Sermon Discussion Questions—Ephesians 1:11-14 (God Always Keeps His Promises)

Past: What has God done in the past to secure our trust? Does Abraham’s story relate to us? How so?
Future: Why is it sometimes difficult to trust God with the future? Why can it seem easier to trust the promises of power, sex, success, or money? What are the ‘ends’ of either path?
Guarantee: What does the guarantee of the Spirit mean to us? What peace does being ‘sealed’ give to us?
Earthly vs. Spiritual: Have you ever been upset with God for withholding earthly blessing from you? What are the spiritual blessings promised here? What causes this tension between our desires for certain things and his promises of others?
God keeps his promises, past and future, and what he offers is far more satisfying.
CS Lewis from The Weight of Glory:
“It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”

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