Weekly Study: Ephesians 6

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

EPHESIANS 6

6 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— 3 “that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”

4 Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. 

Slaves and Masters

5 Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ. 6 Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but like slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart. 7 Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, 8 because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does, whether he is slave or free. 

9 And masters, treat your slaves in the same way. Do not threaten them, since you know that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no favoritism with him. 

The Armor of God

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. 

19 Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should. 

Final Greetings

21 Tychicus, the dear brother and faithful servant in the Lord, will tell you everything, so that you also may know how I am and what I am doing. 22 I am sending him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are, and that he may encourage you. 

23 Peace to the brothers, and love with faith from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 24 Grace to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with an undying love.


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 6 (and review chapters 1-2). Review your past notes on these chapters. Review all the statements that refer to being in Jesus.

Day Two: Read Chapter 6. Now go back and focus on Ephesians 6:1-4. What verse(s) stood out to you? How does this apply to you as a child? Write it down. Think about this all day.

Day Three: Read Chapter 6. Now go back and focus on Ephesians 6:5-9. What verses(s) stood out to you? How does this apply to you in your positions of work or service? How does this apply to you in your positions of authority? Think about this all day.

Day Four: Read Chapter 6. Now go back and focus on Ephesians 6:10-23. What is our true struggle in this life? Why does it seem so hard to be joyful and to be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power? What hinders me? Ponder on these verses all day. Ask how can you apply this to you–today?

Day Five: Read Chapter 6. What does it mean to “Stand Firm?” How can you “Put On” the armor of God? Ponder on these verses all day. Ask how can you apply this to you–today?

Day Six: Review your journal of Chapter 6. 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.

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 chapter 6. 

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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