Today is Friday, August 31st, 2017; I pray that the Lord would illuminate your day. This coming Sunday we are continuing our series called “Center”, where we learn more of the dealings of Christ and how to center upon his presence. In today’s passage, we see that when we are rooted in Christ and He is at the center of our life, then we can truly begin to understand His love.
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_What in your life is most important to you? What is central to you?
_Do any of these things keep Christ from being directly at the center?
_Is there anyone in your life who needs to know the love that comes when we are rooted in Christ?
Father, I pray that your Spirit would dwell within me. Show me the things in my life that keep you from being at the center. May your Spirit root itself at the very center of my being and show me what the true love of Christ is in all its mystery.
DISCOVER [Ephesians 3:14-19]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)
14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Paul's prayer for the Ephesians is that Christ would reign supreme in their lives. That they would be grounded in the love that Christ had taught through the gospel.
Christ used an analogy of being a vine and his followers being branches. To truly live we must be connected to Him. In order for any plant to flourish it must have good roots. In order for us to flourish, we must be rooted to Christ.
_ What are you grounded in? If you look to your roots, where do they go?
_ Do you regularly pray that your brothers and sisters will be strengthened by the love of Christ?_What does a normal day look like for you to be rooted and grounded in love?
_What comes to mind when Paul say “what is the breadth and length and height and depth”?_How can we comprehend something that “surpasses knowledge”?
+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and respond with a simple step of action? (Here are some thoughts to discuss in break-outs)
_What do I need to uproot myself from today. What is keeping me from being rooted in Christ?
_What can I do today to help root myself in Christ?
+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus? (one on one or facilitating your own group), what is your next step, do you have the resources you need?