Leaving Normal Behind Questions - Week 4
- If you could know one thing about what the future is like in five years, what would you want to know?
- Are there any people that you find a particularly difficult time getting along with? What helps and what hinders you in improving those relationships?
Read Ephesians 2:11-22 three times asking the Holy Spirit to open it to you. Our goal is to soak in the Spirit, the scripture, and its surroundings.
- How do verses 2:1-10 set the stage for verses 2:11-22?
Once we’ve soaked in the passage, we want to make sure we are able to see all that is really there; not interpreting, but taking note of what is present.
- What words are used to describe the past condition of non-Jewish people? (vss 11-12)
- What words are used to describe the present condition of those in Christ (vss 13-21)?
- What words describe the goal of this incredible God-inspired unity? (vss 21-22)
Now that we’re familiar with the passage, we want to get at its meaning. This isn’t about what it means to me, but what the author was intending to say.
- Why is it important for non-Jews to remember where they used to stand in relation to God’s people and plan? Wasn’t talking about their former spiritual death (2:1-3) enough? Why not? (vss 11-12)
- What has been changed for those who are “in Christ Jesus”? (vss 13-19) Why did this need to happen?
- What was so groundbreaking about these ideas? Who would they have refreshed? Who would they have challenged?
- In your own words, what is the main point of this passage?
The goal of reading the Bible is transformation. We want to let the Word of God grow deep in us so that we can bear much fruit.
- How does this passage challenge or confirm your beliefs about unity in Christ?
- How does this passage challenge your conceptions of ethnic division and unity?
- What do you picture as the goal of the church and how will you take part in that? (v22)
Finish your time in God’s Word by using this passage as the subject of your prayer