Ephesians, Lesson #5 God’s Marvelous Plan for the Gentiles Ephesians 3.1 – 13. The church is also to be a unity. A good test of our humility is to ask, “Do you see the need for others?” Humbling ourselves is an active step of thinking properly about oneself in the overall context of life. 5:18-6:9, and victory – Eph. Ephesians 1:4-6 Bible Study Questions My biggest difficulty in understanding Ephesians 4:3 has been the word ‘preserve (NASB)’ or ‘keep’ (NIV). I have been troubled for a long time on what Paul means by 'preserve the unity of the Spirit.' NIV, Storyline Bible, Comfort Print: Each Story Plays a Part. “And they were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Deceit Ephesians 1:15-17 Bible Study Questions, Ephesians 2:1-3, an Introduction What does Ephesians 4:2 mean? At other times, I ducked and avoided. Questions (Ephesians 2:8-10) Ephesians 2 – We are taken out of the graveyard of sin and placed in the throne room of glory. It is a beginning. The parents are responsible for their children. When God’s design for respect toward the parents is not met, the family can become an awful place to live. Paul's Second Missonary Journey to Ephesus - Map So I had to get at behind the person at the other register. Once I was invited to this government banquet. The parents know their child has a problem. Ephesians 4 - A Study Guide by Mark A. Copeland. Studying scripture mastery passages will help students increase their understanding of basic doctrines and be prepared to teach them to others. How do I know? With all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing forbearance to one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:1-3). Paul says it is agape love that keeps unity. Ephesians 5:25 Marital Love Definitely not. That’s the reason we teach. It is the individual greed in each person like a compass that makes them work together. Their sense of unity is framed around their hope and willingness to use others to get what they so desperately want. Ephesians 4:4-5 Reason for Oneness Ephesians 2:4–7 (ESV) We are seated with Christ Jesus in the heavenly places. You may want to suggest that students mark scripture mastery passages in a distinctive way so they will be able to locate them easily. It is easy to respond nice to nice people, but when we meet a grump, it is easy to be grumpy back. A bond or glue keeps things together. In this verse, we see it is peace which binds the hearts of individuals together. Ephesians 2:11-22 Objectives: The student can identify some of the Temple imagery employed by Paul. Jesus was this way and wants us to let Him live His life through us. I hope by now that you can recognize that a show of outward unity is not unity, not the least the unity of the Spirit. They made sacrifices to help others. Just think about the difference between having a patient or impatient wife. God’s way is always the best way. They think the same about some certain matter. All that brought was longstanding tension. Patience does not mean someone has wronged you, but forbearance contains this idea - something wrong is being done to you. Ephesians 4:1 speaks about what the Lord has given to us in Christ: our calling. And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace” (James 3:14-18). Special attention is given to contrast the worldly unity (which is superficial unity) with God's true unity. This is what we all need to yearn for even if it takes our whole being. He is dead – v.1 He is spiritually dead; and unable to … Ephesians 6:17 Sword of Spirit, B) Our Oneness of the Body (Ephesians 4:2-3), C) The Preservation of Unity (Ephesians 4:3), D) The Doctrine of Unity (Ephesians 4:4-6), Overcoming Anxiety: Finding Peace; Discovering God, Paul's Second Missonary Journey to Ephesus - Map. We need, however, to penetrate the surface and go deeper to hold onto the great things that the Lord has for us. Great Love - Ephesians 2:1 – 10 Reconciliation - Ephesians 2:11 -22 Manifold Mystery - Ephesians 3 Unity of the Church - Ephesians 4:1-10 Building the Body - Ephesians 4:10-16 Old Man, New Man - Ephesians 4:17-32 Imitation of God - Ephesians 5:1-14 If he is typical, he doesn’t do a good job understanding her needs. Of course, no one thinks absolutely the same. This kind of unity was exactly what God desired: people centering their lives around Him. Do you have peace in your life? What should they do? First, the Ephesians—and all Christians—are to live in humility. For now, however, we will leave this topic and return to it shortly. I think it would be better to write, “Being diligent to make the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” Words like make, create, form or plan would all work. And everyone kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles. But again, we find that this seems to be more of a theory or doctrine than something that is put in practice. Ephesians 2:19-22 Bible Study Questions, Ephesians 3:1-10 Growing in Our Commitment The cashier next to me was busy with one person and then another. That is great for ambulances but not for us. Ephesians 6:1-3 Obedience to Parents