HOW DID YOU SEE GOD THIS WEEK AS YOU FOLLOWED HIM?

WHAT DID GOD SAY IN HIS WORD?

Opening Question:

Have you ever wanted something so badly that it put you in conflict with someone else? How did that go?

The church in Ephesus experienced conflict too, and Paul taught them how do deal with their desires in our passage from Sunday. Let’s read the passage again:

2b Teach and urge these things. 3 If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, 4 he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions, 5 and constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain. 6 But godliness with contentment is great gain, 7 for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. 8 But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. 9 But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.

Reflect Together:

Paul says that the controversies and quarrels of the false teachers in Ephesus spring from “imagining that godliness is a means of gain” (6:5). What does it mean to imagine that godliness is a means of gain? Have you ever seen someone try to use godliness that way? Have you ever done that?

Instead, Paul says that “godliness with contentment is great gain”. Do you understand what Paul means here? In what way is “godliness with contentment” great gain?

WHAT DID GOD SAY TO ME THROUGH HIS WORD?

How have you seen your own desires contribute to the dissension around us?

How does looking at Jesus reorder our doctrine and desires?

WHAT DOES GOD WANT ME TO DO ABOUT IT?

As God reveals ways that your desires or doctrine may be out of order, confess that to God in prayer, and ask him to help you rest in the great gain he has already given you in Jesus.

Is there anyone you have hurt through quarrels and controversy as you’ve struggled with these desires? Make a plan to say you are sorry and ask their forgiveness.