We are at war! And our enemy is a powerful one. We must be prepared for the fight. One way we prepare is by understanding our enemy, which we will attempt to do in this lesson.
Whether in the time before Christ, under the Old Covenant, or in the Christian age, in the church, God has always had a plan for his people. Even through difficult situations, like the exile to Babylon, God had plans for his people. And he still has desires for his set apart people living in the world today.
Usually we balk at the idea of a preacher not using any Scripture in his sermon, as well we should. But there is at least one example of the apostle Paul preaching a sermon without referencing any Scripture. It’s his sermon to the Areopagus in Acts 17, and though he teaches Scriptural truth, he doesn’t quote any Biblical texts as he presents the truth to idolatrous philosophers.
Being a Christian is about more than going to church on Sunday. Being a Christian requires that we putt off the old self, the way we once lived, and put on the new self, to live as a new creation in Christ. In Eph. 4:25-32, the Apostle Paul gives some very specific and practical examples of how the new self lives.
We are one church, but we are all individual members of it. And Christ expects each of us to grow and build the church up in love. He has given us everything that we need in order to reach that goal, reaching maturity as Christians.
The book of Ephesians, while it should be taken as a unit, has two main parts. The first, in Chapters 1-3, teaches about the church, the beautiful bride of Christ. The second part, chapters 4-6 teaches us about our walk, our lives, as Christians, in a very practical way. While there is a lot of detail worth noting in these chapters, we will save that for later lessons and take a more general overviewing look of these chapters in this lesson.
“Pray without ceasing.” That is what Paul had written in 1 Thessalonians 5:17. Not only did he write it, he lived it, and we see that come out throughout his letters. There are many times that Paul records specific things for which he is praying. In Eph. 3:14-21, we notice three specific things that Paul prayed for. Join us as we study God’s Word Together.