October, November, December 2005

Want to learn more about Ephesians? Use these Bible Studies for personal devotion, group Bible studies, or teaching a church class. Below are links to the lessons in this 14-part series.

Lesson 1: The Church at Ephesus (Ephesians 1; Acts 18 & 19)
My favorite Bible studies focus on a single book of the Bible. Jumping around in the Bible to study a specific topic is necessary at times - such as this week when we look at the background for the letter to the Ephesians. But, studying the Word of God in the order in which He inspired it helps us to know God better. This quarter our lessons are on Paul's letter to the group of believers who lived in Ephesus. Let's plunge right into our study!

Lesson 2: Themes in Relationships (Ephesians 1)
This week we continue our study of Paul's letter to the Ephesians. (We will also see if I can quit writing "Ephesus" when I mean "Ephesians!") Paul's introduction in his letter to the saints reveals some themes for his entire letter and reveals some secrets for saints today. To explore these secrets, let's dive into our study!

Lesson 3: What God Has Done (Ephesians 1:4-14)
When I was growing up, it was very important to be chosen when they picked sports teams. You never wanted to be among the last two boys who were just "distributed," as opposed to being wanted on the team. Our lesson this week is about God choosing us to be on His team. Let's dive into our lesson and learn more!

Lesson 4: Praise and Prayer (Ephesians 1:15-23)
We all love to be praised. How many of us equally appreciate someone praying for us? What would your reaction be if someone told you, "I'm going to pray that you get a lot smarter?" Is that an example of both prayer and praise? In our study this week, Paul praises the Ephesians, and then prays that they "get smarter." Let's jump into our lesson to learn more!

Lesson 5: The Church: God's Workmanship (Ephesians 2:1-10)
Last week, Paul blessed us with his account of all of the riches and power given to us by our Father in Heaven through Jesus and the Holy Spirit. This week, Paul reminds us what we were and what we had to deal with before God intervened in our life to give us hope. Do you sometimes feel like you have no hope? Is life getting you down? God has done great things for you. Let's dive into our study!

Lesson 6: The Church Without Walls (Ephesians 2:11-22)
Have you ever felt like an "outsider?" How about in high school? I took my driver's training at a local public high school. I recall walking up to the classroom and seeing a knot of guys standing outside the door. I knew I was an outsider, but I thought I knew one of them. Gathering my courage, I walked up to the group and introduced myself. I did not like the feeling of being an outsider, and wanted to move "in" as quickly as possible. Our lesson today is about moving from an outsider to an insider. Let's jump in and find out how that is possible!

Lesson 7: God's Mystery: The Universal Fellowship (Ephesians 3)
How do you like solving a mystery? How do you feel when you can solve a mystery and others cannot? This week we learn about a mystery of God. A mystery that the universe is looking to you to reveal to it. Let's plunge right into our mystery!

Lesson 8: Unity Amid Diversity (Ephesians 4:1-16)
Unity has always been a good word. Diversity, on the other hand, is about being different. Sometimes being different is good, sometimes it is bad. Diversity can be an excuse for being sinful, proud or both. Our study today is a blueprint for handling diversity in a way which brings about a healthy, loving unity. Let's jump right into our study!

Lesson 9: Living the New Life (Ephesians 4:17-32)
Last week Paul gave us the vision of what we could and should become in Jesus. We are all a part of the church, each of us fulfilling our specific role. The glue that holds us together so we can work well with each other is "ligaments" of humility, gentleness and love. What happens if one part of our church body is infected with the cancer of sin? This week Paul talks to us about what we should avoid in life to remain a healthy part of the church. God has expectations for our life. Let's jump in and learn about them!

Lesson 10: The Christian Walk (Ephesians 5:1-20)
Comparing our growth as Christians to a walk is a wonderful way to help us understand what God desires of us. Maturing in the Christian life is not a single act, a single sin, a single good deed. It is the pattern and practice of our life. Let's dive into our lesson and learn what kind of patterns and practices God desires of us!

Lesson 11: Christian Relationships (Ephesians 5:21-6:9)
Would you like to succeed in life and love? Christians have many advantages in life. One of the most important advantage is the Bible's practical teaching on increasing our emotional intelligence. Our lesson this week, if taken seriously, will give us an emotional "I.Q." boost for dealing with our job, our marriage, our children and our friends. Let's plunge right in!

Lesson 12: Christian Warfare (Ephesians 6:10-12)
In law school, students are taught to identify the issues in a dispute. You cannot resolve a problem correctly if you cannot determine what is in dispute. The title of this lesson includes the word "warfare." Clearly, that describes a dispute. The question for us to resolve this week is "What is at issue in this warfare?" This begins with figuring out who is the enemy and who is our friend. Let's plunge right into our study of warfare in Ephesians!

Lesson 13: The Christian Armor (Ephesians 6:13-17)
Protection. We all like to be protected against bad things. When it is cold outside, we protect ourselves with warm clothes. When it is hot outside, we protect ourselves with sun block and insect repellant. Our cars have all sorts of devices to protect us from errors. At work, we hope our boss protects us from superiors and the boss hopes the same from us. Last week we learned that Satan has this huge, organized force of demons - and they are not a peaceful bunch. It would seem like that bunch is something against which we need extraordinary protection. Let's charge into our study and find out more about securing protection!

Lesson 14: Christian Communion and Conduct (Ephesians 6:17-24)
Last week we studied all the armor that God has created for us except for the "Sword of the Spirit." This week we finish up both our armor study and our study of the book of Ephesians. I'm sorry we are coming to the end of this great series. One last time let's jump into our study of Ephesians!

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