Connection Group Questions
October 3, 2021
Message: “Brought Near“
Series: “Ephesians: Union and Unity”
“But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near
by the blood of Christ.”
~ Ephesians 2:13
Ephesians 2:10 tells us that we were created to do good works which God prepared in advance for us to do. We talked about “general” good works and “specific” good works. How do these differ? What do you think some of those good works might be? What good works you are currently seeking to do?
Read Ephesians 2:11-22
Did you ever live separate…excluded…a foreigner…without hope… and without God in the world? Share a time when you felt like an outsider, or just far from a relationship with God.
“But now…” How does looking at the cross tear down our dividing walls of hostility?
Jesus’ mission was to make one new humanity. What dividing walls do you see in the world today? What walls do you see in the church today? How can we tear down walls and make peace with God and people?
Paul expresses our union and unity in several ways: we are fellow citizens, members fo the household of God, built on the foundation, a holy temple. Which of these images, or how do these images, speak to you?
We are now the dwelling place, the temple, where God lives by his Spirit. How will you live in light of being a temple of the Holy Spirit and the place where God shows up on earth?