Ephesians 2.13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
Bible Knowledge: Gentiles do not become Jews and Jews do not become Gentiles. They both become Christians.
Profound & Practical ~ Ephesians 2.11-17
- Share a time when you felt excluded from a certain group of people. What was that experience like? What healthy things did / could you do in response?
- Discuss the 4 ways the unbeliever is separated in verse 12. Which one do you think is the worst?
- What two words are used in verse 13 to change the situation completely around?
- According to this verse, what brings us near? What do you think this means? Exactly what do you think we are brought near to?
- According to verse 14 what is our source of peace?
- What do you think the Lord is breaking down and abolishing in verses 14-15?
- Two “men” are becoming as one in verse 15. Discuss who these “men” represent?
- Other than to each other, who else are we being reconciled to in verse 16?
- What do you think is being killed in verse 16?
- What is forming a miracle working bridge in verse 16? Discuss together what this is actually meaning.
- According to verse 17 what is the end result of all of this?
- Do you think this passage is a lot of religious mumbo-jumbo, or something more real and significant?
- What is your number one take away from this passage?
Ephesians 2.8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,
Greear: If we think we can be good enough to earn God’s approval - we reject God’s testimony about the indispensability of Jesus…
Profound & Practical ~ Ephesians 2.8-10
- Share something (big if possible) you were given as a gift. How did you feel about the person who gave you the gift? How did it make you feel to receive the gift? Did you struggle to accept the gift?
- Discuss the biblical definition of grace. (look it up if you need to.)
- Considering what the word grace actually means, why is it a mistake to try to earn grace?
- Do you think that some people try to earn God’s grace anyway? Please explain your answer.
- What does verse 8 specifically say about our personal effort in our salvation?
- Why do you think the Bible makes this clear at this point?
- Verse 9 adds that our salvation is not a result of works. What are some “works” that people try to do in order to earn salvation, even if they don’t see it that way?
- How do Ephesians 2.8-9 remind us that we should not be ashamed of the gospel in the world today?
- Though we cannot earn salvation, what does verse 10 say is the result of salvation in our lives?
- What does it mean to you that you are his workmanship (poem, handiwork, masterpiece)?
Ephesians 2.4-5 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved—
Profound & Practical ~ Ephesians 2.1-7
- Share a time when things looked bad, but unexpectedly turned around for good.
- As silly as it sounds, discuss the difference between a dead goldfish & a living goldfish.
- The Bible describes us all, in the past, as also being dead in sins. Discuss how this spiritual death is somewhat similar to our dead goldfish.
- How would someone dead in trespasses and sins behave?
- According to verse 2, whose influence do unbelievers actually live under?
- What evidence have you noticed that this is true?
- According to verse 3, if we simply do what comes naturally, where will that take us?
- How did things unexpectedly turn around in verse 4? Who is responsible for this turnaround?
- What two characteristics of God make all the difference in verse 4?
- Do you think these characteristics are in short supply? Please explain your answer.
- What incredible work does God do on our behalf in verse 5?
- What two other amazing things does God do for us in verse 6?
- Discuss together the significance of these three miraculous works of God in 5-6.
- According to verse 7 why did God do this?
- As usual Paul piles on the truth in this long seven verse sentence. What is the most profound thing you found in these verses? What is the most practical thing you found in this long sentence?
Ephesians 1.19 …what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might…
Jeremy Camp: The same power that rose Jesus from the grave, lives in us.
Profound & Practical ~ Ephesians 1.17-23
- Share a time when you really needed extra understanding, and thankfully got the insight you required.
- What is likely to happen when we lack the knowledge we need in some area of life?
- According to verse 17, what sort of wisdom do we need most?
- Why do you think this wisdom is so important above other things we might be knowledgeable of?
- According to verse 18, what sorts of things will we begin to understand when we gain God’s wisdom?
- Verses 19-20 almost literally pack a punch! There are 4 different words used here to refer to God’s power. What impression does that leave you with?
- Discuss the effect of power of God as it is described in these verses.
- According to verse 20, what is the ultimate display of God’s power?
- What difference does this make for us today?
- In one of his songs, Jeremy Camp wrote “The same power that rose Jesus from the grave, lives in us”. Do you think there is a biblical basis for this lyric?
- What do you think this should mean to us in our daily lives?
- According to verse 21, how far does Jesus’ authority go?
- According to verse 22, how high does Jesus’ authority go?
- According to verses 22-23, what is Jesus’ relation to us, his church?
- What difference, do you think, is the sovereign power of God meant to have in our daily lives?
- What is your #1 take away from Ephesians chapter 1?