One new humanity in Christ

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Week Commencing: 
7 Feb 2010
Bible Base: 
Ephesians 2:11-22

Week 3 Eph 2:11-22 One new humanity in Christ –following sermon on Jan 31 (Andrew Shaw)
1)      In this passage Paul continues with the language of ‘you’ and ‘us’. Who are the ‘you’ of this passage, and what is their standing without the work of Christ?
2)      Verse 13 again begins with Paul’s most important word – ‘but’! What has been done by and in Christ in terms of us and God?
3)      What has been done by Christ in terms of us and other people? How does this passage help us in the way we view other Christians?
4)      What is being said in these verses about the church? How is being ‘a dwelling place for God’ about individual Christians, and how is it about the church? Which is more important for Paul here?
5)      Who in Deepcar might be described as ‘separated from Christ’, ‘having no hope’, ‘without God in the world’, far off’ ‘strangers and aliens’? The story of Ephesians 2 is that they can become ‘fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God’. Who can do this – and what is our part in it?