Following Jesus: Common Rule
May 30, 2021 - “Put on the New Man” (Ephesians 4:17-24)
Eat Together (30 min) Please practice current safety measures if gathering in-person, seeking to enjoy the devotion of sharing a meal. Consider how to safely eat together (try to have each family bring food for their household, etc.).
Worship & Prayer (20 min) “Worship is the acknowledgment of, agreement with, and yielding to lordship, wholeheartedly offering attention and affection to ascribe worth.”
Choose any combination of the following engagements to fill your shared time of worship:
- Follow this LINK for this week’s Worship Resource
- YouTube Playlist - Includes one song for communal singing and one instrumental song for contemplation/meditation.
- Psalm 54 NIV
- Lectio Divina Instructions
Give (2 min) We are going to pause to consider how we will give this week. For those that call Navah home, this is a time for you to give right now or review your giving to all God does in and through Navah. During this time, also listen and ask the Spirit if there is a need/person He wants you to bless. Let’s wait in silence for 2 minutes now. Give Online.
- Watch the video announcements here with your Home Church!
Kids (time varies) Consider how you integrate these kids’ resources from Navah Kids. Each home church will do this differently depending on the number and age of the children participating. Remember to include your kids as much as possible and have fun! You can access the resource HERE.
Care (20 min)
- Hi/Lo or Good News Stories
- Invite each person to share a brief Hi/Lo (gratitude and prayer need)
- Consider having the next person who shares, pray a short blessing over the previous person who has shared.
Commentary and DBS Questions - Ephesians 4:17-24
There is much to be discovered in the book of Ephesians: our identity in Jesus, the deep work of grace in our lives by faith, the making of peace through the blood of Jesus, the revelation of God’s wisdom through the Church, ministry of the Church, the way of Jesus in family, and finishing with protection against the Enemy in the world. Many agree that this is one of the richest letters of Paul to the churches, both highlighting the eternal purposes of the Gospel and the plans of God to work it out in and through His people.
Much of this letter is Paul’s prayer unto teaching. He tells the Ephesians of his activity in prayer for them. He has been praying the eyes of their understanding would be opened to what the Father has accomplished in Jesus, and He ends chapter 3 with prayer they would again receive an appreciation and depth of joy and awe at the Truth, in turn yielding themselves to God again to be strengthened in their inner man.
Paul spends the rest of the book showing the church that the life of the inner man would have an external working. Our new life in Christ looks like Christ. When the believers received power by the Holy Spirit on Pentecost, they received it to be a witness to Jesus. Paul says we continue in the new, with the Spirit, by putting off the old; laying down old habits, thought patterns, opinions, behaviors, and receiving the new way of God, as they had learned from Paul and others.
Jesus is the example of the new way. He gave us the pattern of His life and His very Spirit to bring about this “new man”, this new way of being in this world. By living as the new man, we bear witness to Jesus Himself to a world that desperately needs Him. It’s all grace, and without Him we can do nothing. Yet through our lives the world can know Him, and by His grace, choose Him.
Discussion and Additional questions
- Before getting too far into the discussion and learning today, watch this video from the Bible Project. It is an incredible overview of the book of Ephesians and may aid in the conversation around the scriptures.
- What has been new for you, or fresh, during this time of reading Ephesians?
- What has been challenging in the scripture?
DBS and Additional Questions
- What do we learn about God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit)?
- What do we learn about people?
- Is there something, in this past year, that the Lord has pruned off of you? Where, in this last season, can we testify to Spirit’s work in us? How have you “put off the old and put on the new”?
- Where has the Lord made you sensitive to Him in the past year? Is there an area He is inviting you into repentance; laying down old patterns and receiving the new
- Where do we go to learn this new way? How are we experiencing this in our daily lives?
Prayer and Application
- Prayer for each other: Take some time to prayerfully respond to what each other has shared, praying for Spirit’s help in areas of growth.
- Prayer of Memorial - As we celebrate memorial day tomorrow, let’s pause and thank the Lord for those that have served this country, and given their lives in that service. Let us also pause in prayer for those that have given their lives for the Gospel.
- Prayer as a family: Lord, how do we live wisely and well from these scriptures today? Holy Spirit, how can these words become flesh, a living theology, in my daily life? Help me Lord to love, learn, and live the good news of Jesus today. Amen. (Psalm 90:12, the Message)
Communion (10 min)
- Read short passage - 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
- Lead them in receiving the elements
- Consider singing or reciting the doxology together (acapella)
- Finish with the Lord’s prayer