Strengthening The Church Ephesians 1

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Strengthening The Church Ephesians 1

  1. 1. Strengthening the Church Comunicación y Gerencia Studies in the letter to the Ephesians January 1 st , 2005
  2. 2. Lesson #1 The Benefits of Being in Christ
  3. 3. The Benefits of Being in Christ “ Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places...” (Ephesians 1:3, ESV) Memory Verse From Lesson #1
  4. 4. The Benefits of Being in Christ <ul><li>Paul, the writing apostle: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ a Hebrew of the Hebrews” (Philippians 3:4b-6) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Brought up at the feet of Gamaliel. (Acts 22:3) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The chief of sinners. (2 Timothy 1:15) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Paul was redeemed by the blood of Christ. (Ephesians 1:7) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Paul knew about Christ: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Paul saw Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:8) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Paul talked with Christ. (Acts 9:4-6) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>He wanted to know only Christ. (1 Corinthians 2:2; Philippians 3:10) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>He preached Christ. (1 Corinthians 1:23) </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. The Benefits of Being in Christ The Benefits of Knowing Christ <ul><li>Without Christ, there is no hope and no God in the world. (Ephesians 2:12) </li></ul><ul><li>Without Christ, salvation is not possible. (John 3:16; Romans 5:12-21) </li></ul><ul><li>A knowledge of Christ shows where you are able to live. (John 14:2,3) </li></ul><ul><li>A knowledge of Christ leads to salvation. (John 3:1-21) </li></ul>
  6. 6. The Benefits of Being in Christ The Benefits of Being in Christ <ul><li>Every spiritual blessing is found in Christ. (Ephesians 1:3) </li></ul><ul><li>You can be holy and without blame before Him. (Ephesians 1:4) </li></ul><ul><li>You have redemption and forgiveness of sins. (Ephesians 1:7) </li></ul><ul><li>You have obtained an inheritance. (Ephesians 1:11) </li></ul><ul><li>You havethe seal of the Holy Spirit of promise. (Ephesians 1:13) </li></ul>
  7. 7. The Benefits of Being in Christ How do you get into Christ? “ For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ” (Galatians 3:27) “ Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.” (Romans 6:3-4) All Scripture taken fromThe Holy Bible : English standard version. 2001 (Ro 6:3-4). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.
  8. 8. Comunicación y Gerencia Studies in the letter to the Ephesians Strengthening the Church Next Week: What Being in Christ Means
  9. 10. Strengthening the Church Comunicación y Gerencia Studies in the letter to the Ephesians January 1 st , 2005
  10. 11. Lesson #1 The Benefits of Being in Christ <ul><li>Every spiritual blessing is found in Christ. (Ephesians 1:3) </li></ul><ul><li>You can be holy and without blame before Him. (Ephesians 1:4) </li></ul><ul><li>You have redemption and forgiveness of sins. (Ephesians 1:7) </li></ul><ul><li>You have obtained an inheritance. (Ephesians 1:11) </li></ul><ul><li>You have the seal of the Holy Spirit of promise. (Ephesians 1:13) </li></ul>
  11. 12. The Benefits of Being in Christ “ Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places...” (Ephesians 1:3, ESV; emphasis mine) Memory Verse For Lesson #1
  12. 13. Lesson #2 What Being in Christ Means
  13. 14. What Being in Christ Means “ So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God...” (Ephesians 2:19, ESV; emphasis mine) Memory Verse For Lesson #2
  14. 15. What Being in Christ Means Why would a person reject God? <ul><li>Romans 1:21-22: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>They want personal glory. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They are not thankful. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They are futile in their thoughts. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They have darkened hearts. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They changed the image of God. </li></ul></ul>
  15. 16. What Being in Christ Means Alive from certian spiritual death! <ul><li>The Ephesians were dead in their tresspasses and sins. (Ephesians 2:1) </li></ul><ul><li>They had once walked according to the world. (Ephesians 2:2) </li></ul><ul><li>Through God’s love, they had been saved. (Ephesians 2:4) </li></ul>
  16. 17. What Being in Christ Means The Peace found in Christ <ul><li>Christ brought them into peace with God. (Ephesians 2:14) </li></ul><ul><li>Christ brought forth the new covenant. (Ephesians 2:14) </li></ul><ul><li>Through peace, they had access to the Father. (Ephesians 2:18) </li></ul>
  17. 18. What Being in Christ Means The Household of God <ul><li>Due to their salvation, they are citizens of the household of God. (Ephesians 2:19) </li></ul><ul><li>Jesus Christ is the corner stone (Ephesians 2:10): </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1 Peter 2:4-6 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Acts 4:11-12 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Psalms 118:22-24 </li></ul></ul>
  18. 19. What Being in Christ Means What does being in Christ mean? “ ...even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ... (Ephesians 2:5) “ For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of holstility…” (Ephesians 2:14) “ So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God…” (Ephesians 2:19) All Scripture taken fromThe Holy Bible : English standard version. 2001 (Ro 6:3-4). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.
