On this Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost we will be exploring the Letter to the Ephesians, and the letter's guidance for how to live one's life as a Christian, both within the Christian community, and in the world at large. The early Christians were very likely challenged to maintain a behavior that was consistent with Christ's teaching, and yet maintain their connection in the world. We will discuss our similar challenges in the modern world.
Our Scripture passage is found in the Letter of Paul to the Ephesians. You may find the Scripture lesson by selecting the following link: (Ephesians 4:25-5:2).
For continuing study, reflect on these questions (found in the study guide below):
Read the assigned Scripture lesson and consider the many rules of life that are presented. Are there any particular rules that captured your attention? What do you think it means to “grieve the Holy Spirit” and how can you avoid doing this in your life?
Read the “WHAT…” paragraph in the guide below, and reflect on the following: what are examples of “speaking truth?”; what does this lesson tell you about being an imitator of God?; As imperfect people, how are the Ephesians (and us) supposed to live up the goals presented?; What does this lesson tell you about living in Christian community?
Read the “WHERE…” paragraph below, and consider the phrase, “growing into the likeness of Christ.” What does it mean to you to live a life that will help you to grow into the likeness of Christ?
Read the “SO WHAT…” paragraph below, and reflect on the idea that we can live our lives as a sacrifice, pleasing to God. What does it mean, and what actions do you imagine you would need to do every day to live a life like this?
Read the “NOW WHAT…” paragraph below, and reflect on why forgiveness is an important part of living together in community.