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Sunday, May 24, 2020
Praying for the Church , Ephesians 1:15–18
Rev. Ethan S. Mullis
What is it about the phrase, "Thoughts and prayers" that rubs people the wrong way? Why might we be frustrated with our prayer life if we only pray for the removal of suffering? Why might Paul focus his prayers on spiritual confidence and not on the removal of suffering in the lives of the Ephesians? (Consider Matthew 16:24)
What is the "fuel" for Paul’s prayers? What are the two hallmarks of genuine Christianity? Explain the phrase "eschatological urgency" in your own words. How does this change our priority in how we interact with people around us?
What are Paul’s three petitions found in vv. 17–18? Why is knowing God so important? What are the different ways we can know something or someone? How would you explain John 17:3 to a new Christian?
Paul want us to "know what is the hope to which he has called you." How does Ephesians 2:12–16 help us understand the difference between hopelessness and hope?
What are the two ways we can understand the phrase, "what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints?" How do these truths give us both assurance and dignity?