  19. 20. Comunicación y Gerencia Studies in the letter to the Ephesians Strengthening the Church Next Week: The Mystery of Christ
  20. 22. Strengthening the Church Comunicación y Gerencia Studies in the letter to the Ephesians January 1 st , 2005
  21. 23. Lesson #1 The Benefits of Being in Christ <ul><li>Every spiritual blessing is found in Christ. (Ephesians 1:3) </li></ul><ul><li>You can be holy and without blame before Him. (Ephesians 1:4) </li></ul><ul><li>You have redemption and forgiveness of sins. (Ephesians 1:7) </li></ul><ul><li>You have obtained an inheritance. (Ephesians 1:11) </li></ul><ul><li>You have the seal of the Holy Spirit of promise. (Ephesians 1:13) </li></ul>
  22. 24. The Benefits of Being in Christ “ Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places...” (Ephesians 1:3, ESV; emphasis mine) Memory Verse For Lesson #1
  23. 25. Lesson #2 What Being in Christ Means “ ...even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ... (Ephesians 2:5) “ For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of holstility…” (Ephesians 2:14) “ So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God…” (Ephesians 2:19) All Scripture taken fromThe Holy Bible : English standard version. 2001 (Ro 6:3-4). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.
  24. 26. What Being in Christ Means “ So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God...” (Ephesians 2:19, ESV; emphasis mine) Memory Verse For Lesson #2
  25. 27. Lesson #3 The Mystery of Christ
  26. 28. Important Background Material The forgotten words of Peter “ For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off , everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.” (Acts 2:39, ESV; emphasis mine) Note Ephesians 2:17
  27. 29. The Mystery of Christ “ This mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.” (Ephesians 3:6, ESV; emphasis mine) Memory Verse For Lesson #3
  28. 30. The Mystery of Christ Paul and the Gentiles <ul><li>Paul was a prisoner for the Gentiles. (Ephesians 3:1) </li></ul><ul><li>Paul was appointed a minister to the Gentiles. (Acts 9:15) </li></ul>
  29. 31. The Mystery of Christ What does the word Gentile mean? <ul><li>The word was used for nations. (Genesis 10:5, 20) </li></ul><ul><li>The word was to describe the heathen. (Psalm 2:1) </li></ul><ul><li>The word also described any nation that was not Israel. </li></ul>
  30. 32. The Mystery of Christ The Mystery involved the Gentiles <ul><li>The mystery was known to the apostles and prophets. (Ephesians 3:5) </li></ul><ul><li>Paul confirms the mystery: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Gentiles are fellow heirs. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Gentiles are of the same body. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Gentiles are partakers of his promise in Christ. </li></ul></ul>
  31. 33. The Mystery of Christ The Manifold Wisdom of God <ul><li>Paul teaches the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ. (Ephesians 3:8) </li></ul><ul><li>The mystery was hidden sinc e the beginning. (Ephesians 3:9) </li></ul><ul><li>The wisdom of God will be made known through the church. (Ephesians 3:10) </li></ul>
  32. 34. The Mystery of Christ The Manifold Wisdom of God... (continued) <ul><li>The eternal purpose was in Christ. (Ephesians 3:11) </li></ul><ul><li>This allows Paul and the Ephesians Christians (as well as you and I) to have boldness and access with confidence through our faith. (Ephesians 3:12) </li></ul>
  33. 35. The Mystery of Christ Paul’s humble knees Ephesians 3:14-21
  34. 36. The Mystery of Christ The Mystery involves You <ul><li>Paul confirms the mystery: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You are fellow heirs. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You are of the same body. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You are a partaker of his promise in Christ. </li></ul></ul>
  35. 37. Comunicación y Gerencia Studies in the letter to the Ephesians Strengthening the Church Next Week: The Unity of the Strength in Christ
  36. 39. Strengthening the Church Comunicación y Gerencia Studies in the letter to the Ephesians January 1 st , 2005
  37. 40. Lesson #1 The Benefits of Being in Christ <ul><li>Every spiritual blessing is found in Christ. (Ephesians 1:3) </li></ul><ul><li>You can be holy and without blame before Him. (Ephesians 1:4) </li></ul><ul><li>You have redemption and forgiveness of sins. (Ephesians 1:7) </li></ul><ul><li>You have obtained an inheritance. (Ephesians 1:11) </li></ul><ul><li>You have the seal of the Holy Spirit of promise. (Ephesians 1:13) </li></ul>
  38. 41. The Benefits of Being in Christ “ Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places...” (Ephesians 1:3, ESV; emphasis mine) Memory Verse For Lesson #1
  39. 42. Lesson #2 What Being in Christ Means “ ...even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ... (Ephesians 2:5) “ For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of holstility…” (Ephesians 2:14) “ So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God…” (Ephesians 2:19) All Scripture taken fromThe Holy Bible : English standard version. 2001 (Ro 6:3-4). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.
