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1 Sermn / Preaching Research Ephesians (Filled/Belved) 8/16/15 at Hly Crss Life Grup Leader Guide Instructins Leading a grup can be intimidating but here s sme help. Included in this packet are three main parts t help yu prepare. Dn t be intimidated remember the Hly Spirit is with yu t empwer yu t grw and help thers grw as yu study His wrd and practice applying it t yur life. 1. Ltz Wrksheet This is a fancy ddle sheet. Print it ff and start making bservatins. Lk fr phrases that simplify what is being said, then summarize it and turn yur summary int a questin. Cnsider it Bible scratch paper! 2. Ltz Outline This is the rugh ideas that Fr Greg came up with has he ddled his way thrugh the passage. The first line (underlined) is frm the secnd clumn f the LOTZ wrksheet and the questins are his thughts. Dn t be afraid if yu cme up with smething different and dn t be afraid t send what yu find t Greg. 3. Reflectin Wrksheet This has tw parts and it is a great way t keep digging int the passage fr yurself. a. Biblical and Gspel Reflectin These are just a set f questins I filter every passage thrugh. They can be helpful as yu think thrugh mving frm study t teaching. b. Small Grup Questins These are Open, Dig, and Apply questins that we d suggest fr yur grup. An Open questin simply gets peple thinking abut what they re ging t learn. It s like teeing up the ball fr the cnversatin. A Dig questin helps yu jump int the Bible after all just hearing everyne s pinin n Life can be bring. This helps yu see what Gd has t say. Finally, the Apply questins are there t help yu put sme practical s what applicatin int yur mind. As always if yu need help we re here t cach yu thrugh this. Send an and we ll help yu ut! 1

2 Sermn / Preaching Research Ephesians (Filled/Belved) 8/16/15 at Hly Crss Lk/Analyze/Hmiletics/Listen Lk at Gd s Wrd Exegetical Analysis Lessns (Hmiletics) Listen t His Vice Begin by reading the passage f Scripture. Underline, circle, r therwise mark text if it will aid yur study What des the passage say? Use the wrds f the text t list the mst utstanding and bvius facts. Dn t paraphrase; be literal as yu list the facts. Put simplificatins in [ ]. What des the passage mean? Identify a lessn t learn frm each fact. Fcus n spiritual lessns. What des the passage mean t me? Rewrite the lessns frm the previus clumn in the frm f questins. Be persnal as yu frmulate yur questins. 5 Therefre be imitatrs f Gd, as belved children. 2 And walk in lve, as Christ lved us and gave himself up fr us, a fragrant ffering and sacrifice t Gd. 3 But sexual immrality and all impurity r cvetusness must nt even be named amng yu, as is prper amng saints. 4 Let there be n filthiness nr flish talk nr crude jking, which are ut f place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. 5 Fr yu may be sure f this, that everyne wh is sexually immral r impure, r wh is cvetus (that is, an idlater), has n inheritance in the kingdm f Christ and Gd. 6 Let n ne deceive yu with empty wrds, fr because f these things the wrath f Gd cmes upn the sns f disbedience. 7 Therefre d nt becme partners with them; 8 fr at ne time yu were darkness, but nw yu are light in the Lrd. Walk as children f light 9 (fr the fruit f light is fund in all that is gd and right and true), 10 and try t discern what is pleasing t the Lrd. 11 Take n part in the unfruitful wrks f darkness, but instead expse them. 12 Fr it is shameful even t speak f the things that they d in secret. 13 But when anything is expsed by the light, it becmes visible, 14 fr anything that becmes visible is light. Therefre it says, 2

3 Sermn / Preaching Research Ephesians (Filled/Belved) 8/16/15 at Hly Crss Awake, O sleeper, and arise frm the dead, and Christ will shine n yu. 15 Lk carefully then hw yu walk, nt as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use f the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefre d nt be flish, but understand what the will f the Lrd is. 18 And d nt get drunk with wine, fr that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, 19 addressing ne anther in psalms and hymns and spiritual sngs, singing and making meldy t the Lrd with yur heart, 20 giving thanks always and fr everything t Gd the Father in the name f ur Lrd Jesus Christ, 21 submitting t ne anther ut f reverence fr Christ. 3

