This week we continue our series on The Mysteries of the Kingdom. We are humans and sometimes it can be difficult to wrap our heads around what is happening in the spiritual world. The fact is we are more spiritual than physical and sadly many Christians don't live with this as their primary worldview. We live horizontal lives mostly concerned with our physical wants, needs, and desires. The Bible says to “set our minds on things above.” Today we will look at what did Jesus mean when he said, “to you, it has been given to understand the mysteries of the Kingdom?
(The goal is to grow in our relationship with Christ and each other. It is ok if you don’t cover every question.)
1. Who is the best teacher you’ve ever had? What about the worst? Why?
2. What are some of the characteristics of a great teacher?
3. Why do you think so many people listened to the words of Jesus but then didn’t understand them?
4. Have a volunteer read Ephesians 5:22-33 - How would you define submission? Why does the word tend to stir up controversy?
5. What does true submission look like? What does it not look like?
6. How does the church submit to Christ? Wives, how might this help you submit to your husbands?
7. Pastor Craig mentions that in this great mystery every part has its own special part she gave several examples, prayer and intercession, evangelism, volunteering, hospitality, and teaching. What role can you play in the church today?
“Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.” Hebrews 10:23-25 NLT
When we won’t submit to God’s way we are saying, “No, I am going to stay in control, because my way is better. Both you and the body suffer as a result. Get in the right alignment. In this great mystery, each part is to do its own special part.
Thank God for graciously giving us His Word. Pray that God would give us eyes to see and ears to hear the glorious truth of the gospel. Pray that God’s Word would take deep root in our hearts such that it produces faithful obedience and visible fruit.