March 8, 2020

Prisoners of War

Series: In Heaven And On Earth Topic: Suffering Scripture: Ephesians 3:1–7

Community Group Questions:

Engage Yourself:

  • What has been most challenging throughout our time in Ephesians so far? Be specific and try to be vulnerable.
  • Has your service to Christ felt more like a burden or a “gift of God’s grace”? Explain and be honest with one another and allow your community group to speak into the times where it felt more like a burden.

Engage the Text:

  • The term “mystery” shows up in 3:3, 4. Where else does this term appear in Ephesians, and what do you think might be the significance of this term?
  • In v. 1 Paul refers to himself as a prisoner for Christ. What about this statement is jarring, and why do you think that is the case?

Engage your Neighbor:

  • In v. 1 Paul says that his imprisonment is “on behalf of you Gentiles”, and in v. 7 he says that he is a “minister according to God’s grace”. How does he view his role in the church, and how might this influence our own understanding of mission?
  • On whose behalf do you think Christ has you imprisoned for, and what are some concrete steps you are taking toward that person or group? This is a question for you individually and for your community group.

other sermons in this series

Mar 1


Dividing Walls and the Temple of God

Scripture: Ephesians 2:11–22 Series: In Heaven And On Earth

Feb 23


A Path for the Age to Come

Scripture: Ephesians 2:1–10 Series: In Heaven And On Earth

Feb 16


Show Them Who You Are

Scripture: Ephesians 1:15–22 Series: In Heaven And On Earth