Welcome back to our online Inductive Bible Study on the book of Ephesians, “Free from Bondage God’s Way” by Kay Arthur. We just completed Week Four, “Loved Unconditionally.” I cannot believe we are over halfway through our study! What an exciting journey toward freedom this has been!
This was such a powerful week of study. Paul’s second prayer for the Ephesians is also a prayer for us today. This prayer really hit home to me how great God’s love is for us….
“…so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:17-19
This brought back a memory of my daddy telling me how much he loved me. He would stretch his arms out as for as he could and tell me, “I love you this much.” Oh how much greater our Heavenly Father loves us when He stretched out His arms on the cross and died for our sins. He was telling us, “I love you this much.” What an incredible love our Heavenly Father has for us. We are deeply, truly and powerfully loved, and He wants to bless us abundantly!
I was reading a story this week in the Holman New Testament Commentary by Max Anders. He writes about a story of a gentleman who had grown up in a wealthy family but had become estranged, something like the prodigal son. Destitute and broken in spirit, the man had taken to a life of begging:
I got off at the Pennsylvania depot as a tramp, and for a year I begged on the streets for a living. One day I touched a man on the shoulder and said, “Hey, mister, can you give me a dime?” As soon as I saw his face, I was shocked to see that it was my own father. I said, “Father, Father, do you know me?” Throwing his arms around me and with tears in his eyes, he said, “Oh, my son, at last I’ve found you! I’ve found you! You want a dime? Everything I have is yours. Think of it. I was a tramp. I stood begging my own father for 10 cents, when for 18 years, he had been looking for me to give me all that he had.
Isn’t that just what we do today? We go around seeking, searching and begging from the world when all the time our Heavenly Father is seeking us out to give us everything He has. The fullness of God awaits us!
Kay Arthur writes in the Thought for the Week…
“Nothing is more freeing than to know that you are loved, unconditionally and forever. Such knowledge of this love fills you up with the fullness of God.”
ASSIGNMENT FOR THE WEEK:
- Join a small group and fellowship with your fellow Bible students. https://www.facebook.com/groups/WBCInductiveStudies/
- Complete your study of Week Five, “Forgiven—and Able to Forgive!”
- Pray before you begin your study. Ask your resident Teacher, the Holy Spirit, to open your heart to wisdom and understanding to learn His truths.
- Do an online word study on “Mystery” (Ephesians 3:4) at www.blueletterbible.org. Instructions for doing a word study are located in “Files” in the Inductive Studies chat room.
- Store in your heart Ephesians 3:20-21 (Week Four, Day Seven).
- Register for Job Inductive Bible study when you CLICK HERE
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR THIS WEEK (answer in small groups or post a comment here)
- What is the mystery of Christ that God revealed to Paul? How is this mystery manifested in our lives? (Ephesians 3:4-6)
- What role does the Spirit play in this mystery? (Ephesians 2:18-22)
- According to Ephesians 3:2-7, what was Paul’s ministry, and how did that occur? How should we follow this model for any ministry or service that we do for someone?
- How can Christ do exceedingly abundantly above all you ask or think? (Ephesians 3:20)
- What are some examples of God’s power in your life? (Ephesians 3:7)