Friday, May 11, 2012
Please forgive this rough draft format, as these are my raw study notes on the book of Ephesians. I felt a great sense of urgency to publish them rather than waiting until I had the time to pretty them up. Thank you and I pray that God blesses and encourages you through this material. Stay strong. Grow in your faith in Christ. Live in the Spirit. Encourage each other. Pray. Jesus is coming…
Take a few minutes to pray and savor chapter 3 of the book of Ephesians. Read it with the thought in mind that this is Paul’s instruction to new Gentile converts in Ephesus. Then return here and ponder the thoughts, answer the questions, and be sure to leave comments about your own revelations…
Chapter 3 – April 26, 2005
3:1 – written to gentiles
3:6 – the mystery – the gentiles are heirs with Israel. Members of one body – Paul declared that gentiles had equality with God’s chosen people!
3:8 – Paul says he was called to preach to the gentiles. Yet the stories about him in the book of Acts always have him begin his preaching to the Jews in the synagogue. When did he finally realize his calling?
Acts 17:2 – it was Paul’s custom to preach to the Jews first.
Stewardship of God’s grace. As He extends it to us, we should extend it to others.
3:20 – God draws us back abundantly.
• The book of Ephesians contains much teaching about what life in Christ is all about. What have you learned about how He wants you to live for Him from today’s study? Whether seasoned Christian or new convert, how will you accomplish what the Holy Spirit is teaching you about how you should live?
• What attributes of God do you see in this book?
• What verse of scripture seemed to be God speaking directly to you? What is He teaching you in these verses? How does He want you to respond?