Sunday, September 11th, 2016
The letter written to the saints at Ephesus offers general instruction in the truths of God’s redemptive work in Christ; the unity of the church among diverse peoples; and proper conduct in the church, the home, and the world.
There are three main themes found in Ephesians. The first is that Christ has reconciled all creation to himself and to God. It also explains that Christ has united people from all nations to himself and to one another in his church. Throughout this beautiful letter there is an unmistakable theme that expresses the truth that Christians must live as new people.
As you read and study together, make sure to work hard at hearing from everyone that has gathered together. Pray for one another and be accountable to applying the word of God to your lives.
Questions for this week:
- Paul states that we, the church, also lived amongst the “sons of disobedience.” How does this change the way we interact with those who do not yet know Christ?
- As the church, we often and rightfully push back on legalism, the idea that we earn our salvation through good works. What does verse 10 say about our purpose as God’s creation? How does this call to do good works differ from legalism?
- The phrase “But God” (v. 2:4) marks a shift in the tone of this passage. What areas of your life or your journey with God are there that may be difficult or hard to understand, that you may need to remind yourself, “but God, being rich in mercy…”?
- As God’s workmanship, what are the “good works” (v. 2:10) we were created for? How are you living this out? What does it mean for you to be “Gods workmanship”?