October 30, 2016- Sermon: “I believe in the holy catholic Church” (Jeremy Spainhour)
Text: Ephesians 4:1-16
Discussion Questions: Be sure to discuss questions from both categories (Growing Deep & Branching Out). Skip some ‘Growing Deep’ questions if you are short on time. Click here for more info about the purpose behind the questions.
- In the sermon text (Eph. 4:1-16), Paul writes about a way of walking, working, and speaking toward the same ultimate end: Church unity in Christ. This, at bottom, is a vision of the Church as a community that speaks and acts differently toward one another, working together toward becoming a loving people. What can you identify as a unique relational difference you have with brothers and sisters in Christ, if any? What areas do you think First Alliance could work on to become more relationally invested in one another?
- Paul says that Church leaders are given to the Church to “equip the saints for the work of ministry, for the building up of the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God” (Eph. 4:12). How is your participation in the life of First Alliance helping you to be equipped toward this end? What could you do, or what could the leadership at FAC do, to help equip you toward that end? (If you have any ideas in response to the latter question, send them to firstname.lastname@example.org!).
- Paul speaks of the need for unity in Christ as a way of not being “tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning by craftiness in deceitful schemes.” What would you identify as the ‘winds of doctrine…’, etc., that comes to various media outlets, advertising, radio, and so on. What would it look like to have a distinctly Christian voice of “speaking the truth in love” to our culture?
- I remembering reading once (don’t remember where) that media does not determine what we think, but it does determine what we think about. How could the Church resist the categories and conversations constantly feeding shaping what our culture thinks about with the Gospel through various avenues (from interpersonal communication to social networks) of within the various spheres of society (economics, education, the arts, government, etc.)?