The messages on the last two Sundays were from Ephesians 1:15-23, and they focused on two of the three things that Paul is praying for and that he wants us to know: the hope of our calling, and the riches of his glorious inheritance. Before discussing these questions as a group, read through the passage together, at least once.
- For review: Have you had opportunities these past two weeks to put into practice your “love toward all the saints?”
- Paul’s prayer in this passage (Ephesians 1:15-23) is a good pattern or example for us in how to pray for each other. If you haven’t been already, will you commit to praying for your fellow small group members to know the hope of our calling and the riches of God’s glorious inheritance that is waiting for us?
- At the end of the hope sermon I talked about whether or not our hope can be strengthened, and referenced three passages: Romans 5:1-5; Psalm 119:67, 71; and 1 Peter 1:13. Thinking back on your life, is your hope being strengthened, staying the same, or diminishing?
- What is a specific time or situation in your life where your hope was strengthened due to suffering or affliction?
- Think about the inheritance that we have waiting for us in heaven, where Christ is. Are you making an effort to think about this inheritance in your daily life? If so, is it affecting the decisions you make about how to use your time, money, and other resources?