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1. Remember that Jesus to us .
2. Remember that Jesus to us .
3. Remember that Jesus to us God’s .
1 Peter 2:4-5
SMALL GROUP QUESTIONS:
- What stood out to you in either the sermon or sermon text, Ephesians 2:11-22?
- Read Ephesians 2:11 and Romans 2:25-29. What do these verses say about circumcision? What does Paul seem to be saying about “outward” vs. “inward” circumcision?
- Read Ephesians 2:11-12 and Galatians 3:10-14. Before Christ, Gentiles, who are non-Jews, were separated from the coming Messiah, aliens, strangers to the covenants, hopeless, and without God. To what are each of these descriptors referring?
- Take a look at Eph. 2:13-18.
A. What happened in Christ’s death that brought the Old Covenant of the Law to an end? B. How did this make peace between Jews and Gentiles?
- What are some of our “dividing walls of hostility” culturally within the Church? How does verse 14 inform our response to those divisions?
- Read vv. 19-22.
A. How is the Church as a whole a dwelling of God?
B. What is your role in the church, specifically Bethel?
- God dwells in each of us individually and in the Church together as a body. (v. 22). What does that say about the importance of fellowship? How does fellowship affect our relationship with the Lord?
In verse 14, Paul tells us that Jesus Christ is our peace. This week, evaluate if you are resting in this peace. Does the knowledge that Jesus has knit us into a family of believers reach into your daily joy and bring you peace? Find specific ways to connect with the body of believers to ignite this God-given peace in your heart.