1)Listen to Podcast
2)GG Questions 03/10/2019
No Oars, Only Sails: Mobilized! Ephesians 1-6
1. Oars or Sails?: Every week this series in Ephesians has challenged us to put down our oars (following our agenda in our strength) and put up our sails (pursuing God’s agenda by His power ). Have you gained a better sense of what this means and how to do so? How is it that those who are carried along by the wind of God’s spirit (John 3:8; Gal. 5:25), fully aware of their position as a masterpiece (Eph. 2:10), will become emotionally and spiritually mature?
2. Make Disciples!: Have you memorized our church’s new purpose statement? “We are sent and sending others to be disciples and make disciples everywhere we go.” Take a minute to commit this to memory and recite it to your group. Discipleship can take countless forms – what are some real life situations in which everyone in the church can participate in making disciples? In what way does this relate to our calling to ‘fill everything everywhere with Christ’ (Eph. 1:22-23)?
3. Allied Forces: The Bible uses several metaphors to indicate that when we become Christians, we are incorporated into an army (2 Tim. 2:3-4). Soldiers are known for a meticulous care for individual
health (intensive training routine, strict cleaning regimen for weaponry and personal bunk) and also for an unwavering commitment to good of their squad. How has Ephesians confirmed this calling for Christian soldiers too? Caring for themselves spiritually (Eph. 5:15-18) and join forces with their brothers and sisters in Christ (Eph. 5:19-21)?
4. Love Offensive: We learned last week that our fight against the spiritual forces of evil is strictly defensive (Eph. 6:12). But, in our effort to make disciples, God calls us to a love OFFENSIVE. How is love foundational to both discipleship and to our Christian life in general (Matt. 22:36-40)? How does Ephesians 2:10 encourage you in your effort to continually be a smelly and shiney Christian (Matt. 5:14-16; Eph. 5:2; 2 Cor. 2:14-17)?