This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic. Ephesians 4:11–14 is a scripture mastery passage. The word we most often use for diligence today is consistency. It refers to inward peace–tranquility, or the peace between individuals–harmony. Is this what Paul means by preserving the peace? Ephesians 3:8-10 The Calling of the Gospel This describes what Paul reminds us to. Preserving the unity of the body stands at a higher priority than purity. Ephesians, Lesson #4 Reconciled Through Christ Ephesians 2.11 - 22. One had to be careful not to be trodden down by others. “But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth. is not characterized by these things, then we need to change our approach to life or our problems will only worsen. This is the enemy of love. I understand this. This is the fourth lesson from the Book of Ephesians. This is clearly unacceptable. The same is true in the church. On the one hand when people concur to do evil, such as in Sodom, we find judgment. Ephesians 1:1-3 Introduction in text. As a husband, I have had to see what it means to live at peace with my wife. ῾ο δὲ θεὸς, πλούσιος ὢν ἐν ἐλέει —“But God, being rich in mercy.” The apostle resumes the thought started in Ephesians 2:1. Do you sense friction? Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. As a pastor, I have had to get involved in the details of people’s lives. Ephesians 2:8-10 Extraordinary Purpose I tended to endure misunderstandings rather than with a prayerful heart go and carefully clear them up. Peace is not just something acquired so that we can sleep well, but it shapes our relationship with God and others too. A patient wife is not demanding but understanding. Ephesians 4:12 Purpose of equipping Lessons on Ephesians Lesson 1: The Church at Ephesus Lesson 2: Themes in Relationships Lesson 3: What God Has Done Lesson 4: Praise and Prayer Lesson 5: The Church: God's Workmanship Lesson 6: The Church Without Walls Lesson 7: God's Mystery Ephesians 4:17-21 He calleth men off from the vain and impure conversation of the heathen world, Ephesians 4:22-24 to renounce the old, and to put on the new, man, Ephesians 4:25 to discard lying, Ephesians 4:26,27 and sinful anger. Ephesians 5:31-32 Redemptive Analogy & Marriage Work toward unity and blessing will be found (Psalm 133). It’s easy to get too used to that word. I don’t think so. with all meekness and mildness, with patience supporting each other in charity [with patience supporting, or up-bearing, together in charity]. Pretend unity is not unity. Ephesians: Discipleship Lessons, by Dr. Ralph F. Wilson JesusWalk Bible Study Series Participant Guide Handout Sheets If you’re working with a class or small group, feel free to duplicate the following handouts in this appendix at no additional charge. That is, in my mind it didn’t smoothly read but made me wonder about its meaning. But if there is any threat to them missing out a bit on the free food, watch out. Ephesians 3:20-21 Bible Study Questions, Introduction: Problems of Disunity It enables people to work with others even though they have differences. Ephesians 1:1-3 Bible Study Questions Maybe he is watching too much television, writing too much IM or watching things that they disapprove of. Bible Study Questions are provided at the end. And it is already established that Christ has been raised from the dead and seated far above (literally, above above!) Ephesians 1:1 Only by the Will of God Tension is arising. To be brief, we have been cheated. The word ‘unity’ only has meaning when more than one is present. EPHESIANS CHAPTER 1 After you have looked at Ephesians as a whole and considered the overall questions, begin to go through the book verse by verse and notice even more richness and detail. Ephesians 2:2 B) Man's World Is there peace? Just ignore the problem? A string bound around some magazines will keep them tied together. They will learn what a worthy walk of a believer looks like. “With patience” reminds us that we cannot insist everyone live trying to maximum our own time efficiency. What word is it then that makes this verse difficult to understand? Ephesians 4:14-16 Bible Study Questions, Ephesians 4:11-14 Chart: Equipping of the Saints [ See verse text ] Living in a manner worthy of Christ's calling (Ephesians 4:1) includes four traits described in this verse. Unity describes how brothers and sisters function as one. Ephesians 1:3 Every Spiritual Blessing Let me describe it through an illustration. When we live out our lives in this manner, others can live around us much more easily. The problem is with the people and their relationships with others rather than the situation. Ephesians 4:16 Summary: Function of the Church He thinks it is better to let her deal with the trouble rather than getting involved. Outward uniformity is as yet unattainable; but Ephesians 2:3 C) Man's Heart Ligaments keep the body’s bones functioning together. We are not just looking for the absence of conflict but inwardly the success of others. Ephesians 2:10 B) Purpose of our Lives Ephesians 4:4-6 Bible Study Questions, Ephesians 4:11-13: A) God's Word in the Church You