closest to?
d. Why do you think relationships are central to living out our calling?
- Read Ephesians 4:3-6. In verse 3, Paul wants us to be “diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace”.
a. What is the basis of our unity?
b. Fill in the blank in the following statement: The more united we are as believers in Jesus, the more ___________________________.
c. Is unity the same as uniformity? If not, what are the differences and why are these differences important to remember?
Read Ephesians 4:11-12. Paul explains that God gives leadership to the church.
a. According to this passage, what is one of the primary functions of the church? How is this different from many people’s expectations of their pastor’s role?
b. What challenges do you face with the idea that God has gifted us and called us all into service in various ways?
c. What areas of ministry or service are you interested in or gifted in?
d. Think of a time when you decided to volunteer your time and it impacted you. Describe what attracted you to serve in this way. What impact did you have? How did it help you grow spiritually?
Read Ephesians 4:13-16. God wants us to look more and love more like Jesus, and this section of Scripture shows us how that can happen! In this verse, Paul says we can mature and experience the fullness of Christ.
a. What can we do to mature spiritually?
b. What challenges do you face in reading and understanding God’s word? What has helped you spend time with God and His word? How does that help us to grow spiritually?
Read Ephesians 4:16. Metaphors are powerful. Here Paul refers to the church as a body—the body of Christ. As part of Christ’s body, we should reflect part of Christ’s character and carry out our special role in his work. Discuss what role you feel you play.
How has God gifted you? What passions or interests do you have? If you are already serving, how can you continue to serve and grow your impact? If you are looking for a place to serve, go to our website under “Next Steps” for a handful of different volunteering opportunities.