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:

Ephesians 2:11-13 – Jesus reconciles all people to God

Ephesians 2:14-18 – Jesus reconciles all people to each other

Ephesians 2:19-22 – Reconciled together we form God’s dwelling place on earth

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

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

The Gentiles were far off from God, but he brought them near through the blood of Jesus. Who are you praying for to come to know Christ that is far off from God? Where do you draw encouragement from to keep seeking their salvation?

God’s Spirit dwells not just in each believer individually, but in the community gathered together. Have you grown comfortable with your same group of friends in the church? When was the last time you started a new friendship? Maybe there are people in the church who need a friend that you could connect with.

Becoming Jesus’s disciple means being willing to admit you’re not alright and you need his change in your life. How does that idea impact your relationships with other people? Is there someone in your life you need to reconcile with by admitting your own need for change?

Is there someone that you’ve given up as a lost cause to come to Christ? How can you take another step this week to engage them in a spiritual conversation or grow that friendship?

Is there a relationship in your life that is on the rocks? Where is the Holy Spirit challenging you to admit your own fault and seek change and reconciliation?

Make a plan to connect with someone new in church this week!