To The Saints

Ephesians 1:1-2    Sermon Resources     16 January 2022

Sermon Summary

Pastor Billy kicks off a new sermon series this Sunday on Paul’s letter to the Ephesians.  In this first sermon we will examine Paul’s opening greeting (Ephesians 1:1-2) to the “saints who are in Ephesus.”  We will consider 5 characteristics of what it means to be a saint:

-1- Being a saint means we have an IDENTITY.

-2- Being a saint means we are DIFFERENT.

-3- Being a saint means we have a place to BELONG.

-4- Being a saint means we have a PURPOSE.

-5- Being a saint means we will face OPPOSITION.



Sermon Discussion Questions

  1. What do we learn about the author of this letter? Compare what is written in verse 1 with what you know from elsewhere in the Bible about Paul.
  2. What do we learn about the recipients of this letter? Share any background information you know about the Ephesians (c.f. Acts 19-20).
  3. Why do you think Paul refers to the Ephesians as saints? What might he have wanted the Ephesians to grasp about themselves or each other?
  4. What is the connection between being “in Christ Jesus” and being a saint?
  5. What keeps us from thinking of ourselves as saints?
  6. Recall the 5 characteristics of saints that Pastor Billy shared in the sermon. Which is most relevant for you?  What would it look like for you to more fully “own” this characteristic?  What obstacles stand in your way?
  7. What encouragement should we take from the greeting in verse 2?
  8. What is one thing you would like to do as a result of studying this passage?

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