Study Questions: Being Different- Ephesians 4:15-24 August 29,2021
Why do you think, that considered together religious persons do not live significantly different from their secular neighbors?
To what extent do you believe Evangelical Christians live differently from our surrounding culture?
Why do you think Evangelical Christians are more successful than other religious people at living differently from our culture?
Read Ephesians 4:15-24.
What do you think it means to be “church people”?
What do you like about the early Jerusalem church in Acts 2:42-47?
How is the current American church similar or different from this early church?
How do you explain the differences?
In what senses is the church the most revolutionary community in history?
What is your reaction to the impact of the house churches in Cuba?
In what ways do we think differently from the surrounding culture?
What is your understanding of Ephesians 4:17-18?
What stands out to you in Romans 1:21-23?
What is your understanding of Ephesians 4:19?
Why do Evangelical Christians have different values from the surrounding culture?
How does Galatians 5:19-23 describe the clear differences between the actions of Christ followers and the surrounding culture?
What does it mean that we put on the new self in Ephesians 4:24?
How does the example of Chuck Colson inspire you?
Respond to the quotation of Winston Churchill, “Kites rise high against the wind, not with it.”
What changes do you need to make in your life?
What is God saying to you?
Why do people want to reduce prayer to a “formula”?
Read Matthew 16:24.
What does it mean to ask for something in Jesus’ name?
Why is it a great mistake to think of praying in Jesus’ Name as a magic incantation?
Read Matthew 17:20, Mark 11:22-24,
What is faith?
Why is faith important in prayer?
Read James 1:6-8.
What is a double-minded person?
Why does doubt hinder our prayers?
Read James 4:2-3.
Why are our motives important in our prayers?
Read Proverbs 21:13
What does our treatment of the poor have to do with our prayers?
Read James 5:16-18, Read Psalm 66:18, Read Mark 11:25
What do these texts teach about how our holiness (righteousness) affect our prayers?
Read Matthew 18:19-20.
What does agreeing with others in prayer have to do with our prayers?
Why do you think God values corporate prayers?
Read Psalm 40:1.
Why is it essential that we be patient when we pray?
Read Romans 8:26-27.
What roles does the Holy Spirit play in our prayers?
How does the Holy Spirit help us to pray according to the Will of God?
Read John 15:5.
How does remaining in Jesus help us to understand what prayer is?
How do we remain in Jesus?
Why is it fruitless to try to find the secret recipe of prayer?
Respond to Mother Teresa’s quotation. “Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition, and listening to His voice in the depths of our hearts.”
Respond to Elisabeth Eliot’s quotation. “Prayer lays hold of God’s plan and becomes the link between His will and its accomplishments on earth.”
Eliot adds: “… we are given the privilege of being the channels of the Holy Spirit’s prayer.” What do you think she means by that?
What is God showing you about prayer?
When did you first learn the Lord’s Prayer?
Read Matthew 6:9-13.
The King James Bible ends with “For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen”. This is because modern translations are based upon older and better manuscripts that had not yet been discovered in 1611 when the King James Bible was translated. Why is it helpful to read different translations of the Bible?
Regardless of whether the phrase was in the original prayer, why is it helpful to end our prayers with praise?
What does it mean that the Lord’s prayer is corporate?
How do we incorporate the idea that the Lord’s prayer is corporate when you are praying privately?
Why is it significant that the Lord’s prayer is addressed to “Our Father”?
What is the significance that God is in “heaven”?
What does hallowed be your name mean?
Why is it crucial that remember that God is holy?
How does the Lord’s prayer encourage full surrender to the will and mission of God?
How does this surrender keep our prayer focused properly?
How do we expand upon the meaning of “give us this day our daily bread”?
What do you think the prayer means “by lead us not into temptation?
What does 1 Corinthians 10:13 teach us about overcoming temptation?
Look at 1 Peter 5:8-9.
Why is it helpful to pray deliver us from the evil one?
Martin Luther based his three hour daily prayer time on the Lord’s prayer. How can you use the Lord’s Prayer as a model template for your prayers?
What is God saying to you?