WordServe Church Study Guide for May 10, 2015
- Sermon Title: “The Heart of Fruit Production” (Dr. Nolan Donald)
- Audio Link (check HERE on Sunday afternoon for the latest sermon)
- Sermon Scripture: Ephesians 4:17-24
- Additional Study Texts: Ephesians 4:17-5:4 and Romans 11:33-12:3
– Looking back on your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged, or confused you?
– Have you ever tried to start a new (good) behavior or stop a bad behavior? What worked? What didn’t work?
Read Ephesians 4:17-5:4 and Romans 11:33-12:3
– Use a study Bible or Commentary and describe what’s going on with the people Paul is writing to in Ephesus.
– Both passages refer to a “renewing of the mind.” Why does Paul think that needs to happen?
— How does that happen?
– Compare and contrast the old self and new self: what does each look like?
– Is the “new self” an end state, or a continual process? Elaborate:
– Paul says we should imitate God (Eph 5:1). Do you agree or disagree that this is possible? Explain your thoughts:
— Are there “wrong” ways to imitate God? Give examples:
— Are there “right” ways to imitate God? Give examples:
Taking It Home
– If Paul were writing to your neighborhood today, how would he describe old self and new self behaviors?
— What do you learn from this comparison between ancient Ephesus and us?
– Role-play or discuss this situation: Someone asks you how to put off the old self and put on the new self. In your own words:
— Explain why this is important.
— Explain how to put off the old self.
— Explain how to put on the new self.
– Challenge: See if you can work the idea of renewing the mind into a conversation this week. Report back to the group next week on how it went and what you learned!
- Take Off the Old, Put On the New, by Rick Warren
- Put Off, and Put On, by Ray Steadman
- 16 Bible Verses About the New Man in Christ, from bible.knowing-Jesus.com
Beth Moore takes a look at “My Old, Dead, Self.” Be sure to listen to the end of the segment to see how we attempt to play God!