Ephesians

Ephesians

 


The Church – God’s Actions and Man’s Actions

Lesson 1 – Introduction – Ephesians 1:1-2
Theme of the Book: The church is a well thought out concept of God which was in existence before the world was formed, brought into existence by the death and resurrection of Jesus and lived out by those who are obedient to the message preached by the apostles and prophets of the first century.
The Goal of this Lesson: To look at some background to the book of Ephesians.
1. How would you summarize the book of Ephesians to a friend?
2. After reading the entire book, (hopefully in one sitting) what impresses you the most about the book?
3. Based upon Acts 18 and 19, how did the church at Ephesus get started?
4.  What did Paul say to the elders at Ephesus based upon Acts 20?
5. What did Jesus say about the church at Ephesus in Revelation (2:1-7)?
Thought Question (for our next lesson, Ephesians 1:3-14):
What are some of the things which God did, before the foundation of the world, for the benefit of the members of the church which is the body of Christ?

 

 

Lesson 2 – The Blessings of God – Ephesians 1:3-14

Theme of the Book: The church is a well thought out concept of God which was in existence before the world was formed, brought into existence by the death and resurrection of Jesus and lived out by those who are obedient to the message preached by the apostles and prophets of the first century.

The Goal of this Lesson: To examine the different things God has done for Christians.

1. Name some of the spiritual blessings God has given.

2. How is one “holy and blameless” before Christ?

3. Through what means does one achieve redemption?

4. What did God lavish upon the Christians?

5. How did God make known “the mystery of His will”?

6. What inheritance does a Christian obtain?

7. What happened to the Ephesians “after listening to the message of truth”?

8. Why would God give a “pledge”?

Thought Question (for our next lesson, Ephesians 1:15-23):

Name some things Paul prayed to God concerning the Ephesians.

Here are the questions for this AM's class. See you at 7:30 AM EST.


The Church – Paul Prays for the Ephesians

Lesson 3 – Introduction – Ephesians 1:15-23

Theme of the Book: The church is a well thought out concept of God which was in existence before the world was formed, brought about by the death and resurrection of Jesus and lived out by those who are obedient to the message preached by the apostles and prophets of the first century.

The Goal of this Lesson: To contemplate the prayer Paul prayed to God on behalf of the Ephesians.

1. What did Paul hear about the Ephesians which caused him to give thanks to God?

2. How was God, “the God of our Lord Jesus Christ”?

3. What did Paul request God do to the eyes of the heart of the Ephesians?

4. Name three results because God opened the eyes of the heart of the Ephesians.

5. What did God bring about in Christ?

6. When did God do this?

7. Name three things which came about because Jesus was placed at the right hand of God.

8. What was God wanting to accomplish when He put Christ as “head over all things to the church, which is His body”?

9. How would you summarize this prayer of Paul?

Thought Question (for our next lesson, Ephesians 2:1-10):

How is a person “saved by grace”?

 

The Church – God’s Actions and Man’s Actions

Lesson 4 – Changing Mankind’s Spiritual Situation – Ephesians 2:1-10

Theme of the Book: The church is a well thought out concept of God which was in existence before the world was formed, brought about by the death and resurrection of Jesus and lived out by those who are obedient to the message preached by the apostles and prophets of the first century.

The Goal of this Lesson: To understand mankind’s spiritual situation before and after God’s grace saved him through an individual’s faith.

1. What does it mean to “walk according to the course of this world?”

2. How do people become “children of wrath?”

3. What two characteristics of God motivated Him to save mankind?

4. Name some things God did for us “when we were dead in our transgressions.”

5. How would the “surpassing riches of [God’s] grace be shown to mankind?

6. In verses 8 and 9, from a grammatical standpoint, what is “the gift of God”?

7. What part does our faith play in God saving us?

8. How are those who are “in Christ” God’s workmanship?

9. At what point did God decide the “good works” which those “in Christ” would be living by?

 

 

The Church – God’s Actions and Man’s Actions

Lesson 5 – Describing the Status of Gentiles – Ephesians 2:11-22

 

Theme of the Book: The church is a well thought out concept of God which was in existence before the world was formed, brought about by the death and resurrection of Jesus and lived out by those who are obedient to the message preached by the apostles and prophets of the first century.

The Goal of this Lesson: To consider the different statuses the Gentiles have because they have become a Christian.

1. List the different ways Paul describes the status of the Gentile when they were outside of Christ.

2. What was used to change the status of the Gentiles from “far off” to “brought near”?

3. What did Jesus break down so Jews and Gentiles could be considered as one?

4. What did Jesus preach to those who were “far away” and those who were “near”?

5. Upon what is the “household of God” built?

6. What purpose does a “chief corner stone” serve in relation to a building and its foundation?

7. How can Christians, both Jews and Gentiles, be the “temple of God”?

8. How would you express the feelings of a Jew who now had to accept a Gentile in their worship?

9. How awkward would it be for a Gentile to consider a Jew a “family member”?

Thought Question (for our next lesson, Ephesians 3:1-13):

How did Paul get the “mystery” he revealed to the Gentiles and what must they do to understand it?

 

The Church – God’s Actions and Man’s Actions

Lesson 6 – Paul To Be A Steward of God’s Grace – Ephesians 3:1-13

Theme of the Book: The church is a well thought out concept of God which was in existence before the world was formed, brought about by the death and resurrection of Jesus and lived out by those who are obedient to the message preached by the apostles and prophets of the first century.

The Goal of this Lesson: To see what God had given to Paul and how and why Paul was to use it.

