Christ brought peace. To receive the benefits that the Jews have, it is no longer necessary for Gentiles to be converted to Judaism. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. There are both study questions as well as applicative questions. Ephesians, Lesson #7 Unity and Maturity Ephesians 4.1 - 10. In books and movies like Harry Potter, young people turn to witchcraft for magical powers. It is a new entity entirely where the previous background is no longer important. And he raised you also, when you were dead in your transgressions and sins (Ephesians 2:1) 7. Ephesians 2:1-10 New Living Translation (NLT) Made Alive with Christ. Ephesians Throughout this passage the focus and emphasis is placed on God’s grace and mercy. Feel free to modify questions. When God the Father raised Jesus’ physical body from the dead, we, being united to Him by the sovereign will and divine ability of God, were resurrected to spiritual life. The foundation of teaching laid down by the disciples is unchanging. We are all citizens of heaven first and most importantly. Hebrews 10:19-25. What about the individuals? We have been created “for good works that God prepared in advance in order for us to walk in them.” Even the new life for which we have been created is the product of God’s work of grace in us. The answer is yes. 2. This week we’ll be studying one of Paul’s prayers for the Ephesian church. 2:10). Philippians 3:20 – But our citizenship is in heaven. Growing.). Galatians 3:28 – There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. It is not a grudging tolerance. 3. For all these nations are really uncircumcised, and even the whole house of Israel is uncircumcised in heart.”. God Bless and enjoy your study! For the NT only the CEV, ESV, NASB & NIV versions have voice available. What does it mean to be far off? 2:2 in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. How does the apostle Paul describe our natural state in Ephesians 2:1 (printed below? These quizzes are on different levels, some are categorized by book, subject etc. Visit our library of inductive Bible studies for more in depth inductive studies on this and other books of the Bible you can use in your small group. Eph. Also, select the version and then click the "Search the Bible" button. God does not want us to become complacent or stagnant in our walk with Him. To what or whom are the sinners dead in their sins being compared? Start studying Ephesians 2 Study Questions. (3) Indeed, we all formerly lived among them for the lusts of our sinful nature, doing the will of the flesh and of the mind, and we were by nature children of wrath just like the rest of mankind. Salvation—together with the faith to receive it—is all the gift of God. After you've read Ephesians chapter two below, it's a good idea to answer the daily study questions. We don’t need to be circumcised and we don’t need to follow the Old Testament law. We are no longer in the desperate, hopeless situation depicted in verses 11-12. Visit our library of inductive Bible studies for more in depth inductive studies on this and other books of the Bible you can use in your small group. Ephesians 2, William Barclay's Daily Study Bible, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, as set of 17 volumes on the New Testament, the result of Barclay's dedicated work Being a Christian is more important than being a Japanese or an American or a Korean. And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins,. i. 4. 5. It was an attitude of holiness and separation from the ways of the world, an attitude of dedication to God. Jesus is the cornerstone. 1 Remember how you lived before. Jews and Gentiles Reconciled: One in Christ . DAY ONE Questions and Answers. Our Need, His Grace (1) And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, (2) in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. It is like grafting a tree. Those spirits are working now in everyone who refuses to obey God. Below are some preliminary questions to assist in the study of this passage. Read Ephesians 2 Opening Discussion: Describe a time when you chose the wrong direction, Challenges of the First Christmas – Pressing on in Obedience, Study Ephesians: Practical Lessons on Living Out Your Faith. When the daily challenges of life confront us, our fleshy nature tends to move us to anger or depression in response to fear. How about others of different races? Welcome to Week 2 of your Ephesians Bible Study. your study. We learn from Romans 1 that this lost state is because of their willful disbelief in the one true God. They looked down on everyone who wasn’t circumcised and called them the “uncircumcision.” To them, others were unclean, low, worthless. Saving the Gentiles was always part of God’s eternal plan, the same as His choice of the Jews and His choice of you. Ephesians 2:1 By comparing what we were by nature, with what we are by grace, Ephesians 2:10 he declares that we are made for good works: and being brought near by Christ, should not live as Gentiles and foreigners, as in time past, but as citizens with the saints, and the family of God. (Ephesians 2:4-6). Additional (He, a Jew, showing His love by dying for all the people, including the Gentiles.). That’s why they didn’t have any hope. But the structure keeps growing. A Saving Knowledge. Verses 8-9 are teaching that it is not merely a matter that by grace God makes His salvation available to us—and it is left up to us to supply the faith that receives that divine salvation. They didn’t follow God. In short, our entire situation has been changed. 