Source of Strength

When the Spirit of Christ takes up residence in our lives He redecorates our souls with His holy character. And He fills our hearts with more and more of His love. It is difficult to comprehend how much Christ loves each one of us.

In Ephesians 3:14-21, Paul prays for the believers in Ephesus. He asks God to help them comprehend the breadth and length and height and depth of Christ’s love, and they would be filled with all the fullness of God.

May God give us strength through His Spirit to know and experience the love of Christ

The source of our strength(Eph. 3:14-16)
The location of our strength (Eph. 3:16-17)
The goal of our strength (Eph. 3:18-19)
The result of our strength (Eph. 3:20-21)

MAIN IDEA:  God strengthens believers by His Spirit, in order to comprehend the love of Christ, to the praise of His glory.  

CONNECTING

What one thing spoke to your heart the most from the Word of God in these Scriptures?

What are some of the things we pray for strength to accomplish? What does Paul display in his prayer for spiritual strength?

UNDERSTANDING:

Read Ephesians 3:14-16 – What is the source of strength for believers, according to Paul? What is he talking about when he mentions ‘the riches of his glory’?

Read Ephesians 3:16-17 – What does Paul mean when he mentions ‘inner being?’ What does the inner strength of the Holy Spirit produce in the believer? What is the important link between the indwelling of Christ and the Holy Spirit?

Read Ephesians 3:18-19 – What is the goal of the strength Paul prays for? How can we know something that is ‘beyond knowledge? Also, how do Christians often misinterpret the reason for the strength that God gives. Example: How is Philippians 4:13 often misunderstood?

LIVING:

Paul displays robust Theology in his prayer, and also gives us a great ongoing prayer request. How might daily prayers for strength to comprehend Christ’s love make a difference in our lives?

Read Ephesians 3:20-21 – This verse, in context, is about God’s ability to grant the previous prayer request. How does strength to comprehend Christ’s love enable us to grow in Christlikeness?

What are ways in which you can grow in your understanding of Christ’s love? Why is this the core of all our strength as believers?

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