This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic. And this is what they began to do, and now nothing which they purpose to do will be impossible for them” (Genesis 11:6). As a missionary, I met many non-Christians and worked with many Christians. There is no peace here. Ephesians - Lesson 2 By Curt Niccum A Saving Knowledge. Is a quiet house a peaceful home? We need patience. Just think about the difference between having a patient or impatient wife. That is great for ambulances but not for us. A person is angry with another. At other times, I ducked and avoided. Peace is not just something acquired so that we can sleep well, but it shapes our relationship with God and others too. When we live out our lives in this manner, others can live around us much more easily. Ephesians 4:26-27 The Urgency of Resolving Anger Ephesians 4:1 Calling to Unity Ephesians 2:3 C) Man's Heart One can walk away from a relationship or commitment, but the lack of peace still resides deep in one’s heart. Again, we see them functioning as one. Let’s look at a few examples. We need to recognize that the unity that we are searching for is a unity from the Spirit of God. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. Let me give you some illustrations. In these two verses Paul lists 5 things we are to pay attention to in order to carry out this vision of oneness with the Lord and others. Ephesians 4:6 One God & Father What word is it then that makes this verse difficult to understand? Is there peace? If our style of being a husband, wife, parent, leader, etc. The first four character qualities are essential to carrying out this mission. Lesson Nine Walk Circumspectly, Not As Fools Ephesians 4:17 – 5:21 If you can’t say somethin’ nice, don’t say nothin’ at all. A. But it also can be a disguise that that keeps true unity from every being reached. I have been troubled for a long time on what Paul means by 'preserve the unity of the Spirit.' τος, μετὰ μακροθυμίας, ἀνεχόμενοι ἀλλήλων ἐν ἀγάπῃ. Patience does not mean someone has wronged you, but forbearance contains this idea - something wrong is being done to you. This picture is quite different than the world. with all meekness and mildness, with patience supporting each other in charity [with patience supporting, or up-bearing, together in charity]. Ephesians 6:1-4 A Lesson to Parents Christian Globe. It’s easy to get too used to that word. Pretend unity is not unity. Ephesians 3:20-21 Unlimited Power In this verse, we see it is peace which binds the hearts of individuals together. We were made with differences, including the different ways male and females approach life. 6 They will learn what a worthy walk of a believer looks like. LESSON 5 – Ephesians 4 Read the following Scripture passages and complete the form for each day. We should not allow the absence of outward conflict to define the peace that God wants to give to us. Ephesians 2:10 B) Purpose of our Lives The lesson is prepared with older students in mind. The same with the family. Paul says it is agape love that keeps unity. The world’s tolerance allows for shallow relationships. But in this case, he could solve the problem! Ephesians 4:2-3 ~ "B) The Oneness of the Body" is part 3 of 5 of The Bible Teaching Commentary on Ephesians 4:1-3 which discusses the five ways he says the people of God obtain unity of the Spirit. Ephesians - Lesson 4 By Curt Niccum The Rebuilding of the Temple. Maybe you differ with a small group leader or another on how he or she does something. Marriage and family were to function as a unity. If you do not value each other, then you know there is a problem. Learning Goal: Students will learn from Ephesians 4 what makes a believer’s walk worthy before the Lord. This doesn’t mean that we as individuals have no value, but instead calls us to keep the right perspective of others and not be confused by the inflated value of ourselves over others. I hope I did! Where I have had insight, humility and boldness, I have reaped peace. It stood out because it didn’t fit. Ephesians 1:15-17 Bible Study Questions, Ephesians 2:1-3, an Introduction “With all humility” highlights the need to recognize the importance of those others including those who are somewhat hostile toward us. Definitely not. EPHESIANS CHAPTER 1 After you have looked at Ephesians as a whole and considered the overall questions, begin to go through the book verse by verse and notice even more richness and detail. Next =>. As a husband, I have had to see what it means to live at peace with my wife. NIV, Storyline Bible, Comfort Print: Each Story Plays a Part. Adeney Ephesians 6:1-4 Children and Their Parents D. Thomas Ephesians 6:1-4 Children Should Look to Jesus Ephesians 6 It is a beginning. Ephesians 5:25 Marital Love Preserving the unity of the body stands at a higher priority than purity. “With patience” reminds us that we cannot insist everyone live trying to maximum our own time efficiency. When we do not live in this manner, sins crop up and Satan enters. Lesson 29: Vital Signs of a Healthy Body (Ephesians 4:14-16) Related Media Whenever you feel sick and go to the doctor, he will check your vital signs. This is the fourth lesson from the Book of Ephesians. Ephesians 1:2 Only in