March 31st: Ephesians 2:11-22
- In Paul’s day the early Christians wrestled with prejudice and racism and pride. In our day people in the church are not perfect either. For a few moments, consider the relationships you have within the family of God. Do you put up walls and barriers? How have the good parts of these relationships and experiences shaped you as a person?
Exploration and Reaction:
- What are some of the divisions that would have existed between Jews and Gentiles?
- What does Paul mean when he says the Gentiles were “foreigners to the covenants of the promise” (verse 12)? How did this change when they accepted Christ?
- What is Paul describing when he says that Christ is your peace?
- Before Christ, the Jewish nation judged their righteousness by their obedience to numerous laws and regulations. How did Christ’s life and death challenge that concept of righteousness?
- Christ’s death and resurrection changed the way people approach God- from his creatures to his children. How would you describe the difference (see also Romans 8:13-17)?
- Paul describes the church by comparing it to a building constructed of many stones. How does that analogy work well in describing the church today?
- What are some of the benefits you have discovered in belonging to God’s family?
- How did Christ’s death give you the right to come to God as your father?
- What were the racial implications of the peace that Christ brought?
- One of Jesus’ efforts was to end racially and culturally based hatred. In what ways can the church today help in that same effort?
- What barriers to unity in Christ have you seen in your own church?
- What is important about the fact that Jesus is the cornerstone of the church? How can that lead to more unity among believers?
What are your privileges and responsibilities in belonging to God’s family?