Family Devotional Guide - 10/2/22
This week’s Family Devotional Guide is based on our Scripture reading from Sunday, Ephesians 3:1-13, as well as the rest of Ephesians 3.
Scripture: Ephesians 3:1-6
Discussion: Paul begins this 3rd chapter of Ephesians by calling himself a “prisoner of Christ Jesus.” What does he mean by that? What does this tell us about his understanding of his calling as well as his life circumstances? Then, he moves on to mention the word “mystery” several times as it pertains to the gospel. What does he mean by “mystery” (see v. 6)? How would you explain what verse 6 teaches us?
Song: “Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery” by Matt Boswell, Matt Papa & Michael Bleecker
Scripture: Ephesians 3:7-13
Discussion: Paul again refers to his calling, focusing on being “a minister according to the gift of God’s grace.” What does this tell us about Paul’s understanding of his calling? Why is it important that he views himself as a prisoner as well as a minister (a calling he views as a gift from God)? Spend some time walking through verses 8-13. Focus especially on God’s salvation plan and how you would describe to someone else what Paul is teaching in these verses.
Song: “His Mercy Is More” by Matt Boswell & Matt Papa
Scripture: Ephesians 3:14-21
Discussion: Spend some time praying through this section of Scripture. You may wish to pray for an individual, yourself, a group, the church, etc. For example, you may wish to pray “Lord, strengthen my brother with your power so that Christ may dwell in his heart through faith” (cf. v. 17) or “Lord, help me to be rooted and grounded in love” (v. 17). As you’re praying those Scriptural prayer requests, the Lord may lead you to pray for specific things related to those requests.
Song: “Have Thine Own Way, Lord” by Adelaide A. Pollard & George C. Stebbins