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8/01/2020 Bible Study in Ephesians 

Outline in of Ephesians 

AUTHOR: Paul
TO WHOM: The church at Ephesus.
PURPOSE: To inform believers of their wealth in Christ and instruct concerning their walk in
Christ.
KEY VERSE: 1:3
LIFE AND MINISTRY PRINCIPLE: Believers are heirs to both the blessings (the wealth)
and the responsibilities (the walk) of their calling in Christ.
MAIN CHARACTERS: Paul, Tychicus
OUTLINE
Part One: Our Wealth In Christ 1:1-3:21
I. Introduction: 1:1-2
A. From Paul: 1:1
B. To the saints at Ephesus: 1:1
C. Grace and peace from God and Jesus: 1:2
II. Praise for spiritual possession: 1:3-14
A. He has chosen us: 1:4
B. He has predestined us: 1:5-6
C. We have redemption in Him: 1:7
D. He shows wisdom towards us: 1:8
E. He reveals the mystery of His will: 1:9-10
F. In Him we have obtained an inheritance: 1:11-12
G. We have been sealed by the Spirit: 1:13-14
III. Prayer for spiritual perception through Christ: 1:15-23
A. The basis of the prayer: 1:15
B. The nature of the prayer: 1:16
C. The God addressed by the prayer: 1:17
D. The gifts requested in the prayer: 1:17
1. Wisdom.
2. Revelation in the knowledge of Him.
E. The purpose of the prayer: 1:18-23
1. That they may realize the hope of His calling: 1:18
2. That they may receive the riches of His inheritance: 1:18
3. That they may know His power: 1:19-23
a. The nature of His power: 1:19
b. The manifestation of His power in Christ: 1:20-23
IV. Our condition in Christ: 2:1-10
A. Before Christ: 2:1-3
1. Spiritual death: 2:1
2. Walked according to the way of the world: 2:2
3. Subject to Satan: 2:2
4. Disobedient spirit: 2:2
5. Evil conversation: 2:3
6. Children of wrath: 2:3
7. Flesh bound affections: 2:3
a. Desire of the flesh: Worldly appetites
b. Desires of the mind: Worldly ambitions
B. Our new condition in Christ: 2:4-10
1. Quickened: 2:5
2. Saved by grace: 2:5
3. Raised to heavenly places: 2:6
4. In favor with God: 2:7
C. The reason for the new condition: 2:8-10
1. Salvation which is: 2:8a. By faith: 2:8
b. A gift of God: 2:8
2. Salvation which is not: 2:8-9
a. Of ourselves: 2:8
b. Of works: 2:9
3. The continual working of Christ Jesus in our lives: 2:10
V. Our old relationship: 2:11-12
“At times ye were…”
A. Without Christ: 2:12
B. Aliens: 2:12
C. Strangers: 2:12
D. Having no hope: 2:12
E. Without God: 2:12
VI. The new relationship: 2:19-22
“Now therefore ye are…”
A. Citizens of one city: 2:19
B. Members of one family: 2:19
C. Built on one foundation: 2:20
D. Parts of one building: 2:21
E. Indwelt by one Spirit: 2:22

VII. How the change happened: 2:13-18

“But now in Christ Jesus…”

A. Distance done away: Ye are made nigh: 2:13
B. Disunion done away: Both made one: 2:14
C. Division done away: Broken middle wall: 2:14
D. Dissension done away: Abolished enmity: 2:15
E. Distinction done away: 2:15-18
1. One new man: 2:15
2. Reconciled to God: 2:16
3. Peace with God: 2:17
4. Access to God: 2:18
5. No more strangers and foreigners: 2:19-22
a. Fellow citizens: 2:19
b. Built on the right foundation: 2:20
c. A proper spiritual building: 2:21
d. A holy temple in the Lord: 2:21
e. A habitation of God through the Spirit: 2:22

VIII. Revealing the divine mystery: 3:1-12
A. Paul as a messenger of the mystery: 3:1-13
1. His relation to the mystery: 3:1-5
a. His position as prisoner on behalf of the Gentiles: 3:1
b. His stewardship of God’s grace towards the Gentiles: 3:2
c. His knowledge of the mystery by revelation: 3:3-5
2. Statement of the mystery: 3:6
3. Paul’s ministry in connection with this mystery: 3:7-12
a. The source of his ministry: 3:7
b. The attitude of one given this ministry: 3:8
c. The contents of the ministry: 3:8-9
d. The purpose of the ministry: 3:10-11
e. The blessings of the ministry: 3:12
f. The sufferings of the ministry: 3:13