  40. 43. What Being in Christ Means “ So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God...” (Ephesians 2:19, ESV; emphasis mine) Memory Verse For Lesson #2
  41. 44. Lesson #3 The Mystery of Christ <ul><li>Paul tells the Gentiles that they are the mystery of Christ. (Ephesians 3:6) </li></ul><ul><li>As a result, you are part of the mystery: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You are fellow heirs. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You are of the same body. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You are a partaker of his promise in Christ. </li></ul></ul>
  42. 45. The Mystery of Christ “ This mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.” (Ephesians 3:6, ESV; emphasis mine) Memory Verse For Lesson #3
  43. 46. Lesson #4 The Unity of Strength in Christ
  44. 47. The Unity of Strength in Christ “ ...walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing one another in love...” (Ephesians 4:1b-2, ESV) Memory Verse For Lesson #4
  45. 48. The Unity of Strength in Christ The Prisoner of the Lord <ul><li>Paul was not ashamed of his bonds. (Ephesians 3:1; 4:1) </li></ul><ul><li>Theodoret comments: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ What the world counted ignominy, he counts the highest honor, and he glories in his bonds for Christ, more than a king in his diadem.” </li></ul></ul></ul>
  46. 49. The Unity of Strength in Christ How are you walking? <ul><li>Paul’s use of the word walk deals with your entire life. </li></ul><ul><li>The Christian walk is a worthy walk. (Ephesians 4:1) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A walk of humility </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A walk of gentlness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A walk of patience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A walk of bearing one another in love. </li></ul></ul>
  47. 50. The Unity of Strength in Christ How are you walking? (continued) <ul><li>The Christian’s walk is also determined to keep the unity of the spirit. </li></ul><ul><li>The unity of the walk is ingrained with peace. (Ephesians 4:3) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Could this be the peace that passes understanding of Philippians 4:7) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Could this peace be a result of Christ’s work? (Ephesians 2:14) </li></ul></ul>
  48. 51. The Unity of Strength in Christ The Seven Ones of Unity <ul><li>One Body </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ephesians 1:22-23 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>One Spirit </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ephesians 2:18 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>One Hope </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ephesians 1:18 </li></ul></ul>
  49. 52. The Unity of Strength in Christ The Seven Ones of Unity... (continued) <ul><li>One Lord </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1 Corinthians 1:13; 8:6 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>One faith </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Jude 3 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>One baptism </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Acts 2:38; 22:16 </li></ul></ul>
  50. 53. The Unity of Strength in Christ <ul><li>One God </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Above all – shows the transcending power of God </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Through all – show the immanence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In you all – shows the relationship of you and God </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Note 1 Corinthians 8:6 and John 1:1-3 </li></ul>The Seven Ones of Unity... (continued)
  51. 54. The Unity of Strength in Christ Your Walk in Unity <ul><li>Is your walk a worthy walk? </li></ul><ul><li>Are you using your peace to pursue unity? </li></ul>
