Ephesians: Wholeness for a Broken World
Eleven inductive Bible studies show you how to pray your heart to God—doubts, fears, anger, praise, remorse, thankfulness.
Getting the Most Out of Ephesians
This section introduces the topic, explains the structure followed in each study and offers tips for those approaching the study on their own as well as those participating in a group.
The Purpose of God
The notion of being "chosen" and "predestined" is strong in this passage. What is Paul's emotional reaction to being chosen and predestined? What is yours?
"I Keep Asking"
Paul says, "For this reason . . . I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers." Why is Paul so thankful in his prayers for the Ephesians? What can you learn about praying for others from Paul's prayers?
According to this passage, what are the effects of being dead in transgressions and sins? How have you seen sin kill?
We Are One
Paul longed for the Gentile Christians to know how they had been brought near to God through the blood of Christ and were one with their Jewish brothers and sisters. How has being reconciled to God through Christ affected your relationships?
Prisoner & Preacher
In this passage Paul clarifies and exalts the place of the church in God's plan. How does you attitude toward the church compare and contrast with Paul's?
Unity & Uniqueness
Paul now considers the quality of life that is demanded of believers individually and in the fellowship of Christ's church. What spiritual gifts do you think you might have?
Something Old, Something New
Do Christians necessarily live better lives than non-Christians? How does Paul contrast the life of the Gentile with that of a true believer throughout these verses?
Live in Love, Live in Light
Paul says that Christ is the perfect example of imitating God by living a life of love. What difference does it make to you that Christ has gone before you in living the life of love?
Love & Respect
In this passage Paul considers how the relationship between Christ and the church can be a model for wives and husbands. How do you react to the idea of being told to submit to someone?
Honor & Obey
Here Paul delves into the important relationships between parents and children and those of the work world as well. In your own life, how have you seen the promise given to those who honor their parents fulfilled?
How do you respond to the idea that there are spiritual forces in the universe that are working against God's will?
Total number of pages - 64 pages
Andrew T. Le Peau is editorial director of InterVarsity Press where he has worked since 1975. Phyllis Le Peau is an area director for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship serving in the Chicago metro area. They are coauthors of the LifeGuide Bible study James and authors individually of several other titles.