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I am currently preaching a sermon series on Sunday mornings at Wildwood Community Church called “Packed” – based out of Paul’s Epistle to the Ephesians.  During this series, I am using my blog to post study prompts, devotionals, sermon audio/video, and discussion questions to help facilitate personal or group study of this book.  NOTE: At the bottom of this post, I have a set of links to previous resources in this series.

 

Ephesians 4:17-32 – Study Prompts #3

  1. Take a moment to pray.  Praise God for His Word and ask Him to teach you its truth, just as the psalmist prayed in Psalm 119:12-16, “Praise be to You, O Lord; teach me Your decrees.  With my lips I recount all the laws that come from Your mouth.  I rejoice in following Your statutes as one rejoices in great riches.  I meditate on Your precepts and consider Your ways.  I delight in Your decrees; I will not neglect Your Word.”
  2. Read Ephesians 4:17-32
  3. STUDY NOTE:  Though it may not appear so in our English translations, Ephesians 4:29 is closely linked with Ephesians 4:30.  The “And” that appears in many English translations at the beginning of 4:30 shows the connection in the original language that “grieving the Holy Spirit of God” is part of the reason we should only speak edifying words to one another.  When we were children, we would sing “sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me.”  Not only is this rhyme not true for us (we are OFTEN hurt when others tear us down with their words) but it is also true of our relationship with God.  We can grieve God when we tear down our brothers and sisters in the Lord with our words.  Any parent would recognize this.  Parents are emotionally pained when people speak poorly of our children . . . especially if it is not true and wounds them in the process!  Our Heavenly Father hurts for us when we are wounded by the negative words of fellow Christians.
  4. Examine the commands from 4:29-30.  In these verses, what are believers NOT to do?  What are they TO DO?  What is the reason given for why they are to do this?
  5. Think of your life.  Would obeying the commands of 4:29-30 require you to change anything you are currently doing?  Are you challenged by this verse in a particular way?
  6. Examine the commands from 4:31-32.  In these verses, what are believers NOT to do?  What are they TO DO?  What is the reason given for why they are to do this?
  7. Think of your life.  Would obeying the commands of 4:31-32 require you to change anything you are currently doing?  Are you challenged by this verse in a particular way?
  8. How does remembering what Jesus has done for you encourage you to love/forgive/encourage your fellow Christian?

For more resources related to this study of Ephesians click on the following links:

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