  52. 55. Comunicación y Gerencia Studies in the letter to the Ephesians Strengthening the Church Next Week: The Strength of the New Man
  53. 57. Strengthening the Church Comunicación y Gerencia Studies in the letter to the Ephesians January 1 st , 2005
  54. 58. The Benefits of Being in Christ “ Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places...” (Ephesians 1:3, ESV; emphasis mine) Memory Verse For Lesson #1
  55. 59. What Being in Christ Means “ So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God...” (Ephesians 2:19, ESV; emphasis mine) Memory Verse For Lesson #2
  56. 60. The Mystery of Christ “ This mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.” (Ephesians 3:6, ESV; emphasis mine) Memory Verse For Lesson #3
  57. 61. The Unity of Strength in Christ “ ...walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing one another in love...” (Ephesians 4:1b-2, ESV) Memory Verse For Lesson #4
  58. 62. Lesson #5 The Strength of the New Man
  59. 63. The Strength of the New Man “ ...to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.” (Ephesians 4: 22-23, ESV) Memory Verse For Lesson #5
  60. 64. The Strength of the New Man Spiritual Fitness <ul><li>Cross Training (Mark 8:34-38) </li></ul><ul><li>Paul fought and ran a race. (2 Timothy 4:7) </li></ul><ul><li>Paul disciplined himself. (1 Corinthians 9:24) </li></ul><ul><li>(Hebrews 12:1) </li></ul>
  61. 65. The Strength of the New Man Training for Spiritual Fitness <ul><li>How are you training for spiritual warfare? </li></ul><ul><li>Parents : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Are you training your children for their spiritual future? (2 Timothy 1:5). </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Are you on the one path? (Matthew 7:13, 14) </li></ul>
  62. 66. The Strength of the New Man The Ephesians Strength Building Routine <ul><li>Step #1 – Dead in trespasses and sin but made alive (Ephesians 2:1-5) </li></ul><ul><li>Step #2 – Paul’s encouragement to walk worthy. (Ephesians 4:1) </li></ul><ul><li>Step #3 – Paul’s encouragement not to walk as the Gentiles. (Ephesians 4:17) </li></ul><ul><li>Step #4 – Follow the path in truth and Jesus. (Ephesians 4:21) </li></ul><ul><li>Step #5 – Clothed in the new garments of Christ. (Ephesians 4:22-24) </li></ul>
  63. 67. The Strength of the New Man Why did the Ephesians have strength? <ul><li>The Ephesians were different because of what they left. (Ephesians 4:25-31) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Falsehood > Truth </li></ul></ul>
  64. 68. The Strength of the New Man Strength Built on Actions <ul><li>The Ephesians were different because of their actions: (Ephesians 4:26-31) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sinning through anger (verse 26) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Giving the devil no opportunity (verse 27) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Working with their hands for something to share (verse 28) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Words of encouragement and grace (verse 29) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not grieving the Hold Spirit (verse 30) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Putting away bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, slander and malice. (verse 31) </li></ul></ul>
  65. 69. The Strength of the New Man Strength built on Actions ..continued <ul><li>The Ephesians were different because of what they did (Ephesians 4:32). </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Kindness to one another </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tenderhearted attitudes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Forgiving one another </li></ul></ul>
  66. 70. The Strength of the New Man “… and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places…” (Ephesians 1:19-20, ESV) The lives of the Ephesians Christians are different because of who they came in contact with – Jesus!
