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Post  Admin on Tue 01 Mar 2011, 4:19 pm

I hope you can get this in your spirit as you minister to others. This is from my days as an instructor.
I have a test at the end, followed by the answers. Try to take it without looking at the answers.

You may use this in your ministry if you want to.
Terry

AN OUTLINE AND OVERVIEW OF THE BOOK OF EPHESIANS
by Theresa Pavone, A.TH,B.TH, (instructor)

I. INTRODUCTION

This book is believed to have been written by Paul. He wrote this
from prison written during his first imprisonment at Rome. It was
sent by Tychicus who also bore letters to the Colossians and to
Philemon.

Ephesians is also one of the most moving of Paul's Epistles.
Ephesians theme seems to be similar to that of Colossians, without
the strong emphasis on correction and heresy and since Ephesus and
Colossae are both in Asia Minor within 125 miles of each other, it is
thought that Paul wrote Ephesians to several groups.

Similarities between Colossians and Ephesians.

Colossians 1 Ephesians 1
Colossians 2,3 Ephesians 2,4, and 5
Colossians 3:18 to 4:6 Ephesians 5:22 to 6:9

Ephesians concludes with the famous passage on the spiritual armor
which we all, as Christian believers, need to get down inside of us.

II. THEME OF THE BOOK OF EPHESIANS

The theme of the Book of Ephesians is the "Unity of Believers".
The Body of Christ today is not united, though it should be. We have
so many denominations and sects today, but as long as one is serving
God, walking with God, serving God, the denomination does not
matter. It is important that your church believes in the saving of
souls through the Blood shed on calvary by Jesus Christ our Savior.

A. WHY THIS BOOK OF EPHESIANS WAS WRITTEN

Two dangers threatened the church at Ephesus:

1. a temptation to sink to heathen standards
2. lack of unity between Jew and Gentile

B. DOCTRINE - CHAPTER 1

We might say this is "The Church's Calling".

1. Salvation (Verses 1 - 18) Threefold source of our
salvation:
Predestination; Redemption; Sealing
Also in Verse 1, Paul is writing to the believers in the home-church
at Ephesus.

2. Verse 2 - Continuation of salutation
3. Verse 3 - Evocation of blessings
4. Verse 4 - Paul is proclaiming that we have
been "chosen" before the foundation of the world to be holy and
without blame before him.
5. Verse 5 - Proclaiming "predestination" .
6. Verse 6 - Proclaiming that we are made "accepted".
7. Verse 7 - Redemption through the Blood. Proclaiming
that we have been "redeemed" through the Blood of Christ shed on
Calvary and have received "forgiveness of sins".
8. Verse 8 - God hath abounded toward us al in all wisdom
and prudence;
9. Verse 9 - He made known unto us the mystery of his will.
10. Verses 10-12 - fullness of time; it tells of Redemption
by the Son through whom is given unto us a knowledge of Gd's eternal
plan for the universe and an eternal inheritance.
11. Verses 13, 14 - Tell us we are "sealed by the Spirit"
which is an earnest.
12. Verses 15-18 - Paul utters a prayer that the Ephesians
may have a still fuller and deeper knowledge of the privilege and
power of their salvation.

C. MANIFESTATION OF GOD'S POWER (Verses 19 - 23)

1. Verse 19 - God's power
2. Verse 20 - He raised Christ from the dead in power and
set him at the right hand in heaven.
3. Verse 21 - Far above all principality and power and
might and dominion and every name, not only in this world but in
that which is to come.
4. Verse 22 - hath put all things under His feet and gave
him to be the head over all things in the church.
5. Verse 23 - Which is his body, the fullness of him that
filleth all in all

OBSERVATION: So we can say that:
God's power was manifested in relation to Christ in 3 ways in
verses 19-23:

1. Resurrection
2. Ascension
3. Exaltation

III. MANIFESTATION OF GOD'S POWER CONTINUES (CHAPTER 2)

A. His power was manifested in relation to the individual int he
following three (3) ways:

1. (verses 1-5) Spiritual resurrection (gentile rebuke
that God saved them from sin)
2. (verse 6) Spiritual ascension (He hath raised us up and
made us sit in heavenly places with Christ)
3. (verses 7-10) Power to do good works and show forth
God's grace throughout eternity

B. His power was manifested in relation to the whole humanity.

It involved 3 classes:
1. verses 11-13 Jews
2. verses 14-17 Gentiles
3. verses 19-22 Church of God

IV. CHAPTER 3 - A THREEFOLD STATEMENT CONCERNING PAUL

Paul's ministry was to preach the mystery of the Gospel. This
mystery was the great truth that Jew and Gentile should be fellow-
heirs and members of the same body.

