Ephesians: In the Heavenly Realms

Bible Study Questions

Ephesians 1:15-17

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Paul J. Bucknell

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Bible Study Questions
Ephesians 1:15-17

Developing our Prayer Life

15 For this reason I too, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus which exists among you, and your love for all the saints, 16 do not cease giving thanks for you, while making mention of you in my prayers; 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him (Ephesians 1:15-17).

  1. Why do people pray? Is there a certain way people should pray for each other? (KICKOFF QUESTION)

  2. What are the two things Paul heard about regarding their faith in Ephesians 1:15?

  3. What does each of these mean?

  4. What is Paul’s response to these two things (see Ephesians 1:16)?

  5. What does it mean “do not cease giving thanks for you”? How can he keep doing it (I have not stopped giving thanks for you (NIV)?

  6. Who is Paul praying for in Ephesians 1:16?

  7. How did Paul pray for them (Ephesians 1:17)?

  8. Who does Paul ask so that certain things would be done for the Ephesians (1:17)? Who is he praying to? Name the two descriptions given this one.

  9. Why is it that so many Christians pray to Jesus, the Holy Spirit or to Mary? In light of this passage, is it wrong? Why or why not?

  10. Let’s go back and look at the two things Paul asked for. What does ‘a spirit of wisdom’ mean? Who in the Bible had wisdom?

  11. What was it used for? Why do you think Paul asked for this?

  12. What now is the second thing Paul asks for? What does ‘spirit … of revelation in the knowledge of Him’ mean? Who might ‘Him’ refer to?

  13. What is the difference between asking for knowledge and ‘revelation in the knowledge of Him’? Have you ever asked for this for yourself? How about for others?

Applications Bible Study Questions on Ephesians 1:15-17 and Prayer

  1. Do you pray?

  2. How often?

  3. For whom? Self, family or others?

  4. How often do you pray for others?

  5. How do you pray for others?

  6. By taking a close look at Paul’s prayer, how can you improve your prayers for others?

  7. Why might Paul have prayed these things and not for other things?

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Ephesians 1

Ephesians 1:1-3 Every Spiritual Blessing

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
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Ephesians 1:1-14 Redemption & Sovereignty
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Ephesians 2

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)

Ephesians 2:19-22 Bible Study Questions

Ephesians 3

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

Ephesians 4

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 4:11-16 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
Ephesians 4:26-27 The Urgency of Resolving Anger
Ephesians 4:31 The Tree of Bitterness

Ephesians 5-6

Ephesians 5:22,24 Wives be Subject to your Husband
Ephesians 5:25 Marital Love
Ephesians 5:31-32 Redemptive Analogy & Marriage
Ephesians 5:31-33 Building a Great Marriage
Ephesians 6:1-3 Obedience to Parents
Ephesians 6:17 Sword of Spirit

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