  67. 71. The Strength of the New Man How is your life different? <ul><li>Step #1 – Are you alive in Christ? (Ephesians 2:1-5) </li></ul><ul><li>Step #2 – Are you walking worthy? (Ephesians 4:1) </li></ul><ul><li>Step #3 – Have you gone back to your old ways? (Ephesians 4:17) </li></ul><ul><li>Step #4 – Are you on the right path? (Ephesians 4:21) </li></ul><ul><li>Step #5 – Are you strong in the garment of Christ. (Ephesians 4:22-24) </li></ul>
  68. 72. Comunicación y Gerencia Studies in the letter to the Ephesians Strengthening the Church Next Week: Walking in the ways of the Ephesians
  69. 74. Strengthening the Church Comunicación y Gerencia Studies in the letter to the Ephesians January 1 st , 2005
  70. 75. The Benefits of Being in Christ “ Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places...” (Ephesians 1:3, ESV; emphasis mine) Memory Verse For Lesson #1
  71. 76. What Being in Christ Means “ So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God...” (Ephesians 2:19, ESV; emphasis mine) Memory Verse For Lesson #2
  72. 77. The Mystery of Christ “ This mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.” (Ephesians 3:6, ESV; emphasis mine) Memory Verse For Lesson #3
  73. 78. The Unity of Strength in Christ “ ...walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing one another in love...” (Ephesians 4:1b-2, ESV) Memory Verse For Lesson #4
  74. 79. The Strength of the New Man “ ...to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.” (Ephesians 4: 22-23, ESV) Memory Verse For Lesson #5
  75. 80. Lesson #6 Finding Strength in Walking
  76. 81. Finding Strength in Walking “ Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. “ (Ephesians 5:1-2 ESV; emphasis mine) Memory Verse For Lesson #6
  77. 82. Finding Strength in Walking Walk in Love <ul><li>They are motivated to walk in love because of Christ’s sacrifice. (Ephesians 5:2) </li></ul><ul><li>To become an imitator they must put away fleshly things. (Ephesians 5:3-6) </li></ul>
  78. 83. Finding Strength in Walking Walk as Children of Light <ul><li>“ Therefore do not associate with them; for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true)” </li></ul><ul><li>(Ephesians 5:7-9, ESV) </li></ul>
  79. 84. Finding Strength in Walking Walk Circumspectly <ul><li>To walk circumspectly means to walk carefully. </li></ul><ul><li>Why does Paul want them to walk wisely? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>They can most the most of their time. (Ephesians 5:15-16) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wisdom is the principle thing. (Proverbs 4:7) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wisdom is more valuable than gold. (Proverbs 16:16) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It will bring them into a different lifestyle. (Ephesians 5:18-21) </li></ul></ul>
  80. 85. Finding Strength in Walking How can you walk the Ephesian walk? <ul><li>#1 Strive to imitators of God </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 11:1) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Note 1 Corinthians 4:16 </li></ul></ul></ul>
  81. 86. Finding Strength in Walking How can you walk the Ephesians walk? <ul><li>#2 Remain in the light: </li></ul><ul><li>“ This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.” </li></ul><ul><li>(1 John 1:5-7, ESV) </li></ul>
  82. 87. Finding Strength in Walking <ul><li>#3 Make wisdom a priority: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Wisdom’s benefits are many (Proverbs 4:5-10) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wisdom keeps you from evil. (Proverbs 5:1-2) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wisdom changes life. (James 3:17) </li></ul></ul>How can you walk the Ephesians walk?
  83. 88. Comunicación y Gerencia Studies in the letter to the Ephesians Strengthening the Church Next Week: God’s Plan of Obedience
  84. 90. Strengthening the Church Comunicación y Gerencia Studies in the letter to the Ephesians January 1 st , 2005
  85. 91. The Benefits of Being in Christ “ Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places...” (Ephesians 1:3, ESV; emphasis mine) Memory Verse For Lesson #1
  86. 92. What Being in Christ Means “ So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God...” (Ephesians 2:19, ESV; emphasis mine) Memory Verse For Lesson #2
  87. 93. The Mystery of Christ “ This mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.” (Ephesians 3:6, ESV; emphasis mine) Memory Verse For Lesson #3
  88. 94. The Unity of Strength in Christ “ ...walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing one another in love...” (Ephesians 4:1b-2, ESV) Memory Verse For Lesson #4
  89. 95. The Strength of the New Man “ ...to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.” (Ephesians 4: 22-23, ESV) Memory Verse For Lesson #5
  90. 96. Finding Strength in Walking “ Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” (Ephesians 5:1-2 ESV; emphasis mine) Memory Verse For Lesson #6
  91. 97. Lesson #7 The Strength of Marriage
  92. 98. The Strength of Marriage “ This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. However, let each of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.” (Ephesians 5:32-33 ESV) Memory Verse For Lesson #7
