Ephesians

Walking Wisely

Introduction:


Ephesians 5:15-16 - Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.


LOOK CAREFULLY – How is YOUR Walk?

  1. Is my walk Working? (Eph 2:10)

  2. Is my walk Worthy? (Eph 5:2, 4:1-2)

  3. Is my walk Wise? (Eph 4:17, 5:8, 5:15-16)
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Small Group Questions (Whole Group):
Read Ephesians 5:15-16
 

  1. Honestly, what ways do you personally waste too much time?

  2. From Ephesians 2:10, how do we know what works God prepared for us beforehand? How can we discover them?

  3. Ephesians 5:8 says walk as children of light; what does that mean, exactly? How does a person obey this? What effect will this have?

Breakout Questions:
What circumstance of life has put you in a unique opportunity to serve Christ? How are you doing with "making the best use of the time"?

Marriage: God's Picture

Two Words for a God-Glorifying Marriage:

  1. A word for wives: SUBMIT. (Eph 5:22)
  2. How? Like the church does to Christ!

    1. It’s Exclusive. (Eph 5:22-23)
    2. It’s Exhaustive. (Eph 5:24)

  3. A Word for Husbands: LOVE. (Eph 5:25)
  4. How? Like Christ does for the church!

    1. It’s Unselfish. (Eph 5:25-30)
    2. It’s Unstoppable. (Eph 5:31-32)
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Small Group Questions (Whole Group):
Read Ephesians 5:22-33

  1. What does the word “submit” mean, in general terms? Why is this instruction given to wives? What are some things submit does NOT mean? How would you explain this concept to a young female friend that just got married?
     
  2. Describe, in your own words, the picture of Christ and the church that is supposed to play out in marriage. Why did God design marriage to work that way?
     
  3. Why does God tell men to LOVE their wives, but tell wives to RESPECT their husbands (Eph 5:33)? Why did God use these specific words?

Breakout Questions:

  1. Please continue to pray for marriages in your small group and those you know who are struggling in their marriages. (church, family, friends, coworkers, whoever!)

Parents Children's Questions:

  1. Discuss with your kids! What does authority mean? What does submit mean? How does Jesus treat the church? How should the church treat Jesus?
     
  2. If the wife is supposed to be like the church, how should she treat her husband? If the husband is to be like Jesus, how should he treat his wife?

Spiritual Blessings and the Glory of God

Introduction:


ELECTION: We are CHOSEN. (Eph 1:4)

ADOPTION: We are FAMILY. (Eph 1:5-6)

REDEMPTION: We are BOUGHT. (Eph 1:7-8)

FORGIVENESS: We are DEBT-FREE. (Eph 1:7-8)

INHERITANCE: We are BENEFICIARIES. (Eph 1:11-12)

SEALED: We are SECURE. (Eph 1:13-14)


God's primary purpose in lavishing spiritual blessings on you is for THE PRAISE OF HIS GLORY
Mark Ort - HBCPN Elder

Mark Ort - HBCPN Elder

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Small Group Questions (Whole Group):
Read Ephesians 1:1-14

  1. What kinds of emotions does being chosen by God as His own possession provoke in you? What sort of active responses should we have, knowing that we are chosen by God?
  2. What kind of impact should the concept of adoption have on your prayer life?
     
  3. How does being forgiven by God change your attitude about guilt?
     
  4. What excites you about knowing you have a heavenly inheritance?
     
  5. How does God receive glory by lavishing spiritual blessings upon you?

Breakout Questions:

Pray for one another.

Depression caused by Sin

The Universal Requirement:


The path of Sin to Depression:

  1. A SIN is committed.

  2. We feel GUILTY over our mistake.

  3. We DELAY confession and repentance.

  4. The growing guilt caused by our conscience leads to DEPRESSION .

Defeating Depression "caused by" Sin: (Ephesians 4:17-32)

  1. Get SERIOUS. (Eph 4:17-24)

  2. Get SPECIFIC. (Eph 4:25-29)

  3. Get STRATEGIC. (Eph 4:25-29)

  4. Get SECURE. (Eph 4:30-32)

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Small Group Questions (Whole Group):
Read Ephesians 4:17-32

  1. What does it mean to “grieve the Holy Spirit”? What does that have to do with sin and depression?
     
  2. What should motivate Christians to turn from sin, even though they are already forgiven?

Breakout Questions:

Are there any sins in your life right now that are causing depression? What steps do you need to take in dealing with it?

The Best Life of All

  1. We have been saved from Death to Life. (Eph 2:1-5)

  2. We have been saved from Condemnation to Blessing. (Eph 2:6-7)

  3. We have been saved from Self-centered Works to God-centered Works. (Eph 2:8-10)

    • Do I do this to be seen by others or by God?
    • Do I do this out of obligation or joy?
    • Do I do this to feel important of show God’s importance?

  4. We have been saved from Meaninglessness to Purpose. (Eph 2:10)
Guest Speaker - Taylor Brown

Guest Speaker - Taylor Brown

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Small Group Questions (Whole Group):
Read Ephesians 2:1-10

Breakout Questions:

Pray for one another.