Ephesians

Ephesians 6:10-24 - We Are At War!

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 6:10-12. How do the truths of this passage affect the way you respond to sin your life, things that tempt you, trials you face, or conflict you may have with others? Is there a Scripture passage that you can think of that would be helpful for a particular “battle” in your life right now?
     
  4. Read 1 Peter 5:8. When you consider that our lives are part of a spiritual battle, and that the devil is seeking to devour you, are there any areas of your life that come to mind where you might have your guard down? What would it look like to strengthen your armor in those areas?
     
  5. What godly characteristics are mentioned in Ephesians 6:13-17 and should be evident in the life of a believer? Is there any characteristic that you have questions about. Which characteristic do you find is the easiest to identify in your own life? Which one is the most difficult?
     
  6. Having put on the armor, we are told in Ephesians 6:18-20 to pray at all times and to keep alert with all perseverance. Consider how much more vulnerable a soldier is (even in full armor) if they are not alert. What are some ways that “praying at all times” can help you stay alert against the devils’ attacks?
     
  7. Paul concludes his letter to the Ephesian believers by expressing his desire to encourage them. What is a practical way you could encourage another believer this week?

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?

Ephesians 6:1-4 - God's Design for Parenting

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 6:1-4. What command is given to children and by whose authority? Whose instruction are fathers to teach their children? How does the reality that God is the ultimate authority impact the way you instruct and discipline your children?
     
  4. Based on verses 2 and 3, how significant is it to God that children obey their parents? (See also Romans 1:28-32, 2 Timothy 3:1-5). How does the truth that discipline and instruction are not just  culturally or socially important, but are spiritually significant, impact the way you instruct your children?  
     
  5. Parents, does the way you spend time and the emphasis you place on various activities show your children that you value the instruction of the Lord? How are these values modeled in the way your children’s time is scheduled?
     
  6. What are some practical ways an adult child could honor her parents? What does I Timothy 5:3-4 say about this?

Ephesians 5:22-33 - God's Design for Marriage (Part 2)

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 5:25-27. What kind of love is described in this passage? What are its motivators and its goals? Husbands, what are some practical examples of how displaying this kind of love towards your wife is different than worldly expressions of love?
     
  4. Husbands, what are some ways you can encourage holiness in your wife by your own words, actions, or example? Is holiness something you desire in your marriage?
     
  5. Read Ephesians 5:28-30. Husbands, consider the way you talk about your wife among your peers. (Such as at work or with other guys.) Do you speak as highly about your wife as you do about yourself? Does the way you talk about your wife convey that you cherish her, or are you tempted to build yourself up at her expense by complaining about what you have to put up with at home? What are some ways you can be intentional about cultivating in your own heart the kind of love mentioned in these verses?
     
  6. Read Ephesians 5:31-33. When you consider that marriage is meant to be a picture of Christ’s sacrificial and unceasing love for us, how does that impact the way you view your own responsibility in your marriage? How does it impact the value you place on your marriage and on the marriages of other believers you know?

Ephesians 5:22-33 - God’s Design for Marriage (Part 1)

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 5:22-24. What are some cultural expectations that are in opposition to this passage?
     
  4. In what ways is marriage a testimony to others? What are some ways that marriage is a picture of our relationship with Christ? What implications does this have for the significance of the marriage covenant?
     
  5. Wives, how should this passage impact your attitudes and thoughts towards your husband, even when he frustrates you? How does it impact the way you speak about him in front of your friends or your children? 
     
  6. Husbands, do you lead in a sacrificial way that makes it easier for your wife to submit to your leadership, or in a selfish way that makes it aggravating or uncomfortable to submit to your leadership? What are some practical indicators of this in your marriage?
     
  7. What limits are put on the wife’s submission in Colossians 3:18 and Acts 5:29? How do these passages act as a guideline for what husbands and wives should desire from and encourage in one another?

Ephesians 5:15-21 - Be Imitators of God (Part 3)

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 5:15-21. What commands are given in this passage and which ones do you find most challenging to live out in your life?
     
  4. What is one specific way you could personally apply verse 15 by making better use of your time this week? Consider asking someone else (community group member, family member, someone else in the church, etc.) to help keep you accountable in your daily schedule.
     
  5. People often wonder what God’s will is for their lives. Yet, verse 17 commands us to understand what the will of the Lord is. Based on everything in Ephesians 5 that leads up to this command, what is the will of the Lord for your life?
     
  6. Take time to pray that God would help you to grow in thankfulness towards Him and in humility, according to Ephesians 5:20-21. Then, think of a couple practical ways you can intentionally cultivate those attitudes this week. What’s one area that you need to humbly submit to others in order to show your reverence to Christ? 

Ephesians 5:1-14 - Be Imitators of God (Part 2)

Discussion 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 5:3-4. What six sins are we instructed to “put off”? What light does 2 Corinthians 6:16-7:1 shed on this idea of putting off filthiness?
     
