Connect Group Guide

During this time, we want to be wise as a church about how we gather and who we gather with. We believe this is the best way to honor God, our leaders, and love our neighbors. The CDC has advised to cancel all gatherings of 10 for the time being so we will not be able to physically gather together on Sunday or in groups. However, we want to encourage you to participate in some form of community. This may look different for everyone. For some, it will be just a family gathering. For others, it can be family, roommates, close friends, and neighbors. However it looks for you, we want to encourage you to be smart in your specific situation. We also want you to be equipped. Here is a guide to help you lead this time.

Ephesians 5

Summary: In Ephesians, Paul writes a letter that begins with a theological foundation that sets up how that theology should teach us to live practically.   

Major Points: 

  1. The meaning of marriage. We see that the meaning of marriage is to glorify God and not ourselves. To represent Christ’s love for us, not to benefit our selfish habits.
  2. The model of marriage. We see how the primary objective was for Christ to serve us and that is the model for spouses- to serve one another unconditionally. 
  3. The motivation of marriage. We see God’s motivation for marriage is to be a tool used for His kingdom. If we don’t use our marriage in God’s design we won’t reach the potential God has for us.
  4. The message of marriage. The message of marriage is for unbelievers to see the Gospel through us!

Question Bank: 

  1. How has your week been spiritually? What has God been teaching you this week?

  2. What sins are you struggling with that you need to confess?

  3. Is how you serve your wife a reflection of what Christ has done for us? 

  4. What does it look like for husbands to wash their wives with the Word? 

  5. How can you specifically use your marriage for God’s kingdom? 

  6. Why do you think it is so easy for us to get selfish in our marriages? 

  7. Why is it important to know God’s design for marriage, and not let culture try to tell us that?