NOTE: Following is the discussion guide we’ll use tomorrow (Mar. 16) in our LIFE groups at MoSt Church. This guide will enable your follow-up of my sermon that morning. This sermon (entitled “Covering the Spirit’s Medley”) works out of Ephesians 5.18-21 and is the third in a three-part series entitled Sing!
To find previous group discussion guides, look under the category title “LIFE group guides” and you’ll find an archive of previous issues.
Stated in a single sentence, this is the purpose of this sermon series, or this particular sermon, in a series.
To stress the significance of singing in our life together as seekers of God.
These Scriptures form some of the foundation of this morning’s sermon.
• Do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit, as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts, giving thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ. (Ephesians 5.18-21 NRSV)
• Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts, giving thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. (Ephesians 5.18-21 NIV)
• Don’t get drunk on wine, which produces depravity. Instead, be filled with the Spirit in the following ways: speak to each other with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs; sing and make music to the Lord in your hearts; always give thanks to God the Father for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; and submit to each other out of respect for Christ. (Ephesians 5.18-21 CEB)
• Don’t destroy yourself by getting drunk, but let the Spirit fill your life. When you meet together, sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, as you praise the Lord with all your heart. Always use the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to thank God the Father for everything. Honor Christ and put others first. (Ephesians 5.18-21 CEV)
Use one of the following icebreaker questions to prime the pump, to help the conversation begin. Choose one to discuss.
1. Music is on that you like. And so, you [choose one]: (a) bob your head, (b) tap your foot, or (c) drum your fingers?
2. Name a song you think has been “covered” better than it was performed by the original band.
These exercises/questions are meant to help us grapple with the Scripture(s) related to this morning’s sermon.
1. Using the translations above, what are synonyms for “debauchery” (vs. 18)?
2. Using the text above, in what four specific ways are Christians to be “be filled with the Spirit”?
3. Using the text above, ID: (a) what Christians do to each other and (b) what they do to God.
4. Describe the roles (a) God our Father, (b) Jesus Christ, and (c) the Spirit play in the text above.
These questions assist our sharing what we sense God’s Spirit is doing with us in our encounter with God’s word.
1. How is being “drunk with wine” and “filled with the Spirit” similar? How do they differ?
2. Your life is a song. How does the music you’ve made the week before affect Sunday singing?
3. Over the long haul, which most powerfully influences your personal faith: sermons or songs?
4. How can you use Christian music/spiritual songs to reach out to those who are yet to believe?
These ideas/suggestions are for your use beyond the group meeting; to aid in living out today’s message in the coming days.
1. Learn a new, spiritual song. Learn it so well you can easily sing all of it by memory. Repeat.
2. Carefully consider the words of several songs in our hymnal. Use such as prompts for prayer.