  93. 99. The Strength of Marriage Tough Words <ul><li>The words of this morning’s lessons may seem foolish to the eyes of the world, but always remember 1 Corinthians 1:18-25. </li></ul><ul><li>Paul shows the Ephesians Christians that the marriage relationship is similar to Christ’s relationship with the church. </li></ul>
  94. 100. The Strength of Marriage The Strength of Submission <ul><li>Submission is the humble obedience to another’s will. </li></ul><ul><li>The submission of the wife is as her submission to the Lord: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Each person submits his or herself to God. (James 4:7) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>This submission is as a result of the head. (Ephesians 5:23) </li></ul></ul>
  95. 101. The Strength of Marriage The Strength of Submission <ul><li>The wife’s submission is as the church submits to Christ: </li></ul><ul><li>“ Now as the church submits to Christ, so also the wives shoudl submit in everything to their husbands” </li></ul><ul><li>(Ephesians 5:24, ESV) </li></ul>
  96. 102. The Strength of Marriage The Strength of Love <ul><li>Husbands are to love their wives in the same manner that Christ loved the church. (Ephesians 2:25, 28) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Christ gave himself for the church. (Ephesians 5:25) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Christ made the church a priority. (Ephesians 5:25-27) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Christ did whatever it took to make the church glorious. (Ephesians 5:28, 29) </li></ul></ul>
  97. 103. The Strength of Marriage The Strength of Sacrifice <ul><li>There is sacrifice in leaving father and mother and joining to become one flesh. (Ephesians 5:31) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The leaving and cleaving has to do with dependance upon each other. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Genesis 2:23-24 </li></ul></ul>
  98. 104. The Strength of Marriage <ul><li>Paul proclaims the mystery of Christ and the church. (Ephesians 5:32) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Marriage is strengthened by Christ and the church and the marriage can strengthen the church. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Love and respect take physical, emotional, mental and spiritual sacrifice. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>So does following God. (Matthew10:37-39) </li></ul></ul>The Strength of Sacrifice
  99. 105. Comunicación y Gerencia Studies in the letter to the Ephesians Strengthening the Church Next Week: The Strength in Obedience
  100. 107. Strengthening the Church Comunicación y Gerencia Studies in the letter to the Ephesians January 1 st , 2005
  101. 108. The Benefits of Being in Christ “ Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places...” (Ephesians 1:3, ESV; emphasis mine) Memory Verse For Lesson #1
  102. 109. What Being in Christ Means “ So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God...” (Ephesians 2:19, ESV; emphasis mine) Memory Verse For Lesson #2
  103. 110. The Mystery of Christ “ This mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.” (Ephesians 3:6, ESV; emphasis mine) Memory Verse For Lesson #3
  104. 111. The Unity of Strength in Christ “ ...walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing one another in love...” (Ephesians 4:1b-2, ESV) Memory Verse For Lesson #4
  105. 112. The Strength of the New Man “ ...to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.” (Ephesians 4: 22-23, ESV) Memory Verse For Lesson #5
  106. 113. Finding Strength in Walking “ Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” (Ephesians 5:1-2 ESV; emphasis mine) Memory Verse For Lesson #6
  107. 114. The Strength of Marriage “ This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. However, let each of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.” (Ephesians 5:32-33 ESV) Memory Verse For Lesson #7
  108. 115. Lesson #8 The Strength of Obedience
  109. 116. The Strength of Obedience “ … with a sincere heart, as you would Christ, not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man .” (Ephesians 6:5b-7 ESV) Memory Verse For Lesson #8
  110. 117. The Strength of Obedience InterestingThoughts <ul><li>“ Christ was one child who knew more than his parents - yet he obeyed them.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ The Christian who claims the promises of God should also obey the commands of God” </li></ul><ul><li>“ The cost of obedience is nothing compared with the cost of disobedience” </li></ul>
  111. 118. The Strength of Obedience The Strength of Obedience in Children <ul><li>God wants children to obey their parents. (Deuteronomy 6:1-8) </li></ul><ul><li>Paul reminds the Ephesians of the ten commandments and the prmoise within. (Ephesians 6:2-3) </li></ul>
  112. 119. The Strength of Obedience The Strength of Fathers <ul><li>Paul encourages fathers to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bring children up in discipline, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>And in instruction of the Lord. </li></ul></ul>
  113. 120. The Strength of Obedience The Strength of Workplace Obedience <ul><li>Slave are to obey their masters with: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Real actions (Ephesians 6:6) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>As servants of Christ (Ephesians 6:6) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rendering service with good will (Ephesians 6:7) </li></ul></ul>
