Weekly Study: Ephesians 3

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 Chapter 3, with the goal of helping each other to be in the Bible and reading God’s words each day:

Ephesians 3

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 men 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. 

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 God’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable 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. 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 which he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. 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. 

14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom his whole 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 saints, 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. 

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.

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 3. Now go back and follow the above guidelines. Write down any key verses or questions that seem to stand out to you.

Day Two: Read Chapter 3 again. Now go back and focus on Ephesians 3:1-6. Why is Paul God’s prisoner? What is the mystery, God’s secret plan? Which passage in Chapter 3 refers to the mystery? Write it down. Think about this all day.

Day Three: Read Chapter 3 again. Now go back and focus on Ephesians 3:7-12. What is Paul’s role for God? What is God’s intent? Why can we approach God? Ponder on these verses all day. How does this apply to you — today?

Day Four: Read Chapter 3 again. Now go back and focus on Ephesians 3:13-14. “For this reason….” How many times has Paul wrote this? Ponder on these verses all day. Ask how can you apply this to you — today? 

Day Five: Read Chapter 3 again. Now focus on Ephesians 3:14-21. Write out Paul’s prayer. Where does Power come from?

Day Six: Review your journal of Chapter 3. Now personalize the prayer in 13-21 by inserting your life group member’s name in place of “You.” Now you can pray for God to give you this prayer in your life. How can this change your Upward, Inward, and Outward relationships?

Day Seven: Sunday Review of Chapter 3

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. 

Talk about 3:14-21. Prayer this prayer for each other.

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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