01.19.2020 | UNDONE | Wk 3: “We Will Be Remade”
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What is your favorite work of art (painting, piece of music, story, book, etc.)? Why do you like it so much?
Read Ephesians 4:1-5.
This passage is written by Paul to a church community (not to us as individuals) that has gone through breaking & is beginning to look forward to what’s next for its future.
First, reflect on the opening line of the passage. What does it mean for a church to be a “prisoner for the Lord”? What does it mean for a church to “live a life worthy of the calling” it has received?
After this opening line, Paul urges the church to:
- Be humble & gentle with each other
- Be patient & loving in conflict resolution
- Remain connected in spirit & peace
Why do you think Paul starts with these three attributes as he seeks to guide this church community forward?
What do you think it looks like for a church to practice these attributes after a season of breaking & conflict?
Next, read Ephesians 4:6-16.
Paul follows up his opening by reminding the church that they are called to be defined by unity – pointing to Christ’s hope, faith, & story as things that should produce unity in the Body of Christ / any community of believers.
Why do you think Paul sees unity as crucial for his vision of a healthy community / body coming out of breaking & hardship?
What does unity look like for a Christian community that has experienced breaking?
Paul’s image of the church is one of Christ’s own body in the world – with each member relying on each other, trusting each other, & committing their specific gifts, skills, talents, & service to produce a body that works in unity & is greater than the sum of its individual parts.
How does this imagery impact your understanding of a healthy church?
What does it look like for a body to heal & return to healthy operation? How does this impact your understanding of what a church is called to do after a season of brokenness?
Close by reflecting on the fact that Paul sees this as being possible if a community is knitted together by the love of Christ & neighbor shared amongst its members.
How does love take these separate, diverse pieces & connect them in a way that produces the unity that Paul sees as central to the church’s existence in the world?
What role do you currently play in your community? If you don’t have one already, why not? What role might you play in Christ’s body?
Close by reflecting on how you can give back by taking part in the Body of Christ in this next season.
Getting Out of the Hole
Take time this week to reflect on what it means for our community to be remade by God.
What does unity look like for E3 in this next season? What roles can you play in the community?
What is one step you can take to build up our community in this next season?
Journal about your answers to these questions & pray for insights. Share your experience with the group next week!
Falling Upward by Richard Rohr
Ephesians for Everybody by NT Wright
The New Testament & The People of God by NT Wright
Coming Up This Week:*
Sunday, January 26: Join us for the third week of our series UNDONE. We will be looking at what it means for the Church, as a community of disciples, to experience unity & remaking as it moves forward..
* Please see mye3.org for details.