Let's Talk About God's Love

by Brent Lamberth

Every week you’ll find different types of posts here on the ABS blog. Today’s post is for teachers, to encourage conversation and reflection in your Bible study group. Each “Let’s Talk About” activity can be used at any time during your meeting and lasts approximately 10-15 minutes.

Today, let's talk about...

HOW DEEP AND WIDE?

 

Ephesians 3:14-21

This is why I kneel before the Father. 15 Every ethnic group in heaven or on earth is recognized by him. 16 I ask that he will strengthen you in your inner selves from the riches of his glory through the Spirit. 17 I ask that Christ will live in your hearts through faith. As a result of having strong roots in love, 18 I ask that you’ll have the power to grasp love’s width and length, height and depth, together with all believers. 19 I ask that you’ll know the love of Christ that is beyond knowledge so that you will be filled entirely with the fullness of God.

20 Glory to God, who is able to do far beyond all that we could ask or imagine by his power at work within us; 21 glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus for all generations, forever and always. Amen.

Key Verse:

I ask that Christ will live in your hearts through faith. As a result of having strong roots in love, I ask that you’ll have the power to grasp love’s width and length, height and depth, together with all believers. —Ephesians 3:17-18

 

Commentary:

During the time in history when Paul wrote his letters, Christians were facing great hardship. Widespread famine and Roman persecution threatened the life of the young church. Still, with so many physical and tangible needs evident, Paul continuously chose to pray that Christians would know God better. He knew that, while other prayer requests were certainly worthy of sharing with God, the most important and lasting gift that can be offered is a knowledge of God. Although God sometimes says no to changing our circumstances, God will always say yes to giving us what we truly need in such moments.

 

Questions to discuss:

Why do you think knowledge of God is a great gift? Explain.

In what ways have you drawn closer to God during times of hardship?

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