Next Steps in Godly Character, Jan. 19-25


Don’t live any longer in a worldly way

Futile thinking

Dark perspectives, blind

Dead, estranged from God

Ignorant by choice

Hard, calloused

Sensual, impure




Live in Christ’s true way

Put off the old person

Corrupted by deceitful desires

Put on the new person

Renewed in your mind

Re-created to be like God


Group Discussion Questions

  1. If you watch any kind of sports, what is your favorite sports uniform and why? What is the importance of a uniform?
  2. Review and list Paul’s seven-fold description of living as the Gentiles (pagans) do. How do these seem to relate to each other? What are some logical connections?
  3. How have you seen these characteristics in your former life before trusting in Christ? How do you see them in our society today?
  4. Which of these characteristics are you most tempted to fall back into?
  5. How can we practically “put off” the old person? What are some practical actions we could take?
  6. Part of putting on the new person involves the renewal of our minds so they are not darkened or ignorant. What practical steps could we take to renew our minds in accordance with the truth in Jesus?
  7. What is your next step to mature in Jesus Christ so that you are making progress toward Christlikeness? [Consider the four core practices of a Christ follower: engage God individually, connect in a group, worship in a gathering, and impact others.]


Family Discussion Questions

  1. How would you describe grace? How has it been extended to you?
  2. What is an apostle? A prophet? An evangelist? A pastor? A teacher? See page 26 of our Study Guide for some helpful definitions.
  3. Why does Christ give these people special gifts (Ephesians 4:11-12)?
  4. Who has helped teach and guide you in your knowledge of Jesus? What are some of the ways they help you do that? Who are you teaching about Jesus?
  5. What does becoming mature mean (verse 15)? What are some of the things you are doing to become more like Jesus?
  6. Why do you think it’s important that we have different gifts and abilities? How are our gifts and abilities like the human body? What part of the body is Jesus described as? Why do you think he is the head?
  7. What special gifts and abilities has Christ given you to help others come to know Jesus and grow in his likeness?
  8. Fun activity: If you could be any part of the body, what would it be? Have the whole family describe what part of the body they’d be and draw a picture of what your family looks like with just these body parts joined together.


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