DNA Guide: Ephesians 1:15-23

DNA Guide: Ephesians 1:15-23

In Ephesians 1:15-23, Paul continues his exhortation and blessing to the people of the church in Ephesus. But now, he’s talking about why he prays and how he prays for this church. Hint: it’s in light of power of Christ. The fact that Jesus was raised to life and seated at the right hand of God, is his motivation for everything. This is also one of those passages where you find the greek word, soma, or body.

DNA Guide: Ephesians 1:1-14

DNA Guide: Ephesians 1:1-14

The opening lines of Ephesians bring us into a pre-existing relationship between the Apostle Paul and the church he helped start. Furthermore, it begins with a poem about the glory and majesty of God the Father and his remarkable work in Jesus. Later in this letter Paul describes this grace as a mystery for himself but also for every believer. And it is just that. It’s a profound and beautiful mystery of God’s incredible grace to bless us and adopt us into his family.

Proverbs in DNA: Rest

This guide was created to facilitate a DNA group's dive into our sermon series on Proverbs.

Discover 

Reading the Scriptures and Discovering Truths about God and His World.

Read: Genesis 1, Exodus 20:8-11, Proverbs 13:25, Proverbs 30:15-16, Proverbs 19:23,  Matthew 11:28-30

Q: What does this tell us about God and His Character?

 

Q: What does this tell us about what God does, and what he’s done? 

 

Q: What does this tell us about who we are? 

 

Q: What does this say about how we are called to live?

 

NURTURE

Turning inward toward our own heart and beliefs. We’ve already discussed our striving, chaos, and busyness. We might “know” the things we’ve discussed, but we often doubt them in our hearts.

Q: What are of your life do you hear a voice saying: This isn’t enough? Where do you struggle with contentment, why do you think that is?

 

Q: Why is it hard for you to rest, and what does that say about your trust (or fear of or knowing of) God? 

 

Speak the truth in love to one another. Spend a few minutes describing how great and glorious God is amidst our fears, anxieties, and even greed. Consider reading Matthew 11:28-30 as an invitation to repentance and faith from Jesus.

ACT

Lastly, we want to discuss how we will walk in obedience and live the wisdom we’re learning in everyday life and in community.

Q: If we were experiencing a satisfied rest, what impact would that have on our culture? 

 

Q: How would our rest change our community interactions and our relationships with others?

 

Q: What would taking a sabbath look like? What would you “rest” from? How would you remember God’s work? How would you enjoy God’s work through recreation? 

 

For help, consider making plans together for a sabbath using the these guides for either a time of silence and solitude or an entire sabbath day:

Proverbs in DNA: Work

This guide was created to facilitate a DNA group's dive into our sermon series on Proverbs.

DISCOVER

Reading the Scriptures and Discovering Truths about God and His World

Read: Genesis 1, 3, Proverbs 6:6-11, Proverbs 26:13-16, Proverbs 9:1-6, 1 Corinthians 1:20-25

Q: What does this tell us about God and His Character?


Q: What does this tell us about what God does, and what he’s done? Q: What does this tell us about who we are?


Q: What does this say about how we are called to live?

NURTURE

Turning inward toward our own heart and beliefs. We’ve already discussed our striving, chaos, and busyness. We might “know” the things we’ve discussed, but we often doubt them in our hearts.

Q: What does your daily attitudes, emotions, or responses to work currently demonstrate who you believe Jesus to be and to have done for you?

Q: Why is it hard to trust (or fear and know) God within our careers, our art, and our daily responsibilities?

Speak the truth in love to one another. Spend a few minutes describing how great and glorious God is amidst our fears, anxieties, and even greed. How does God’s kindness and goodness lead us to repentance? Consider reading Psalm 104:24 as a way to engage this time: “How countless are Your works, Lord! In wisdom You have made them all; the earth is full of Your creatures.”

ACT

Lastly, we want to discuss how we will walk in obedience and live the wisdom we’re learning in everyday life and in community.

Q: If we were wise with our work, what impact would that have on our neighborhood, town, or city? How would that change our community?

Q: What is the Spirit calling you to step into and walk in wisdom? How will you walk in fearing the LORD and Knowing the Holy One?