Saturday, February 13, 2010

The #Wealth And #Walk Of The #Church> An Introduction & Outline Of #Ephesians


The gospel first reached the Ephesians on Paul's second missionary journey, when he briefly reasoned with the Jews (Acts 18:19-22). He returned on a third journey, and ministered three years, first with Jews in the synagogue, where he boldly tried to persuade them "about the kingdom of God" (19:8; NAS), then daily in the school of Tyrannus, where the Word spread to all Asia (9-10). After Demetrius (an idol maker whose business declined with the preaching of the gospel) stirred up legal troubles, Paul moved on to Macedonia. From Miletus, he sent for the elders of Ephesus, and recounted his character, conduct, and gospel teaching among them. He gave a final warning to watch out for false teachers, and commended them "to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified" (20:17-38; NAS). This was apparently his last contact with the Ephesians, until this epistle.


"...that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe" (1:18-19a).


Chapters 1 - 3 describe the position, wealth, and purpose of the universal church, "in Christ". Chapters 4 - 6 explain how the church, in light of it's blessed position, should "walk" in various relationships.


Christ's body, the church.


1. Its wealth (1 - 3)

2. Its walk (4 - 6)


Dennis Thurman said...

Good analysis--I am finishing a study on Sunday nights of Ephesians: The Riches of Redemption--one message per chapter. I did The Believer's Worship (Chap.1); welcome (2); witness (3); walk (4) work (5) and warfare (6). Watchman Nee has a little book Sit, Walk, Stand--which is a good three point outline of the book from the perspective of "The Believer's Position" in Christ. Have a great Lord's Day tomorrow.

Randy said...

Thanks. Glory to God. Are those messages posted on your church site?

The Gospel

Have you heard Christ died for our sins, and God raised Him from the dead? Did you know God saves you from hell and gives you eternal life through faith in this finished work alone, not your merits (Jn. 3:16; 1 Cor. 15:1-3; Eph. 2:8-10; 2 Thess. 1:8-9)? This is so man cannot boast, and God alone gets the glory (Eph. 2:8-9).


The grand purpose of creation is to bring glory and pleasure to God in Christ (Eph. 1:1-10; Rev. 4:11). The gospel of Christ's death and resurrection for our sins, achieves this goal by magnifying God's grace and mercy towards undeserving sinners. The purpose of faithguard, is to glorify God, by defending and confirming the gospel of Jesus Christ.