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PAUL’S EPISTLE TO THE EPHESIANS

CHAPTER 1

Greetings!

Thanks for picking up this booklet. It is a result of a lot of study, prayer, and reflection on our community at Restoration Church Camano Island.

Our hope for Restoration Church is to love and obey God more through the hearing, reading, studying, meditating on, memorizing, and applying the Bible. This guide is written for this aim. Our methods are to be Biblical, simple, and reproducible. It is not comprehensive, but it will aid you in practical application of prayer, reading, meditation, and discussion with others.

The Christian life is meant to be lived with others. We gather for worship. This is essential! Every believer needs others to grow. You cannot do it alone. So, gather with another one, two, or a few outside your household for community. Share a meal, go for a walk, schedule a visit to read God’s word, reflect on the passage, ask each other the questions, and pray for each other to grow healthily in Christ as you live out God’s mission.

We are praying for God to build your life deeper and stronger with Him. We are asking God to help you know the freedom and joy in following Him in EVERY area of life. We are asking for God to transform our families and church into a community of grace and truth making much of Jesus Christ.

2 Timothy 2:2

Pastor Troy 

 

HOW TO USE THIS TOOL

This is a simple tool. It is now in your hands. It is up to you to use it. Tools that remain in the toolbox, get rusty and dusty. Work out your salvation as God works in you!

Each week there are three basic elements.

The first is a space for sermon notes. There is some blank space for you to take notes or doodle your thoughts. There is a memory verse each week.

The second is some application questions relating to the passage and sermon for discussion in the Gospel Community Question section. You can ponder these by yourself, discussed with a friend over coffee, or over a shared meal with a group in someone’s home. No need for special preparation and study-listen to the sermon, takes notes, and then discuss the questions!

The third section is a space for your personal Bible study notes. This section can help you focus and direct your study and help build the discipline of a daily time with God and His Word. A simple method which is easy to remember is S.O.A.P. Read the Scripture, Observe what it says in context, Apply the timeless principle, and Pray!

The last section is simply a list of the resources used by Pastor Troy in his study and writing of this series. If you want to study and dig deeper in Biblical scholarship, this will help!

 

WEEK 1 Sermon Notes

Main text:                                                                     Ephesians 1:1-2

Supporting texts:   

WEEK 1 Gospel Community Questions

Read Ephesians 1

Who is the letter to? Who is it from?

Where does Paul get the authority to be called an apostle?

What does it mean to be a ‘saint’ that is ‘faithful’ ‘in Christ Jesus?’

How will you be a ‘faithful saint’ during this study of Ephesians?

            Personally?

            To your group members?

            To your church?

            To your overall community?                    

(meaning those outside the church, too.)          

Pray for God’s work among us! Pray for each other!

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT IN GOD’S WORD

(Remember the S.O.A.P. method!)

MEMORY VERSE:                           

MONDAY

  • Bible reading:
  • Personal Application:   
  • Praises and Prayer Requests:

TUESDAY

  • Bible reading:
  • Personal Application:    
  • Praises and Prayer Requests:

WEDNESDAY

  • Bible reading:
  • Personal Application:    
  • Praises and Prayer Requests:

THURSDAY

  • Bible reading:
  • Personal Application:    
  • Praises and Prayer Requests:

FRIDAY

  • Bible reading:
  • Personal Application:    
  • Praises and Prayer Requests:

WEEK 2 Sermon Notes

 

Main text:                             Ephesians 1:3-10

Supporting texts:                           

WEEK 2 Gospel Community Questions

Read Ephesians 1

Focus Passage Ephesians 1:3-10

Describe a time when someone else ‘blessed’ you.  (For more than just sneezing!)

How has God ‘blessed’ believers?

What does it mean to be ‘chosen’ by grace?

How might God use you to be a blessing to others?

            In you group?

            In your community?

            In the global church?

Pray for God to bless your group as you seek Him.

Pray for each other to bless others for God’s glory!

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT IN GOD’S WORD

(Remember the S.O.A.P. method!)

MEMORY VERSE:                           

MONDAY

Bible reading:

  • Personal Application:   
  • Praises and Prayer Requests:

TUESDAY

  • Bible reading:
  • Personal Application:   
  • Praises and Prayer Requests:

WEDNESDAY

  • Bible reading:
  • Personal Application:   
  • Praises and Prayer Requests:

THURSDAY

  • Bible reading:
  • Personal Application:   
  • Praises and Prayer Requests:

FRIDAY

  • Bible reading:
  • Personal Application:   
  • Praises and Prayer Requests:

 

 

WEEK 3 Sermon Notes

Main text:                             Ephesians 1:11-14

Supporting texts:                

WEEK 3 Gospel Community Questions

Read Ephesians 1

Focus passage:  Ephesians 1:11-14

What ‘mark’ do you hope to leave on this world?

God obtained our inheritance ‘in him.’ What is this inheritance?

How many times do you see the phrase ‘in Christ’ or ‘in Him’ in Chapter 1?

