Weekly Study: Ephesians 1

Welcome to our new weekly study of the Bible!

What you will find below is a simple Bible study guide. Of course, it isn’t the only method for studying the Bible, but rather a helpful, simple structure to follow along with. 

The intent is really for you to be able to go along with these steps, and then bring what you have learned, or what you have found to be the most important or meaningful, to one of the Adult Bible Study, Life Group, or Life Transformation Group times that are taking place through the English Worship.

These next few weeks will consist of going through the book of Ephesians, starting this week with Chapter 1, with the goal of helping each other to be in the Bible and reading God’s words each day:

Ephesians 1

1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,

To God’s holy people in Ephesus, the faithful in Christ Jesus:

2 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5 he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace 8 that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, 9 he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10 to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.

11 In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, 12 in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. 13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.

15 For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, 16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.


The Three Simple Steps:

Prepare – Study – Respond

Prepare

(Pray Every Day)
  • Before reading the passage, take a moment to pause in prayer.
  • Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you today, to soften your heart and mind, and to be able to focus.
  • What persons, events, or other ideas pop into your mind during this time? What is grabbing at your attention at the moment?  Feel free to write them down on a piece of paper. (This will help you to set these things aside for a moment, so that you can read the Bible and hear what God is saying.)
  • You may also choose to write down a word that describes how you are feeling about those things that are grabbing at your attention.
  • You can also reflect back on the day before and how you felt and what happened by writing one sentence that starts with “Yesterday…”  ( This will help you to take notice of how you are doing and feeling emotionally and continues to help prepare you to read and hear what God is saying.)

Study

(Understanding)

Steps to Follow Each Day:

  • Scan over and read the whole chapter to get an overall sense of what it is talking about.
  • Go back and read it again and pay attention to patterns or verses that draw your attention.
  • Write down what you observed and any questions you may have.
  • Circle or underline any words that really stick out to you.
  • Draw a box around any key directional / explanation words (words that help to really tell you what is going on and in what way: because, so that, therefore, etc.)

Day One: Read over Chapter 1. Now go back and follow the above guidelines.

Day Two: Read Chapter 1 again. Now go back and focus on Ephesians 1:1-10. Pick one or two verses that speak to you in particular today. Write them down. Ponder/Reflect on this today.

Day Three: Read Chapter 1 again. Now go back and focus on Ephesians 1:11-15. Pick one or two verses that speak to you in particular today. Write them down. Ponder/Reflect on this today.

Day Four: Read Chapter 1 again. Now go back and focus on Ephesians 1:16-23. Pick one or two verses that speak to you in particular today. Write them down. Ponder/Reflect on this today.

Day Five and Six: Read Chapter 1 again. Now focus on the verses you chose above for each day. How do they apply to you? Why did the Holy Spirit point them out to you? What action step would be helpful to take in relation to those verses?

Day Seven: Sunday Review of Chapter 1

Respond

(Apply)

In reflecting on the reading for each day, ask yourself these questions:

– Lord, what were you saying through this Chapter?

– Lord, what are you saying to me today?

– Where/How is Jesus present in these verses, and what truth about Himself is God reminding me of?

– How should I respond to this truth? What direction are you giving me? What action should I take?


Life Group

If you are a part of a Life Group, talk about the Scripture verses that the Holy Spirit brought to your attention in your reading this week. 

Share why and how you think they apply to your life right now. 

Share what truths have you been reminded of about God and what difference do they make in your life?

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