Friday, February 7, 2014

Ephesians Session One Podcast

Week 3 Ephesians 2

 Begin each day this week in facedown worship. Read Psalm 96 out loud .
Memory Verses: Psalm 96:1-2

Welcome to our third week of the study of the book of Ephesians. In the first chapter Paul reminded us of whom we are in Christ and that our true citizenship is in Heaven. Sweet sisters and saints, let’s dig into chapter two!

Pray each day for the Holy Spirit to guide you as you read. Ask God to speak to you.
Lord, open my eyes and let me see the treasures in your scripture. (Psalm 119:18)

  • Day 1 - Read Ephesians 2 and do a SOAP (Scripture, Observation, Application and Prayer). Write down any verses that jump at you as you are reading. Make a couple of observation about them and also write down a specific application for you to follow with. Finish with a prayer.

For example I wrote down Ephesians 2:8 and made the following observations: it is my faith in God and His grace that have set me free. It is a gift and nothing that I do can ever make me earn it. My application would be: I am a child of God and nothing that I do can separate me from Him and the only striving that I need to do is to reflect Him more. Then I would pray over this.

  • Day 2 - Read Ephesians 2:1-8.

  1) We are not sinners because we sin, we sin because we are sinners  (Romans 3:23). Sinning becomes habitual when we follow the patterns of this world (Eph. 2:2). What are the patterns you tend to follow?

  2) What do verses 1 and 5 say about us in our trespasses? How does one become spiritually alive? Meditate on verses 4-8. What sticks out? Write down cross references that come to mind. (If none come to mind, but you would like to find some, try this cross reference source:

  3) Verse 8 tells us that His grace is FREE! How does one receive this free gift? What does this mean to you? How would your life be different if you had to earn it?

  • Day 3 - Read Ephesians 2:9-10.
1) You are God’s handiwork. Look up the definition of handiwork or workmanship in the dictionary .

  2) Read Genesis 2:7. Yo u are uniquely created. God spoke the world into existence, yet formed us with His own hands. Understanding our true identity is crucial. What do verses 9 and 10 say about that?

  3) What unique task or work has God prepared for you and given to you?

  • Day 4 - Read Ephesians 2:11-22. “Therefore” - Paul starts this passage with a transition word. Take a minute to go over your notes from the last 3 days. Read Ephesians 2:11-22 again and finish the following sentences:

  Because we have been saved and it was free…….

  Because we are God’s handiwork……..

  Because we are citizens of Heaven……….

  • Day 5 - Read Ephesians 2.

  1) What is the major theme for this chapter?

  2) What words, term, or ideas does Paul use frequently?

  3) What is something you learned or were encouraged by this week?

“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” James 1:22

1) Make Ephesians 2:2 come to life in your life. Resolve yourself to make note this week of the patterns of this world that you tend to follow and determine to stop doing it. Meet with your accountability partner. Be real and pray with each other about it.

2) Make your own list of life applications from Ephesians 2 and share one you applied this week with your small group.

  “He must become greater; I must become less” John 3:30