Even thought the "live" study of Ephesians has completed, you can still take advantage of the recordings and study questions we used each week!
Pastor Duane led the study, providing commentary and taking questions for the first 30 minutes. Following that, we broke out into smaller groups using some discussion questions that were per-identified.
So, check out the content below! Feel free to study on your own or with a group of friends!
Have a blessed week!!
Week 1 (Chapter 1 - part 1)
Week one covers Chapter 1:1-8. Here are a few questions to contemplate:
1) What main thought or idea in 1:1-8 captured you?
2) I'm verse 3 what do you think the phrase means "every spiritual blessing"?
3) What does it mean to you to be adopted into God's family?
4) How do you feel about the fact that your adoption "gave him great pleasure". What does that mean?
5) What are the blessings you have received according to verse 6?
6) What does it mean to you that you have been showered with wisdom and understanding (vs 8)?
7) What action step or belief do you feel God is impressing on your heart?
Week 2 (Chapter 1 - part 2)
1) Share with the group the name of a person or persons that influenced you coming to faith. Have each person share to break the sound barrier.
2) What is the mystery Paul is referring to?
3) What does it mean (vs 10) that "he will bring everything under the authority of Christ"?
4) What is our inheritance in God?
5) How often do you thank God for your church family/individuals?
6) What does it mean to be marked by the Holy Spirit?
7) What does it mean to see with the eyes of the heart?
8) How have you experienced God's power in your life?
9) What does this section of Scripture say about you as a child of God? Is there a promise you need to claim that you haven't embraced?
10) What does it mean to be filled with Jesus?
Week 3 (Chapter 2 - part 1)
1) What truth in chapter 1 blessed you?
2) Why were you spiritually dead (2:1)?
3) What's the difference between "living in sin" and "living in the Spirit"?
4) Paul explains how that sin was once "in control" of your life but now sin is present as an outlaw. Elaborate.
5) Explain the process of reconciliation as stated by Paul in 2:4-6?
6) What does it mean that we are seated with Christ in heavenly realms?
7) One commentator said that God exhibits mercy that "doesn't let go". What do you think that means?
8) How does faith and grace work in partnership to secure your salvation?
9) You are called the "workmanship of God". Literally a "work of art or masterpiece ". How do you feel about that?
10) How do "good works" fit into the life of the believer?
Week 4 (Chapter 2 - part 2)
1) What does God want you to remember in His relationship with you?
2) What is circumcision of the heart?
3) What does it mean to live in a world without God and without hope (vs 12)?
4) How are we to approach God?
5) How can the wall of hostility be broken down in our context between blacks and whites?
6) Paul says the " system of the law with its commandments and regulations " has ended. What does that mean?
7) How do you make "one people" from two groups?
8) You are no longer strangers and foreigners. What does that mean to you?
9) Together we are His house. What does that mean?
10) Describe what the Temple of the Lord should look like today. How can we as individuals and a community faith move towards that reality?
Week 5 (Chapter 3)
- If someone asked you, "What's the one thing that matters most to you?"...what would you say?
- Describe your understanding of "the mystery of Christ" from Ephesians 3:2-6
- What does "I became a servant of this gospel..." mean in verse 7?
- What is "...his eternal purpose..." in verse 11?
- In your life, how do you approach Godwith confidence? (verse 12) When do you lack confidence in approaching Him?
- How are you "...rooted and established in love..." (verse 17)
- What does it mean to "...be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God?" (verse 19)
Week 6 (Chapter 4)
- Out of all the ways that Paul is calling the Church to show Christ, which do you struggle most with?
- Paul is urging the Church to be worthy of our calling. How do you view your calling?
- What gifts has God given you that you feel help edify the body of Christ? Are you using those today?
- Are there any commonly held/accepted world views that you find in conflict with living life as a follower of Christ?
- Does doctrine, the teaching of the Church, play a role in sanctification? What connections do you see Paul making between the two?
- Share your story with one another of how you have been renewed in your thinking. How has your acceptance of Jesus transformed the “old self” into your “new self”?
Week 7 (Chapter 5)
- What does it mean to imitate God?
- What does it mean to "live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ?"
- Why was Christ's sacrifice called a "pleasing aroma to God?"
- Paul contrasts living in light and living in darkness. Why does this matter?
- How do you determine what pleases the Lord? (vs. 10)
- What does vs. 21 mean to you?
- Why did Paul say to wives, "submit to your husbands as to the Lord"?
- Why do you think Paul didn't say that husbands should submit to their wives?
- What does it mean for husbands to love your wives?
- Compare Christ's love for the church and a man's love for his wife.
Week 8 (Chapter 6)
1) What does it mean to honor your father and mother as an adult?
2) How do parents provoke their children to anger? How can we avoid doing this?
3) Does the Bible say slavery/servant hood is acceptable?
4) What is Paul saying about the treatment and relationship to slaves that was different from culture?
5) What is the key truth in 5-9?
6) Which piece of armor is most needed in your life? Why?
7) How does the armor of God protect you?
8) What does it mean to stay alert and be persistent in your prayers? (vs. 18)
9) What does it mean for you to be God's ambassador?
10) What was the most impactful truth or idea you have embraced from our study of Ephesians?