How does God guarantee our inheritance?

What does a person’s life look like when they know God has guaranteed their inheritance?

What does this say about grace? (For you? For others?)

How will your life look different now that you know this? (If it does not look different, why not?)

Pray for each other to live with the confidence of a guaranteed saint!

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT IN GOD’S WORD

(Remember the S.O.A.P. method!)

MEMORY VERSE:                           

MONDAY

  • Bible reading:
  • Personal Application:    
  • Praises and Prayer Requests:

TUESDAY

  • Bible reading:
  • Personal Application:    
  • Praises and Prayer Requests:

WEDNESDAY

  • Bible reading:
  • Personal Application:    
  • Praises and Prayer Requests:

THURSDAY

  • Bible reading:
  • Personal Application:    
  • Praises and Prayer Requests:

FRIDAY

  • Bible reading:
  • Personal Application:    
  • Praises and Prayer Requests:

WEEK 4 Sermon Notes

Main text:                             Ephesians 1:15-23

Supporting texts:      

WEEK 4 Gospel Community Questions

Read Ephesians 1

Focus Passage: Ephesians 1:15-23

Describe the most powerful team you have ever been part of; was it a sports team, work team, ministry team, or family? Describe the team members.

Who are the ‘team members’ in this passage?

Verse 15 is referring to the previous section---“For this reason…”  What do you think Paul’s attitude was toward the Ephesians?

What is the greatest display of power the world has ever seen?

What kind of power is available in this team? God-Father, Son, and Spirit,-the apostle Paul, and the Ephesian church.

There is a relationship between the Spirit of wisdom, revelation and the knowledge of him (Jesus.) What does the Spirit of wisdom and revelation bring?

How will this group seek the ‘knowledge of him?’ How will you be able to tell?

Pray for each other to grow in knowledge and grace of Christ Jesus!

Commit to call someone to encourage them this week.

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT IN GOD’S WORD

(Remember the S.O.A.P. method!)

MEMORY VERSE:                           

MONDAY

  • Bible reading:
  • Personal Application:    
  • Praises and Prayer Requests:

TUESDAY

  • Bible reading:
  • Personal Application:    
  • Praises and Prayer Requests:

WEDNESDAY

  • Bible reading:
  • Personal Application:    
  • Praises and Prayer Requests:

THURSDAY

  • Bible reading:
  • Personal Application:    
  • Praises and Prayer Requests:

FRIDAY

  • Bible reading:
  • Personal Application:    
  • Praises and Prayer Requests:

PASTOR TROY’S BIBLIOGRAPHY FOR EPHESIANS STUDY

Arnold, Clinton E. Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament: Ephesians. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Academic, 2010.

Bock, Darrell L. Ephesians: An Introduction and Commentary Vol. 10 Tyndale New Testament Commentaries. Edited by Eckhard J. Schnabel. London: InterVarsity Press, 2019.

Bruce, F.F. The New International Commentary on the New Testament: The Epistles to the Colossians, to Philemon, and to the Ephesians. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1994.

Ferguson, Everett. Backgrounds of Early Christianity Vol.2. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1993.

Foulkes, Francis. Ephesians: An Introduction and Commentary. Vol. 10 Tyndale New Testament Commentaries. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 1989.

Garland, Tremper Longman & David E. The Expositor's Bible Commentary: Ephesians-Philemon Vol.12. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2006.

Gerald F. Hawthorne, Ralph P. Martin, Daniel G. Reid. Dictionary of Paul and His Letters. Downer's Grove: InterVarsity Press, 1993.

Grudem, Wayne. Systematic Theology: EPub Reader. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2000.

Holmes, Michael W. The Greek New Testament: SBL Edition. Lexham Press; Society of Biblical Literature, 2011–2013. Lange, John Peter, Philip Schaff, Karl Braune, and M. B. Riddle. A Commentary on the Holy Scriptures: Ephesians. Bellingham: Logos Bible Software, 2008.

Lincoln, Andrew T. Word Biblical Commentary: Ephesians Vol.42. Dallas: Word Books, 1990.

Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn. An Exposition of Ephesians Vol.1 God's Ultimate Purpose. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 1978.

Martin, Ralph P., and Peter H. Davids. Dictionary of the Later New Testament & Its Developments. Downer's Grove: InterVarsity Press, 1997.

THE HOLY BIBLE ENGLISH STANDARD VERSION. Wheaton: CrossWay Bibles, 2016.

Thielman, Frank. Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament: Ephesians. Grand Rapids : Baker Academic, 2010.

  1. Hall Harris, III. The Lexham Greek-English Interlinear New Testament: SBL Edition. Bellingham : Lexham Press, 2010.

Witherington, III Ben. The Letters to Philemon, the Colossians, and the Ephesians: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on the Captivity Epistles. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2007.

Wright, N.T. Ephesians: 11 Studies for Individuals and Groups. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2009.

 

 

 

 

 

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