We will begin a study of the Book of Ephesians. Paul's ministry in that city is described in three chapters: Acts 18, 19 and 20. The result was a local church that was so established that it was able to receive one of the deepest theological letters Paul wrote. We will look at the beginning of the church at Ephesus today.
2021-1-3 Fill in Blank Notes New Opportunities to Serve Christ
Text: Ephesians 1:1-6 Our theme for studying the letter to the Ephesians is "The Riches of His Grace". In the opening verses of the letter we are immediately introduced to God's grace. Sadly, God's grace is a controversial topic. Instead of producing gratitude, it often produces argument. Hopefully, we will praise Him for His grace. "The Glory of His Grace" is the subject of this message.
2021-01-17 Fill in Blank Notes The Glory of His Grace
We are still in the early stages of Paul's letter to the Ephesians and the riches of God's grace continues to be his theme. What do we have as a result of the grace of God? Last week we saw that we were elected, adopted and accepted. Today we will find other results of God's amazing grace that are true of every believer! We are glad to be able to study this wonderful letter together!
2021-01-24 Fill in Blank Notes The Rices of His Grace
Many Christians have doubts about their salvation. Doubt changes our walk with the Lord and hinders our witnessing for Him. If we understood more fully all that the Lord has done for us when He saved us, our doubts would change to full assurance. The verses in Ephesians that we will study today will instruct us in the certainty of our position in Christ!
4. Open Our Eyes To Wonderful Blessings 02/07/2021
Text: Ephesians 1:15-20
Paul's letter to the Ephesians records two prayers of the apostle for the saints at Ephesus. The apostle had heard of the growth of the spiritual believers, but it seems that they were unaware of some of what they had because of their salvation. Today we will look at the first of those prayers, recorded in 1:15-23.
2021-02-07 Fill in Blank Notes Open Our Eyes To Wonderful Blessings
We tend to think well of ourselves, that we are not all that bad. We aren't very sinful now and we never have been. When we look into the Word of God, we get a different picture of what we are like naturally apart from faith in Jesus Christ. As we enter into the second chapter of Ephesians today, we will take a serious look at our lost condition.
2021-02-21 Fill in Blank Notes Do I Deserve to Enter Heaven?
Some of the most familiar words ever written by the Apostle Paul are Ephesians 2:8-9. While familiar, memorized by school-aged children, they have been both ignored and redefined, so that salvation is not as clear as the Scriptures make it. In this message we will examine what man says and what the Bible says concerning how to be saved.
2021-02-28 Filling in Blank Notes Getting What You Don't Deserve
Last week, we saw that we are not saved by the works we have done; but that doesn't mean that God does not expect us to do good works! In fact, our study of God's Word today will show the importance of works in the life of a believer.
9. Where Do Most Christians Come From? 03/14/2021
Text: Ephesians 2:11-13
None of us was born a Christian. We cannot say, "I have always believed" or "I have always been saved". The Bible clearly describes what we were like before we were saved; for none of us is it a pretty picture. Today we will look at what Paul says about unsaved Gentiles as we study Ephesians 2:11-13.
Prior to the cross, there was distance and dissension between Jews and Gentiles as well as between men and God. Jesus came into this world to change that and by His death and resurrection, the wall has been removed and the war has been ended.
eace2021-03-21 Fill in Blank Notes The Prince of Peace
Ephesians 2 began with a picture of despair for lost sinners, but concludes with a description of three wonderful changes in the life of every believer. How we are completely changed will be the subject we will study in this lesson.
The Apostle Paul is worthy of honor by believers and no doubt he will be greatly rewarded by his Savior at the Judgment Seat. What he did and what he knew is not beyond us. By God's grace we can believe, know and share God's Word as he did.
Many Christians do not make an impact on the unsaved ones around them; there is a variety of reasons for this. The apostles were not necessarily highly respected by the world around them, but that did not stop them from changing the world. We will see the difference that we can make because of the Lord's grace in saving and choosing us to serve Him.
2021-04-25 Fill in Blank Notes Was His Grace In Vain
After starting to pray in Ephesians 3:1, Paul resumes that prayer in verse 14. What an important prayer it is! If the prayer of Paul for the church at Ephesus was fulfilled in us, our lives and our church would be far better! This prayer is so important that we will take a couple of weeks to look at it. We hope each of us will echo this prayer for one another.
As we continue to look at Paul's prayer for the Ephesians, we see him move from praying for inner strength to requests concerning the wonderful love of Christ. We find that he concludes his prayer with an amazing doxology!