1. Discovery questions to encourage interaction or meditation. Ephesians 2:1-10. It is like marriage. You will receive our practical and in-depth Bible study of Hebrews in .epub and .pdf versions delivered to your inbox. Bible Study Tools Language Tools ... See under Ephesians 2:8. 2:1-18 The believer as a member of God’s body 2:19-3:21 The believer as God’s building Chapters 4 - 6 Our practice of Christ (How we are to act before men) 4:1-6:9 A worthy walk 6:10-24 A continual conflict Background Source: The Hodder Bible Handbook by Merrill F. Unger, Hodder & Stoughton, London 1984. page 523. 5. E-book: If these notes are helpful you can download the entire Ephesians E-book study guide to use on any device or print the entire series. For the NT only the CEV, ESV, NASB & NIV versions have voice available. The above questions should connect how knowledge informs and affects behavior. Since believers are one, it only makes sense that we will spend more time hanging out, fellowshiping, and strengthening each other than we will with those in the world. We have therefore created a library of almost one thousand (and growing) inductive Bible studies, which are available for free. There are more questions than you may have time to answer in any given lesson. Furthermore, God has caused us to be seated with Christ in the heavenly realms. All of the above is true in the church, not in the world. They were accepted into (and actually formed the majority of) the church. Far off from what? A word list at the end explains words with a *star by them. 1 Thessalonians 4:5 – Not in passionate lust like the pagans, who do not know God. Home >> Bible Studies >> Ephesians Studies >> Ephesians 2:11-22 These small group studies of Ephesians contain outlines, cross-references, Bible study discussion questions, and applications. Gentiles have much reason to be thankful that God has brought us from far away and reconciled us to Himself. 2 Corinthians 5:18-21 – All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. To remind the Jews that their race did not save them John the Baptist said in Matthew 3:9 – I tell you, God could make children for Abraham from these rocks. Why do we need to know all of this? Ephesians, Lesson #4 Reconciled Through Christ Ephesians 2.11 - 22. We also want to help you use the text in real life. We are His children. Strangers to the covenants of promise? Verse 6. Lift up your heads, O gates, and be lifted up, O ancient doors, That the King of Glory may come in! Then why then is there not peace in the world between these groups even today? Christ reconciled the two groups and united them (13-18) III. You walked in the ways of the 'olam hazeh and obeyed the Ruler of the Powers of the Air, who is still at work among the disobedient. You can nd it along with other advanced Bible study skills in the Appendix for those who want to go deeper in their study. Non-Jews could actually become circumcised and become proselytes even in the Old Testament. Galatians 6:15 – Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is the new creation. STUDY GUIDE 4 . Background for Ephesians Bible Study. What does this tell us about the relationship we should have with others in the church? Ephesians, Lesson #5 God’s Marvelous Plan for the Gentiles Ephesians 3.1 – 13. The church is becoming more global and diversified as the gospel reaches all corners of the earth. Ephesians Bible Study, Study Three: The incredible impact of salvation - Ephesians 2:1-10. It was hinted at way back in the Old Testament. The next time you are tempted to show anger or impatience to a fellow believer, remember what Christ has done for you. It means we must love with the love of Christ. Also, select the version and then click the "Search the Bible" button. These are questions on the biblical text of Ephesians. There are both study questions as well as applicative questions. Each believer is part of the church and contributes in their own special way with their own unique gifts. Bible Study Questions on Ephesians 2:8-10 forms the last of four sections from The Bible Teacher's Commentary based on "Extraordinary Purpose" from Ephesians 2:8-10. Having no hope? After listening to and/or reading the scripture please answer the related review questions below. Their names are: What, Where, When, How, Why andWho?" c) Strangers to the covenant of promise – God made a covenant with Abraham and renewed it with Isaac and Jacob. (Ephesians 2:2-3). Jeremiah 9:25-26 – “The days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will punish all who are circumcised only in the flesh— Egypt, Judah, Edom, Ammon, Moab and all who live in the wilderness in distant places. Paul’s Ministry in Ephesus. Don’t look for the only “right answer”, answer what you think and what the Lord brings to your mind 4. Being one in Christ means we are one with brothers and sisters all over the world, no matter their race or culture. Tradition tells us that when Solomon’s Temple was built there was a large stone that was originally rejected by the builders. Will Believers be Trophies of Grace? What does the barrier of the dividing wall refer to? When is “that