Devotional May 29, 2016

Week of May 29, 2016

Monday: As we explore what it means to live out our mission as a church, we refer to Dietrich

Bonhoeffer’s Life Together.

Read Ephesians 4: 1-2

Questions for Reflection and Application

1. What is the calling to which we have been called as a church?

2. What is your calling, personally?

3. When has been a time in your life when you have

    reacted to difficulty with gentleness? When you wish you had?

Prayer focus

Holy Spirit, fill us with your gentleness, patience, and peace.

 

Tuesday: Bear with one another in love

Read Ephesians 4: 1-3

Questions for Reflection and Application

1. What does it mean to “bear with one another in love”?

2. Has there ever been a time that you have chosen unity over division? What did that feel like?

Prayer focus

Holy Spirit, fill us with a desire for unity in our lives.

 

Wednesday: One Spirit

Read Ephesians 4: 4-6

Questions for Reflection and Application

1. Does the church world-wide act as though it were one body?

2. What causes divisions among us?

3. How might God be calling you to speak to the unity of the Spirit and the church?

Prayer focus

Holy Spirit, come and reconcile our church around the world to itself and to God.

 

Thursday: Gifts to serve

Read Ephesians 4: 11-12

Questions for Reflection and Application

1. How do we understand “gifts” in our culture? Once something is given to you, does it belong to you?

2. What is different about our cultural understanding of gifts, and the gifts of the Spirit?

Prayer focus

Holy Spirit, open our hearts to how you would have us use our gifts to serve others.

 

Friday: Growing in love

Read Ephesians 4: 11-16

Questions for Reflection and Application

1. What is the work that Christ is calling us to in this passage?

2. How do we work for unity?

3. How does “speaking truth in love” differ from simply “speaking truth”? What does that have to do with unity?

Prayer focus

Holy Spirit, fill us with your truth – which is love.

 

Small Group Format

Welcome

Introductions/getting acquainted

Mutual Invitation question: Describe a time when another Christian encouraged or helped you.  Or Describe your earliest memory of being in a Christian gathering (e.g. worship, fellowship, service)

Opening Prayer

Song (optional)

Reflection on the weekly Scripture readings

Have someone read Ephesians 4: 1-2

Discuss observations about the text

What word or phrase strikes you the most?

What do you think is the most important point of the text?

Summarize the Sunday message and its connection to this text.

Use some of the daily questions for discussion in the devotional.

Choose another day to read a different text and discuss the

questions.

Share your faith (in groups of 3)

How have you experienced God recently in your life?

(this will be a weekly question – it may be difficult to answer at first, but if you ask it each week, you may start to notice God more in your life)

Pray for each other

Refreshments (optional)

 

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