Grow as the body of Christ with these studies in Ephesians.
Part of the Good Book Guides series.
“Why should I be a member of a local church? I’m a part of the body of Christ. Isn’t that enough?”
An increasing number of people think of the Christian faith primarily in terms of themselves as individuals. Faith is not only a personal but also a private matter. For these believers, church has become an optional extra, a matter of convenience and personal choice.
In his letter to the Ephesians, the apostle Paul says a firm “no” to this idea. The church of Christ far from being an optional extra; it is the display of God’s wisdom to the universe! The church is God’s handiwork, made up of people from every conceivable background, living under the gracious rule of Jesus himself. To be a part of the church is to be hand-selected by God through Christ to make visible the mystery of God’s electing love.
In short, Christianity is far more corporate and public than we might first expect. We are redeemed as individuals, but we are placed in a family. And living out the Christian life requires we live together with others who love the same Lord. It requires we actively participate in the church, for the church is God’s only plan to raise us to full maturity in Jesus Christ.
“Ephesians is one of the most beautiful books in the Bible,” Thabiti said. “The symmetry between rich theology and applied living can hardly be matched. So, if a Christian wants to think carefully about what he/she believes and then walk out their beliefs, Ephesians is an excellent book to study. I also love the book because of the honored place the book gives to the local church. If we would be healthy Christians, we would be wise to build our lives around the kind of church that emerges from the book of Ephesians.”
The ten studies in this Good Book Guide will help groups and individuals discover the richness of God’s grace towards His people, and grow as the body of Christ.
Why study Ephesians?
1. Blessed in Christ (Ephesians 1 v 1-3)
2. Saved by God (Ephesians 1 v 4-14)
3. Eyes opened by the Spirit (Ephesians 1 v 15-23)
4. Raised with Christ (Ephesians 2 v 1-10)
5. United in Christ (Ephesians 2 v 11-22)
6. Given God’s message (Ephesians 3)
7. Growing in Christ (Ephesians 4 v 1-16)
8. Clothed with new life (Ephesians 4 v 17 – 5 v 17)
9. Filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5 v 18 – 6 v 9)
10. Ready for battle (Ephesians 6 v 10-24)
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The Good Book Company has a new guide to Paul's Letter to the Ephesians by Thabiti Anyabwile, Ephesians: God's Big Plan for Christ's New People. Like other Good Book Company products, Ephesians is gospel-centered and ideal for church groups and families. Below is a description:
“Why should I be a member of a local church? I'm a part of the body of Christ. Isn't that enough?” An increasing number of people think of the Christian faith primarily in terms of themselves as individuals. Faith is not only a personal but also a private matter. For these believers, church has become an optional extra, a matter of convenience and personal choice.... continue reading
Using this in a bible study group and finding it very easy to follow. Initial questions help us to fully digest the text and lead into others which delve into meaning and relevance for us and our church. Has also been helpful in guiding our prayers.
This study is very good for small groups...can be done in about an hour (or just over). The studies deepen your understanding of the bible and how we should live as Christians. I have been challenged through these studies and I'm always excited to delve deeper into the word of God.
There was a good range of questions that allowed an in-depth study and so we took on average 2 sessions to complete one study. The leaders section was very useful in helping see some of the core aspects in the passage. It also usefully dealt with a lot of alternative views that are doing the rounds but have a faulty basis. All in all an excellent study which helped us better be Christ's people.
We've been using this book for 5 weeks so far and each week we've only been able to complete half a chapter because the questions generate so much discussion. The leader's material is the most comprehensive I've come across, within a study booklet.
Interesting new thoughts which have given rise to good discussion, lots of ideas to suit all types of house groups and can be easily expanded or contracted according to time available
We are now into our fourth week of Ephesians: God's Big Plan for Christ's New People, and our group is really enjoying it and growing as a result of it! We appreciate the way the questions are organized, as our group is not only discussing the Biblical text, but also how the text relates to each of our lives. Furthermore, each study presents a main idea / a "nugget" that we are able to walk away with, as well as incorporate into our prayer time. As the discussion leader for the group, I have also greatly benefitted from the leader's guide / commentary (which constitutes the second half of the study booklet). We will finish the Ephesians study at Christmas, and intend to select another one of the Good Book studies for our second semester.
My group is beginning to do a proper Bible study after Alpha. The first study was extremely difficult and so we omitted the second study (on same passage). The third study was very good and we hope that subsequent studies will also be good for this group.