Sunday, September 4th, 2016
The letter written to the saints at Ephesus offers general instruction in the truths of God’s redemptive work in Christ; the unity of the church among diverse peoples; and proper conduct in the church, the home, and the world.
There are three main themes found in Ephesians. The first is that Christ has reconciled all creation to himself and to God. It also explains that Christ has united people from all nations to himself and to one another in his church. Throughout this beautiful letter there is an unmistakable theme that expresses the truth that Christians must live as new people.
As you read and study together, make sure to work hard at hearing from everyone that has gathered together. Pray for one another and be accountable to applying the word of God to your lives.
Questions for this week:
- As you read through Ephesians 1, count how many times Jesus is named or referenced (he, him, etc. ). What does the frequent mention of Christ say about what Paul is trying to convey to the Ephesians?
- How do you understand the language of adoption? What does that mean to you? Where else in scripture is God referred to as our Father, or is as his children?
- What does the legal terminology of this passage (“trespass,” “will,” “inheritance,” “guarantee”) say about our sin and God’s grace?
- What is the hope to which God has called you? What is the inheritance of the saints? How does this hope affect the way we live?