time” that is referred to in verse 12? We want to help you study the Bible, obey the Bible, and teach the Bible to others. BibleStudyCourses.org by Donald F. Ritsman is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. It is still not a finished work. We hope that these questions will help you to understand thetext. The Jews were specially chosen by God, but had become prideful in this. Nationality and ethnicity never guaranteed salvation. By nature, we “walked (lived) in accord with the course of this world.” The course of this world itself is directed by “the ruling prince of the air, that is, the spirit who is now working in the sons of disobedience.” It is the devil himself who exercises an evil dominion over this world (note Luke 4:5-6a) and who operates in the natural man (Ephesians 2:2) in a way that parallels the working of the Holy Spirit in the life of the Christian (Philippians 2:13). Read Ephesians 2:1-3 and then discuss the following. Growing – The church as a whole and we as individuals must be growing. All God's Word For You Bible Studies are written from a reformed, conservative, evangelical perspective that upholds the historic fundamentals of the Christian faith. Welcome to your Ephesians Bible Study. The class book is suitable for teens and up. Being a Christian is more important than being married or single, a successful business man or a street worker. We tend to hang out more with those who are more like us. Read the passage 3 times. Ephesians, Lesson #4 Reconciled Through Christ Ephesians 2.11 - 22. 3. They had many false gods, but rejected worship in the one true God. Application: It is easy to go to a church with people who look like us, think like us, and acts like us. See Ephesians 2:11-12 (printed below?) Before you attempt to answer the questions below you should read these chapters in the Bible and answer the questions at the end of each chapter found at the website www.DoingGood.org. 1 Children Of Wrath, Saved By Grace a) Separate from Christ – The Christ was promised as the deliverer of the Jews. 3. EPHESIANS 2:11-22 . Let’s dive into your Ephesians Bible Study … Application: What is one way you can help God’s kingdom to grow this week? And raised us up with him, and made us to sit with him in the heavenly places, in Christ Jesus. You might like to read the chapter first. Rudyard Kipling once wrote: "I have six faithful serving men, who taught me all I know. Help us continue to create Bible study resources by supporting Study and Obey for as little as $1..fusion-button.button-3{width:auto}Support. Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit, says Yahweh of Hosts. Welcome people of all backgrounds to your church and fellowship. The Israelite was circumcised on the eighth day as a sign that he had been included in the Abrahamic covenant. It was tossed aside and they didn’t want to use it. He chose to bring salvation to all of the world through the Jews. Ephesians 3:1,14-21 Exploring the Passage, Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. Our souls have been joined with Christ in His resurrection and at His return our bodies will also be resurrected to new life. The apostle describes us by nature as being “dead in your transgressions and sins.” This state of spiritual deadness (separation from the life and fellowship of God) was initially caused by sin (note Genesis 2:16-17) and is presently characterized by sin: prior to his conversion, the Christian is described as being “dead in …transgressions and sins in which you…walked” (that state of spiritual deadness is characterized by an active resistance and animosity to the law of God). What did God do for us? Read the short background information for Ephesians below. Bible Study Questions Ephesians 2:1-3. Some Gentiles were saved, while some Jews were not. Question 2. The Apostle Paul, having reminded his readers of the glory and promises of God, as well as our need for His grace and provision, moves on to our new standing before God, both as individuals and, corporately, as a family of Believers. Questions by G. Hibbs on the Bible version by Cynthia Green. Home >> Bible Studies >> Ephesians Studies >> Ephesians 2:1-10 These small group studies of Ephesians contain outlines, cross-references, Bible study discussion questions, and applications. 2. This was not a new idea for God. We should rejoice in our close relationship to God, made possible only through Christ’s death on the cross. Learn quiz bible verses 2 ephesians with free interactive flashcards. You did wrong things and bad things. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians Quiz on Chapters 1 - 3 - Doing Good. This web page contains lesson plans for a ten-week Bible Study. Hebrews 10:19-25 – We can enter the Most Holy Place through Christ. In the top box type the book of the Bible and the chapter (e.g. See Ephesians 2:8-9 (printed below), It is by grace that you have been saved through faith—and this is not of yourselves, it is the gift of God—(9) it is not of works, therefore no one can boast. (1) Christians are alive from the dead. Ephesians 2 – God’s Way of Reconciliation A. Jesus was rejected, but in fact was more important than anyone else and the entire spiritual kingdom of God stands on Him. 1 Thessalonians 4:13 – Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 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