SS 1-10-21 Ephesians Recap 1-3

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SS 1-10-21 Ephesians Recap

Due to COVID and the holidays, we have taken a five-week siesta from meeting. So, let’s go over what we have covered so far about this wonderful letter to the Ephesians+.

  • Ephesians was probably intended to be a circular letter.
  • The first three chapters are doctrine (teaching of truth).
  •   The last three chapters are application.
  •   Chapter one sets up the framework of salvation:
    •  The framework-1:3-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-10
    •  The purpose- 1:13-14
    • The prayer- 17-18, 19-21, 22-23
  •   Chapter two, verses 1-10 tell us who we were and who we are now:
    •  Dead in sin- 2:1-3
    • Alive with Christ- 2:4-7
    • Grace and God’s masterpiece- 2:8-10
  • Chapter two, verses 11-22 tell us God’s overall plan for mankind:
    •  Bringing Jews and Gentiles together through the cross-2:14-16, 17-18
    • Members and stones- 2:19-22
  • Chapter three embraces the mystery AND the gospel—and here’s where we will park today.

Read Ephesians 3:1-6. What is this mystery? We get a better feel for it in 2:14-17. Read it. The two reconciled to God through the cross…WOW! Paul was a sharer of this truth. Read 3:7-9. Now, the question is, what is this gospel?

  • Read Luke 9:6. What gospel? Read Matthew 4:17, Luke 17:20-21 and 19:41-44. Paul preached to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ. What do you suppose he was meant?
  • Read Ephesians 10-12. Who approaches God with freedom and confidence? WE DO!

Because of mystery and gospel, Paul prays this wonderful prayer for the church. It would be a great one to put on a card and read it every week.

 Around the tables:

  1. Why do we read the verses out loud?
  2. Why is it important that we know this material?
  3. Do you think that in the near future that someone may ask you to give an account for the faith you have?
  4. What good might the prayer in chapter 3 do us were we to ever be detained for our faith?

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