Welcome to Day 8 in our Hope is Here Bible Study. Today’s post was written by Denis Johnson, the Worship and Teaching Pastor at The Father’s House, in Rochester, New York. Check out the entire Hope is Here message series at http://www.tfhny.org.
Day 8 – One Hope
No one wants to go to prison. The idea of being captured, confined, and trapped is usually a negative idea. Paul was experiencing this type of imprisonment in Rome when he wrote Ephesians 4. In addition to being a literal prisoner, he identified himself as a prisoner for the Lord in a positive way. For Paul, being a prisoner for the Lord determined how he was to live his life in relationship to other people. As we read the first few verses of Ephesians 4, think about the list of ways that Paul encourages us to live. Also, notice Paul emphasizing the spirit of unity once again.
READ – Ephesians 4:1-6
I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
REFLECT – Take a moment to answer the following questions in a journal or the notes app on your phone:
- Question 1: What does Paul say are the characteristics of a life that is worthy of the calling you have received?
- Question 2: Practically how can you make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit?
RESPOND – Pray that the Lord will teach you your role in pursuing unity. Pray for the unity of our church, and the body of Christ.
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