Ephesians (W8D1) No Longer

Week 8. Monday: No Longer PRAY: Ask God to speak to you from His Word. READ: Ephesians 4:17-18 17 So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. 18 They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. UNDERSTAND: get a deeper understanding of the key words Insist (Greek: martyromai): to affirm in God’s name Live (Greek: peripateō): this word literally means “to walk” This word is also used to mean; to make progress, to conduct one’s self Paul also uses this word in Romans 6:4 and 13:13. As the Gentiles D

Ephesians (W7D6) Prepare for Sunday

Week 7. Saturday: Prepare for Sunday REVIEW: Take a few minutes to make a list of what you’ve learned this week. PRAY: Ask God to use this time to help you get familiar with Sunday’s scripture passage. READ: Ephesians 4:17-32 17 So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. 18 They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. 19 Having lost all sensitivity,they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed. 20 That, however, is not the

Ephesians (W7D5) Growth in Every Way

Week 7. Friday: Growth in Every Way PRAY: Ask God to speak to you from His Word. READ: Ephesians 4:15-16 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. 16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. UNDERSTAND: get a deeper understanding of the key words Speaking the Truth in Love (Greek: alētheuō agapē): to teach or profess truth Believers must always live out of truth. There is no other way. Truth must come out of genuine love for those we speak to and teach. Telling the truth is not always pleasant (

Ephesians (W7D4) No Longer Infants

Thursday: No Longer Infants PRAY: Ask God to speak to you from His Word. READ: Ephesians 4:14 14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. UNDERSTAND: get a deeper understanding of the key words Infants (Greek: nēpios): a metaphor for being childish, untaught, unstable Paul said the Corinthians were worldly and childish (1 Corinthians 3:1). We start as infants in Christ but should not stay that way (1 Corinthians 13:11). Tossed Back and Forth (Greek: klydōnizomai): metaphor for being mentally agitated Blown Here and There (Greek: peripherō

Ephesians (W7D3) Serving Others

Wednesday: Serving Others PRAY: Ask God to speak to you from His Word. READ: Ephesians 4:11-13 11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. UNDERSTAND: get a deeper understanding of the key words Apostles (Greek: apostolos): messenger sent forth with orders This term specifically applies to the twelve apostles of the first century. Because there is no indication that there were any apostles after P

Ephesians (W7D2) Complete Unity

Week 7. Tuesday: Complete Unity PRAY: Ask God to speak to you from His Word. READ: Ephesians 4:4-10 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. 7 But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. 8 This is why it says: “When he ascended on high, he took many captives and gave gifts to his people.” 9 (What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions? 10 He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.) UNDERSTAND:

Ephesians (W7D1) Live Worthy of Your Calling

Week 7. Monday: Live Worthy of Your Calling PRAY: Ask God to speak to you from His Word. READ: Ephesians 4:1-3 1 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. UNDERSTAND: get a deeper understanding of the key words Live a Life Worthy (Greek: peripateō axiōs): to walk in a suitable manner Paul is urging us to live daily like we belong to God. Also see Philippians 1:27 and Colossians 1:9-14. Calling (Greek: klēsis): the divine invitation of God This divine calling refers to our s

Ephesians (W6D6) Prepare for Sunday

Week 6. Saturday: Prepare for Sunday REVIEW: Take a few minutes to make a list of what you’ve learned this week. PRAY: Ask God to use this time to help you get familiar with Sunday’s scripture passage. READ: Ephesians 4:1-16 1 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. 7 But t

Ephesians (W6D5) More Than You Think

Week 6. Friday: More Than You Think PRAY: Ask God to speak to you from His Word. READ: Ephesians 3:20-21 20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. UNDERSTAND: get a deeper understanding of the key words Able (Greek: dynamai): perfectly able, beyond able Immeasurably More (Greek: hyperekperissou hyper): far more abundantly beyond Paul uses multiple words here to force the weight of his point. A literal translation would be, “far more abundantly beyond all” Paul is stressing to excess that God can do fa

Ephesians (W6D4) The Fullness of God's Love

Week 6. Thursday: The Fullness of God’s Love PRAY: Ask God to speak to you from His Word. READ: Ephesians 3:18-19 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. UNDERSTAND: get a deeper understanding of the key words Power (Greek: exischyō): to have full strength, to be eminently able In this context this refers to having the full ability to grasp the love of Christ. Being rooted and established in love results in greater understanding. Grasp (Greek: katalambanō): to lay hold of, to take possess

Ephesians (W6D3) Deep Roots

Week 6. Wednesday: Deep Roots PRAY: Ask God to speak to you from His Word. READ: Ephesians 3:17 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, UNDERSTAND: get a deeper understanding of the key words Dwell (Greek: katoikeō): to inhabit, to settle in This word can also mean: to inhabit in a way that prompts and governs. Therefore, Christ does not just live in us, He also lives through us. In a negative sense, when an evil spirit lives in us it will also prompt and govern us for the purpose of doing evil. When Christ lives in us He will prompt and govern us for the purpose of righteousness and glorifying God. Through Faith (