Christ Jesus My biggest difficulty in understanding Ephesians 4:3 has been the word ‘preserve (NASB)’ or ‘keep’ (NIV). Ephesians 2:8-10 Extraordinary Purpose Ephesians 4:16 Summary: Function of the Church Questions (Ephesians 2:1-3) On the other hand, think what it is like to have a humble or prideful husband who always thinks he is right. Ephesians 3:20-21 Bible Study Questions, Introduction: Problems of Disunity What does Ephesians 4:2 mean? The cashier next to me was busy with one person and then another. I understand this. They think the same about some certain matter. When we do, we are basically asking God to remove those things that keep God’s people from being filled with the Spirit. Once I mention it, you probably understand my problem. Our experience does not ring true with the command to preserve unity. Ephesians 6:1-4 An Excellent Proof Ephesians 6:1-4 Children and Parents W.F. The same is true in the church. If he is typical, he doesn’t do a good job understanding her needs. We need to subdue that selfish and greedy heart if we are going to find that peace. (Ephesians 2:4.) 1-16, purity – 4:17-5:17, harmony – Eph. Ephesians 4:4-5 Reason for Oneness The longer one lives, the more one finds this is true. On the surface it looks great but below there is no harmony. Sort of. “But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth. I only was trying to preserve the status quo. He doesn’t like her not so subtle reminders and simply ignores them. How do I know? Peace itself, Paul says, is a glue of sorts. Maybe he is watching too much television, writing too much IM or watching things that they disapprove of. The way we live with each other enables us to obtain those rich blessings that the Lord has given to us. “And beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity” (Colossians 3:14). all rule and authority and dominion and power and above every We need to get to the point where we are committed to each other despite the differences. But if there is any threat to them missing out a bit on the free food, watch out. An example of this is certain cult-like denominations which so emphasize their own Christian community and their inherent unity, they treat other brothers and sisters outside of the community of the Lord. Ephesians 1:4-6 Bible Study Questions I allowed a lack of confrontation to stand for unity or peace. “Being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:3). The Holy Spirit, as the common higher principle of life ( Ephesians 2:18 Ephesians 2:22), gives to the Church its true unity. A husband knows something is wrong. It must be miserable to waste even one day or even a minute being unhappy. The word ‘unity’ only has meaning when more than one is present. Through this passage the Lord has given me a renewed energy to live out this unity despite the challenges I face. Ephesians 1:1-2 Paul’s salutation to the Ephesians Ask a This is clearly unacceptable. EPHESIANS 4:1-16 LESSON: FAITH TO UNITE— December 31, 2017 INTRODUCTION: Chapter 3:14-21 This is Paul's second prayer for the Ephesians and a doxology of praise to God. Parents must pursue clear standards and discipline challenges to respect. Ephesians 1:1 Only by the Will of God Ephesians 3:2-5 The Reliability of the Gospel Ephesians, Lesson #6 A Prayer for the Ephesians Ephesians 3.14 - 21. Sometimes I did better than at others. Was this unity? The more the unity, that is, the more people with a similar mindset (seen in the wide ends of the bowtie going to far left or right), whether for bad or good, brings about an intensified response from God: judgment for the wicked and blessing for the obedient. As a pastor, I have had to get involved in the details of people’s lives. Let me describe it through an illustration. Although there might be the lack of outward conflict, there can still be the inner tension. "THE EPISTLE TO THE EPHESIANS" Chapter Four OBJECTIVES IN STUDYING THE CHAPTER 1) To see the importance of walking in unity and purity 2) To appreciate the gifts Christ has given the church for our edification, and the need for each one to do their share SUMMARY Beginning with this chapter and … This requires, of course, each individual to submit his own will to the Lord. Unity describes how brothers and sisters function as one. That is, in my mind it didn’t smoothly read but made me wonder about its meaning. That’s the reason we teach. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy. Ephesians, Lesson #5 God’s Marvelous Plan for the Gentiles Ephesians 3.1 – 13. Ephesians 3:21 God's Amazing Glory Ephesians 1:3 Every Spiritual Blessing Chronology Chart of Pauline Letters Just ignore the problem? Temporary circumstances seem to solve the problem for a while, but once those relationships grow then so do the problems. They made sacrifices to help others. Having just discussed unity and love of the brethren, Paul now moves to a discussion of Christian purity and holiness. Work toward unity and blessing will be found (Psalm 133). Should the husband just ignore his wife? This is what we all need to yearn for even if it takes our whole being. Grow up into Christ Ephesians 4:4-6 Bible Study Questions, Ephesians 4:11-13: A) God's Word in the Church Ephesians 2:19-22 Bible Study