Dave continues our journey through Ephesians, thinking about why Paul was so excited about stuff that seems a bit irrelevant to us now.
Verses for Reflection:
1 John 4:16-21
- Dave talked about how church can act like an insider/outsider environment. What ways can church make people feel like outsiders? Have you ever felt like this?
- Think about parts of following Jesus that can seem distant, mysterious or difficult – these are prime areas for people to feel like inadequate outsiders as they compare themselves to others. How do we de-mystify these to make them more approachable and encouraging to others?
- Paul’s embracing of what God is doing led him to leave a successful and comfortable life and he ended up in prison! Dave talked about 3 fears that might stop us embracing God in our life – fear of missing out, fear of failure and fear of discomfort. Are any of these effecting how you follow Jesus? What could you do about it?
- Dave’s list of how the world works with Jesus was as follows. Can you think of Bible verses for each of these?
- Close & Intimate
- Direct Contact
- Already Pleased
- He did the Hard Work
- Love is the Antidote
- Empowered Individuals