DNA Guide: Ephesians 3:1-13

These guides are designed to help DNA groups engage the Scriptures from the sermon on Sunday and deepen conversations and growth around the gospel. If you missed this sermon, you can listen here as a primer for your DNA time.


In Ephesians 3:1-13, Paul wraps up the first half of his letter which is all about the power gospel. While chapter two highlighted the power of the gospel, chapter three talks about the purpose of the gospel: that what God has done in you (Ephesians 2), God wants to also do through you (Ephesians 3:1-13). The good news isn’t just for us, it’s for the world.


Read Ephesians 3:1-13 out loud

What does this passage say about the God and what he’s done?

What do these verses tell us about Paul, how he viewed himself and his work?

What do these verses tell us about who we are as the Church and how we ought to live?

How would you say this passage in your own words?


In this passage, Paul talks about the privilege and honor it is to make the mystery of the gospel known to people who are far off.

Does it feel the same for you? Can you relate? What keeps you from feeling that?

  • Comfort?

  • Security?

  • Significance?

  • Pain?

How does the gospel that Paul describes here address your hesitations/concerns?


Verses 7-13, Paul talks about the role of the church, encouraging them to be bold, confident, and persistent to make the manifold wisdom of God—the gospel—known to the world

How can you and your community embrace this calling and encouragement? How can you be bold in making the grace of God known. How can the message of Ephesians be for your friends as well as for you?


Spend time praying for each other as you reflect on this passage and your own lives