IX. Possessing the divine mystery: 3:14-21
A. Introduction to the prayer for possession: 3:14-15
B. The request: 3:16-17
1. That they might be strengthened with might by the Spirit in the inner
man: 3:16
2. That they might experience the presence of Christ: 3:17
3. That they will be rooted and grounded in love: 3:17
4. That they will have spiritual comprehension of the love of Christ:
3:18-19
a. Its boundaries: 3:18
b. Its divine nature: 3:19
5. That they might be filled with the fullness of God: 3:19
C. Conclusion of the prayer: 3:20-21
1. The ability of the One addressed: 3:20
2. Praise to the One addressed: 3:21

Part Two: Our Walk In Christ 4:1-6:24
I. The corporate walk of the church: Walk worthy: 4:1-16
A. Through proper attitude: 4:2
1. Lowliness.
2. Meekness.
3. Long suffering.
4. Forbearing one another in love.

B. Through unity: 4:3-6
1. In peace: 4:3
2. In one body: 4:4
3. In one spirit: 4:4
4. In one hope of your calling: 4:4
5. In one Lord: 4:5
6. In one faith: 4:5
7. In one baptism: 4:5
8. In one God: 4:6
a. Father of all.
b. Above all.
c. Through all.
d. In you all.
C. By following the example of Christ: 4:7-10
D. Through proper structure: 4:11-13
1. Spiritual gifts: 4:11
a. Apostles.
b. Prophets.
c. Evangelists.
d. Pastors.
e. Teachers.
2. Their purposes: 4:12-16
a. Perfecting of saints: 4:12
b. Work of the ministry: 4:12
c. Edifying the Body of Christ: 4:12
d. Unity of the faith: 4:13
e. Knowledge of the Son of God: 4:13
f. Perfection after Christ: 4:14
g. Spiritual maturity: 4:14-15
E. By becoming part of the Body: 4:16
1. Joined together.
2. Each part of the body functioning in its place.
3. Increasing through the edification of love.
II. The individual walk of believers: 4:17-5:2
A. How not to walk: 4:17-25
1. In vanity of mind: 4:17
2. With understanding darkened: 4:18
3. Alienated from the life of God through ignorance and blindness: 4:18
4. Given over to lasciviousness, uncleanness, and greediness: 4:19
B. How to walk: 4:20-5:2
1. In Christ: 4:20-21
2. Putting off the old man: 4:22
3. Renewing the spirit of your mind: 4:23
4. Put on the new man: 4:24
5. Put away sinful conduct: 4:25-30
a. Lying: 4:25
b. Anger: 4:26-27; 31
c. Stealing: 4:28
d. Corrupt communication: 4:29
e. Grieving the Holy Spirit: 4:30
f. Bitterness: 4:31
g. Wrath: 4:31
h. Anger: 4:31
i. Evil speaking: 4:31
j. Malice: 4:31
6. Assume righteous conduct: 4:32-5:1
a. Kind: 4:32
b. Tenderhearted: 4:32
c. Forgiving: 4:32
d. As obedient children: 5:1