Questions, Ephesians 3:1-10 Growing in Our Commitment Ephesians 1:15-23 Objectives: The student can list the three things that Paul specifically wants the Ephesians to know (power, placement, and purity). Unity and Maturity in the Body of Christ - As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. I would actually not use the word unity to describe the similar mindset of the wicked but obviously there is some element of unity. The Lord has been teaching me more about this topic lately. Is this what Paul is suggesting? Ephesians 2:8 “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.” Ephesians 6:10 “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.” Ephesians 4:2 “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient I. Sin’s work against us – Ephesians 2:1-3 Paul gives us a picture of the terrible spiritual condition of an unsaved person. Of course, no one thinks absolutely the same. Ephesians 2:8-9 A) Purpose of Salvation As a Dad, I have had to learn what it is to preserve the unity of the Spirit with my family. LESSON 4 - EPHESIANS 2:11-3:13 37 LESSON 5 - EPHESIANS 4:1-16 47 LESSON 6 - EPHESIANS 4:17-32 55 Ephesians 3:6-7 The Glory of the Gospel We need to constantly work on growing in these areas. There is no doubt that we cannot always solve every relationship but, more than likely, we can live at peace with most people. You might even think that this is normal or cool. Lesson 2 Bible: Ephesians 1:4, Romans 5:8, Ephesians 1:5 Ephesians 1:6-7 Description: A major theme in Ephesians—and really all of Paul’s writings—is the amazingness of God’s grace. It is a superficial unity. Things will settle down later. I think it would be better to write, “Being diligent to make the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” Words like make, create, form or plan would all work. “And they were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Many people move house, job, church and mate just to find peace. Ephesians 1:1-3 Bible Study Questions Division, isolation, offensive words and unforgiving attitudes quickly develop. So I had to get at behind the person at the other register. Have you ever sung a song about revival? It is easy to respond nice to nice people, but when we meet a grump, it is easy to be grumpy back. “Showing forbearance to one another in love” emphasizes the need to actually forgive one another. Ephesians 4:28 To leave We have a greater purpose of working closely together. What if there are differences in the church? To be brief, we have been cheated. Is this what Paul means by preserving the peace? Instead, it allows us to exude a kind spirit in disruptive situations. A patient wife is not demanding but understanding. The word ‘diligence’ speaks about a persistent attitude in which one tackles some problem. But again, we find that this seems to be more of a theory or doctrine than something that is put in practice. We need the Spirit of God to give us this peace of heart which then provides peace with those about us. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Ephesians 4 - A Study Guide by Mark A. Copeland. When we are patient, we will not so easily blow up or react against others. See How They All Connect. Does Paul mean that you should be quiet and not say anything? Ephesians 2:1 A) Man's Nature Ephesians 2:8-10, an Introduction Ephesians 4:17-21 He calleth men off from the vain and impure conversation of the heathen world, Ephesians 4:22-24 to renounce the old, and to put on the new, man, Ephesians 4:25 to discard lying, Ephesians 4:26,27 and sinful anger. with all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love, in all humblenes of mynde and meknes and longe sufferynge forbearinge one another thorowe love. Ephesians 4:25 – 5:2 Live in Love By Lois Parker Edstrom You will meet people who are unpleasant, unkind, cranky, and short-tempered. In these cases, I can see that I did not keep the unity of the Spirit. We do not need to demand change in others. I have tried to work on some situations, but at other times I have just let it go. Ephesians 4:14-16 Bible Study Questions, Ephesians 4:11-14 Chart: Equipping of the Saints The word we most often use for diligence today is consistency. Maybe you have too. The ‘two shall become one.’ Otherwise, why design a lifelong relationship where there are arguments, infighting, bitterness and competition? But words that imply the unity is already present seem to counter our life experience. Maybe it would be best to understand this by thinking of the opposite of peace. There was no consideration of one another. All that brought was longstanding tension. This is, of course, the point of this scripture portion. What should they do? Deceit We sing about it, write about it Have you experienced this kind of unity? The unity then comes when we all focus on His will and purpose. What happens in such situations is that each individual follows his own appetite. “And the LORD said, “Behold, they are one people, and they all have the same language. The good thing is that we largely need to focus on our own individual lives. Diligence calls us to arise above our own personal preferences and to avoid distractions because something else stands as a life priority. Nor are we to be like