A. Paul's Ministry - verses 1-6

We won't delve deep into this, as this is a whole other study. But
just to comment a little on this: Here we see a little of his
ministry, but also, the mystery of Christ. Paul speaks of
the "mystery of Christ" hidden for ages to God (verse 9) and now
made known by revelation (verse 3) through the spirit to the
apostles and prophets (verse 5). This includes people
of all nations in the promised of life and salvation (verse 6).
(See also: Romans 216:25,26; 2 Tim. 1:1).

B. Paul's prayer and plea - verses 7-19

Though Paul expresses a concern and a plea for the Ephesians
he also shows us the grace of God. The grace of God given to each
believer to accomplish God's will in all energizing strength that
flows from the risen Christ and oeoprates by the Holy Spirit
indwelling the believer.

C. Paul's praise - verses 20,21

God will do for us not only more than we ask and desire in prayer
but also even more than our imagination can perceive. This promise
is conditioned and dependent upon the degree of the Holy Spirit's
presence, power and grace operating in our lives.

IV. THE CHURCH'S WALK (Chapter 4)

A. AN EXHORTATION TO UNITY (verses 1-4)

1. Qualities essential to unity:

a. Lowliness
b. Meekness
c. Long-suffering
d. Forbearance
(verses 5 10) Unity of mind and spirit
(verses 6-16) - The method of producing unity: by the use of the
gifts and by the ministry, to bring the body into spiritual
perfection and oneness with Christ.

IMPORTANT KEY VERSE: verse 11: "And he gave some: Apostles, and some,
Prophets, and some, Evangelists, and some Pastors, and Teachers."

Notice that it says: "and HE GAVE..." that means, GOD GIVES THE
GIFT. We don't choose our own. We don't just decide to be a pastor
or a
prophet or an evangelist. It is a "calling" of God.

B. EDIFICATION (Chapter 4 verses 11-16)

Edification means; "Building up or growing up". There are 2 areas in
which a church can grow, in quanity (numberes) and in quality
(growth of the members). The goal of every church should be the
growth in quality, not numbers. (verse 13).

Truth is the foundation for all growth (John 17:17) therefore truth
should be spoken in all services no matter which body member gets
hurt. Offences will be taken, and those are the ones not growing in
grace. The Bible is all TRUTH.

The motivation for edification is love. Love is the reason we seek
to grow. The church at Corinth was not growing. (1 Corin. 12). The
church was without love (1 Corin. 13).

You have to edify the church, but you have to love the people.
A good shepherd (pastor) will love his sheep no matter how many in
number is in his congregation, whether 3,000 or 35.

What is meant by "Edification" ? To edify is BUILD UP, ENCOURAGE,
HELP, LOVE. The CHURCH today (people) need to be built up
spiritually, encouraged, edified.

C. AN EXHORTATION TO LIVE A NEW LIFE, TO PUT OFF THE OLD MAN.
(Chapter 4 verses 17-32)

In verse 17 the church is being told to walk differently then the
Gentiles. It was an exhortation to be separate. The Holy Spirit who
dwells within the believer (Romans 8:9), 1 Corin. 6:19) is a PERSON
who can experience intense grief or sorrow as Jesus Himself did when
He wept over Jerusalem. The believer causes trhe Holy Spirit grief
or pain when he/she ignores His Presence or does not do the will of
the Father. These verses here are an exhortation to live the life of
a believer, walking in newness of life, not as before.

V. CHAPTER 5

A. AN EXHORTATION TO A NEW WALK - (Chapter 5 Verses 1-20)

1. Walk in love ((verses 1-7)
2. Walk in the light (verses 8-14)
3. Walk circumspectly (verses 15-20)

In verse 5 the Apostle Paul as well as the Ephesians knew with
unqaulfied certainty that al;l individuals within or outside of the
church who were immoral, impure or greedy, loving things more than
God, were excluded form the kingdom of Christ.

In verse 18 Paul says to be filled wtih the Spirit. "Be filled"
prsent passive imperative) carries the meaning in Greek
of "repeatedly being filled". The spiritual life of the Child of
God (believer) must experience constant renewal. It is a repeated
experience.

In verse 19 Pauls tells us to SING to the Lord. Worship in song is
so important. It ministers to the believer and the Lord. We should
sing unto God. Sing praises. Singing spiritual songs is a means of
edification, teaching and uplifting to the Body of Christ.

