1. Father John suggested that God sees us as having incredible spiritual potential. Do you buy that? If so, how do you think that spiritual genius is exhibited through your life?
2. Secondly, the sermon expressed that the Church is the place where our spiritual potential is fed and nurtured. What do you value most about being part of a spiritual community? How does that help your soul grow?
3. Tell about a time when you felt nurtured and comforted by your spiritual community. How did that impact you? If you were not part of your church, how would your life be different?
4. This led to our third insight from Ephesians 4: We must not let conflict derail us from spiritual community. Vs. 26 reads: "Be angry, but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger." What do you think this means?
5. Why is speaking the truth to others so hard? What is the difference between "speaking the truth" and "speaking the truth in love"?
6. What is the best way to keep conflict from derailing us from spiritual community?
Sunday, January 10, 2021 – God's Grace Changes Everything
Sunday, January 24, 2021 – Destiny's Child
1. The author of Ephesians wastes no time exploring three of life’s most basic questions. Question 1: Who am I? was where Father John started. Read Ephesians 1:1-8a. Which word or phrase jumps out at you in this passage?
2. Vs. 4 explains that God “chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world.” What do you get from that phrase? What does it say about who you are?
3. Is it healthy to think of ourselves as “chosen” or “destined”? What are the pros and cons?
4. In what ways does the perspective of verses 1-8 challenge or affirm the self-concept you typically carry around with you?
5. The next question addressed: What is my mission? Read Ephesians 1:8b-12. Which word or phrase jumped out at you, and why?
6. What does the phrase “to gather up all things in Christ” mean to you? How would you illustrate that from the life of Jesus? How doe this “mission statement” fit with you personally?
7. Question 3: What resources are available for our mission? With that question in mind, read Ephesians 1:13-23. What word or phrase jumps out at you, and why?
8. Father John highlighted three sources of power for our mission found in Ephesians 1:
a. Cooperation from spiritual forces (v. 3 “every spiritual blessing in heavenly places”).
b. The Inner Voice of the Holy Spirit (v. 13 offering guidance, wisdom, and courage).
c. Resurrection Power (vv. 19-20 – an “open mindset” that says each failure is a stepping stone to the next great thing.)
9. Has this look at Ephesians 1 heightened your awareness of who we are and why we are here, from our faith perspective as Christians? Why or why not?
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Sunday, January 17, 2021 – Sharing Our Faith
1. What is something that excites you so much that you seize every opportunity to talk about it?
2. Do you feel like you are part of a great movement with a great message? What hinders people from truly hearing the message of Jesus in our culture? In our church?
3. The author of Ephesians 3 clearly felt called to share the faith, and saw it as an honor to do so knowing that it was part of the way God transforms lives. As a follower of Jesus, do you feel responsible to share your faith?
4. Often we see other Christians “witnessing” for their faith in ways that turn people off – using judgement, or forcing unwanted conversations. What gets in the way of you sharing your faith?
5. Have you ever seen someone express the love of God in a way so compelling that it made you want to be like them? How important are our actions in proclaiming our message?
Sunday, January 3, 2021 – Called Forward in Christ