Lesson Ten: Resist! Stand Firm!

Be Strong in the Strength of HIS Might!

We can stand firm because HE is strong! Although we live in a broken and fallen world where the prince of the power of the air roams, we have been raised with Christ and His power is at work in us! Let's talk about it!

What has been your biggest takeaway from your study of Ephesians? What is most changing the way you think and act?

What is your next step in pursuing God through His Word?

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Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Looking forward to seeing you on the blog!

Love,

pam :) 

Lesson Nine: Subject to One Another

Conformed or Transformed?

In Romans 12:2, Paul urges his readers not to be conformed to this world, but to be transformed by the renewing of their minds. His world sought to squeeze people into its mold and our world today does the same. Ephesians 5 can be hard teaching to swallow for people who are saturated in a rights-based, me-before-you culture. The pressure of culture is unrelenting, but the power of the cross will prevail!

What was your biggest takeaway from what you studied this week? What truth is changing how you think and act?

How can you live this week "subject to one another in the fear of Christ"?

If you were to memorize a verse or two from Ephesians, which verse(s) would it be and why?

See you on the blog!

pam :) 

Lesson Eight: Learning What is Pleasing

Pleasing the Father!

Have you ever been around a small child who simply wants to imitate and please? That's the picture Paul paints for us in the first half of Ephesians 5 as he exhorts his readers to walk in love, to walk as children of light, and to walk wisely! As we talk about that this week, here are some questions to get the discussion started:

What has been your biggest takeaway this week? How is this truth changing the way you think and act?

What are you thankful for?

Looking forward to seeing you on the blog!

Love,

pam :) 

Lesson Seven: Use the New Mind God Gave You!

Be Renewed in the Spirit of Your Mind!

Praise God for the work of His Holy Spirit who transforms those who belong to Christ! Let's talk about that this week. 

Here are our questions to get the discussion going:

How can you use your words this week to build someone else up?

How is God renewing your mind? Is there any way you can be more submissive in that process?

What was your biggest takeaway from the study this week and how is that changing the way you think and act?

Hope to see you in the discussion soon!

Love,

pam :)

Lesson Six: Complete Unity in God-Given Diversity

Walk Worthy!

When God reconciles people to Himself in Christ, their walk changes! Instead of walking in trespasses and sins, we are called to walk worthy and to grow up. Let's talk about that today and about the spiritual gifts that God gives to those who are part of the body of Christ!

Do you know what your spiritual gift is? If so, what is it and are you operating in it? What are you doing with that gift?

What has been your biggest takeaway from your recent study? What is most changing how you think and act?

Looking forward to seeing you on the blog soon! Haven't jumped in yet? I think this is your week!

Love ya,

pam :) 

 

Lesson Five: God's Mystery Revealed!

Access!

Having access to the Father makes all the difference in the world! Are you living in the reality of that this week? We'll talk about that in today's video! 

Here are our discussion questions . . . 
What has been your biggest takeaway from Ephesians 3? From the first half of Ephesians?
What difference does access to the Father make in your day-to-day life? Are you using your access to the full? If not, why not? 

We're halfway done with the course as of today—keep up the good work! Looking forward to seeing you on the blog this week!

Love,

pam :)

 

 

 

Lesson Four: Then and Now, Far and Near

Vertical Peace, Horizontal Peace

Unrest and violence fill our broken and fallen world, but in Christ we have peace—peace with God through the death and resurrection of Jesus and peace with others who are in Christ. Let's talk about the implications of that this week:

What are you doing/can you do to be a peacemaker in your sphere?

How do you contribute to unity in the body of Christ?

What was your biggest takeaway from your study this week?

Looking forward to seeing you on the blog this week!

Blessings,

pam :) 

Lesson Three: The Walking Dead

Life From Death

In Ephesians 2, Paul reminds his readers where they've come from, where they are, and what they have to look forward to in Christ! In our increasingly dark world, we have the ultimate hope in a God who brings life from death! Let's talk about that today . . . 

What difference does knowing that you were saved by grace through faith impact how you live and treat others?

What is biggest thing you've learned this week in your study?

You all have been doing a great job at both commenting and interacting! Keep up the good work—I look forward to continuing our discussion this week!

Blessings,

pam :)

Lesson Two: God's Kind Intention Toward You!

God's Will is Good!

As far back as the Garden of Eden, mankind has been tempted to doubt the goodness and the character of God. But even before man existed, in fact before the foundation of the world, God had a plan to save! Let's talk about that today!

Here are a couple of questions to get our time together started:

What difference does being "in Christ" make in your outlook and in your actions in daily life?

What was the most important theological truth that you learned or were reminded of in Ephesians 1 and how are you applying it practically?

What was your biggest takeaway from your study of Ephesians 1 this week?

Looking forward to hearing your voice in the discussion!

Blessings

pam :) 

 

Lesson One: The Mystery!

Your First Love

The letter to the Ephesians unfolds theological truth about God's eternal purpose, the mystery of Christ and who believers are in Him! As we grow up together in Christ, as we learn truth and stand firmly on it, let us never leave our first love—Jesus Christ Himself!

As we start our discussion this week, here are some questions to get us underway:

What is your biggest hope for this study? What do you hope you'll get out of it?

Having overviewed Ephesians, what has most grabbed your attention so far?

Remember, I'd love for you to answer at least one of the questions AND to post a response to the comments of a classmate or two. 

Looking forward to hearing from you soon!

Blessings,

pam

 

 

 

A 13-Minute Intro to Inductive Study

Slow Down . . . Find the One Meaning . . . Do It!

As we set out on our journey through Ephesians, we'll be studying the Bible inductively. For some of you, inductive Bible study is an old friend. Studying inductively is as natural as breathing. For others, you've tried it but find it overwhelming. You're thinking "Isn't it enough to read the text? Now I have to ask questions, look for key words, pay attention to time phrases, see all the comparisons, etc. etc. etc.? Will it never end?" Still others are now thinking, "What on earth have I gotten myself into?!"

As I explain in the video, inductive study simply means we use the Bible as our primary source when we study it. We actually open it up and read it. As we do, we:

Observe the text asking "What does the text say?"

Interpret the text asking "What does the text mean?"

Apply the text asking "How can I apply the meaning of the text in my life?"

If you're easily overwhelmed, stick with what I've explained to you in the video. If you'd like more step-by-step help, download this simple Guide to Inductive Bible Study from Precept Ministries International. You'll need to go through Precept's website, but the guide is free. 

If you haven't received your workbook yet, download the Lesson One PDF so you can get started now!

Thanks so much for being on this journey! Looking forward to digging into the Word with you!

Blessings,

pam :) 

 

Grow Up: Getting to Know Each Other!

Welcome!

I'm so glad you've decided to join me in this study of the book of Ephesians! 

Before our class officially gets underway, let's practice the art of online discussion and get to know each other all at the same time! 

Here are a few discussion questions to start our conversation:

What is your name and where are you from?
What is one unique fact about you?
What is your favorite book of the Bible and why?

Remember to answer and to post a comment on a classmate's post, too!

See you online!

Blessings,

pam :)

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