Weekly Study: Ephesians 4

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

Ephesians 4

4    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 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 led captives in his train 

and gave gifts to men.”

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.) 11 It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, 12 to prepare God’s 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. 

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 men in their deceitful scheming. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into 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. 

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, with a continual lust for more. 

20 You, however, did not come to know Christ that way. 21 Surely you heard of him and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. 22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. 

25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body. 26 “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold. 28 He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need. 

29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

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 Chapter 1-4. 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 4. Now go back and focus on Ephesians 4:1-6. What is the “calling” I have received? What are we to do? Write it down. Think about this all day.

Day Three: Read Chapter 4. Now go back and focus on Ephesians 4:7-16. What is the purpose for some to be “apostles, prophets, evangelists, and pastors/teachers?”  Ponder on these verses all day. How does this apply to you — today? 

Day Four: Read Chapter 4. Now go back and focus on Ephesians 4:17-24. What were the Ephesians taught? How can this apply to me? Ponder on these verses all day. Ask how you can apply this to you — today?

Day Five: Read Chapter 4. Now focus on Ephesians 4:25-32. Paul gives the Ephesians specific tasks to do. What are they?  Which verses apply to me and my situation of life?

Day Six: Review your journal of Chapter 4. How can this chapter change your Upward relationship with Father God, your Inward relationship with yourself, and your Outward relationships with others? Write down specific verse(s) where the Spirit of God is asking you to change. If more than one, then choose one specific outward behavior you want to change.

Day Seven: Sunday Review of Chapter 4.

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 4:25-32. 

Confess your area of weakness that the Spirit is asking you to change. 

Share why and how you think you are to apply this to your life.

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