In Christ: A Study in Ephesians – Week 1

May 26, 2024   /   Vaughn Forest Church

Why study Ephesians?
– Because it’s .
16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work… – 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Why study Ephesians?
– Ephesians leads us toward , living.

1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by God’s will: To the faithful saints in Christ Jesus at Ephesus. 2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. –Ephesians 1:1-2
Why study Ephesians?
– Ephesians highlights the importance of .

22 And he subjected everything under his feet and appointed him as head over
everything for the church, 23 which is his body… –Ephesians 1:22-23a
19 So, then, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with the
saints, and members of God’s household, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles
and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. — Ephesians 2:19-20
Why study Ephesians?
is real.

Why study Ephesians?
– Your is coming soon.

1. The glory of the gospel is to us.

3 Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavens in Christ. 4 For he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless in love before him. 5 He predestined us to be adopted as sons through Jesus Christ for himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6 to the praise of his glorious grace that he lavished on us in the Beloved One. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace 8 that he richly poured out on us with all wisdom and understanding. 9 He made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he purposed in Christ 10 as a plan for the right time — to bring everything together in Christ, both things in heaven and things on earth in him. 11 In him we have also received an inheritance, because we were predestined according to the plan of the one who works out everything in agreement with the purpose of his will, 12 so that we who had already put our hope in Christ might bring praise to his glory. 13 In him you also were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and when you believed. 14 The Holy Spirit is the down payment of our inheritance, until the redemption of the possession, to the praise of his glory.

-The glory of our adoption in Christ. v 4-6
-The glory of our redemption in Christ. v 7-10
-The glory of our inheritance in Christ. v 11-12
-The glory of our security in Christ. v 13-14

2. The glory of the gospel is to us. (Eph 1:15-23)

-The gospel brings us close to God. v 17
-The gospel opens our eyes to hope. v 18a
-The gospel reveals our worth in Christ. v 18b
-The gospel displays God’s immeasurable

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