Jun 21, 2020 | Categories: Sublime.

SUBLIME: Ephesians – Week 9 | Ryan Falls

Ephesians 2:11-17: There is a problem, there is a peace.

I. Problem

a. Collective Memory

i. Do we realize just how much it shapes us?
ii. How willing are we to take ownership?

b. Lonely

i. This is a universal problem
ii. Power structures reinforcing isolation – Spheres of influence theology in Ephesians

c. Hatred

i. Idolatry
ii. Fear
iii. “Power”

II. Personalization

a. Listen

b. Learn

c. Love

d. Paul’s story (Acts 21, Ephesians 3:1, Phil 3)

III. Peace

a. Justification is gone

b. Justice has come

c. The time is now

Discussion Questions:

  • How did your upbringing shape you for good and bad in relationship to the issues this text talks about? What was broken? What was good?
  • Why are humans truly lonely? What does your loneliness tell you about yourself? What does it teach you about others? Why is loneliness first and foremost a theological problem?
  • How are hatred and power related? Hatred and fear?
  • What do the words listen, learn, and love look like in your life right now?
  • Jesus is our peace. What does that mean? What does it look like in the life of a Christian?
  • Why is it so easy to have the right ideas, but no action? Given our current cultural moment, what is it the time for you to do?