Sermon Discussion Questions | "Praying to Know the Love of Christ"
Often I hear an excellent sermon convinced that I will remember it for life. Yet by Wednesday I'm foggy on even the main points! To help you and me continue to benefit from the Sunday teaching, we will regularly post sermon quotes and summaries. Additionally, we hope to provide you with questions like the ones below.
Consider discussing Ryan's message from Eph. 3.14-21 with your family and other church members—both to remember and apply the word.
1. In Eph 3:14-21 Paul prays that the church would “know” the love of Christ by the strength of God through His Spirit. How does this challenge you to pray about Christ’s love in your own personal walk in faith, as well as for others around you?
2. Ryan described this idea of Christ “dwelling” in our hearts to refer to how Christ “makes his home” or “takes up residence” within us. He compared the imagery with what it is like when you moved into a new house. Slowly but surely renovations take place according to your likeness, and gradually you start to feel “at home.” Likewise, with Christ “dwelling” in our hearts, He takes up permanent residence within us and renovates—or “transforms”—His people more into His image and likeness explain the idea of Christ “dwelling” in our hearts? And how has the idea of Christ “dwelling” in our hearts and the transformation he brings helped you think about your relationship with Christ?
3. Consider two to three people that you can pray for using Eph 3:1-21as a guide.
Suggestions for further reading that relate to the content of this week’s sermon:
Donald Whitney, Spiritual Disciplines For the Christian Life, Chapter 4 (NavPress, 1991)
D.A. Carson, A Call to Spiritual Reformation: Priorities from Paul and His Prayers (Baker Academic, 1992)
G.K. Beale, The Temple and the Church’s Mission: A Biblical Theology of the Dwelling Place of God. New Studies in Biblical Theology (IVP Academic, 2004).