Ephesians 4:11-16 Teh Purpose of Training in the Church: "For the Equipping of the Saints."

Bible Study Questions

Ephesians 4:14-16

The theological foundation for the church is founded in God and His mission. As an introduction to this study, make sure that you read Ephesians 4:1-13.

B) Our Responsibility as the Church

Ephesians 4:14-16

1.     The Apostle Paul first tells the people of God what God has designed to do in their lives (4:11-13). Now in 4:14-16 he gives three commands in order to properly implement it. What is the first command that the apostle gives to the people of God (see 4:14).

2.     Why might Paul write in such a way?

3.     What are some worldly philosophies and practices that have taken away from the model that God has given the church? Which one has affected you the most?

4.     What is the second command given in the first part of Ephesians 4:15?

5.     Why is it that people tend to go to an extreme of focusing on love or truth at the cost of the other? Name some examples of these extremes, on both sides if possible.

6.     Is it difficult or easy to speak the truth in love? Go around and share what is hard about doing this? (If you are not in a small group, find two or three Christians and ask them about this).

7.     The third command is also found in Ephesians 4:15. We are “to grow up in aspects into Him, who is the head, even Christ.” What is the verb used here? Write down at least three synonyms or descriptions for this word.

8.     Why is it that so many Christians think of growth only as something that is necessary for young Christians? They think of belief in Christ as the end rather than the beginning.

9.     Reflect on your own desire to grow. Draw a graph of how much you have been growing since you became a Christian. What factors led you to grow more or less? What would you like for the future? Be specific and write down your hopes before the Lord.

10.     Ephesians 4:16 gives us a beautiful picture of the church. The image of course is after a person’s body. Try to find at least four characteristics of the church.

11.     What part do you think is most lacking in your own local church? Pray for that.


Introduction to the Book of Ephesians

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
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 2-3

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

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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