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.

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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