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“The Heart of Fruit Production” – audio sermon and study guide

07 May

Wordserve Logo_COLORWordServe Church Study Guide for May 10, 2015

 

Getting Started

– 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?

Digging Deeper

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!

Extras

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!

 

 

 

 

 

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