These verses in chapter 5 clearly exhort the believer.

B. A THREEFOLD EXHORTATION TO THE FAMILY - (Verses 21-33)

1. (verses 21-33) Regarding wives and husbands

Submitting one to another. Not just the wife to the husband.
Men should not lord it over their wives. It is a mutual submission,
though the husband is the spiritual head of the home, the priest of
the home, submission one to another makes for a better home-life.
A wife should never go out and purchase a car without her husband's
knowledge or consent. Neither should the husband. But wives, even
though the submission is mutual, you must submit to your husband as
the leader of the home. He is the head of household. God's word
doesn't change. Men were the head in Biblical times, and men are
still the head today. God's Word declares the man as the head of the
wife. God has established the family. Eery family must have a
leader God has assigned the task of leader to the husband. (verses
23-33)

Verse 33 - "Let every one of you in particular so love his wife even
as himself and the wife see that she REVERENCE her husband".

His leadership in the home must be exercised in LOVE, GENTLENESS and
CONSIDERATION for his wife and family (verses 25-30). The husband's
God-given responsibility as "head of the wife" includes, leadership
and provision for the family both deomestic and spiritually (verses
23,24).

Therefore, if his leadership in the home is that of loving his
family, shouldn't he ask the wife if he needs something, rather than
telling her she needs to do it because he said so? That's stinking
thinking when a man dominates a woman like that.

Accordingly when a man comes home from work he expects his loving
wife to have his dinner ready (of course we are speaking here of the
none-working outside the home wife). Men have to make allowances for
their wives that work outside the home. In fact, men that have wives
who work outside the home, should help with the meal preparation and
other chores as mutually agreed upon by the both of them.
It is preferable for a woman NOT to work outside the home, but if
she does, then her husband needs to help her out in the home and not
leave everything to her.

VI. THE FAMILY AND THE HOME (CHAPTER 6)

This chapter is broken up into various categories.

A. FIRST REGARDING PARENTS AND CHILDREN (verses 1-4)

It was one of the Ten Commandments that we honor our parents who
gave us life. God has a problem with "rebellion", and
especially "rebellious children".

Nowhere in the Bible does it state to: "honor your parents until you
are 18, and then rebel, be rude, disrespectful, and not listen to
them". No way. You won't find that in the Bible.
Isaac was believed to be a full grown man when his father told him
where to go to seek a wife. We need to honor our parents.

If you are over the legal age of 18, parents still have a right to
counsel you, offer advice, etc. What you choose to do with that is
up to you. But you must respect them no matter what age you are. God
promises us long life if we honor our parents. Fathers are cautioned
against being too severe with their children, both in this chapter
and in Col. 3:21.
Parents authority then was generally too austere as it is now
(today) generally too lax.
Fathers are named because mothers are naturally more lenient and
they are the head of the home.

B. REGARDING SLAVES,MASTERS, WORKERS (5-9)

Self-explanatory. Let's see a raise of hands? Do you really want to
discuss this or is is self-explanatory? Ok then. Moving along.

C. A THREEFOLD EXPRESSION OF SPIRITUAL LIFE (The 3 P's)

1. (verses 10-17) Power - An exhortation to put on the whole
armor of God.
2. (verses 18,19) Prayer - Pray always.
3. (verses 20-24) Peace - Peace offered in a benediction

D. THE ARMOR OF GOD (Chapter 6:11-17)

This is so very important that every believer learn how to put on
the armor to thwart off the darts of the enemy, to be strong in
times of trial and adversity.

The Christian is engaged in a spiritual warfar battle on a daily
basis. We are in constant spiritual conflict with evil. That is why
it is so important to keep the armor on.

We do not fight flesh and blood. When you enter into an argument
with someone, you are not fighting them, you are fighting the evil
force that is leading them to provoke you. That is what you need to
come against, not the person who is not heeding the voice of God but
of another voice. Rather than be quick to retailiate against those
coming against you, pray for that individual and come against the
spirit that is driving them.

I urge you, pray constantly, read your bibles daily. Stay in the
Word. Study so that you will know better how to fight the enemy of
our soul when he comes around.

Ephesians 6:18 - Praying in the Spirit. The Christian's warfare
against satan's spiritual forces calls for an intensity in prayer,
praying in the Spirit with all prayer and supplication for all
saints with all perseverance. Prayer is not to be seen just as
another weapon, but as part of the actual conflict itself where the
victory is won for ourselves and others.
I hope you have learned something today in how to walk in victory.
Copyright©1999 Theresa Quinto Pavone
Revised 2005 Theresa Quinto Pavone,A.TH, B.TH
All rights reserved.
Do not use without permission.
Copyright policy in effect.

