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  • 1. 2012 – Year to Soar Shalom Ministries – Christian Education The Christians Potential Eph. 3:14-21Scriptural Basis: Ephesians 3:14-21  The Exegetical Idea at the beginning and end of these lessons provide a summarized perspective of what the passage meant to convey to those it was written to in biblical times.  The Pedagogical Idea summarizes what this passage means to us here and now. After studying the verses, incorporate what you have personally experienced with God in the particular lesson you are teaching. Strive to help them experience wonder and awe at our great God. As teachers, we have a responsibility to nurture children’s faith in such a way that it becomes an integral part of their lives. Our goal is for the children to learn to know God intimately. We are setting the foundations of the knowledge of God in children, and this foundation can be firm or shaky.Teacher Notes: Incorporate your own activity and discussions tobring these bible study lessons to life. Shalom Youth Christian Education Bible Study – Spring 2012 1
  • 2. 2012 – Year to Soar The Christians Potential Eph. 3:14-21Introduction (Exegetical Idea): A. We often use the word potential to designate an individual that has the ability to become something other than what they are. The bible sets forth the premise that every Christian has potential to achieve the loftiest heights of faith and understanding of the manifold wisdom of God. B. Paul often prayed that each Christian would reach this potential (cf. Eph. 1:18; Col. 1:9). However reaching ones potential in either the business or athletic world takes time and dedication. The Christians potential is no different. It is for this reason Paul told Timothy to "Be diligent to present thyself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth" (2 Tim. 2:15). The Christian today can reach his or her potential when diligence, or hard work, is exerted in that area. C. The Christians potential of achieving great faith and understanding is illustrated by the apostles Pauls prayer for the Ephesians (cf. Eph. 3:14-21). The Christians potential is strength of the inward man by the Holy Spirit, the indwelling of Christ through faith, to be rooted and grounded in love, to apprehend all aspects of the gospel and to be filled with the fullness of God. When the Christian has reached this potential he or she too can proclaim with the apostle Paul "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" (Phil. 4:13). There will be nothing to difficult for you to handle. Faith and understanding move the Christian to realize that there is nothing to difficult for the God we serve (Jer. 32:17-18). D. Let us examine each of these potentials for the Christian in the following five (5) lessons and summary. Shalom Youth Christian Education Bible Study – Spring 2012 2
  • 3. 2012 – Year to Soar Lesson #1Pedagogical Idea:I. The Christian Has Potential Inner Strength by the Holy Spirit - Eph. 3:16 A. The "inner man" (eso) is the spiritual man as distinguished from the outer or fleshly man. B. This inner man is strengthened by the Spirit of God 1. It was the work of the Holy Spirit to reveal the mind of God - Cf. 1 Cor. 2:9-13 and Gal. 1:11-12 2. We are strengthened by it as we feast on the words revealed by the Holy Spirit - cf. Gal. 3:1-2 and 2 Cor. 4:16 C. The strength we receive comes through the instructions given by the Holy Spirit - cf. Eph. 3:3-4 and Col. 1:9-11 D. The Christians potential is to be mighty in the face of trials due to his knowledge of the truthYouth Discussion and Talking Points: A. Describe what “inner man” means B. What does it mean to “feast on the words” revealed by the Holy Spirit C. What instruction have you received from the Holy Spirit?Notes:____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Shalom Youth Christian Education Bible Study – Spring 2012 3
  • 4. 2012 – Year to Soar Lesson #2Pedagogical Idea:II. The Christians Potential Is To Have Christ Dwelling In Our Hearts Through Faith - Eph. 3:17 A. The strength of the Christian by revelation of the Holy Spirit equals the indwelling of God the father, God the son and God the Holy Spirit! B. The Holy Spirit reveals these truths which lead to our being filled with Christ and his teachings. We have Christ dwelling in us! - Cf. Rom. 8:8-14 and Gal. 2:20 C. When we read and learn of Christ we fill ourselves with him! He dwells in us and we in him through his words - 1 Jn. 2:24-27; 4:15Youth Discussion and Talking Points: A. Describe of Christ dwells in us and what it means to you? B. What does this mean to your Christian potential? C. What instruction have you received from the Holy Spirit?Notes:____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Shalom Youth Christian Education Bible Study – Spring 2012 4
  • 5. 2012 – Year to Soar Lesson #3Pedagogical Idea:III. The Christians Potential Is To Be Rooted And Grounded In Love - Eph. 3:17 A. The word rooted is an agricultural metaphor 1. A tree sends its roots deep and is established 2. Strong winds and storms do not effect it! B. The word grounded is a architectural metaphor 1. A house built on a firm foundation is grounded 2. Will not be easily destroyed C. So is the Christian who is rooted and grounded in the love of the truth! - cf. Jn. 15:9-14Youth Discussion and Talking Points: A. Describe what it means to be deeply rooted? B. What does grounded in the Word mean to you? C. How can you be a Christian, who have potential to be rooted and grounded in love?Notes:____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Shalom Youth Christian Education Bible Study – Spring 2012 5
