Bible Studies by Cheryl Brodersen: "Ephesians 1:3–14 | God's Trophies | Notes"

Ephesians 1:3–14 | God's Trophies

Introduction and Ephesians 1:1–2

Lesson 9

FIRST DAY: Introduction
1. From what you have learned so far, why do you desire to be a woman who walks in the Spirit?

2. Many Christians never live in the full blessings God intends for them. Rather than living in the
riches of God’s grace, some believers live in the natural plane relying on their own strength and
accomplishments. This was the issue with the Ephesians. Though every spiritual blessing in the
heavenly places was theirs through Christ Jesus, they lived as spiritual paupers. Paul began his
letter to the Ephesians by reminding them of all the riches that belonged to them because of
Jesus. In the second part of this epistle he instructed them on how to walk in these blessings.
Paul ended his letter with a strong warning about the spiritual opposition that would come
against a blessed walk in the Spirit.
As you study this epistle, be sure to take inventory of all God has done for you and given you
through Jesus. Let these blessings be your motivation and strength to walk in the Spirit. Read
Ephesians 1:1–2 and answer the following questions:
a. Who wrote this epistle? Ephesians 1:1a

b. To whom was this epistle written? Ephesians 1:1b

3. Prepare your heart to receive all that the Lord has for you this week by writing a prayer.

Paul … by the will of God, to the saints … and faithful in Christ Jesus.
Ephesians 1:1

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SECOND DAY: Read Ephesians 1:1a
1. In Ephesians 1:1a what title did Paul use to identify himself?

a. Recall that this title means one sent forth. Use the following Scriptures to note what Paul was
sent forth by Jesus to do:
(1) Acts 9:15–16

(2) Romans 1:1

(3) 1 Timothy 2:7

b. What is your impression of Paul based on these Scriptures?

(1) How is he an example for you?

2. According to Ephesians 1:1a, Paul was an apostle according to Whose will?

a. In light of what you have learned about Paul, why was it so important that his calling was
based on this?

b. Who are you by the will of God?

3. Paul wrote this epistle from prison. What would your response be to receiving a letter from
someone who was imprisoned for Christ?

 THIRD DAY: Read Ephesians 1:1b
1. Ephesus was a major Roman city located on the coast of Asia Minor. The Ephesians worshiped
the goddess Diana. Her temple was located in Ephesus and was one of the Seven Wonders of the
World. Read the following passages to summarize Paul’s experiences among the Ephesians:
a. Acts 18:18–21

b. Acts 19:1–12, 18–20

c. Acts 19:23–30

d. Acts 20:16–21

e. From what you have studied, share your thoughts concerning Paul’s relationship with the
Ephesian believers.

 2. How were the Ephesian believers described in Ephesians 1:1b?

a. Why do you think this would be important for them to remember?

b. This description applies not only to the Ephesians, but to all believers. Share what this truth
means to you.
FOURTH DAY: Read Revelation 2:1–7
1. The church in Ephesus continued to thrive even after Paul left. In fact, Jesus addressed this
church in one of His letters to the seven churches in Revelation. Read Revelation 2:2–3, 6 and
record Jesus’ commendation to the Ephesian church.

a. How might these qualities have been the fruit of Paul’s ministry among them? See also
Acts 20:28–31.

2. Although the Ephesians were to be commended in many ways, what warning did Jesus give
them in Revelation 2:4–5?

a. What do you think might have caused the Ephesians to digress?

(1) How is this a warning for believers today?

3. According to Jesus’ instructions in Revelation 2:5a, what did the Ephesians need to do?

a. Even as mature believers we need to be aware of our shortcomings. How do you see this
truth exemplified through the Ephesians?

(1) What do you feel is the best way to deal with your personal shortcomings?

FIFTH DAY: Read Ephesians 1:2
1. With what two blessings did Paul greet the believers? Ephesians 1:2a

a. Many commentators believe the order in which Paul pronounced these two blessings is
significant. Pastor Chuck says, You cannot know the peace of God until you first experience the
grace of God. How have you seen this to be true in your life?

2. From Whom do these blessings proceed? Ephesians 1:2b

a. Share what you learn about God from the following Scriptures:
(1) John 16:27

(2) Colossians 1:12

(3) James 1:17

(4) 1 John 3:1

b. What is your response to having God as your Father?

c. Paul used the Greek word Kurios to refer to Jesus. This word is the Greek equivalent to the
Old Testament word Lord. What does this word convey to you about your relationship with

1. What stands out to you the most from this week’s study concerning:

a. Paul

b. the Ephesian Church

2. What excites you most about studying the book of Ephesians?

Grace to you and peace from God our Father
 and the Lord Jesus Christ.


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