1. What did God give to Paul that he was to give to the Gentiles?

2. What “mystery” was given to Paul?

3. How is one to obtain an understanding of “the mystery”?

4. Why would Paul consider himself “the very least of all saints”?

5. What was Paul to preach to the Gentiles?

6. What “eternal purpose” was “carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord”?

7. How would Paul’s tribulations be the “glory” of the Gentiles?

Here are the questions for the next lesson in Ephesians. Hope to see you at 5:00 PM EST.

The Church – God’s Actions and Man’s Actions

Lesson 6 – Paul To Be A Steward of God’s Grace – Ephesians 3:1-13

Theme of the Book: The church is a well thought out concept of God which was in existence before the world was formed, brought about by the death and resurrection of Jesus and lived out by those who are obedient to the message preached by the apostles and prophets of the first century.

The Goal of this Lesson: To see what God had given to Paul and how and why Paul was to use it.

1. What did God give to Paul that he was to give to the Gentiles?

2. What “mystery” was given to Paul?

3. How is one to obtain an understanding of “the mystery”?

4. Why would Paul consider himself “the very least of all saints”?

5. What was Paul to preach to the Gentiles?

6. What “eternal purpose” was “carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord”?

7. How would Paul’s tribulations be the “glory” of the Gentiles?

Thought Question (for our next lesson, Ephesians 3:14-21):

What request did Paul make concerning the Gentiles in his prayer to the Father?

 

Here are the questions for Lesson 7 in Ephesians, "Paul Praying for the Ephesians"

The Church – God’s Actions and Man’s Actions

Lesson 7 – Paul Praying for the Ephesians – Ephesians 3:14-21

Theme of the Book: The church is a well thought out concept of God which was in existence before the world was formed, brought about by the death and resurrection of Jesus and lived out by those who are obedient to the message preached by the apostles and prophets of the first century.

The Goal of this Lesson: To look at the different things for which Paul bowed his knee before the father on the behalf of the Ephesians.

1. How does every family derive their name from the Father to whom Paul bowed his knee?

2. How would you describe the riches of the Father’s glory?

3. How would the Ephesians be “strengthened with power”?

4. How does Christ dwell within someone’s heart?

5. In what does Paul want these brethren to be “rooted and grounded”?

6. What does he want them to comprehend?

7. What does he want them to know?

8. With what does he want them to be filled?

9. What can God accomplish “according to the power that works within us”?

Thought Question (for our next lesson, Ephesians 4:1-16):

What must be done to have religious unity?

 

The Church – God’s Actions and Man’s Actions

Lesson 8 – Walking in a Worthy Manner – Ephesians 4:1-16

Theme of the Book: The church is a well thought out concept of God which was in existence before the world was formed, brought about by the death and resurrection of Jesus and lived out by those who are obedient to the message preached by the apostles and prophets of the first century.

The Goal of this Lesson: To consider how a person walks in a worthy manner while pursuing the unity of the Spirit.

1. List the different attitudes one is to have while preserving the unity of the Spirit.

2. How does one have tolerance for someone while at the same time preserving the unity of the Spirit?

3. Why are the “seven ones” mandatory to have unity?

4. What is the grace given to each Christian?

5. Why did Christ give apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers?

6. What is the result of Christ giving these gifts?

7. What does it mean to “speak the truth in love”?

8. What does a person look like if they have grown “up in all aspects into [Christ]”?

9. How does each individual make a church stronger?

Thought Question (for our next lesson, Ephesians 4:17-32

 

 

 

The Church – God’s Actions and Man’s Actions

Lesson 9 – Walk As Taught By Jesus – Ephesians 4:17-6:9 – Part 1 (4:17-24)

Theme of the Book: The church is a well thought out concept of God which was in existence before the world was formed, brought about by the death and resurrection of Jesus and lived out by those who are obedient to the message preached by the apostles and prophets of the first century.

The Goal of this Lesson: To understand how the Gentiles walked so that we will not imitate them, but rather lay aside our “old self,” our “former manner of life” and live a “new self.”

1. What does Paul mean when he says he affirms “together with the Lord”?

2. List the different ways in which the Gentiles conduct their daily lives.

3. Why were Gentiles “excluded from the life of God”?

4. What was the results of them being “callous”?

5. How does one “learn Christ”?

6. What were they to do with their “former manner of life”?

7. How is the “old self” being corrupted?

8. How is the mind renewed?

9. What will the “new self” be in the “likeness of God”?

Thought Question (for our next lesson, Ephesians 4:25-5:5):

How do these instructions from Paul compare with the “Ten Commandments” given by Moses?

 

The Church – God’s Actions and Man’s Actions

Lesson 10 – Walk As Taught By Jesus – Ephesians 4:17-6:9 – Part 2 (4:25-5:5)

Theme of the Book: The church is a well thought out concept of God which was in existence before the world was formed, brought about by the death and resurrection of Jesus and lived out by those who are obedient to the message preached by the apostles and prophets of the first century.

The Goal of this Lesson: To consider some of the standards by which Christians are to live their lives based upon the teachings of Christ.

1. Why should Christians lay “aside falsehood”?

2. How can a Christian “be angry, and yet do not sin”?

3. Instead of stealing, what should be done?

4. What characteristics should the speech of a Christian exhibit?

5. How would you define the word “grieve” as it relates to the “Holy Spirit of God”?

6. How is bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, slander and malice related to each other?

7. How is kindness, being tender-hearted and forgiveness related to each other?

8. How can Christians “be imitators of God”?

9. What actions will prohibit someone from “an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God’?

Thought Question (for our next lesson, Ephesians 5:6-21):

How would you describe the “wrath of God [which will come] upon the sons of disobedience”?