The Real You – Sermon Series on Ephesians – Discussion Guide Week 5

Sermon Discussion Time

  • What was one of the hardest decisions you ever had to make? What made this decision so difficult?

Read Ephesians 4:17-19

  • Our days are full of opportunities to make decisions that follow what Jesus has for us or to follow what the world says. When you hear this passage, what instances in your life come to mind when you think about the decisions that are in front of you on a daily basis, at work, at home, in your private time?
  • Read Ephesians 4:20-24
  • In these verses Paul makes the connection that the better we know Jesus, the more time we spend getting to know him and learn his heart, then we will be better able to make these good decisions.
    • Looking at our own relationship with God, in what ways do we try to get to know him better?
    • Looking at your relationship with God today, do you feel that you know him well enough that you can let him help you make those tough decisions that you face?
  • When you hear the words “Put on your new nature, created to be like God – truly righteous and holy.” What is your reaction? Is this reassuring or does it seem unattainable? Why?

Read Ephesians 4:25-32

  • In these verses, Paul lays out some of the practical decisions that we encounter every day, ways to choose the path that honors Jesus or leads us astray. Choosing a scenario from these verses that reflects a choice in your own life, share with the group ways you think your life would change if you made the choice that reflects your identity as a child of God. What would it look like for you to make this choice this week?

Going Deeper

  • Share an experience with your group a decision you’re facing in your life right now that may have big implications for your future, your relationships, your work, your ministry. Is this a difficult decision to make?
    • Gather around one another in prayer, asking God to give you wisdom for the decisions that lie ahead. Check in with one another next week to see how you can continue to pray for and support each other.