Paul’s Message of Unrestrained Praise (Ephesians 1:1-14)
is about getting my “Who am I?” answered.
We do what we do because we think like we think.
Right thinking leads to right behavior
1. “In Christ” Cannot Me!
Ephesians 1:7, 1 Peter 1:17-19, Romans 6:5-7 NLT
An Identity Statement: In Christ I am (set free).
2.“In Christ” Cannot Me!
Ephesians 1:7-8, 1 John 1:8-9, Colossians 1:13-14, Colossians 2:13-15, Isaiah 43:25
An Identity Statement: In Christ I am (clean).
3. In Christ” am for
Ephesians 1:7-12, John 17:20-22, 1 Corinthians 10:30-32, 1 Peter 2:11-12
An Identity Statement: In Christ I am made to bring to God.
Author: Paul, one of four prison epistles (Philippians, Colossians, Philemon)
Recipients: The Church of Ephesus and all Christ followers, Asia Minor
(modern day Turkey) an encyclical letter, the Church through the ages.
Dates: AD 60–61
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS, THOUGHTS and THINGS TO PONDER
For your personal discipleship, discussion with family, your Life-Group, or your watch party
- Ask yourself: Was there a particular point or passage of Scripture that challenged, confused, or caught your attention
- Review the main idea behind each of the points below
- If it is true of you, describe a few of the ways being a Christ-follower has transformed you.
- The word redeem means “set free.” Can you describe how the knowledge of being set free has affected you?
- In what way would God like you to live up into your freedom?
- Forgiveness cleanses us and purifies us. In what ways does that truth affect the way you live?
- As a forgiven person, where would God like you to live your forgiveness?
- Tell about a time, not boasting, when you believe your life brought glory to God.
- Describe one specific way you’re are seeking to live up toward a life that brings glory to God.