For this study, we’ll be discussing 4 short sets of scriptures which, when the dots are connected, draw a picture of dueling perspectives. The first passage for everyone to read is Ephesians 4:17-24, and the questions to discuss from it are as follows:
1. What is “futile” or “vain” about the thinking of the Gentiles?
2. How are their hearts hardened? What does this mean, and what is the ignorance that is in them?
3. What is the end result of this futile thinking and hardening of the heart?
4. To what is Paul referring when he speaks of “the truth that is in Jesus”?
5. Give examples of deceitful desires and how they can corrupt.
The remaining set is 2 Corinthians 12:1-6, Philippians 3:7-12 and Ephesians 3:16-21.
How might the experience Paul recorded in 2 Cor. 12 have informed his sentiments expressed in Ph. 3:7-12 and Eph. 3:16-21?
Putting it all together now, think about what your individual goals are. What do you desire from the life that lies before you? How should these Scriptures govern your way of life, and your expectations for it?
I look forward to the discussion!