  4. Consider Ephesians 5:4 along with Matthew 12:33-37. Why is it so crucial to be holy even in our speech? (See also James 3:1-12)
     
  5. Read Ephesians 5:5-6. What warning is given in this passage? 16. Paul gives a similar warning in I Corinthians 6:9-11. Based on these two passages, why would a sexually immoral person, an impure person, someone who is covetous, have no inheritance in the kingdom of God?
     
  6. Read Ephesians 5:7-14. When you consider the contrast between light and darkness in this passage, ask yourself whether there are certain areas of your life – your thought processes, your attitudes, your social media habits – that are living in darkness or perhaps living in a “gray” zone. Are there changes you need to make in your life, based on Paul’s admonition to live in the light? How can your community group help you make these changes?

Ephesians 5:1-14 - Be Imitators of God (Part 1)

Discussion 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 5:1-2. How do we imitate God as we walk in love? (See John 10:11 and Philippians 2:4)
     
  4. Read Ephesians 5:3-4. What six sins are we instructed to “put off”? What light does 2 Corinthians 6:16-7:1 shed on this idea of putting off filthiness?
     
  5. Consider Ephesians 5:4 along with Matthew 12:33-37. Why is it so crucial to be holy even in our speech? (See also James 3:1-12)
     
  6. Read Ephesians 5:5-14. When you consider the contrast between light and darkness in this passage, ask yourself whether there are certain areas of your life – your thought processes, your attitudes, your social media habits – that are living in darkness or perhaps living in a “gray” zone. Are there changes you need to make in your life, based on Paul’s admonition to live in the light? How can your community group help you make these changes?

Ephesians 4:25-32 - The Practical Pursuit of Holiness

Discussion 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 4:25-27. How might this passage, impact the way you interact with other when you are angry? According to verse 27, what is really at stake when believers are angry with one another? How does this affect the value you place on unity within the body of Christ?
     
  4. Read Ephesians 4:28-30. What criteria are given for speech? What are some ways in which a believer’s speech could grieve the Holy Spirit?
     
  5. Read Ephesians 4:31-32. What contrasts can be drawn between the things listed in verse 31 and the things listed in verse 32? According to verse 32, what is the motivation and the source of our ability to do these things?
     
  6. Other than the five specific areas of the Christian life addressed in this passage, what are some other areas in which you need to continually apply the “put off” and “put on” pattern of Ephesians 4?  What Scripture passages do you use to “renew” your mind and guide you in that process?

Ephesians 4:17-24 - Walk in Holiness

Discussion 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 4:17-24. Compare the differences between the old self and the new self. How does Galatians 5:16-26 help us to apply Ephesians 4:17-24?
     
  4. What causes the differences between the old self (futile way of the Gentiles) and the righteous way of the new self? (Compare Ephesians 4:18 with Ephesians 4:20-21.)
     
  5. When you consider the ignorance and hardness of heart that alienates from God (v18) and the difference that being taught the truth of Christ makes (verses 20-21) why is it important to be discerning in the things you allow to influence your life? What are some examples of being discerning in regards to the way you spend your time, the people you hang out with, the music you listen to, movies you watch, etc.?
     
  6. Are there traces of the “old self” that you still deal with in your own life? How does the reminder of the truth of Christ encourage you? What are ways your community group can help you in the process of renewing your mind?

Ephesians 4:1-16 - Unity in Christ

Discussion 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 4:1-16. What is the calling you’ve been called to in verse 1? Are you walking (living your life) according to the truths of Ephesians chapters 1-3? What are some areas in your life that might need to change to better match the truths in Ephesians?
     
  4. Read Jesus’ prayer for all believers in John 17:20-26. Considering that passage as well as Ephesians 4:1-6, why is unity among believers so important? 
     
  5. What is the purpose for spiritual gifts mentioned in verses 12 and 13? What are some ways you can use your particular gifts for this purpose? 
     
  6. What does it mean to be “tossed to and fro by the waves...” in verse 14? What are some examples of the things warned against in verse 14?
     
  7. How do members of the body of Christ guard against the warning in verse 14? (See verses 15-16).

Ephesians 3:14-21 - Strength in Your Inner Being

Discussion 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 3:14-21. The reason Paul gives for his prayer is found in the things God has done at the end of chapter 2. What has God been doing in your life that compels you to pray? What things has Christ done that give us reason to pray?
     
  4. How can you use Paul’s prayer for a model as you pray for God to work in your own life and in the lives of others?
     
  5. What is the significance of the phrase “with all the saints” in verse 18? Why is it important to understand God’s love in the context of our relationships with fellow believers?
     
  6. Consider the way Paul concludes his prayer in verses 20 and 21. How should these verses inform the way that we pray and the kinds of things we pray about? How do you think the purpose seen in verse 21 affects the confidence seen in verse 20?

