Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
What are some signs in a person’s life that Christ has taken up residence in their “inner being”?
Paul frequently pauses his teaching with an ascription of praise, often beginning with the phrase, “Now to him.” For example, in v. 20, he writes: “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all we ask or think…” and in Romans 16:25 – “Now to him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel….” And Paul says this is all “to the praise of God’s glory.” What does this communicate to you about Paul and his view of the world and his life?
Bobby summarized a core idea from David Foster Wallace’s commencement speech at Kenyon College with the statement: “A large amount of the problems in our life are caused by misdirected worship.” What did he mean by this? How do you see this in culture around you? How have you experienced this in your own life?
According to this passage, where do we go to see the power and glory of God? Do you agree that this is where God reveals his power and strength? Explain your answer.
Where have you seen God at work in your own life, in your small group, or in our church?
Where in your own life have you seen the principal at work that God gives us more than what we can ask or imagine, that is – we ask for what we want, but God gives us what we need?
All humans need a place to direct their praise. What helps you personally direct your praise in the right direction?
Share about a time when you experienced “pre-grief” or “anticipatory grief”?
What “boulders” in your life do you need to give over to Jesus? Take a few minutes to pray about this.
What did you sense God saying to you through this passage and this message?