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BFF Update December 30, 2008
Paul J. Bucknell

Book of Ephesians

Empowering God's People

– The Bible Teacher's Commentary –

Purpose: Call God's people to live
in light of our heavenly calling in Christ Jesus.

The Book of Ephesians clearly leaves its mark among other Bible books by displaying the powerful impact of the Gospel of Christ Jesus in the individual and corporate life of believers.

Ephesians chapters 1-3 wonderfully expound the Gospel while Ephesians chapters 4-6 provide a clear picture of how those doctrines change our lives.


Introduction to the Book of Ephesians


A. Our Heavenly Calling (1:1-3:21)

1. Spiritual Blessings (1:1-2:10) Life with God

Ephesians 1:1-3 Every Spiritual Blessing

Ephesians 1:1 Only by the Will of God
Ephesians 1:2 Only in Christ Jesus
Ephesians 1:3 Every Spiritual Blessing
Ephesians 1:1-3 Bible Study Questions

Ephesians 1:4-6 Bible Study Questions
Ephesians 1:1-14 Redemption & Sovereignty
Ephesians 1:15-17 Bible Study Questions

Ephesians 2:1-3 Our Need, His Grace

Ephesians 2:1-3, an Introduction
Ephesians 2:1 A) Man's Nature
Ephesians 2:2 B) Man's World
Ephesians 2:3 C) Man's Heart
Questions (Ephesians 2:1-3)

Ephesians 2:8-10 Extraordinary Purpose
Ephesians 2:8-10, an Introduction
Ephesians 2:8-9 A) Purpose of Salvation
Ephesians 2:10 B) Purpose of our Lives
Questions (Ephesians 2:8-10)

2. Corporate Blessings (2:11-3:21) Life with believers

Ephesians 2:19-22 Bible Study Questions

Ephesians 3:1-10 Growing in Our Commitment
Ephesians 3:1-10, Introduction
Ephesians 3:1 The Value of the Gospel
Ephesians 3:2-5 The Reliability of the Gospel
Ephesians 3:6-7 The Glory of the Gospel
Ephesians 3:8-10 The Calling of the Gospel
Questions (Ephesians 3:1-10)

Ephesians 3:14-21 The Fullness of God's Love

Ephesians 3:20-21 God's Unlimited Power
Ephesians 3:20-21 Unlimited Power
Ephesians 3:20 God's Amazing Power
Ephesians 3:21 God's Amazing Glory
Ephesians 3:20-21 Bible Study Questions

B. Our Earthly Walk (4:1-6:24)

1. Serving Together (4:1-16) Devoted to one another

Ephesians 4:1-3 Preserving the Spirit's Unity

Intro: Problems of Disunity
Ephesians 4:1 Calling to Unity
Ephesians 4:2-3 Our Oneness of the Body
Ephesians 4:3 Preservation of Unity
Ephesians 4:1-3 Bible Study Questions
Ephesians 4:4-5 Reason for Oneness
Ephesians 4:6 One God & Father
Ephesians 4:4-6 Bible Study Questions

Ephesians 4:11-16 The Purpose of Training

Ephesians 4:11-13: A) God's Word in the Church
Ephesians 4:11 Gifts in the church
Ephesians 4:12 Purpose of equipping
Ephesians 4:13 The final goal
Ephesians 4:11-13 Bible Study Questions

Ephesians 4:14 B) Responsibility 1. Deceit
Ephesians 4:15a 2. Speaking the truth in love
Ephesians 4:15b 3. Grow up into Christ
Ephesians 4:16 Summary: Function of the Church
Ephesians 4:14-16 Bible Study Questions

Ephesians 4:11-14 Chart: Equipping of the Saints

2. Loving One Another (4:17-32) Personal Integrity

Ephesians 4:17-24 Bible Study Questions
Ephesians 4:25 Power of Speaking the Truth
Ephesians 4:25 Bible Study Questions

Ephesians 4:26-27 The Urgency of Resolving Anger
Ephesians 4:31 The Tree of Bitterness

3. Living Close to God (5:1-6:9) Holy living like Christ

Ephesians 5:8-14 Bible Study Questions
Ephesians 5:21 Mutual Submission?
Ephesians 5:22,24 Wives be Subject mp3
Ephesians 5:25 Marital Love
Ephesians 5:31-32 Redemptive Analogy & Marriage
Ephesians 5:31-33 Building a Great Marriage

Ephesians 6:1-4 Parent-Child Relationships
Ephesians 6:1-4 Modern Family Problems
Ephesians 6:1-2a Obedience pleases God
Ephesians 6:2-3 Obedience brings profit
Ephesians 6:4 Obedience requires training | Questions

4. Designed to Win (6:10-24) The Armor of God

Ephesians 6:17 Sword of Spirit

Ephesians 6:18-24 Place of Prayer in Your Life
Overview of Ephesians A) Prayer in Ephesians
Ephesians 6:18-24 B) Prayer in Believer's Life
Ephesians 6:18-24 C) Prayer in your Life
Ephesians 6:18-24 Bible Study Questions


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