III. Our walk in relation to the world: 5:2-21
A. Walk in love following Christ’s example: 5:2
B. Walk in holiness: 5:3-5
1. Without fornication: 5:3
2. Without uncleanness: 5:3
3. Without covetousness: 5:3
4. Without filthiness: 5:4
5. Without foolish talking: 5:4
6. Without jesting: 5:4
7. With an attitude of thankfulness: 5:4
C. Walk with eternity in mind: 5:5
D. Do not be deceived with vain words: 5:6
E. Do not form evil alliances: 5:7
F. Walk in the light: 5:8
G. Develop the fruit of the Spirit: 5:9
l. Goodness.
2. Righteousness.
3. Truth.
H. Prove what is acceptable unto the Lord: 5:10
I. Do not walk in darkness: 5:11-14
1. Have no fellowship with darkness: 5:11
2. Reprove unfruitful works: 5:11
3. Do not speak of things done in darkness: 5:12
4. Spread light in darkness: 5:13
5. Awake those who are sleeping in spiritual darkness: 5:14
J. Walk as the wise, not as fools: 5:15
K. Redeem the time: 5:16
L. Understand God’s will: 5:17
M. Do not be drunk with wine: 5:18
N. Be filled with the Spirit: 5:18
1. Speak to yourselves in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs: 5:19
2. Making melody in your heart: 5:19
3. Giving thanks for all things to God in the name of Jesus: 5:20
IV. Our walk in regards to special relationships: 5:21-6:9
A. Other believers: Submit yourselves in the fear of God: 5:21
B. Wives: 5:22-24
1. Submit yourselves unto your own husband as unto the Lord: 5:22
2. Recognize the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of
the Church: 5:23
3. Be subject to your husband in everything just as the Church is subject
to Christ: 5:24
C. Husbands: 5:25-33
1. Love your wives as Christ loved the church: 5:25-29
2. Be joined to your wife as the Church is joined to Christ: 5:30-33
a. One body: 5:30
b. Forsaking all others: 5:31-32
D. To both husband and wife: 5:33
1. Husband love your wife as yourself: 5:33
2. Wife reverence your husband: 5:33
E. Children: Honor your parents: 6:1-3
F. Fathers: 6:4
1. Do not provoke your children to wrath.
2. Bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
G. Servants: 6:5-8
1. Be obedient to your masters: 6:5
2. Have an attitude of respect: 6:5
3. Be loyal (singleness of heart): 6:5
4. Serve them as you are serving Christ: 6:6-7
5. Recognize your reward comes from the Lord: 6:8
H. Masters: 6:9
1. Treat your servants the same way: 6:9
2. Recognize that you also serve a Master: 6:9
3. There is no respect of person by the Lord: 6:9
V. Our walk as it regards Satanic powers: 6:10-20
A. Be strong in the Lord and the power of His might: 6:10
B. Put on the whole armor of God: 6:11-20
1. The purpose: That you are able to stand against Satan and his wiles:
6:11,13
2. The enemy: 6:12
a. Principalities.
b. Powers.
c. Rulers of the darkness of this world.
d. Spiritual wickedness in high places.
3. The armor: 6:14-20
a. Loins girt with truth: 6:14
b. Breastplate of righteousness: 6:14
c. Feet shod with the preparation of the Gospel of peace: 6:15
d. The shield of faith: 6:16
e. The helmet of salvation: 6:16
f. The sword of the Spirit: 6:17
g. Prayer: 6:18-20
VI. Conclusion: 6:21-24
A. Personal matters: 6:21-22
1. Commissioning of Tychicus as messenger: 6:21
2. The purpose of sending Tychicustothem: 6:21-22
a. To make known the message: 6:21-22
b. To inform of Paul’s affairs: 6:22
c. To comfort them: 6:22
B. The conclusion: 6:23-24
1. The desire for the brethren: 6:23
a. Peace.
b. Love.
c. Faith.
2. The blessing on those loving Christ: 6:24

Bible Study Title: Walking Differently (10/24/2020) 

Overall Theme: Believers are to live a life that is different from those who reject Christ. 

Main Text: Ephesians 4:17-32

17. This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, 18. Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: 19. Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. 20. But ye have not so learned Christ; 21. If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: 22. That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; 23. And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; 24. And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. 25. Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor: for we are members one of another. 26.Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: 27. Neither give place to the devil. 28. Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. 29. Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. 30. And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. 31. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking. be put away from you, with all malice: 32. And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you. 

 

Question # 1: What might a person do to set themselves apart from others applying for a job? 

Question #2: Reflect on the contrasts found in Ephesians 4:17-32 between what was and what should be. How does the contrast point to the power of Christ? 

I. The Old Man (Eph. 4:17-19

17. This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, 18. Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: 19. Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.

Question #3: In what ways is life prior to knowing Christ “pointless”? 

Question #4: Why is it important for believers to remember what life apart from Christ was like? 

II. The Change (Eph. 4:20-24) 

20. But ye have not so learned Christ; 21. If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: 22. That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; 23. And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; 24. And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

Question #5. How is salvation like putting on a new set of clothes? 

