The following is a topical summary from our Ephesians study:
The Book of Ephesians
Wonder 1: God’s Plan (= New Creation)
Key Verses: 1:3-14 (9-10); 3:1-13; 4:1-16 (with Chapters 4-6)
“. . . to head up all things in Christ—the things in the heavens and the things on the earth.”
“ . . . according to the plan of the one working all things according to the council of his will.”
“. . . according to the plan of the ages that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Wonder 2: God’s Grace (= New Life/Birth)
Key Verses: 1:4-7; 2:1-10; 5:22-33
“. . . chosen for sonship through Jesus Christ . . . in whom we have the redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of trespasses according to the riches of his grace . . .”
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this not from yourselves—it is the gift of God . . .”
“. . . he is the savior of the body . . . . as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her in order that . . . but nourishes and cares for it, as Christ does the church . . .”
Wonder 3: God’s Gifting (= New DNA)
Key Verses: 2:10; 3:1-13; 4:7-16 (and Chapters 4-6)
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus . . .”
“. . . according to the working of his power . . .”
“But to each of us, grace was given . . .”
Wonder 4: The Church (= New Community)
Key Verses: 2:11-22; 4:1-6 (and Chapters 4-6); 5:22-33
“For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility . . .”
“. . . with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit . . . .”
“ . . . as Christ loved the church . . .”
Wonder 5: Every Spiritual Blessing: the Hope . . . the Riches . . . the Power (= New Reasons to Live)
Key Verses: 1:3-4; 1:15-23; 2:1-3:13; 3:14-21; 4:7-16; 6:10-20
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing . . .”
“. . . what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might . . .”
“. . . to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge . . .”
Wonder 6: Worthy Living (= New Ways to Live)
Key Verses: 4:1-3; 4:17-24 (Chapters 4-6)
“. . . to be holy and blameless before him in love.”
“. . . to live worthy of the calling to which you have been called . . . .”
“. . . to put off your old self . . . be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in holiness and righteousness of truth”
Wonder 7: The Presence and Power of God (= New Access to God)
- learning what’s real and what’s not (“belt of truth”)
- acting according to God’s nature (“breastplate of righteousness”)
- being proactive with the good news of reconciliation and peace (“shoes of the gospel of peace”)
- knowing what we have in Christ and what we are in God’s eyes (“helmet of salvation”)
- having what God says readily available to us—in our hearts and minds (“the sword of the Spirit”)
- communicating with God (in the Spirit) at all times (“praying at all times”)
The seventh wonder of God’s new world is his presence and power: God walks with his people as we work together to grow up into the fullness of Christ.
Key Verses: 2:11-22; 3:1-13; 6:10-20
“For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. . . .
In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.”
“. . . in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him.”
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.”
8 Weeks: September 1 – October 27
Weekly Study Guides
End of Week Online Meeting/Discussion (= “the virtual meeting”)
Blog Discussion throughout the Week
Online Meetings (All times are U.S. Central Standard Time/CST)
Kick-Off: Sunday, Sept 1, 7:00-8:00 p.m. or Tuesday, Sept 3, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Just to say hello, ask questions, and check meeting software
Week 1: Sunday, Sept 8, 7:00-8:00 p.m. or Tuesday, Sept 10, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Week 2: Sunday, Sept 15, 7:00-8:00 p.m. or Tuesday, Sept 17, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Week 3: Sunday, Sept 22, 7:00-8:00 p.m. or Tuesday, Sept 24, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Week 4: Sunday, Sept 29, 7:00-8:00 p.m. or Tuesday, Oct 1, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Week 5: Sunday, Oct 6, 7:00-8:00 p.m. or Tuesday, Oct 8, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Week 6: Sunday, Oct 13, 7:00-8:00 p.m. or Tuesday, Oct 15, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Week 7: Sunday, Oct 20, 7:00-8:00 p.m. or Tuesday, Sept 22, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Week 8: Sunday, Nov 3, 7:00-8:00 p.m. or Tuesday, Nov 5, 7:00-8:00 p.m.