Living as one new humanity

Small Group Material: 
Week Commencing: 
28 Feb 2010
Bible Base: 
Eph 4:1-16

Week 7 Eph 4:1-16 Living as one new humanity Following sermon on Feb 28 (Elisabeth Coyne)
1)      Before you read ch 4, recap the first half of Ephesians and its amazing climax at the end of chapter 3. Try to summarise the calling given to the church.
2)      Look again at verses 20-21 of chapter 3. What great things might we ask God to do for us as a church to bring glory to himself?
3)      Read out loud verse 1 – but don’t continue beyond verse 1! In the light of your answer to question 2, what sort of things could Paul have said were ‘worthy of the calling to which you have been called,?
4)      Now read verses 2 to 6. What things does Paul say ARE worthy of the calling to which we have been called?
5)      What is the basis of the unity of the church according to these verses?
6)      What sort of qualities help to maintain that unity?
7)      Now read verses 7 to 16. Alongside unity, these verses stress the diversity of gifts that the church needs to grow. What particular sorts of ministries are mentioned here, and what do you think they are? Did Paul think these were all embodied in one person?
8)      Look carefully at verse 12 and its punctuation. The Authorised version has this after the list of ministries in verse 11: “for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry”. Modern translations have: eg “to equip the saints for the work of ministry” (RSV). What difference does the comma make? Who does the work of ministry in each case? Which is the better translation?
9)      What do you think “speaking the truth in love” means? Give examples. How can this phrase be mis-used?
10)   The goal of this passage is the maturity of the church. According to this whole passage, what are the marks of maturity of a church?