Today is Tuesday the 15th of May: As part of our human survival instincts, we find comfort in the familiar. It is often difficult to bridge the gap between the different or unknown. With so many different backgrounds and opinions just within our small community, let the world, how can God’s house ever be united? Today we jump further into Ephesians to find out just how. - Daniel
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_Think of a time where you were in a new social situation. How did you break the ice and build a rapport?
Take some time to thank and praise God for who He is, to pray for those you are walking with, for the needs you/group are facing, and for the Spirit to open your heart and eyes as you read the passage, which has been completely inspired by God.
DISCOVER [ Ephesians 2:11-22 ]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn?
11 Therefore remember that at one time you Gentiles in the flesh, called “the uncircumcision” by what is called the circumcision, which is made in the flesh by hands— 12 remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.
_What does Paul ask us to remember? How did this result in us having no hope?
13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14 For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility 15 by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, 16 and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. 17 And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father.
_Who were the two groups that were once divided?
_How did Jesus abolish the law and provide salvation to all?
_How does this remove the hostility and make us as one?
19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. 22 In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.
_What does it mean for Jesus to be our cornerstone? How does this change our relationship with fellow Christians?
+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience?
_Reflect on your life without Jesus. Consider how he could change or has changed your life.
_Do you see divisions within the household of God?
_Are you actively building the household of God with Jesus as the cornerstone?
+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?