Joyfully Helping Strangers Become Family
Chris Kainu | July 16, 2017
Discuss a few of these questions with your Life Group, then pray together.
- When have you experienced being an outsider who was kindly invited in by an insider? Who has treated you like family, even though they technically are not family?
- Read Ephesians 3:2-12. What is the special assignment that was given to Paul? How was this likely impacting the newly formed church of that era? Who was the main audience of this new work of God? How did Paul feel about getting his special assignment? Why?
- Read Ephesians 3:13. In Paul, we learn that joyful lives suffer so strangers can become family. How did Paul’s suffering benefit the Ephesians? How does Paul want them to feel about his persecutions and imprisonment? Why?
- Churchless folks tend to be see themselves as outsider to the church. How do you feel about spiritual outsiders? How often are you with them? How often to you pray for them? How often do invite them into your spiritual world? Describe the most common sacrifices you make so that they can become a part of God’s family by faith in Jesus?
- What are the biggest barriers for you when it comes to joyfully suffering so that spiritual outsiders can discover a new life in Jesus?
- Share one step of joyful suffering you can take this week to bring a spiritual outsider closer to understanding a life with Jesus.
- Pray for several folks around you who likely see themselves as spiritual outsiders. Pray about what they would experience if they put their faith in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.
This week, be sure you watch the Ephesians video teaching from The Bible Project.