  • 6. 2012 – Year to Soar Lesson #4Pedagogical Idea:IV. The Christians Potential Is To Comprehend All Aspects Of The Gospel - Eph. 3:18 A. The word comprehend (Katalambano) "to lay hold of with the mind; to understand, perceive, learn, comprehend" (Thayers Greek English Lexicon of The New Testament #2638 pg. 332). B. Learning and comprehending scriptures takes effort! Christ will not dwell in us by osmosis! - cf. Jn. 6:44-45 and 1 Cor. 14:31 C. Many brethren have no problem spending hours at their favorite past time. However when it comes to bible study we somehow act and live as though God will miraculously fill us with his manifold wisdom! D. The Christian has the potential of having great inner strength, having the Godhead dwelling in them, being rooted and grounded in the truth, apprehending the breadth and length and height and depth of the gospel, but we must put forth the effort to reach that potential. It can be done and it must be done! Shalom Youth Christian Education Bible Study – Spring 2012 6
  • 7. 2012 – Year to SoarYouth Discussion, Talking Points, and Action Plan: A. Describe what it means to comprehend the word? B. Talk about your schedule - identify how much time you dedicate to spending with the Word. Create an Action Plan to achieve the Christian Potential: Rooted And Grounded In Love - Eph. 3:17 Comprehend All Aspects Of The Gospel - Eph. 3:18Plan your schedule for the next 30 days to beWeek #1: TimeMonday - A.M. ____________ and P.M. ____________Tuesday - A.M. ____________ and P.M. ____________Wednesday - A.M. ____________ and P.M. ____________Thursday - A.M. ____________ and P.M. ____________Friday - A.M. ____________ and P.M. ____________Saturday - A.M. ____________ and P.M. ____________Sunday - A.M. ____________ and P.M. ____________Week #2: TimeMonday - A.M. ____________ and P.M. ____________Tuesday - A.M. ____________ and P.M. ____________Wednesday - A.M. ____________ and P.M. ____________Thursday - A.M. ____________ and P.M. ____________Friday - A.M. ____________ and P.M. ____________Saturday - A.M. ____________ and P.M. ____________Sunday - A.M. ____________ and P.M. ____________ Shalom Youth Christian Education Bible Study – Spring 2012 7
  • 8. 2012 – Year to SoarWeek #3: TimeMonday - A.M. ____________ and P.M. ____________Tuesday - A.M. ____________ and P.M. ____________Wednesday - A.M. ____________ and P.M. ____________Thursday - A.M. ____________ and P.M. ____________Friday - A.M. ____________ and P.M. ____________Saturday - A.M. ____________ and P.M. ____________Sunday - A.M. ____________ and P.M. ____________Week #4: TimeMonday - A.M. ____________ and P.M. ____________Tuesday - A.M. ____________ and P.M. ____________Wednesday - A.M. ____________ and P.M. ____________Thursday - A.M. ____________ and P.M. ____________Friday - A.M. ____________ and P.M. ____________Saturday - A.M. ____________ and P.M. ____________Sunday - A.M. ____________ and P.M. ____________Notes:________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Shalom Youth Christian Education Bible Study – Spring 2012 8
  • 9. 2012 – Year to Soar Lesson #5Pedagogical Idea:V. Finally, The Christian Has The Potential To Be Filled With All The Fullness Of God - Eph. 3:19 A. This is being mature or perfected in Christ and his teachings B. This is walking in the steps of the Savior - 1 Pet. 2:21 C. In the Lords "Sermon on the Mount" Jesus said, "Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect" - Matt. 5:48 D. "The obvious wish of Pauls prayer is that Christians become more and more like the Lord whom they serve" (Caldwell pg. 148).Youth Discussion and Talking Points: A. Describe what it means to walk in the steps of the Savior? B. Review the “Sermon on the Mount” and discuss what it means to youNotes:____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Shalom Youth Christian Education Bible Study – Spring 2012 9
  • 10. 2012 – Year to Soar Conclusion (Exegetical Idea)Discussion and Talking Points: A. The common denominator in Pauls prayer to the Ephesians is Christ and his teachings. The two cannot be separated! Some claim that we must preach the man and not the plan. However the scriptures plainly teach that this is inaccurate! The apostle John made this point crystal-clear (cf. 1 Jn. 2:3- 6; 2 Jn. 9-11). B. The Christian today can and will live up to his or her expected potential if and only if they make the time. There are great spiritual treasures hidden in the pages of our bibles, may God help us to have both the zeal and desire to spend time in study. To find strength to handle any situation life may cast our way as Christ dwells richly in us. C. Peter told Jesus "You have the words of eternal life" (Jn. 6:68). Our Lord provides the encouragement through his teachings, we must supply the interest and diligence! Shalom Youth Christian Education Bible Study – Spring 2012 10