Friday, May 18, 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 4 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 4 – May 17, 2005
Live a worthy life by…
4:2 – being humble and gentle, patient, bearing with each other in love.
4:3 – keeping the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.
4:11-13 – performing our service to unify the body of Christ. This leads us to become mature.
4:15 – speaking the truth in love.
4:16 – the body holds itself together.
4:17 – gentile now means non-believer, not non-Jew.
4:22-24 – see Genesis 1:26.
4:26 – not sinning when you’re angry.
4:28 – not stealing. Work.
4:29 – not engaging in unwholesome talk. Only that which builds others up.
4:31 – getting rid of bitterness, rage, anger, brawling, slander, malice.
4:32 – being kind and compassionate. Forgiving as Christ forgave you.
We (the body of Christ) are one. But we each have our own calling. What do you believe your calling to be? Is it building up the body of Christ? Is it helping believers to mature?
How do you keep your words wholesome?
Are you forgiving as Christ forgave you?
• 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?