Sermon Prep. Nov. 16: Ephesians 3:8-13

Week 2: Ephesians 3.8-13

            This passage deals with the potential witness of Jew / Gentile unification to authorities

Getting to Know You: 

Imagine if you were a kitchen utensil. What would you be? 
1)     rolling pin
2)   cheese grater
3)   oven mitt
4)   corkscrew
5)   nutcracker
6)   whisk
7) Other?

Getting to Know the Bible: Read Ephesians 3.8-13

What strikes you?


Read verse 8. Why/how does Paul consider himself the least? (hint: see 1 Corinthians 15:8-10) How has his least-ness served you and your belief?


Read verse 10. What is he saying in your own words?


Meditate on the phrase “through the church.” What does this say about the role/purpose of the church? Are we accomplishing this purpose? What might we do differently to become more effective in this purpose?


What is the “manifold wisdom of God?”


What is “eternal purpose which he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord”?


How do I apply myself to this message?

Read vs. 12. Do you live like this is true? How might you make one change to do so, or to do so more fully?


Read vs. 13. Then read Colossians 1:24-29. What strikes you? How are you (or might you) making good use of these sacrifices on your behalf? Read 2 Corinthians 1:6-7. Do you experience hope in these verses? Do you experience a sense of value? A sense of purpose?