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How does Paul’s description of himself as a “prisoner for Christ Jesus” in verse 1 resonate with your understanding of the challenges and sacrifices of following Christ in today’s world?

In verse 2, Paul speaks of the stewardship of God’s grace given to him for the Gentiles. How can we discern and fulfill our own God-given call in serving others, both believers and non-believers, in our communities?

Reflecting on verse 6, how does the concept of Gentiles being fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus impact your view of inclusivity and unity within the body of Christ?

Verse 8 speaks of the “unsearchable riches of Christ.” What does this phrase mean to you, and how do you seek to uncover and appreciate these riches in your daily walk with Christ?

In verse 10, Paul talks about the wisdom of God being made known through the church. How can we, as members of the body of Christ, embody and demonstrate God’s wisdom to the world around us?

Paul expresses his confidence and boldness in approaching God in verse 12. How can we cultivate a similar confidence in prayer and communion with God, especially in times of difficulty or doubt?

Consider verse 13, where Paul encourages believers not to lose heart because of his sufferings. How do you maintain perseverance and resilience in your faith journey, even in the face of challenges and opposition?

Reflecting on Ephesians 3:14-21, what does it mean to be strengthened with power through the Holy Spirit in our inner being, and how does this impact our daily lives?

In verse 18, Paul speaks of grasping the breadth, length, height, and depth of Christ’s love. How do you perceive the vastness of God’s love, and how does it shape your understanding of His character?

Share a personal testimony or example of a time when you experienced God’s power and love working in your life, reflecting the themes found in Ephesians 3:14-21.

Loving God – Loving People

  • In what ways do you see Paul’s ministry to the Gentiles as a demonstration of loving God and loving people? How can we emulate this love in our own relationships and interactions with others?
  • Considering Paul’s willingness to endure suffering for the sake of sharing the gospel, how does sacrificial love for God and others manifest in your own life and ministry?
  • Discuss the significance of being rooted and grounded in love (verse 17) as the foundation for both our vertical relationship with God and our horizontal relationships with others.

 Preaching the Word

  • How does Paul’s example of boldly proclaiming the mystery of Christ encourage us to prioritize preaching and sharing the Word of God in our communities and beyond? What barriers or challenges do we face in fulfilling this mandate?
  • Reflect on the role of Scripture in shaping our understanding of God’s love and power, as seen in this passage. How does this influence the content and delivery of our witnessing?

Making Disciples

  • Reflect on the purpose of the mystery revealed in Christ, as described in verses 9-11. How does this understanding inform and shape our approach to disciple-making, particularly in terms of emphasizing the centrality of Christ in our teaching and mentoring?
  • Reflect on the connection between prayer and making disciples, as exemplified in Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians. How can a vibrant prayer life fuel our efforts in disciple-making?

Policy / Engaging Well with our Civic Activism

  • How can we effectively balance the tension between boldly proclaiming our Christian worldview and demonstrating humility and respect for differing perspectives in our community?
  • How can we communicate truth with grace and humility, while at the same time holding to our Christian convictions, in our interactions with others, particularly those who hold differing beliefs or opinions?
  • Reflect on the ascription of praise to God in Ephesians 3:20-21. How can our engagement in policy and civic matters reflect our commitment to glorifying God and advancing His kingdom values in the public sphere?

Tracing Christ through the Bible

  • What does this passage in Ephesians teach us about Christ as Savior in this passage?
  • How does the prayer in Ephesians 3:14-21 reveal the centrality of Christ’s deity in Paul’s understanding of the Christian faith?
  • Reflecting on verses 16-19, how do the attributes ascribed to Christ (such as His power and love) emphasize His divine nature and authority?

Tracing fulfilled prophecy in the Bible

  • How does this passage in Ephesians 3:1-13 speak to fulfilled prophecy in the Bible?
  • Reflecting on Paul’s description of Christ as the one through whom all things were created (verse 9), how does this align with the prophetic statements in the Old Testament about the Messiah’s role in creation (e.g., Psalm 102:25-27, Isaiah 44:24)?
  • How does Ephesians 3:14-21, particularly in the context of Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians, reflect the fulfillment of prophecies regarding the inclusion of Gentiles into God’s covenant family?

Involvement in “Care Ministries”

  • How can we effectively communicate the unsearchable riches of Christ (verse 8) in our care ministries, ensuring that our actions and words convey the depth of God’s love and grace to those we serve, and how might this contribute to making a positive impact in our culture by showcasing the transformative power of the gospel?
  • Discuss the role of prayer in empowering and sustaining care ministries, drawing from Paul’s example of interceding for the Ephesians’ spiritual well-being (verses 16-19). How can prayer shape our approach to serving others with compassion and empathy?