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?

11 Therefore remember that at one time you Gentiles in the flesh, called “the uncircumcision” by what is called the circumcision, which is made in the flesh by hands–12 remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.

13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14 For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility 15 by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, 16 and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. 17 And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father.

19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. 22 In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.

Recall from Sunday:

What did Jesus accomplish on the cross? Most Christians would say that he paid the penalty for our sins and that he reconciled us to God. That’s certainly true, but is that all he accomplished? According to Paul in Ephesians, there is another dimension to the cross that most of us overlook. Through Jesus’ death we are not only reconciled to God, we are also reconciled to one another.

Reflect: What sticks out to you personally from the passage?

What impacted you on a personal level from Sunday’s sermon?

What did Jesus accomplish on the cross? As a group, try searching Ephesians 2:11-22 and make a list of all the things Jesus’s death accomplished. Shoot for at least 5 (see below for ideas if you get stuck). Which of these are you most grateful for today? Which one connects most deeply with the needs of your friends who don’t know Jesus?

 Jesus’s death still has the power to break down dividing walls of hostility. Has your faith in Jesus ever led you to end a feud or grudge and restore a relationship with someone? How did that work?

He broke down hostility (v13, 15), made Jews and Gentiles one (v14, 15), abolished the law of commandments (v15), reconciled us to God (v16), granted access to God the Father (v18), made Gentiles fellow citizens/saints/members of God’s household (v19), gave us hope (v12)

The inclusion of the Gentiles was startling and unexpected for many religious Jews as the church spread. Who in your life is the farthest from God, and seems least likely to respond to the Gospel? Pray together as a group for God to soften their heart and provide opportunities to have a spiritual conversation with this person this week.

Maybe it is time to give up the grudge. Where does Jesus need to “kill the hostility” between you and someone else today? Pray together for the Spirit to give you the mercy to forgive.