III. The New (Eph. 4:25-32) 

25. Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor: for we are members one of another. 26.Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: 27. Neither give place to the devil. 28. Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. 29. Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. 30. And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. 31. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking. be put away from you, with all malice: 32. And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you. 

Question #6: Of the practices listed by Paul, which one creates the greatest impact for the cause of Christ? 

Take Home Messages:

1.Believers must not forget the futility of living in bondage to sin.

2.People are given a fresh start through faith in Christ so we can live without guilt.

3. Believers are to live Christlike lives as a result of their salvation. 

End of Bible Study Questions: 

1.Discuss as group ways your small group can hold one another accountable for avoiding behaviors characteristic of non-Christians without lapsing into judgmental and elistist attitudes. 

2. With what type of lingering or free-floating guilt do you need to deal? Take time to talk to God about this guilt. 

3. Identify a neighbor or coworker who is lost. How can you use these passages to explain salvation to the person you identified? 


Bible Study Title: Walking Forward (10/17/2020) 

Overall Theme: Christ gives the church gifted leaders to help believers mature and minister. 

Main Text: Ephesians 4:11-16

11. And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12. For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13. Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: 14. That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;12. For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13. Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: 14. That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

Question #1: As you read Ephesians 4:11-16, note the progression of development. How does the equipping of believers contribute to the overall health of a church? 

I. Equippers Given (Eph. 4:11)

11. And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;

Question #2: What are the implications of viewing church leaders as Christ’s gifts to the church? 

II. To Move Believers Forward (Eph. 4:12-14) 

12. For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13. Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: 14. That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

Question #3: How does each action identified by Paul in verses 12-14 pave the way for the next action or result identified? 

III.As a Body (Eph. 4:15-16) 

12. For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13. Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: 14. That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

Question #4: How might a person’s ability to express God’s love increase with spiritual maturity? 

Question #5: What are some other ways of illustrating Paul’s point other than a human body? 

Take Home Messages: 

1.Christ gives leaders to equip His church for ministry.

2.With the help of godly leaders, believers can grow in their belief in and understanding of the gospel and participate more fully in the church’s mission. 

3.All believers are to grow in Christlikeness and strengthen the church by doing their part. 

End of Bible Study Questions:

1.What could your small group do to support the equipping ministry of your pastor and other church leaders?

2.As a means to ongoing spiritual maturity in your walk with Christ, list one ministry in which you could participate more fully. What steps do you need to take to become more involved in that ministry? 

3.What is your strategy to grow in Christlikeness? What particular attributes do you need to target? Ask God to move you closer to Him. 

Bible Study Title: Walking Together (10/3/2020) 

Overall Theme: Believers demonstrate the truth of the gospel by being unified in their actions. 

Main Text: Ephesians 4:1-10

1. I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, 2. With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; 3. Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4.There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; 5. One Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6. One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. 7. But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. 8. Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. 9. (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? 10.He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things,) 

Question #1: How can a personal struggle or crisis bring us into relationship with another with whom we would not have connected under normal circumstances? 

Question #2: Read Ephesians 4:1-10, noting the commands given. How is each command connected to a person’s salvation? 

I. Walking Worthy (Eph. 4:1-3) 

1. I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, 2. With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; 3. Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4.There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;

Question #3: How do the attitudes and actions identified by Paul in these verses serve as a demonstration of the gospel?

Question #4: How do they help us share Jesus with others? 

II. Living Unified (Eph 4:4-6) 

4.There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; 5. One Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6. One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

Question #5: How should believers’ relationship with one another mirror the relationship between the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit? 

III. Enjoying Victory (Eph. 4:7-10) 

7. But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. 8. Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. 9. (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? 10.He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things,) 

Question #6:What does walking in victory look like in the life of a believer? 

Question #7: What about in the life of a local church? 

Take Home Messages: 

1.Believers are to live lives worthy of the gospel through their Christlike attitudes and actions. 

2.Believers are to live in unity with one another. 

3.Believers have victory in Christ. 

End of the Bible Study Questions

1.In what particular attitude could you grow and thereby contribute to greater unity in your church? 

2.How might current level of unity in your church impact receptivity to the gospel in your community? How could you change this for the better? 

3.How could your small group or individual  become more intentional in its celebration of the victory won by Jesus? 

Bible Study Title: Residence (9/26/2020)

Overall Theme: God offers believers strength by Christ dwelling in us. 

