HEARTBEATS: Relationship: Ephesians 3:14-21

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When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father,[e] 15 the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth.[f] 16 I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. 17 Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. 18 And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. 19 May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.

20 Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. 21 Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.

Ephesians 3:14-21

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

  • Would you describe your faith now as more of a loving relationship or religious activity? Why?

  • What hinders you from loving relationship? How can you begin to move towards these things?

  • What practical and tangible things do you do to foster your relationship with God? What are some things you can do to grow in this? How can your Gospel Community help and encourage you in this?


PRAYER FOCUS THIS WEEK: Hebrews 4:14-16

So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe. This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.

Spend some time praying this passage for yourself, family, and those in your Gospel Community

  • Thank The Lord that because of Jesus we always have BOLD access to Him. (do you believe this?)

  • Confess your weaknesses and areas you need Him to help. Pour out your heart, talk about what you are feeling, fearing, needing, wanting. HOLD NOTHING BACK! You have bold access.

  • Pray for His Spirit to empower you to grow in the depth of your relationship with Him and that you would grow in depth of understanding, embracing, and experiencing His Love.

HEARTBEATS: Mission: Ephesians 3:1-13

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When I think of all this, I, Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus for the benefit of you Gentiles. . . 2 assuming, by the way, that you know God gave me the special responsibility of extending his grace to you Gentiles. 3 As I briefly wrote earlier, God himself revealed his mysterious plan to me. 4 As you read what I have written, you will understand my insight into this plan regarding Christ. 5 God did not reveal it to previous generations, but now by his Spirit he has revealed it to his holy apostles and prophets.

6 And this is God’s plan: Both Gentiles and Jews who believe the Good News share equally in the riches inherited by God’s children. Both are part of the same body, and both enjoy the promise of blessings because they belong to Christ Jesus. 7 By God’s grace and mighty power, I have been given the privilege of serving him by spreading this Good News.

8 Though I am the least deserving of all God’s people, he graciously gave me the privilege of telling the Gentiles about the endless treasures available to them in Christ. 9 I was chosen to explain to everyone this mysterious plan that God, the Creator of all things, had kept secret from the beginning.

10 God’s purpose in all this was to use the church to display his wisdom in its rich variety to all the unseen rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. 11 This was his eternal plan, which he carried out through Christ Jesus our Lord.

12 Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence. 13 So please don’t lose heart because of my trials here. I am suffering for you, so you should feel honored.

Ephesians 3:1-13

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

  • Do you know your Identity in Christ. How have you, and how do you remember and remind yourselves of the Truth of who you are in Christ?

  • What is the Gospel? In a few minutes could you explain The Gospel to someone who didn’t know? Where do you get hung up? What parts of the Gospel are unclear for you?

  • What keeps you from engaging missionally with those around you? What is one meaningful step you could take towards the people in your life who are lost?


PRAYER FOCUS THIS WEEK: Ephesians 6:19-20

And pray for me, too. Ask God to give me the right words so I can boldly explain God’s mysterious plan that the Good News is for Jews and Gentiles alike. I am in chains now, still preaching this message as God’s ambassador. So pray that I will keep on speaking boldly for him, as I should.

Spend some time praying this passage for yourself, family, and those in your Gospel Community

  • Thank The Lord for who He has made you in Christ; Alive, His Child, Free from sin and death.

  • Pray for those you know who are not followers of Jesus. Pray that He would open their hearts and minds to desire Him

  • Pray for boldness for yourself, and opportunities to bring the Good News to the people you know.

HEARTBEATS: Generosity: 2 Corinthians 9:6-15

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6Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. 7 You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” 8 And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. 9 As the Scriptures say, “They share freely and give generously to the poor. Their good deeds will be remembered forever.” 10 For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you. 11 Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous. And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God. 12 So two good things will result from this ministry of giving—the needs of the believers in Jerusalem will be met, and they will joyfully express their thanks to God. 13 As a result of your ministry, they will give glory to God. For your generosity to them and to all believers will prove that you are obedient to the Good News of Christ. 14 And they will pray for you with deep affection because of the overflowing grace God has given to you. 15 Thank God for this gift too wonderful for words!

2 Corinthians 9:6-15

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

  • What stood out to you in how Paul challenged and instructed the Corinthian church regarding their generosity?

