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Ephesians 6:5-9 - God's Design for Work

Application Questions

  1. What is something God has been teaching you through your Bible reading this week? 
     
  2. What is one truth or “take-away” from the sermon that you found particularly challenging/convicting/helpful?
     
  3. Read Ephesians 6:5-9. What does this passage say your motivation for work should be? What things typically motivate your work? Does this passage strengthen or challenge those motivations?
     
  4. How can your specific work accomplish God’s purposes for others? Give examples for your family, church, company, coworkers, customers, etc.
     
  5. How do you respond to or exercise authority in your work? How do you exercise authority? How does working under God’s authority affect your attitude towards those over you or under you?
     
  6. Read 1 Timothy 6:17-19. Does the way you approach work reveal that your hope is in uncertain things? How does hoping in God and working to store up godly treasure allow you to work joyfully?
     
  7. Read Philippians 2:14-16. What are some ways you could apply the principles in this passage to your work? What impact might that have on the people you interact with while working?

Philemon - Unpopular Reconciliation

Discussion Questions

  1. What is one truth or “take-away” from the sermon that you found particularly challenging/convicting/helpful?
     
  2. Read Philemon 1:1-7. What kinds of things do you typically pray for? Do you take time to thank God for other believers you know and pray for their spiritual effectiveness? 
     
  3. Read Philemon 1:8-16. Are there areas in your own life where you need to pursue reconciliation? Are there ways you can be like Paul and promote reconciliation in the lives of others?
     
  4. What are some ways you can practice and encourage culture-defying unity in the body of Christ?
     
  5. Paul challenged Philemon to transform his view of Onesimus from being his slave to being his brother. Read Matthew 12:46-50, Luke 8:19-21, and Mark 10:28-30. How does Jesus transform the idea of family? How does that impact how you view/interact with other believers?
     
  6. Read Philemon 1:17-25. In what way does Paul follow Christ’s example in how he treats Onesimus? How should this affect the way we treat those who wrong us?