Stronger Together|Ephesians 2:1-21| September 17th, 2017

Warm Up: Ephesians 2:1-21 leads us to 5 “shared realities” that believers have with one another: a Shared Past, a Shared Grace, and a Share Position, a Shared Battle, and a Shared Faith. Which of these impacted you most? Why? 

  • Read Eph. 2:1-3. The Apostle Paul draws out the truth that at one time in life; all of us were “dead” spiritually. We were dead to God, unresponsive to His voice, His Spirit, His Word, and destined for His wrath.What does the Apostle Paul say are the characteristics and motivations of someone who is spiritually “dead” (v.3)? 
  • Satan wants to keep us in this deadness. What schemes does Satan use to accomplish this?
  • Paradoxically, how does humbling ourselves to a “Shared Past” of “death” help us move forward in unity? 
  • Read Eph. 2:4-5. Thankfully, God loves “dead” people and does not leave us in our sin and deadness. In His grace, and because of His love, He provided a way for us to become alive to His voice, His Spirit, and His Word. And that was through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
  • How often do you think about the resurrection of Jesus Christ and its powerful implications for your faith? 
  • Does the resurrection something that brings unity among believers? How so? 
  • Read Eph. 2:6-10. Because we have been made alive with Christ, we get to enjoy the blessing of a new position before God. Pastor George shared three aspects of that “shared position.” We are all Alive Together, Raised-Up Together, and Seated Together.
  • How does understanding your “shared position” in Christ change the way you live? How ought it change the way you interact with others?
  • Therefore, since we have a “SHARED PAST”, a “SHARED GRACE”, and a “SHARED POSITION”, we can agree in the unity we are to have with one another. However, much of our life is made up of divisions, or as the Apostle Paul put it, “dividing walls of hostility.” What are some “walls of hostility” that Christians tend to put up as dividers between themselves and others?

Wrap Up: The strength of our faith grows when we are unified as Jesus’ followers. Spend time in prayer asking God to help you recognize the many dimensions of your “shared life” together. Our past is forgiven, our present is powerful, and our future is glory! Ask Him to remove any walls that have been put up and to help you see where you need to ask others for forgiveness.