  • What do you find applies to you in your own stewardship of what God has given you?

  • As you reflect on where you invest your time, resources and gifts, what is God encouraging or challenging in you?

  • What are some meaningful steps you can take to help you grow in a heartbeat of generosity?


PRAYER FOCUS THIS WEEK: Proverbs 30:7-9

O God, I beg two favors from you; let me have them before I die.
First, help me never to tell a lie. Second, give me neither poverty nor riches! Give me just enough to satisfy my needs. For if I grow rich, I may deny you and say, “Who is the LORD?” And if I am too poor, I may steal and thus insult God’s holy name.

Spend some time praying this passage for yourself, family, and those in your Gospel Community

  • Thank The Lord for how he has generously provided for you

  • Ask The Lord to reveal why you may struggle with being generous, and to help you grow

  • Ask The Lord to show you how to live out his heart of generosity

HEARTBEATS: Family: Ephesians 2:11-22

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Don’t forget that you Gentiles used to be outsiders. You were called “uncircumcised heathens” by the Jews, who were proud of their circumcision, even though it affected only their bodies and not their hearts. 12 In those days you were living apart from Christ. You were excluded from citizenship among the people of Israel, and you did not know the covenant promises God had made to them. You lived in this world without God and without hope. 13 But now you have been united with Christ Jesus. Once you were far away from God, but now you have been brought near to him through the blood of Christ.

14 For Christ himself has brought peace to us. He united Jews and Gentiles into one people when, in his own body on the cross, he broke down the wall of hostility that separated us. 15 He did this by ending the system of law with its commandments and regulations. He made peace between Jews and Gentiles by creating in himself one new people from the two groups. 16 Together as one body, Christ reconciled both groups to God by means of his death on the cross, and our hostility toward each other was put to death.

17 He brought this Good News of peace to you Gentiles who were far away from him, and peace to the Jews who were near. 18 Now all of us can come to the Father through the same Holy Spirit because of what Christ has done for us.

19 So now you Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family. 20 Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself. 21 We are carefully joined together in him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord. 22 Through him you Gentiles are also being made part of this dwelling where God lives by his Spirit.

Ephesians 2:11-22

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

  • What challenges or encourages you from Paul’s statements about our Identity in the passage?

  • What things can keep you from engaging more fully in church family?

  • What is one thing you can you do to take a next step in more fully engaging in the church family?

  • What is one thing you can do proactively, to help others connect to the church family?


PRAYER FOCUS THIS WEEK: Romans 15:5-6

May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other, as is fitting for followers of Christ Jesus. 6 Then all of you can join together with one voice, giving praise and glory to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Spend some time praying this passage for yourself, family, and those in your Gospel Community

  • Thank God that He has given us this church family

  • Pray that we would grow in unity together as a church family

  • Pray that we would grow in helping others to connect and become part of the church family

  • Pray that our unity and love for one another would display God’s glory to our community and draw people into relationship with Himself and Cornerstone

HEARTBEATS: The Gospel: Ephesians 2:1-10

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1 Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins. 2 You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God.
3 All of us used to live that way, following the passionate desires and inclinations of our sinful nature. By our very nature we were subject to God’s anger, just like everyone else.

4 But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, 5 that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) 6 For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. 7 So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus. 8 God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. 9 Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. 10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

Ephesians 2:1-10

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

  • What are your observations of what Paul teaches us about our state before Christ? (v1-3)

  • What does Paul teach us about our IDENTITY and VALUE in vs. 4-10

  • How do (should) these truths change/shape your daily life?

  • What does it look like to grow in understanding of Gospel (personally and corporately)?


PRAYER FOCUS THIS WEEK: Ephesians 1:16-20

I have not stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly, 17 asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God. 18 I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance. 19 I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power 20 that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms

Spend some time praying this passage for yourself, family, and those in your Gospel Community

  • Thank God for His great love and Grace.

  • Pray for For Spiritual wisdom; to grow in understanding and embrace of Jesus and Gospel

  • Pray that your heart would be Flooded with light, to grow in confidence in faith, trust in Jesus

  • Pray that we would embrace the greatness of the Power we have in Jesus. Not just survival, but thriving and that The GOSPEL would shape who we are, how we live