Why do some people find it a challenge to submit to governing authorities? How does Christian beliefs—either yours or the governing authority’s—help or hinder this desire to submit?
Do you act as if you believe that God has instituted those in authority? In what ways?
How does loving others fulfill the law?
How well do you accept the weak? The strong? Why is this the case?
How might some be guilty of causing others to stumble?
What specific action might be considered “bearing with the weak?” In what ways do you act like this?
What has Christ accomplished through you to win others to him?
Why do you think Paul wrote this list of names to conclude this letter?
Verses 3-14 are one sentence in the original Greek. Summarize this “sentence” in your own words.
How has your life changed by being adopted as a child of God?
Who do you remember in prayers of thanksgiving and why? Have you told them this lately?
What does it mean for you faith that Christ is the head of the church?
Prayer for the week: “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.” (Ephesians 1.18-21, NIV)
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