the sporadic individuals who only comes alive for an important test. Ephesians 1:1-3 Every Spiritual Blessing They all dashed in one direction - towards the tables. LESSON 4: EPHESIANS 2:1-10 Introduction Having used the physical resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ to illustrate the power of salvation in the previous section of the epistle (1:15-23), Paul now reminds his readers of their spiritual resurrection, a phenomenon which can only be attributed to God’s grace. Thumper Introduction: 1. His wife has hinted at a couple of things she is concerned about. Jesus was this way and wants us to let Him live His life through us. Paul admonishes us to walk in unity – vv. The key word is walk – Ephesians 4:1, 17; 5:2, 8, 15. “If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.” (Romans 12:18). With all lowliness and meekness, with long-suffering, forbearing one another in love; with all lowliness of mind and unselfishness, and with patience, bearing with one another lovingly, and earnestly striving to maintain. [ See verse text ] Living in a manner worthy of Christ's calling (Ephesians 4:1) includes four traits described in this verse. Peace is a commonly used word but not very often well understood. Ephesians 3:1-10, Introduction Before going more into what this ‘preserve’ means and how this practically works out in our lives, let us first introduce the other concepts given in the last phrase of verse 3. This describes what Paul reminds us to. The word literally means “to suffer.” In other words, we are called here to put up with the the improper behavior of others. Tension is arising. Contention develops. Ephesians 3:20 God's Amazing Power The world might seem to function as a unity in some respects, but they have their selfish desires propelling them. ῾ο δὲ θεὸς, πλούσιος ὢν ἐν ἐλέει —“But God, being rich in mercy.” The apostle resumes the thought started in Ephesians 2:1. If we do not have peace in our hearts, it is hard to have peace with others. The father is the head of the home. We have a negative example of this unity when people built the Tower of Babel. Ephesians 4:2-3 ~ "B) The Oneness of the Body" is part 3 of 8 of The Bible Teacher's Commentary on Ephesians 4:1-6 which discusses the five ways he says the people of God obtain unity of the Spirit. We need to show forbearance to all through the power of His love. Christians are unfortunately better at pretending unity than actually possessing it. “Then the angel of the LORD said to her, “Return to your mistress, and submit yourself to her authority” (Genesis 16:9). Questions (Ephesians 3:1-10) James clearly identifies why there is loss of peace. He thinks it is better to let her deal with the trouble rather than getting involved. I have had to learn how to live at peace with all sorts of people. We are not just looking for the absence of conflict but inwardly the success of others. God’s way is always the best way. We see a positive example when the people of God unite in prayer to God. Do you sense friction? The church is also to be a unity. One had to be careful not to be trodden down by others. Unity can be bad when the ungodly act in opposition to God. He not only reminds us of this calling but entreats us to live according to this vision of what God has given to us. Ephesians 4 – These last three chapters Paul explains our duty and responsibilities in Christ. Lessons on Ephesians Lesson 1: The Church at Ephesus Lesson 2: Themes in Relationships Lesson 3: What God Has Done Lesson 4: Praise and Prayer Lesson 5: The Church: God's Workmanship Lesson 6: The Church Without Walls Lesson 7: God's Mystery The problem is with the people and their relationships with others rather than the situation. Peace has two meanings. There is strain in the relationship because of some offense. I was tempted not to be gentle. Even though I have experienced some wonderful situations in the past, I have also had my share of strained relationships, misunderstandings, quick judgment and unforgiving spirit. Ephesians, Lesson #7 Unity and, Ephesians 4:1 speaks about what the Lord has given to us in Christ: our calling. I don’t think so. Ephesians: Discipleship Lessons, by Dr. Ralph F. Wilson JesusWalk Bible Study Series Participant Guide Handout Sheets If you’re working with a class or small group, feel free to duplicate the following handouts in this appendix at no additional charge. Ephesians 5:31-33 Building a Great Marriage This kind of unity was exactly what God desired: people centering their lives around Him. We are to be forgiving as He has forgiven us. with all lowliness and meekness, with long-suffering, forbearing one another in love, Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise), Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. When they persisted after one goal, they could accomplish amazing things. Yesterday morning I had a run in with a local cashier. When this is done, the Spirit can and will mightily work. Disharmony, restlessness, agitation, conflict and irritation that describe the loss of peace. So much so that God destroyed this unity by giving them different language mediums and dividing them. It enables people to work with others even though they have differences. Ephesians 4:11-13 Bible Study Questions, Ephesians 4:14 B) Responsibility 1. Ephesians 4:11 Gifts in the church You are in fact fighting against God’s good ways. << Previous | Index | Next >>. Forgiveness brings a healing power that overcomes offenses. Our marriages, families, and churches should possess the fruit of unity but often don’t. Once I was invited to this government banquet. