Ephesians 2:14-22 and/or 4:11-16 (A sermon starter for each passage is provided)
Doing your part might be compared to each a piece of the puzzle. Like to do puzzles? Favorite types of puzzles? When or where you tend to do puzzles? Frustration of missing pieces.
Sometimes doing our part is connected to relational unity (as is emphasized in 2:14-18), other times it is more connected to the functional contribution (the “works of service” – 4:12). God desires both – some of us tend to be more relational, others more task-oriented.
“reconcile” (16) is a strong term (apokatallasso) meaning turning from hostility to friendship. The double prepositions (apo, kata) emphasize the totality of this reconciliation. The concept of “peace”- used repeatedly in this passage (14, 15, 17) – brings to mind Christ’s beatitude “blessed are the peacemakers” (Matthew 5:9) and Paul’s call for peace (Romans 12:18)
Paul was writing to believers to help them grow, and their church to mature.
Base your final challenge on the passage and sermon starter that you selected – the first might be a commitment to do something to build relationships, the second something to serve.
Use the guide for either personal devotions or group discussion.
© Wayne Schmidt