4 Sermn / Preaching Research Ephesians (Filled/Belved) 8/16/15 at Hly Crss Ltz Outline Ltz Exegetical Analysis / Big Idea 1 Verse(s) Questins Ntes Illustratins Text: 5 Therefre be imitatrs f Gd, as belved children. 2 And walk in lve, as Christ lved us and gave himself up fr us, a fragrant ffering and sacrifice t Gd. 3 But sexual immrality and all impurity r cvetusness must nt even be named amng yu, as is prper amng saints. 4 Let there be n filthiness nr flish talk nr crude jking, which are ut f place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. 5 Fr yu may be sure f this, that everyne wh is sexually immral r impure, r wh is cvetus (that is, an idlater), has n inheritance in the kingdm f Christ and Gd. 6 Let n ne deceive yu with empty wrds, fr because f these things the wrath f Gd cmes upn the sns f disbedience. 7 Therefre d nt becme partners with them; 8 fr at ne time yu were darkness, but nw yu are light in the Lrd. Walk as children f light 9 (fr the fruit f light is fund in all that is gd and right and true), 10 and try t discern what is pleasing t the Lrd. 11 Take n part in the unfruitful wrks f darkness, but instead expse them. 12 Fr it is shameful even t speak f the things that they d in secret. 13 But when anything is expsed by the light, it becmes visible, 14 fr anything that becmes visible is light. Therefre it says, Awake, O sleeper, and arise frm the dead, and Christ will shine n yu. 15 Lk carefully then hw yu walk, nt as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use f the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefre d nt be flish, but understand what the will f the Lrd is. 18 And d nt get drunk with wine, fr that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, 19 addressing ne anther in psalms and hymns and spiritual sngs, singing and making meldy t the Lrd with yur heart, 20 giving thanks always and fr everything t Gd the Father in the name f ur Lrd Jesus Christ, 21 submitting t ne anther ut f reverence fr Christ. 4

5 Sermn / Preaching Research Ephesians (Filled/Belved) 8/16/15 at Hly Crss Biblical Reflectin Theme: In ne sentence, what is the main pint f the passage? Aim: In ne sentence, hw did the authr intend his audience t apply the passage? Hw des this text pints t the wrk f salvatin in Jesus? (See Preaching the Gspel belw fr a hints). Old Testament 1. Hw des this passage mve the stryline f the Bible tward the 1 st advent? New Testament 1. Is there a reslutin f the OT stryline, r mvement tward the 2 nd advent? 2. Des the passage shw what Jesus has accmplished by his life, death, r resurrectin? 3. Hw are these things displayed as the plan f Gd? Hw are they made real by the Spirit? Gspel Reflectin What faith (in an idl) r fear des this cnfrnt? Persnal idls Religius idls Cultural idls Hw des this pint t Jesus being the slutin? Hw is He a better slutin t all the ther prblems? Hw is Jesus perceived as the climax f this text? Hw is this practical and hw is Jesus the slutin? Hw des this text pint t Jesus ready presence and/r hly therness? Hw are we missing Jesus in ur actins as seen in/thrugh this text? Wrship prblems (fear/idlatry) Identity prblems (amnesia) Preaching the Gspel t urselves 5

6 Sermn / Preaching Research Ephesians (Filled/Belved) 8/16/15 at Hly Crss Small Grup Questins Open Pick ne r tw t pen the discussin Hw d yu feel abut authrity? What d yu think when yu hear the wrd authrity? What is it like fr yu t knw smething fr sure? Dig Read the passage nw, then ask the fllwing questins t dig int what the Bible says What warning des Paul give in verses 5-7? In this cntext, what wuld it mean t be deceived with empty wrds? Why wuld Paul call immral, impure, r greedy peple idlaters? Paul cntrasts light and darkness t say mre abut hly living. As light in the Lrd, hw are we t live (vv 8-21)? Why is it imprtant that sin is made visible (v 13)? Accrding t verses 8-14, what shuld be a Christian s respnse and attitude tward X-rated TV, prngraphy n the internet, and adult literature? Hw far shuld a Christian g in expsing the darkness? What are the beneficial results f being filled with the Hly Spirit (vv 19-21)? Why d yu think it wuld be necessary t be filled with the Hly Spirit in rder t submit t ne anther? What is Paul saying t yu in his drunkenness illustratin? Culd anyne accuse yu f being under the influence f the Hly Spirit? What des Paul want thse wh feel trapped in the filth f a sex-mad wrld t d (vv 19-20)? Apply Make it practical what will yu take with yu as yu g ut? In what areas f yur life are yu mst tempted tward idlatry? Nte that Paul says, Be very careful (v 15). We all take care ver the things which seems t us t matter ur jb, educatin, hme and family, hbbies, appearance S as Christians we must be watchful ver ur Christian life. Hw can we take care f ur Christian life? The light metaphr speaks vividly f Christian penness and transparency, f living jyfully in the presence f Christ, with nthing t hide r fear. As a child f light, hw d yu expse evil arund yu? Hw culd yu live mre wisely? Life Grup Questins cllected frm the fllwing resurces: Serendipity s Interactive Study Bible (NIV); Wh D Yu Think Yu Are? by Mark Driscll; Ephesians: Gd s Big Plan fr Christ s New Peple by Thabiti Anyabwile; Ephesians: Building a Cmmunity in Christ by Jhn Sttt. Paraphrasing used where necessary t better cmmunicate with the Hly Crss cmmunity f faith. General Small Grup Questins What new thing did yu discver in the stry? What did yu learn abut Gd? What did yu learn abut peple? Which persn is mst like yu in the stry? What will yu take away frm this discussin? What will yu d with what yu have learned? 6

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