The Dearest Place on Earth

Ephesians 2:14-22   |   Sermon Resources   |   3 April 2022


In the sermon this week Pastor Billy reflects on what it means for the church to be the “dearest place on earth.”  We will explore 3 portraits Paul uses to describe the church and consider what that should mean for us.


Discussion Questions

  1. Where is your “happy place”? Where do you go in person or in your mind that stirs up feelings of home, delight, and belonging?
  2. How can we make the church our “happy place”? What potential obstacles stand in the way?
  3. Of all the “portraits” of the church presented in this passage which do you find most compelling? How so?
  4. Based on what Paul says about who the church is, what are the implications for how conflict should be handled within the church?
  5. In the sermon Pastor Billy suggested 3 ways we should respond to what Paul says about the church: (1) We should love the church. (2) We should belong to the church.  (3) We should support the church.  Spend some time discussing each point.  What keeps us from more fully loving, belonging to, and supporting the church?
  6. What practical next step might God be calling you to take in working out in your life the idea that the church is the “dearest place on earth”?


"If I had never joined a church till I had found one that was perfect, I should never have joined one at all, and the moment I did join it, if I had found one, I should have spoiled it, for it would not have been a perfect church after I had become a member of it. Still, imperfect as it is, it is the dearest place on earth to us."   - Charles Spurgeon (The Best Donation)


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