Small Group Notes

Small Group notes for 7th June

Living! | Living by Love

Small Group Notes:

To note: The sermon is in the Sunday’s service video available via our website and is summarised in the Paper version of the Service produced for those off-line, but also available to view on our website.

Ephesians 3: 11 -14

For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being,

so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

Our reading for today is Paul’s prayer for the Christians in the church at Ephesus, from whom he was separated due to being held a prisoner in Rome.

  1. Although we are not in prison we are in lockdown, and some may feel that for them it is almost like being in prison! If someone were wanting to pray for you now, what would you like their prayer to be at this time?
  2. How do you pray for others who are in lockdown?
  3. How different are our prayers and how we would like others to pray for us, to what Paul prayed for believers in his time?
  4. Paul prays that “they” may be strengthened with power: how would you ask God to strengthen you now?
  5. He prays that they may knowingly discover the limitless love of God for them; what are your thoughts about God’s love for you? Can you receive that love as a reality for you now, or do you struggle with it in some way?
  6. Paul’s benediction was that they would experience the enabling of God’s power to perform in their life, more than they could ask or even imagine. Do you think that by God’s power you could do more than you could ask or imagine for God?

Some big issues to expand our faith, our knowledge of God and our service for Him – to His Glory, and we say Amen!