God’s blessings in Christ

Small Group Material: 
Week Commencing: 
10 Jan 2010
Bible Base: 
Ephesians 1:1-14

Week 1 Ephesians 1:1-14 God’s blessings in Christ - following sermon on Jan 10 (David Jeans)
1)       Verses 3-14 are amazingly one sentence in the original Greek. Who is at the heart of this passage? How does this help us when our life as Christians or as a church does not seem to be reaching the heights spoken of in Ephesians?
2)      What does God the Father do in this passage?
3)      Pick out the blessings that are promised in this passage. Share your understanding of what each one means. For each blessing, how are they (a) a comfort to us and (b) a challenge to us?
4)      In this passage the ‘us’ who are blessed are the Jewish Christians. We are included in the ‘you also’ of verse 13, so that through Jesus and the witness of the first Jewish Christians we have been blessed. If we are now the ‘we’ who have been called and blessed by God, who are now the ‘you’ still to be blessed? What is our role in this blessing? (This reminds us that being ‘chosen’ by God in the Bible involves being chosen to bless others.)
5)      What is the role of the Holy Spirit in this passage? Try to explain what this means.
6)      There are two extreme views held by Christians towards the blessings God wants to give us. At one extreme are those who think that we can have them all fully now, and if that is not our experience there is something wrong with our faith or our commitment. At the other extreme are those who think that all the blessings are for eternity only. How do verses 13 and 14 speak to those extreme views.
7)      Share experiences of how the work of the Holy spirit has given you a ‘deposit’ and ‘guarantee’ of the inheritance yet to come.