Questions for Reflection and Discussion
Read Ephesians 1:1-2; 1:8b-10; 1:17; 3:1-6; 4:1-2:
1:1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, to the saints who are in Ephesus, and are faithful in Christ Jesus: 2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ….
1:8b …in all wisdom and insight 9 making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ 10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.
1:17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him….
3:1 For this reason I, Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles — 2 assuming that you have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace that was given to me for you, 3 how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I have written briefly. 4 When you read this, you can perceive my insight into the mystery of Christ, 5 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. 6 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.
4:1 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love….
- What did Paul want the Christians in Ephesus to see and understand?
- What should be the impact of this understanding (see #1) on a person’s life?
- What is an apocalypse? Describe what this word means and give a few examples.
- Read Ephesians 1:21: “…far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.” What are some characteristics of “this present age”? What are some characteristics of “the age to come”?
- Describe how these two ages currently overlap and the effects of that on our lives and on the world.
- When a new leader comes into an organization, they bring a new set of values and a new way of doing things. Describe how having Jesus as our leader reverses our values.
- Talk about some specific ways that you can bring these values more into reality in your life.
- Describe how the church is like a “model home” of the Kingdom of God.
- What questions or comments do you have about the book of Ephesians?
- What did you sense God saying to you through this message?