Weekly Study: Ephesians 2 Round 2

Welcome to our 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, this week with a second look at Chapter 2, with the goal of helping each other to be in the Bible and reading God’s words each day:

Ephesians 2

As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath. 4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.

8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. 

11 Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (that done in the body by the hands of men)— 12 remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ.

14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15 by abolishing in his flesh the law with its commandments and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace, 16 and in this one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. 17 He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit. 

19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 21 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit. 


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 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 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: *NEW*

  • Since Chapter 2 is one of the critical chapters in Ephesians, we are going to spend another week on it.
  • First, this will be done by reviewing the entire context.
  • Second, this will be done by going back through some key sections in Chapter 2.

Day One: Read Ephesians. Quickly read through the whole book of Ephesians. Note any verse or passages that stand out to you.

Day Two: Read Chapter 1. Focus on Ephesians 1:18. Read Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians and personalize it for yourself. Ponder: Ask Jesus to know the “hope,” “riches,” and “great power.”

Day Three: Read Chapter 2. Focus on Ephesians 2:4-10. Read carefully the verses which state: “Made us alive with Christ,” “raised up with Christ,” “seated us with Him,” “kindness to us in Christ,” “created in Christ to do good works.” What does this tell you about our Father God?

Day Four: Read Chapter 2. Focus on Ephesians 2:11-13. This about your relationship with Jesus and ask Him to help you remember how He has worked in your past. Write them down.

Day Five: Read Chapter 2. Now focus on Ephesians 2:19-23. What does it mean to be a fellow citizen with God’s people? What is your part in the building of God’s church (2:23)?

Day Six: Review your journal of Chapter 2. What did the Spirit draw your attention to? What are you to do differently with your relationships; God, Yourself, Others?

Day Seven: Sunday Review of Chapter 2

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

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