Ephesians 3:1-13 - The Mystery of God Revealed

Discussion 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 3:1–7. Paul says he is a prisoner of Christ on behalf of you Gentiles. Have you considered the fact that real people in the Bible and throughout history have been imprisoned, tortured, and killed so that you might know the Gospel? How does this reality impact your own faith? How does it impact your interactions with non-believers?
     
  4. Read Ephesians 3:8-13. Verse 8 refers to the gospel of Christ as unsearchable riches. What things in your life do you consider your riches? Are there things that compete with the gospel for your attention or affection? What are practical steps you can take to remind yourself of the unsearchable riches of Christ?
     
  5. How does Ephesians 3:10 impact your view of the church? Considering this text as well as Hebrews 10:23-25, why is it important to be committed to meeting regularly with the local assembly of believers?
     
  6. Because we have been given boldness and confident access to God through our faith in Christ Jesus, take time to pray together as a group for those who are suffering for the sake of the gospel.

Ephesians 2:11-22 - God's New Humanity

Discussion 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 2:11-12. What are the readers called to remember in verse 12? Why does Paul want us to remember these? 
     
  4. Read Ephesians 2:13-18. What difference does Christ’s work make when compared with verses 11-12? 
     
  5. What impact should the truths of verses 13-15 have on the way you view and respond to cultural distrust, racism, nationalism, missions, and hospitality?
     
  6. Is there any group of ethnic people you are tempted to be racist or hostile towards in your thoughts, words, attitudes, or actions? How does a proper understanding of Christ’s death and the image of God in people help guard against such temptation? (See also Genesis 1:27, Acts 17:27, Revelation 5:9.)
     
  7. Read Ephesians 2:19-22. How does this passage inform your understanding of the church? How can the church be a testimony to the world of the unity that Christ brings?

Ephesians 2:1-10 - You Were Dead... But GOD

Discussion Questions

  1. What is one truth or “take-away” from the sermon that you found particularly challenging/convicting/helpful?
     
  2. Read Eph. 2:1-3. What does it mean to be “dead in trespasses and sins”? (See Romans 1:18-23, 3:10-18, Eph. 4:18-19.)
     
  3. Read Eph. 2:4-10. How does being alive in Christ contrast with the deadness of verses 1-3? (See Galatians 5:13-26)
     
  4. How are you tempted to fall back into the Galatians 5:19-21 way of life? Spend some time in prayer asking God to show you any sinful way in your life and confess that sin to God. Ask God to grow you in the evidences of life found in Galatians 5:22-24. 
     
  5. What role do works play in Eph. 2:8-10? How does this impact the way you view your own spiritual walk? How does it affect the way you view yourself in relation to unbelievers or other believers?
     
  6. What was your understanding of the Gospel before you were saved? How has your understanding of the Gospel changed since then? How would you use this passage to help a non-Christian understand the Gospel?

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?

Ephesians 1:7–14 - To the Praise of His Glory (Part 2)

Discussion Questions

  1. What is one truth or “take-away” from the sermon that you found particularly challenging/convicting/helpful?
     
  2. Read Ephesians 1:7-10. If you have been redeemed through Christ’s blood (v7), how should this impact your life? (Read Galatians 4:3-7, 1 Peter 1:17-19, and 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 for a better understanding of redemption.)
     
  3. Read Ephesians 1:11-12. What is the inheritance mentioned in verse 11? (See also 1 Corinthians 15:50-58.)
     
  4. Read Ephesians 1:13-14. What is the role of the Holy Spirit in this section? How might this be encouraging in times where we don’t feel “close to God”?
     
  5. Take time as a group to pray and praise God the Father who chose to call people to Himself before the foundation of the world, Jesus Christ who provided redemption through His blood, and the Holy Spirit who seals those who have believed in Christ.

Ephesians 1:1–6 - To the Praise of His Glory (Part 1)

Discussion Questions

  1. What is one truth or “take-away” from the sermon that you found particularly challenging/convicting/helpful?
     
  2. Read Ephesians 1:1-6. What are some spiritual blessings we have been blessed with? (Several are mentioned in verses 1-14.)
     
  3. Who is doing the actions in verses 1-6? How does this inform your understanding of your relationship with God? (See also 1 Corinthians 1:27-31, Romans 5:8-11, Ephesians 2:1-10) 
     
  4. What does verse 4 say we have been chosen for? How does this truth impact your understanding of the Christian walk? (See also 1 Peter 1:13-16)
     
  5. What is the motivator for the purpose of God’s will in verse 5? How does this motivate you to respond to God’s work in your life? (See also 1 John 4:7-11)
     
  6. For further study, read Romans 9:1-29.  How does this passage in Romans contribute to our understanding of God’s choice in salvation?