The Cosmic and The Common (Page 2)

The Cosmic and The Common (Page 2)

The House of God

Ephesians 2:18-22 Sermon Application Questions  According to Ephesians 2:18, how do both Jews and Gentiles have access to the Father? What is the significance in Ephesians 2:19 that gentiles are no longer strangers and aliens but fellow citizens and members of the household of God? What did Paul mean when he called Jesus the Cornerstone and the Apostles and Prophets the…

Talk the Talk: Confession

Ephesians 4:4-6 Sermon Application Questions  What is a “confession?” What is a confession in the context of the Bible? What do we want to accomplish by making a confession? What kinds of things should be in a confession, and what kinds of things should be left out? Paul makes a confession in these verses. Why? What does Paul find to be essential about God and his work?…

Walk the Walk: Calling

Ephesians 4:1-3 Sermon Application Questions  Why do you think Paul references his status of being a “prisoner for the Lord?” What impact might this have on a reader who is mindful of what Paul has given up for the sake of Christ? In other words, would a reader pay more or less attention to what Paul writes? Paul wants our lives as Christians to match our status as…

Peace to the Far and Near

Ephesians 2:17 Sermon Application Questions What do you think of when you hear the word “peace?” Paul is using the word “peace” again to refer to relationships between specific individuals. Who are these individuals, and what is wrong with their relationships? Wait a minute. Jesus didn’t actually talk to the Ephesians that Paul is writing to, right? How then did Jesus…

Remember: Hostility and Hope

Ephesians 2:11-13 Sermon Application Questions Why is it important to remember our lives before Christ? Shouldn’t we simply forget the way that we were? Distant memories, no? How does remembering what we used to be like before Christ help us to understand who we are now in Christ? Paul paints a pretty bleak picture for the Gentiles (who wouldn’t have called themselves…

Blessings: Reputation

Ephesians 1:15-16 Sermon Application Questions Why is a good reputation important? Why is a bad reputation bad? What does our reputation have to do with our message? In other words, what kinds of connections get made between what we say and who we are known to be? Is it possible to lose a good reputation? Change a bad one? How? Are you satisfied with your Christian…

Blessings: Sealed

Ephesians 1:13-14 Sermon Application Questions How much do you think about the Holy Spirit? When you do, what do you think about him? What does the Bible say in general about the Holy Spirit? In other words, what are the various roles that the Holy Spirit plays, what does he do, etc.? Is the Holy Spirit an “automatic” gift in the sense that when we become a…

Blessings: Claimed

Ephesians 1:11-12 Sermon Application Questions What are some of your possessions, and how do you know they are your possessions? Are they important to you? How do you know they are important to you? Is there a danger to thinking of God as a possession? What kind of wrong attitudes and behaviors can develop? Read Deuteronomy 32 (esp. 8 and 9) and Exodus 19 (esp. 5 and 6).…

Blessings: United

Ephesians 1:9-10 Sermon Application Questions What is a “mystery?” What do you think of when you hear the word? How is mystery presented in the Bible? Does God owe us an explanation of what he is doing in our lives and in the world? If not, can you think of times when we act as though he does? Although God does not reveal everything to us, he does reveal many…

Blessings: Delivered

Ephesians 1:7-8 Sermon Application Questions Can you define “redemption?” Can you think of some examples of how we commonly refer to redemption, i.e. “he redeemed himself with that last-minute field goal?” How does Paul’s use of the word differ from our common use of the word? Does it differ? What accomplished redemption for the faithful in…