Eph. 3:14-21 – Christ in Others (Jody Garner) (Phone recording, not the normal recording)

Posted: Eph. 3:14-21, Sermons

Eph. 3:14-21 – Christ in Others
Sermon Notes

The challenge is to ________________ Eph. 3:14-21 together! Most of this passage is a prayer.
What if this prayer were _______________for people in our _______________ who don’t know Christ?
What if you helped serve as a _________________ from this prayer to “one” other person?
This prayer is not about just meeting the __________________ _________________ _________________…. It’s about…

This week
1. Begin _____________________________

2. Pray about _________________________

3. Pray this ___________________________

4/28/19 – Connect Group Guide
Eph. 3:14-21 – Christ in Others

Spending Time with the Text
1. Start with the backside (or second page). Read over Eph. 3:14-21. If you have extra copies, have everyone read silently for a couple of minutes and underline key words, etc. and go over the questions. Spend some quality time really discerning this text together with your group (If not most of your time)

2. Does anyone remember our 3 focus areas for our vision for this year? (Answer: Christ in You, Christ in Others, Christ in Families)

3. This text is mainly a prayer. With prayer in mind, how do you normally pray? (In your bed? Sitting at the table? Pacing around the room? On the floor? Kneeling down? Hands clasped? Fingers crossed?)
4. In Eph. 3:14, Paul says “I bow my knees before the father” – Why is this sometimes a posture of prayer?
5. As you read through this prayer, does this sound like what you normally pray for?
6. What petitions in this prayer do you think are beneficial in praying for your “one”? Are you willing to pray this pray for others?
7. Do you see a paradox in this prayer? (Ex: “to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge…”)

8. Why do you think memorization is a helpful spiritual discipline?
9. How do you go about memorizing scripture? What are some helpful techniques?

Who’s Your One Challenge
10. Pray about “one” person to begin a discipling relationship with… (same as last year? Maybe a new name?)

11. Close in a prayer as a group


Ephesians 3:14-21
14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
What stands out to you?

What do you like about this prayer?

What words did you underline and why?

What words or phrases are repeated?

Is there anything that strikes you as confusing?