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 Christians. Why is this so important?
- What are some practical ways that you can demonstrate humility and gentleness in the church?
- Can you give some examples of church life where patience and “bearing with one another in love” are needed?
- If Christians are united together by the person and work of Christ, and therefore cannot be “dis-united” from him, what does Paul mean by “maintaining” unity? What does the life of the Christian, especially in the church, say about Christ, positively or negatively?
- From where, or from whom, does unity come?
Family Worship Questions
- Read Ephesians 4:1-3 & Discuss:
- Why do you think Paul says he is a “prisoner for the Lord?” What would our lives look like if we lived like prisoners for the Lord?
- What is the calling on them? How do we hear the call of salvation? How do we live a life worthy of being saved through Christ’s death and resurrection?
- Define the following ideas: humility, gentleness, patience, bearing in love, maintaining unity. What are the things we can do and the ways we can act that live these ideas out in real life? What do they look like in our homes? What do they look like in our church? What do they look like with our friends?
- Sing: Take My Life and Let It Be