Main Text: Ephesians 3:14-21

14. For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15. Of whom the whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16. That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; 17. That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, 18. May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 19. And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. 20. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, 21. Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

Question #1: Recall a time when the physical presence of a friend helped you the through a challenging situation. 

Question #2: Notice the specific requests Paul prayed for believers in Ephesians 3:14-21. How do these requests help us understand the character of God? 

I. Petitioned (Eph. 3:14-15) 

14. For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15. Of whom the whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,

Question #3: How might a person’s prayer requests for others reveal the requester’s understanding of God?

Question #4: How might a person’s understanding of God impact how they pray for the spiritual growth of others?

II. Indwelled (Eph. 3:16-19) 

16. That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; 17. That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, 18. May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 19. And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

Question #5: What is the connection between being strengthened by the Holy Spirit and Christ indwelling a believer? How are the similar? How are they different? 

Question #6: How does grasping the depth of Christ’s love bring power to the life of a believer? 

Question #7: How does the love of Christ change a person form the inside out? 

III. Honored (Eph. 3:20-21) 

20. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, 21. Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

Question #8: How do people limits on God in their prayers? 

Question #9: What kinds of limits might they place on God?

Question #10: How do these limits compare to the way Paul described God? 

Take Home Message: 

1.Believers can strengthen others by praying for their spiritual growth. 

2.Believers are changed from the inside out by the dwelling Christ. 

3.Believers should honor God for demonstrating His majesty. 

End of Bible Study Questions:

1.As a group, spend time evaluating the systematic plan your small group has in place to pray specifically for the spiritual growth of one another. What might the group do to strengthen the plan? 

2.To what can you point in your life that indicates you equally value the development of your inner being along with the outward person? 

3.How is Christ being glorified “in all generations” through your ministry? What adjustments need to be made to bring honor to God to a greater degree? 

Bible Study Title: Revealed (9/19/2020)

Overall Theme: God invites believers to proclaim the revealed mystery of the church. 

Main Text : Ephesians 3:1-13

1.For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, 2. If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward:3. How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, 4. Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) 5. Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; 6. That the Gentiles should be fellow-heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel: 7. Wherefore I was made a minster, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power. 8. Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; 9.And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: 10. To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, 11. According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: 12. In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him. 13. Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory. 

Question #1: What are some of your favorite mystery stories or shows? What makes that story or show interesting to you? 

Question #2: Highlight the various times Paul used the word “mystery” as you read Ephesians 3:1-13. How does the gospel message quality as a mystery? 

I.The Mystery (Eph. 3:1-6)

1.For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, 2. If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward:3. How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, 4. Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) 5. Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; 6. That the Gentiles should be fellow-heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:

Question #3: How does the gospel demonstrate that all people can find a place in Christ’s church? 

II.The Proclamation (Eph. 3:7-9)

7. Wherefore I was made a minster, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power. 8. Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;

Question #4: Is sharing the gospel more of a responsibility or a privilege? What is the difference? 

II.The Purpose (Eph. 3:10-13)

Question #5: Since God’s purposes include using believers to share the gospel with all people, what roadblocks get in the way of believers fulfilling that purpose? How does Paul’s words address any of those potential roadblocks? 

Question #6: What is the relationship between circumstances and a willingness to share the gospel? How can difficulties open the door for sharing the gospel? 

Take Home Message

1.God offers salvation to all people, providing them a place in His Church. 

2.Believers can tell others about the grace and richness of God that they have received in Christ. 

3.Believers find purpose in sharing the gospel with others. 

End of Bible Study Questions:

1.As a group, list events or activities your small group could host that might offer opportunities for gospel conversations with lost people. What steps does the group need to take to plan one such even or activity? 

2.What people groups in your city are in the greatest need to hear the gospel? How could you build a bridge to that group that God might use to reach them? 

3.What natural gifts and abilities do you possess that God could use to share a gospel witness through you? How can you use these gifts or abilities to share Jesus with one person this week? 

Bible Study Title: Resurrected (8/22/2020) Saturday 

Overall theme: God provides salvation by grace through faith part from our good works.

Ephesians 2:1-10, “1. And you hath he quickened who were dead in trespasses and sins; 2. Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: 3.Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. 4. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love where with he loved us, 5.Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved; ) 6. And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: 7. That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. 8. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that  not yourselves; it is the gift of God; 9. Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.  

