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The Book of Ephesians

Day 10 Challenge: Ephesians 6:10-24

Take a moment to reflect on our time through Ephesians. What aspect has been most helpful for you? What questions do you have as you leave the study? 

Day 9 Challenge: Ephesians 5:22 – 6:9

Circle every place Paul calls human relationships to act ‘as the Lord’, ‘as to the Lord’, in the same way Christ has acted.   

Day 8 Challenge: Ephesians 4:17 – 5:21

Paul describes a lot of ethical boundaries for how we should treat each other in Christ’s community. Identify one area that is the most challenging to you.

Day 7 Challenge: Ephesians 4:1-16

Identify each place Paul describes the goal and destiny of the Church community that we all should aspire to become. 

Day 6 Challenge:  Ephesians 3

How often do you pray for your church family? Take a moment, and pray Paul’s second prayer for your church family – that we may all have the Strength to know Christ’s love in a richer way.

Day 5 Challenge: Ephesians 2:11-22

Make note of all the identity language Paul is using. Before Christ, who were we? In Christ, who are we now?

Day 4 Challenge: Ephesians 2:1-10

Make note of all the identity language Paul is using. Before Christ, who were we? In Christ, who are we now?

Also, to understand the Cosmic Powers better check out the extended video. 

Day 3 Challenge: Eph. 1:15 – 1:23

Identify a circumstance/problem in your life where you’ve been praying that God bring change. Alongside this prayer, ask God to:  1. Help you know Him more through this circumstance.  2. Fill you with hope of His coming return.  3. Ask that God pour out Resurrection Power through this circumstance.

Day 2 Challenge / Eph. 1:1 – 1:14

1. Identify where Paul is talking about each of the 6 themes – A New Age, Authority, Identity, Family, Destiny, and Responsibilities.

2. In the first 14 verses, circle every benefit you can find, that has come to us In Christ. 

Day 1 Challenge / Intro:

Underline every place you see the term ‘In Christ’, ‘In Him’, ‘In Love’, etc, throughout all 6 chapters of Ephesians. The phrase is packed with meaning and appears dozens of times in Ephesians.

Thank you for joining the 10-day Gospel challenge! A few things before we start. 

– If you’re reading along in your own Bible or online, we’re reading in the ESV version.

– Along with your daily challenge, each day we’ll identify 6 common themes in Paul’s letters:

Is Paul talking about a New Authority?: Through Jesus’ death and resurrection, God has made Jesus the true Lord over all other Rulers & Powers. 

Is Paul talking about the New Age?: In Christ, We’ve been rescued from the “evil age” and brought into the “Kingdom of God.” 

Is Paul talking about a New Identity?: By naming Jesus as Lord, We have been Spiritually transported into a new location on the Cosmic Map. Our identities have been recovered with Jesus – what’s true of Him is true of us, His death and Resurrection Life.

Is Paul talking about our New Family?: In Christ, we are included into God’s people, His new family, His church, where Jesus is the Head. God has made from Himself One New People from Jews & Gentiles.

Is Paul talking about our New Responsibilities?: In Christ, “we have an entirely new range of options for behavior, relationships, patterns of thought and speech and the future trajectory of our lives.”  Dr. Tim Gombis

Is Paul talking about our New Destiny?: Our great Hope is Christ’s Return, Resurrection, future Restoration of all of God’s Creation. (Not a strong theme in Ephesians, present more throughout the rest of Paul’s letters)

A Few things to know about Ephesians and the Apostle Paul:

– Paul wrote Ephesians while in prison.

– Paul, formerly called Saul, was a Pharisee who persecuted and killed Christians before he became a Christ-follower.

– Unlike Paul’s other letters, (Romans, Galatians, Philippians, Colossians, 1&2 Corinthians, 1&2 Timothy, 1&2 Thessalonians, Titus, Philemon) Ephesians is unique because it was not necessarily written to one specific church or person but intended to be read by many different churches. For this reason, many scholars consider Ephesians to be Paul’s clearest expression of His worldview and Gospel.

– The book of Colossians is an interesting partner text to Ephesians as roughly 34% of Colossians finds parallel to Ephesians. 

– When we include associated concepts of Paul like ‘to suffer with’, ‘to be crucified with’, ‘to make alive with’, etc, the concept of “In Christness” comes up over 200 times in Paul’s letters.