Ephesians 1:15-23 - That You May Know

Discussion Questions

  1. What is one truth or “take-away” from the sermon that you found particularly challenging/convicting/helpful?
  2. Read Ephesians 1:15-23. In verse 15 Paul gives thanks for the Ephesians’ love toward all the saints. Are other people able to thank the Lord for your love toward all the saints? What are some ways you show love to all of the saints? What are some ways you could love other believers better?
  3. What is the difference between the kind of knowledge Paul prays about in verses 17-18 and the kind of knowledge in Matthew 7:21-23? (See also John 10:14-15,27)
  4. Consider that Christ, who has immeasurable power described in verses 19-21, is given as head over all things to the church in verse 22. How does this impact the way you view the church?
  5. Read Paul’s other prayers, found in Ephesians 3:16-20, Philippians 1:9-11, and Colossians 1:9b-12. What are some insights these passages reveal about prayer? How should these passages affect your own prayers?

1 Corinthians 15:12-28 - The Resurrection of the Body

Discussion Questions:

  1. How would the life of someone who believes in the resurrection look different from the life of someone who does not believe in the resurrection?  What are some ways that your belief in the resurrection has changed (or should change) the way you life your life?
  2. Do those who do not believe in Jesus look at your life and effort for Christ’s sake and pity you for how much you are giving yourself to something they think is untrue?  How does your answer reveal what may or may not need to change in your life (see question #1)?
  3. Some think that all of the benefits of heaven are guaranteed to Christians in this life. What verses in our passage teach otherwise, and why?
  4. What message were Paul and the apostles preaching that was different from every other religion?  What are you doing to help people see Christ as resurrected? (i.e. the words you use, your faithfulness to the Scriptures, etc.)