EPHESIANS 4 BOTH CONFRONTS MANY THINGS THAT DIVIDE THE CHURCH AND ENCOURAGES US TO BE ONE.
EPHESIANS 2 TALKS ABOUT JEWS AND GENTILES BEING UNITED UNDER CHRIST.
Ephesians 2:19 So now you Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family.
HE BIBLE USES _________________ LANGUAGE.
BECAUSE ALL OF US COME FROM A VARIETY OF FAMILY EXPERIENCES, WE NEED TO DEFINE WHAT FAMILY LOOKS LIKE.
YOU CAN’T READ THE BIBLE SERIOUSLY AND WALK AWAY WITH THE IDEA THAT IS GOD IS OKAY WITH YOU BEING DISCONNECTED FROM OTHER BELIEVERS.
Romans 12:9-13 9Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. 10Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. 11Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. 12Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. 13When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.
There are reasons God told us to stay connected to others. Scientific research suggests that relational connectedness actually affects our whole self, proving what God has known all along!
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MOST AMERICANS DON’T HAVE CLOSE FRIENDS. WE ARE ONE OF THE LONELIEST NATIONS IN THE WORLD.
THERE ARE THINGS WE CAN ONLY GET IN DEEP RELATIONSHIPS.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 9Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: 10If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up
AS MEMBERS OF REAL LIFE MINISTRIES, WE AGREE TO PURSUE DEEP RELATIONSHIPS.
1 John 4:20-21 20If someone says, “I love God,” but hates a fellow believer, that person is a liar; for if we don’t love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we cannot see? 21And he has given us this command: Those who love God must also love their fellow believers.
QUESTIONS TO REFLECT AND DISCUSS:
Passages to consider: Ephesians 2:11-21; 1 John 3
1. What from the sermon caught your attention?
2. Read 1 John 3 a couple of times, slowly. What does this passage say about Jesus, love, family, and unity?
3. What stands out from what you observed in the passage?
4. How is that similar or different from your current understanding of seeing other believers as family?
5. Share how you have experienced fellow believers as family.
6. How can you be a part of making the church a family?