Ephesians (W6D2) Power for the Soul

Week 6. Tuesday: Power for the Soul PRAY: Ask God to speak to you from His Word. READ: Ephesians 3:16 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, UNDERSTAND: get a deeper understanding of the key words Glorious Riches (Greek: doxa ploutos): abundance, fullness The context here is the strength and power of God. Paul is saying that God has an abundance of strength/power to give us. Strengthen (Greek: krataioō): to increase in strength, made stronger In Greek, this is an action in the past that continues indefinitely. Therefore, Paul is praying for a continual increase in strength. Even Jesus, in His humanity, grew in stre

Ephesians (W6D1) Bow The Knee

Week 6. Monday: Bow the Knee PRAY: Ask God to speak to you from His Word. READ: Ephesians 3:14-15 14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. UNDERSTAND: get a deeper understanding of the key words For This Reason (Greek: houtos charin): for this cause, for the sake of these things This is a reference to the preceding thirteen verses. Paul’s prayer in 3:14-21 is a result of the truth in vv. 1-13 that God is working through the church to make known His manifold wisdom to the world. Kneel (Greek: kamptō egō gony): to bow in reverence and honor Kneeling is an act of worship reserved for God alone. Kneeling when we pray can h

Ephesians (W5D6) Prepare for Sunday

Week 5. Saturday: Prepare for Sunday REVIEW: Take a few minutes to make a list of what you’ve learned this week. PRAY: Ask God to use this time to help you get familiar with Sunday’s scripture passage. READ: Ephesians 3:14-21 14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,

Ephesians (W5D5) Glorious Suffering

Week 5. Friday: Glorious Suffering PRAY: Ask God to speak to you from His Word. READ: Ephesians 3:12-13 12 In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence. 13 I ask you, therefore, not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory. UNDERSTAND: get a deeper understanding of the key words In Him (Greek: en hos): by him, with him In Christ we live and move (Acts 17:28). Paul wanted to be in Christ in every way (Philippians 3:8-10). Through Faith (Greek: dia pistis): through confident and constant conviction God gives us the gift of faith so we can approach Him, but also for many other reasons: to make us righteous and justified (Roman

Ephesians (W5D4) God's Intent

Week 5. Thursday: God’s Intent PRAY: Ask God to speak to you from His Word. READ: Ephesians 3:10-11 10 His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, 11 according to his eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. UNDERSTAND: get a deeper understanding of the key words Intent (Greek: hina): so that, in order that, for the purpose of Through the Church (Greek: dia ekklēsia): the gathering/assembly of God’s people Manifold Wisdom (Greek: polypoikilos sophia): much varied supreme intelligence God’s wisdom is foolish to unbelievers (1 Corinthians 1:19). God’s wisdom is perfect

Ephesians (W5D3) God is Great In The Least of Us

Week 5. Wednesday: God is Great in the Least of Us PRAY: Ask God to speak to you from His Word. READ: Ephesians 3:7-9 7 I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of his power. 8 Although I am less than the least of all the Lord’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the boundless riches of Christ, 9 and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things. UNDERSTAND: get a deeper understanding of the key words Servant (Greek: diakonos): minister, one who executes the commands of another Believers are called to be servants of Christ. We serve Chri

Ephesians (W5D2) Greater Insight

Week 5. Tuesday: Greater Insight PRAY: Ask God to speak to you from His Word. READ: Ephesians 3:4-6 4 In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, 5 which was not made known to people in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God’s holy apostles and prophets. 6 This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus. UNDERSTAND: get a deeper understanding of the key words Understand (Greek: noeō): to perceive with the mind Can also mean “consider” or “reflect” (2 Timothy 2:7). Understanding requires faith (Heb

Ephesians (W5D1) Revealing God's Grace

Week 5. Monday: Revealing God’s Grace PRAY: Ask God to speak to you from His Word. READ: Ephesians 3:1-3 1 For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles 2 Surely you have heard about the administration of God’s grace that was given to me for you, 3 that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly. UNDERSTAND: get a deeper understanding of the key words Administration (Greek: oikonomia): management, stewardship In Greek, this word refers to the management of household affairs. God gave Paul a mission to preach the gospel of grace (Colossians 1:25). In the same way we should be good stewards of God’s grace. God’s Grac

Prepare for Sunday

Saturday: Prepare for Sunday REVIEW: Take a few minutes to make a list of what you’ve learned this week. PRAY: Ask God to use this time to help you get familiar with Sunday’s scripture passage. READ: Ephesians 3:1-13 1 For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles 2 Surely you have heard about the administration of God’s grace that was given to me for you, 3 that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly. 4 In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, 5 which was not made known to people in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God’s holy apost

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