What follows is the actual test I gave my students for this class.
See how many you can answer WITHOUT going back over this study.

TEST
STUDENT NAME________ _________ ___ DATE: __________
INSTRUCTOR T. Pavone

BOOK OF EPHESIANS

FINAL EXAM
(40 questions - 2 points ea.)
FILL IN THE BLANKS:

1. Who is the writer? ____________ _________ _________ _________ ____
2. To whom is this book written?____ _________ _________ _________ ___
3. From where was it written?____ _________ _________ _________ _____
4. What is the "Theme" of this book? ____________ _________ _________
5. Why was it written? Why did Paul deem it necessary to write them?
____________ _________ _________ _________ _________ _________ _
6. In chapter 1, there are 3-fold sources of salvation. What are
they?
a.
b.
c.

7. God's power was manifested in relation to Christ in 3 ways in
chapter 1:19-23.
What are they?
a.
b.
c.

8. God's power was manifested in relation to individuals in 3 ways
in chapter 2:1-10.. What are they?
a.
b.
c.

9. God's power was manifested in relation to the whole humanity in
3 ways
in chapter 2:11-22. What are they?
a.
b.
c.

10. In chapter 3 Paul's ministry was to preach the "mystery" of
the Gospel.
This mystery was what?_______ _________ _________ _________ _________
____________ _________ _________ _________ _________ _________ _

11. The 4 qualities essential to unity found in chapter 4 are:
a.
b.
c.
d.

12. A 3-fold exhortation to walk a new walk is found in chapter
5:1-20.
Name the 3 exhortations.
a.
b.
c.

13. Where are these found:
a. An exhortation regarding husbands and wives_______ ______
b. Regarding children and parents_____ _________ _________ _
c. Regarding slaves and masters_____ _________ _________ __

14. In Chapter 6, what are the 3 P's?
a.
b.
c.
15. Define "Grace" ____________ _________ _________ _________ ______
16. Write out: Ephesians 4:11. ____________ _________ _________ _____
____________ _________ _________ _________ _________ _________ _

TRUE/FALSE 17-23

_____We are not predestined to be saved.
_____There 5 fold ministry mentioned in Ephesians is not for
today's church.
_____It says in Ephesians 6 to "Bear one another's burdens and be
patient with the erring"
_____Paul told the Ephesians they were free from Mosaic law.
_____Paul tells us to mindful to support our ministers and we will
reap blessings.
_____In chapter 1, verses 13 and 14 it tells us we are "Sealed by
the Spirit".
_____God raised Christ from the dead and set Him at the left hand
of the Father as told in verse 20 of chapter 1.

ESSAY QUESTIONS Worth 20 points - choose one

Briefly characterize the city of Ephesus and Paul's message.
Briefly describe the "Body of Christ"

ANSWERS:

1. Paul
2. Ephesians
3. Jail
4. Unity
5. To unite them since evidently, they were not united.
6. Predestination, Redemption, Sealing
7. Resurrection, Ascension, Exaltation
8. Spiritual resurrection, spiritual ascension, power to do
good works
9. Involved 3 classes: Jews, Gentiles, Church of God.
10. Power, Prayer, Peace
11. The great truth that Jew and Gentile should be fellow-heirs
and members of the same body.
12. Walk in love, walk in the light, walk circumspectly
13. Chapter 5:21-33; Chapter 6:1-4; Chapter 6:5-9.
14. Lowliness, Meekness, Long-suffering, Forbearance
15. Unmerited favor.
16. "And he gave some apostles, and some prophets, and some,
evangelists, and some pastors and teachers..."

TRUE/FALSE

We are not predestined to be saved. (F)
There 5 fold ministry mentioned in Ephesians is not for today's
church. (F)
It says in Ephesians 6: "Bear one another's burdens and be patient
with (T) "erring".
Paul told the Ephesians they were free from Mosaic
law. (T)
Paul tells us to mindful to support our ministers and we will reap
blessings. (T)
In chapter 1, verses 13 and 14 it tells us we are "Sealed by the
Spirit". (T)
God raised Christ from the dead and set Him at the left hand of the
Father as told in verse 20 of chapter 1. (F)
Copyright©1999 Theresa Quinto Pavone
Revised 2005 Theresa Quinto Pavone,A.TH, B.TH
All rights reserved.
Do not use without permission.
Copyright policy in effect


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