GCG Questions for Sermon on 07/29

This week Russell discussed the role of community is the context of biblical counseling. Eph 4:11-16 will serve as the primary text.

1. Are there any cultural or background issues that are important in understanding the listed passages?
2. What key word(s)/phrase(s) really stand(s) out to you in these/this passage(s) of scripture? Why are/is they/it important?
3. Compare the listed passage with at least 3 other Bible versions (NIV, ESV, NASB, NKJV, Ect.) What similarities/differences do you observe? Share with your group.
4. Are there any verbs, commands, prepositions, or conjunctions, that seemed to stand out (if any)? What? Why? Share.
5. Read through at least 2 commentaries on the listed passage and share what your learned with your group. Here are some free online resources. (http://net.bible.org) (http://www.blueletterbible.org/) (http://biblia.com)
6. Have you recently been viewing your Christian faith through the lens of community? Or do you tend to see your faith as individualistic? Why or why not?
7. Why do you think community is such a foreign concept for westerners? If it is so good for us (both science and scripture confirm this) then why do we go to such great lengths to avoid it?
8. Have you been living out the truthing in love commandment? Why or why not. Share.

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