Question #1: How does a positive change in a person’s life motivate others to make that same change?

Question #2: And as we look at Ephesians 2:1-10, I want you just have a real conversation with yourself and with Jesus. Look your life today, contrasts your before salvation and after salvation. What do these contrasts reveal about the nature of salvation found through faith in Jesus? But if your life looks like why it was before and may need to do some soul searching with Jesus, right.

Explore The Text

I.Once Dead (Eph. 2:1-3)

1.And you hath he quickened who were dead in trespasses and sins; 2. Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: 3.Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.”

Question #3: How does our experience support the way Paul described life without Jesus?

Question #4: Why is it important for those without Jesus to understand where they stand with Jesus?

Question #5: Why is it important for believers to remember what life is like without Jesus?

Question #6: How does Paul’s description of life without Jesus serve as motivation to share Jesus with others?

II.Now Alive (Eph 2:4-7)

4.But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love where with he loved us, 5.Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved; ) 6. And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: 7. That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.

Question# 7: How does the changed life of a believer serve as a display of God’s grace and character?

III. Through Grace Alone (Eph 2:8-10)

8.For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not yourselves; it is the gift of God; 9. Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Question # 8: How do our reasons for doing good things relate to our understanding of salvation?

Question #9: What do our motives reveal about our beliefs about salvation?

Take Home Message:

1.Apart from Christ, all people are separated from God and subject to His judgement.

2.Believers find life and purpose though faith in Jesus.

3.Salvation is granted through faith alone in Jesus removing all grounds for personal boasting.

End of Bible Study Questions

Question #10: On a scale of 1 to 10  (less to greater), how would rate your urgency in telling others about Jesus?

Question#11: What action s can you take to help you  “move the needle” toward greater urgency and more frequent sharing of your family?

Question#12: Describe the changes believing in Christ makes in your life. How can these changes point others to Jesus?

Ephesians Bible Study / Bible Study Title Lesson: Remembered (9/14/2020) Friday 

The Scripture Reading will be in Ephesians 1:15-23.

The overall theme of this passage is that: God helps believers understand the riches and greatness of His calling on their lives.

Ephesians 1:15-23, “15. Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, 16. Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; 17. That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: 18. The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, 19. And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, 20. Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places; 21. Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: 22. And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, 23. Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

Question #1Can every think of time, you were so excite to learn something you just could not sleep and just….?

Question#2: What practical steps could believers take in their daily routines that would help them increases their focus on others for the purpose of praying for them?

Question #3: How does Paul’s prayer for the Ephesian believers compare to most prayers voiced today?

Question #4:How might prayer habits change if the main focus were on spiritual growth?

Question #5:  How are the requests of Paul in verses 18-19 related to each other?

Question #6: How does growing in each area lead to greater understanding and praise of God for salvation?

Question #7:  How does Christ’s “filling” our lives help us become part of the fulfillment of His purpose?

Talk Home Message from this study:

1. Believers do well to pray for themselves and others to grow in relationship with God .

2.Believers can grow in hope and power as they more fully understand their calling in Christ.

3.Believers can live with confidence in the power of the resurrection of Jesus .

End of Bible Study Questions

1.Are you seeking a deeper prayer life that reflects Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians and if not, what can you do to made changes in your life to have a deeper prayer life.

2.List challenging situations you currently face. Reflect on Ephesians 1:18-19 and voice this passage as a prayer for yourself. How does this passage give you hope to face the challenges you listed?

3.How can you use this passage to encourage others who may have doubts about their salvation? Identify one person with whom you will share these truths this week.

Ephesians Bible Study /Bible Study Title Lesson :Rejoice (8/01/2020) Saturday

A basic saying of the Christian life is “become who you are.” Because we have been brought to life in Christ, we can live new and distinctive lives through the power of God’s grace.

“Become who you are” actually informs the structure of Ephesians. Paul, the writer of the letter, often used this approach in his writings to teach what it means to be a child of God in this world. In Ephesians, he built it into the very fabric of the book. Chapters 1 through 3 are about the new life that is given to us in Christ. Chapter 4 through 6 are about a new walk or lifestyle that is based on this new life.

