How did we see God move this week as we tried to live out the Spirit’s leading? What challenges did we encounter? What victories can we celebrate?

Ephesians 1:15-23 (ESV)

15 For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, 16 I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, 18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints,

19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might 20 that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.

22 And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.

Recall from Sunday:

Ephesians 1:15-18 – Jesus offers hope to unite heaven and earth

Ephesians 1:19-21 – Jesus offers power for change

Ephesians 1:22-23 – Jesus offers hope and power for change in every facet of our lives

Reflect: consider watching The Bible Project’s video on Heaven and Earth on YouTube if you have access to a screen everyone can see. Or invite your group to watch ahead of time.

Have you thought about God’s plan of redemption in terms of reuniting heaven and earth before? How is this different from how you normally envision it?

If God’s plan of redemption involves reuniting all of heaven and earth, then that includes our homes, schools, work, and government. Is there part of your life where you feel God is particularly absent? Is there a part of your life where God doesn’t play much of a role?

Is there a problem in your life where you have given up hope? Paul describes Jesus’s power as so great that it can conquer death and rule over any power. How can you remind yourself of Jesus’s power for change as you face that problem?

Jesus’s authority is expressed through the church—through us! Rather than just asking God to miraculously step in and fix our situations, have you asked God what he wants to do about it through you? Where might God be asking you to be the agent of change in your workplace, your home, or your town?

If there are parts of your lives you tend to operate without God, it’s time to invite him in. Consider how God can become a bigger part of your workplace, your school, or your home.

If you’ve given up hope, it’s time to reflect on the power of Jesus. Even after hope was gone and Jesus was dead, God raised him back to life. Discern with your group how you can let that truth sink down into your heart.