“A P.E.P. TALK FOR LIVING UP INTO WHO WE ARE” Part 1November 14, 2021 / Ephesians 1:1-14
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Background (vs 1-2)
Author: The Apostle Paul, one of four prison epistles
Recipients: The Church of Ephesus and all Christ followers primarily those in Asia Minor (modern day Turkey); an encyclical letter
Dates: AD 60–61
P GOD FOR WHO HE IS (vs 3)
- Self-Existent – Exodus 3:14
- Eternal – Isaiah 40:28, Psalm 90:2
- Sovereign (He is subject to no one and reigns supremely) – Romans 9:1-25, Psalm 115:3
- Unchanging – Hebrews 1:10-12, James 1:17
- Omniscient (He knows all things including past, present, and future) – John 21:17, Psalm 147:4-5, Isaiah 42:9
- Faithful and True – Revelation 19:11
- All-Wise – Romans 16:27
- Just and Righteous – Isaiah 65:17
- Long-Suffering – Exodus 34:6
- Compassionate – Lamentations 3:22
- Omnipotent (He has unlimited power, and He is able to do anything) – Mark 14:36, Job 42:2
- Holy (He is set apart from all things and 100% pure and perfect) – Revelation 4:8
- Wrathful (In perfection, and in harmony with His very nature, He demonstrates His divine wrath) – Psalm 95:11
- Love – 1 John 4:8
- Transcendent (He is unique. There is no one like Him) – Psalm 104
- Immanent (He is involved in the lives of His people) – Isaiah 57:15
E YOUR IDENTITY IN CHRIST (vs 3-5)
- Blessed (vs 3) – See also: Ephesians 2:8
- Chosen (vs 4) – See also: Matthew 22:1-14
- To Be – Holy and Blameless (vs 4)
- Loved (vs4)
- Predestined (vs 5) – See also: Matthew 26:36-45, Luke 22:44, Psalm 22,
- Adopted (vs 5)
P GOD FOR HIS WORK (vs 6)
Discussion Questions, Thoughts, and Things to Ponder
For your personal discipleship, discussion with family, your Life-Group, or a watch party
- Quick Review
- Ask yourself: Was there a particular point or passage of Scripture that challenged, confused, or caught your attention?
- What stood out to you regarding the nature of God from the first point in the message?
- What aspect of the nature of God is hardest for you to comprehend? Why?
- When you think about being “chosen” by God, how does that encourage you or confuse you?
- In Ephesians 1:3 we are reminded that believers are blessed. This isn’t based on what we’ve done, but on what God has done for us. Do you find yourself trying to earn God’s blessings? Why is this such an important truth for us?
- How does the parable in Matthew 22 (The King inviting wedding quests to the banquet) help us better understand the concept of God’s sovereignty and man’s responsibility regarding our response to His invitation?
- Much of the first 3 chapters in Ephesians deals with our identity in Christ. Why is it so important for us to embrace our identity in Christ?