Bible Study for 3/23, ReThink
Read this with friends over the internet then respond to the questions together!
PURPOSE & THEME
Ephesians is a letter written by Paul around the same time he wrote the letter called Colossians. Most of the time, Paul’s letters were written to address a specific circumstance. Ephesians is different, though, addressing broad issues and not situations. Paul’s main theme throughout Ephesians is that Christ is the head of the Church, which is His body. Ephesians supports and encourages unity for all believers in Christ. Paul wrote this letter from prison, and identifies himself as “a prisoner of the Lord.” This shows he understood the reason for his imprisonment and how God would use his time of semi-isolation. Doesn’t that speak to what we are all going through right now? We know from the letter that Paul continued to preach boldly even when he was literally in chains.
Ephesians is a great book to read together while we are being forced to isolate ourselves to prevent the spread of a virus. So many people are hopeless and desperate right now. Losing jobs and moving into financial ruin. Even through all of that, the Jesus Followers can continue to be joyful, and boldly share the Gospel. Just like Paul did when he was in prison! People are looking for hope in an increasingly hopeless world. Is the Body of Christ going to unify during this time and light up the darkness? Or will the Believers allow physical separation to prevent the Kingdom of God from growing? We get to decide! Read this study of Ephesians chapter 1 then discuss the questions at the end with someone over Facetime or Zoom so that we can all stay connected and encourage each other through this season! The body of believers will grow even stronger and larger through this time!
- Chapters 1-3 The Spiritual Privileges of the Church.
- Chapters 4-6 The Spiritual responsibilities of the Church.
In this section, we see Paul actually launch into a doxology after his first greeting. A doxology is a short song or Hymn of praises to God. In this Doxology, we see Paul identify the parts played in salvation by the three parts of the Trinity. The Father chose us (1:4), The Son redeemed us (1:7), The Holy Spirit sealed us (1:14).1 Holy Spirit is the promise that seals our eternity when Jesus returns to earth. Our heavenly blessing is the grace God has given us, to be adopted into his family and saved from our sin.
Conduct Within Those Blessings
Our responsibility now, with the grace God has given us, is to strive to know him better. (1:18-19) Go read Revelation Chapter 21:1-4. When Paul writes that we have been sealed by the Holy Spirit for eternity, this is what it is talking about! The Holy Spirit is the down payment of the time to come!
Now call up a friend, tell them to read Ephesians chapter 1 and this bible study, then talk through the book and these questions together!
- How can we begin to understand God’s Grace?
- How can we get to know God better? Are you actively doing those things, even through quarantine?
- How do you think this season will change the Church?
- Do you feel equipped to stay connected through this time?
- What is your plan?