  114. 121. The Strength of Obedience Rewards of Obedience <ul><li>The rewards of obedience are obvious: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The children can live long and prosper. (Ephesians 6:3) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The slaves reward will come. (Ephesians 6:8) </li></ul></ul>
  115. 122. The Strength of Obedience <ul><li>“ A patient cannot accept the physician and, at the same time, reject his remedy” </li></ul><ul><li>“ God’s laws last longer than those who break them.” </li></ul><ul><li>2 Thessalonians 1:8 </li></ul><ul><li>Hebrews 5:9 </li></ul>Your Obedience
  116. 123. Comunicación y Gerencia Studies in the letter to the Ephesians Strengthening the Church Next Week: The Strength in Battle
  117. 125. Strengthening the Church Comunicación y Gerencia Studies in the letter to the Ephesians January 1 st , 2005
  118. 126. The Benefits of Being in Christ “ Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places...” (Ephesians 1:3, ESV; emphasis mine) Memory Verse For Lesson #1
  119. 127. What Being in Christ Means “ So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God...” (Ephesians 2:19, ESV; emphasis mine) Memory Verse For Lesson #2
  120. 128. The Mystery of Christ “ This mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.” (Ephesians 3:6, ESV; emphasis mine) Memory Verse For Lesson #3
  121. 129. The Unity of Strength in Christ “ ...walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing one another in love...” (Ephesians 4:1b-2, ESV) Memory Verse For Lesson #4
  122. 130. The Strength of the New Man “ ...to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.” (Ephesians 4: 22-23, ESV) Memory Verse For Lesson #5
  123. 131. Finding Strength in Walking “ Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” (Ephesians 5:1-2 ESV; emphasis mine) Memory Verse For Lesson #6
  124. 132. The Strength of Marriage “ This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. However, let each of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.” (Ephesians 5:32-33 ESV) Memory Verse For Lesson #7
  125. 133. The Strength of Obedience “ … with a sincere heart, as you would Christ, not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man .” (Ephesians 6:5b-7 ESV) Memory Verse For Lesson #8
  126. 134. Lesson #8 The Strength in Battle
  127. 135. The Strength in Battle “ … with a sincere heart, as you would Christ, not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man .” (Ephesians 6:5b-7 ESV) Memory Verse For Lesson #8
  128. 136. The Strength in Battle Strength in the Armor <ul><li>You cannot fight this battle alone. (Ephesians 6:10) </li></ul><ul><li>The strength to stand comes from the armor of God. (Ephesians 6:11) </li></ul><ul><li>The armor is given by God. (Ephesians 6:11) </li></ul>
  129. 137. The Strength in Battle The Battle <ul><li>The battle is against the power of the devil. (Ephesians 6:11, 13) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>He is crafty. (2 Corinthians 11:3) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>He is a deciever. (2 Corinthians 11:14) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>He is powerful. (Ephesians 2:2) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>He is wicked. (1 John 2:13) </li></ul></ul>
  130. 138. The Strength in Battle Seven Pieces of Armor <ul><li>Lower Body: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Girded at the waist with truth. (Ephesians 6:14) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Feet shod with the preparation of the gospel. (Ephesians 6:15) </li></ul></ul>
  131. 139. The Strength in Battle Seven Pieces of Armor <ul><li>Upper Body: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Breastplate of righteousness. (Ephesians 6:17) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Shield of faith (Ephesians 6:16) </li></ul></ul>
  132. 140. The Strength in Battle Seven Pieces of Armor <ul><li>The rewards of obedience are obvious: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The children can live long and prosper. (Ephesians 6:3) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The slaves reward will come. (Ephesians 6:8) </li></ul></ul>
  133. 141. The Strength in Battle <ul><li>Head: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Helmet of salvation. (Ephesians 6:17) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Praying always in the Spirit. (Ephesians 6:18) </li></ul></ul>Seven Pieces of Armor
  134. 142. The Strength in Battle <ul><li>Weapon: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The sword of the Spirit. (Ephesian 6:17) </li></ul></ul>Seven Pieces of Armor
  135. 143. The Strength in Battle <ul><li>When the battle comes, a Christian needs the power and strength of the Lord found in the armor of God. </li></ul><ul><li>You cannot stand alone, but with God you can face anything: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Romans 8:31 </li></ul></ul>Where is Your Strength in the Daily Battle
  136. 144. Comunicación y Gerencia Studies in the letter to the Ephesians Strengthening the Church The Strength of the Church Depends on You!

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