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.