just want a quiet house. The unity of the Spirit is quite different. We would be more than happy to rewrite the verse to fit our experiences. Patience is that special ‘art’ of getting excited to help others be efficient in what they are doing even to our own detriment. If our style of being a husband, wife, parent, leader, etc. Ephesians 4:15a 2. As long as they each get their portion, they are happy. We should not allow the absence of outward conflict to define the peace that God wants to give to us. When they persisted after one goal, they could accomplish amazing things. Or if there is disagreement in Biblical instruction or teaching, should we always be quiet? Nor are we to be like the sporadic individuals who only comes alive for an important test. The Lord Himself told us that we were not to tear the tares out early. As a Dad, I have had to learn what it is to preserve the unity of the Spirit with my family. Maybe you differ with a small group leader or another on how he or she does something. Ephesians 3:2-5 The Reliability of the Gospel We are to be forgiving as He has forgiven us. I only was trying to preserve the status quo. The unity then comes when we all focus on His will and purpose. Let me give you some illustrations. A husband knows something is wrong. Ephesians 4:1 Calling to Unity Our old nature just naturally has us think more of ourselves as more important than others. Ephesians 4:4, the very next verse, states “There is one body and one Spirit.” When He is working in each individual, each individual is seeking to accomplish His purpose. The Holy Spirit, as the common higher principle of life ( Ephesians 2:18 Ephesians 2:22), gives to the Church its true unity. Our experience does not ring true with the command to preserve unity. Again, we see them functioning as one. If we do not have peace in our hearts, it is hard to have peace with others. all rule and authority and dominion and power and above every Learning Goal: Students will learn from Ephesians 4 what makes a believer’s walk worthy before the Lord. A person is angry with another. This is what Paul begins to address here in Ephesians 4:2-3. I have had to learn how to live at peace with all sorts of people. We need to show forbearance to all through the power of His love. Ephesians, Lesson #6 A Prayer for the Ephesians Ephesians 3.14 - 21. But words that imply the unity is already present seem to counter our life experience. Ephesians 4:15b 3. In these two verses Paul lists 5 things we are to pay attention to in order to carry out this vision of oneness with the Lord and others. Each time I read that verse, one word stood out like a sore thumb. She told me she was closed but her window had no indication of that. Peace has two meanings. The word ‘diligence’ speaks about a persistent attitude in which one tackles some problem. In these cases, I can see that I did not keep the unity of the Spirit. Ephesians 6:1-4 An Excellent Proof Ephesians 6:1-4 Children and Parents W.F. When God designed marriage, He no doubt was thinking of the beauty of unity. The ‘Bowtie Unity’ diagram below describes God’s response to these different kinds of unity. Maybe it would be best to understand this by thinking of the opposite of peace. This picture is quite different than the world. We see a positive example when the people of God unite in prayer to God. The good thing is that we largely need to focus on our own individual lives. An example of this is certain cult-like denominations which so emphasize their own Christian community and their inherent unity, they treat other brothers and sisters outside of the community of the Lord. I allowed a lack of confrontation to stand for unity or peace. Find your place in the home and humbly live it out even if it goes against your feelings. Ephesians 4:3 Preservation of Unity Is this what Paul is suggesting? As a missionary, I met many non-Christians and worked with many Christians. “Preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:1-3). The mission to train the child makes the focus on the child more important than most other things. There is often, a desperate cry in our hearts, “How?”. The longer one lives, the more one finds this is true. Next =>. Peace is a commonly used word but not very often well understood. There is strain in the relationship because of some offense. Lesson 13: Salvation is Totally of God (Ephesians 2:4-7) Lesson 14: Salvation by Grace through Faith Alone (Ephesians 2:8-9) Lesson 15: Salvation and Good Works (Ephesians 2:10) Lesson 16: Remembering Then, but Now! It stood out because it didn’t fit. The father is the head of the home. His wife has hinted at a couple of things she is concerned about. There was no consideration of one another. Ephesians - Lesson 4 By Curt Niccum The Rebuilding of the Temple. Ephesians 4:6 One God & Father Now let’s explore one of the most confusing concepts in this verse. Through this passage the Lord has given me a renewed energy to live out this unity despite the challenges I face. Does Paul mean that you should be quiet and not say anything? 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