Because something is true, there is something that we are able to do. Before we become what Christ desires of us, we first must believe in what He has done for us. The latter occurs in a moment, while the former takes place over time.

Theologians use two words to describe this process: justification and sanctification.

So to be justified, that is to believe in the sufficiency of what Christ did on the cross to bring us back to God and to give us a new life. It is san event. It takes place at a particular time.

To be sanctified is an ongoing process based on our justification.

It is fatal mistake to base our status with God on the fact that we are making progress in behavior modification. It is also a mistake to assume that our position in Christ and the grace of God relieves us from any responsibility to strive for good behavior. The hinge of the entire letter of the Ephesians is found in the word therefore  (4:1). It reminds us that because we have been made alive in Christ, we are now to live and walk in a way that is worthy of the gospel.

The sequence so these Bible study lessons reflects this truth. First, we will examine the spiritual realities of the life of a believer—topics like salvation, redemption, adoption—as well as oneness in Christ and the mystery of the church. As we embrace these matters with resolute conviction, we then are ready to hear God’s call to us to embrace holiness and to engage in spiritual warfare.

Therefore, as we embark on Bible Study in Ephesians.  I hope grow in the Lord and be that disciple that God wants you to be.

I am not the take person who does a Bible Study and do not expect grow. You got pastor at churches for 10, 20, 30, and 40 years and you look the spiritual growth with their Church and you see absence. If you one of those pastor, you probably need to step down and find you another church because you are burn out. And you are doing your congregation any good.

Bible study are design to grow the church and prepare them to go out into this world and make other disciple.

That is not my word, but Jesus tell us to make disciple. So, I am all about discipleship and being the hand and feet of Jesus. Every church should have outreach program to reach out the community around them. If you like, oh , I do want do this, pray you are not in leadership role in to your church.

So we little overview of Ephesian 1:1-14. As all of us, Paul knew there was nothing accidental about his life and experience with God. Called to be an apostle by Christ, he knew that his calling on his life was the will of God (see that in verse 1) and not just random occurrence of being in the right place at the right time. The word “apostle” means ‘messenger,” someone through whom God sends His message.  Paul along with other apostle, was the human instrument through which God’s Word has come to us. All of this was the will of God for him as when as child of God as will for each and every on of us.

What we will see typically is Paul wrote to church because there was some situation need of being addressed. It was sometimes a problem, or an issue brought to his attention. Ephesians is different. Paul moves quickly from a personal greeting to a sweeping treatise on the eternal purposes of God in salvation. One way of looking at it is as discussion of the grand scheme of things, but more specifically the divine things of salvation. Before the apostle dives into the nitty gritty issues of church life and function, he will take the Ephesians back to the foundation of the world.

This great message is directed to faithful saints (see v 1). Paul used the word saint differently than we often do. He was not just addressing people who are usually moral (although Paul will call for ethical behavior in light of God’s wonderful call to salvation), nor did he envision a person who bears up admirably under crushing burdens in life. A saint is simply a believer in Christ, set apart for salvation and service.

The faith was being lived out in Ephesus. It was a major city perhaps the fourth or fifth largest city in the world at that item. There was great opposition to the gospel there (see Acts 19:1-41) It was port city, which meant diverse influences from all over the world come to Ephesus and contend for the minds of the populace. Nevertheless, it was Ephesus where Paul proclaimed the gospel of grace and peace (v 2) In this great letter, we discover where grace and peace can be found.

Question #1: As we read Ephesians 1:3-14, let’s notice each occurrence of the phrase “in Christ.” What is the significance of being “in Christ”?

Bible Study Title : Rejoice

God chose to provide the blessings of salvation through Jesus’ sacrifice.

Ephesians 1:3-14, “ Blessed be the God and Father our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: 4.According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 5. Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6. To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. 7. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; 8. Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; 9. Having made know unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:10. That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:11.  In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: 12. That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. 12. That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. 13. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, 14. Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

Question #2 : How should God’s choosing us impact our view of life?

Question #3: How should His choice to offer salvation impact our attitude toward God? I

Question #4: n what way should you live differently because of it?

Question #5: How does the inheritance of possession or land compare to the inheritance promised to believers?

1 Peter 1:4, “ To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you”

Secondary Reading Source: Explore the Bible Personal Study Guide Ephesians 

David O. Dykes, General Editor 

Brett Selby, Author