Word Studies for the Week of August 19, 2018

August 19 ● Our Life in Christ: Seizing the Day ● Ephesians 5:6-20

What is the state of your life of faith these days? How successful have you been in walking in the light of Jesus Christ? Have you at times felt as if passing through a dark valley? Or, has it been good lately? Explain.

Ephesians 5:15 recommends we live as wise people because of the time. What are some of the characteristics of wise people that you can identify? (For starters see Psalms 110:10, Proverbs 15:33, Isaiah 33:6)

What reason does Paul give for “making the most of the times” (Ephesians 5:16)? What might he mean by this? What would propel this sense of urgency? (Look to the text first)

How do you go about finding out what the will of the Lord for your life actually is?

How is worship central to living a life of purpose according to Ephesians 5:15-20?

Ephesians 5:21 introduces how families should relate to each other. Read over these words carefully and slowly. How well do you do this? Is there danger in taking this too seriously?

What discipleship tools (worship, prayer, bible, service, giving, witness) might help you better manage conflict at home, work and daily life?

Explain why or why not you may agree with this statement: Ephesians 5:21 is just another way to say the great commandment, to love God and neighbor as one loves one’s self.

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