Here we are at another Monday, the start to a new week. Today is also the start of a new series for the Dailies and the sermons, #ChurchasFamily. These next two weeks we will be looking at Scripture that shows us how the church is meant to be family. What a gift this can be, a family when perhaps you do not have one or one that is distant in some way. Today we are looking at Scripture that teaches us to be one, to be unified. I pray that as we study the Word today we can begin to see how we can practically apply what we are learning to the church we call family, Downtown Hope. - Mallory
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
- What have you been meditating on from yesterday’s sermon?
- What does family mean to you? Is it something good? Or is it something broken?
- How is the Lord impacting someone you are walking with (to help grow in or discover Jesus)
Lord, we come before You desiring to do what is right. Help us to see how we are family and how we can continue to grow as a family at Downtown Hope and as the Church as a whole. We live in a broken world with broken families and broken churches. Lord, we ask that you would heal this brokenness in our own lives and in the lives of those we hold dear. Teach us to be one body, unified and seeking Your will. We love You and are grateful for the family provided to us through the Church. Amen.
DISCOVER [Ephesians 4:1-6]
I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)
- What is the calling Paul is referring to in verse 1?
- Why is it important to walk in a manner worthy of that calling?
- What does it mean to bear with one another in love?
- What is the one Spirit in verse 4?
- What can we learn from the unity and oneness of the Trinity?
- Why is unity, oneness, so important?
+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience? (Here are some thoughts to discuss in break-outs)
- How can I “walk in a manner worthy of the calling”? (v.1)
- How do we maintain “the unity of the Spirit”? (v. 3)
- How do I live out what these verses call for in my small group? Here at Downtown Hope? In other areas of my life?
+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?