Sermon Application Questions
- Is Paul an “apostle of Christ Jesus” by his own will? Whose will, then? Why do you imagine that Paul felt this was significant enough to write in the very first sentence? On whose authority does he write, and why should we care?
- What is a “saint” according to the world, and what is a “saint” according to the Bible? Are you a saint?
- What does Paul wish to the saints then and now? Do you and I wish the same to our brothers and sisters in Christ, and how would they know we really mean it?
- When Paul says God is “blessed,” he doesn’t mean that we as men and women “bless” God the same way he blesses us, he means, as used elsewhere in the Old Testament, that the Lord is to be praised. For what reasons do we bless, or praise, the Lord?
- Being honest with yourself, what would you rather have: material and circumstantial gifts in this life, or spiritual blessings in Christ? If you are really most interested in spiritual blessing, does your life back it up?
- What are the spiritual blessings that a believer has in Jesus Christ (hint: read through verse 14 and pay attention to the “in him we have …” language)?
Family Worship Questions
- Read Ephesians 1:1-3 & Discuss:
- When you hear the word “saint,” what do you think of? [Parents see further reading below on being a saint.]
- Paul greets them by saying “grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” How do you define “grace”? How do you define “peace”? How could those two things make our lives better?
- What does it mean that God blesses us? How should our lives be different because God has blessed us?
- Sing: Take My Life and Let It Be.
Further Reading: Sainthood: [Note: Parents, a helpful article on being a saint can be found here https://blogs.thegospelcoalition.org/justintaylor/2012/07/28/are-you-a-saint/]