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Ephesians, Lesson #4 Reconciled Through Christ Ephesians 2.11 - 22. Note God’s advice for Hagar after she has become prideful and despised Sarai her mistress. Find your place in the home and humbly live it out even if it goes against your feelings. It refers to inward peace–tranquility, or the peace between individuals–harmony. Have you ever prayed for renewal? The parents have tried to curtail his involvement in these things but to no avail. Ephesians 3:14-21 The Fullness of God's Love, Ephesians 3:20-21 God's Unlimited Power Allow me to summarize two important reminders before going on. Our old nature just naturally has us think more of ourselves as more important than others. (Ephesians 2:11-13) Lesson 17 Preparation Material for the Home-Study Teacher Summary of Daily Home-Study Lessons The following summary of the events, doctrines, and principles your students learned as they studied Ephesians 2–Philippians 4 (unit 25) is not intended to be taught as part of your lesson. Ephesians 4:13 The final goal With all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing forbearance to one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:1-3). Outward uniformity is as yet unattainable; but Ephesians 4:31 The Tree of Bitterness, Ephesians 5:22,24 Wives be Subject to your Husband Ephesians 6:1-3 Obedience to Parents The parents know their child has a problem. Lesson 13: Salvation is Totally of God (Ephesians 2:4-7) Lesson 14: Salvation by Grace through Faith Alone (Ephesians 2:8-9) Lesson 15: Salvation and Good Works (Ephesians 2:10) Lesson 16: Remembering Then, but Now! Ephesians 3:8-10 The Calling of the Gospel Ephesians 6:17 Sword of Spirit, B) Our Oneness of the Body (Ephesians 4:2-3), C) The Preservation of Unity (Ephesians 4:3), D) The Doctrine of Unity (Ephesians 4:4-6), Overcoming Anxiety: Finding Peace; Discovering God, Paul's Second Missonary Journey to Ephesus - Map. You just want a quiet house. A unity can occur when people have the same mindset. And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace” (James 3:14-18). When I train my child some certain task, I need to be constantly alert to his or her needs and demands. For now, however, we will leave this topic and return to it shortly. Ephesians 2:2 B) Man's World Unity does not initiate love but love the unity. Ephesians 3:1 The Value of the Gospel A good test of our humility is to ask, “Do you see the need for others?” Humbling ourselves is an active step of thinking properly about oneself in the overall context of life. Or if there is disagreement in Biblical instruction or teaching, should we always be quiet? When a few people are moved by God, it is easier to be touched by the work of the Holy Spirit in our own lives. “So then let us pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another” (Romans 14:19). Ephesians 1:1-14 Redemption & Sovereignty As long as they each get their portion, they are happy. Great Love - Ephesians 2:1 – 10 Reconciliation - Ephesians 2:11 -22 Manifold Mystery - Ephesians 3 Unity of the Church - Ephesians 4:1-10 Building the Body - Ephesians 4:10-16 Old Man, New Man - Ephesians 4:17-32 Imitation of God - Ephesians 5:1-14 The ‘Bowtie Unity’ diagram below describes God’s response to these different kinds of unity. When God designed marriage, He no doubt was thinking of the beauty of unity. is not characterized by these things, then we need to change our approach to life or our problems will only worsen. Ephesians 4:2-3 Our Oneness of the Body On the other hand, when God’s people are with one heart and mind seeking God’s will, we discover God’s great blessing upon them like in the early church. How would you describe your relationships with others? It is the individual greed in each person like a compass that makes them work together. The parents are responsible for their children. The mission to train the child makes the focus on the child more important than most other things. You may want to suggest that students mark scripture mastery passages in a distinctive way so they will be able to locate them easily. Ephesians 4:4, the very next verse, states “There is one body and one Spirit.” When He is working in each individual, each individual is seeking to accomplish His purpose. LESSON 3 * PART 4 * BOOK 37 Ephesians 4:1-11 – Part 2 It’s so thrilling to hear people tell us that they have a love for the Word that they’ve never had before. Ephesians 4:1-3 Bible Study Questions 5:18-6:9, and victory – Eph. Ligaments keep the body’s bones functioning together. Sometimes I am on the receiving side, but to be true, sometimes I have taken part in that critical side. Ephesians 1:1-3 Introduction in text. As the song “Cleanse Me (Search me O God)” goes, ‘Send a revival, start the work in me.’. 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