The intention of the comprehensive and interactive Ephesians Bible Study is not just to analyze the letter that Paul wrote, but to come to know Jesus more intimately. The call to action is to learn to live the disciplined life, like Paul did. The author includes stories from his own experiences to tie the concepts from Paul’s letter to current day circumstances. I found them to be helpful examples when considering how the letter is still speaking to each of us today.
The twelve segments walk through the letter to the Ephesians and cover topics such as Getting the Gospel Deep in Our Hearts, Growing in the Knowledge and Love of Jesus, and Repentance and Gospel Transformation.
This study is made to benefit a group. No prep or homework is required of the participants. Each of the twelve one-hour lessons includes a Big Idea, a Bible conversation, an article that expands on the topic, discussion and exercise, and wrap up and prayer. The target time is one hour, but could easily be extended based on the involvement of group members.
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The Ephesians Study Guide includes Leader’s Notes per lesson. They’re meant to be read by the leader beforehand but not relied upon. The key is working through the process as a group and not relying on the leader notes as the “answer”. A Gospel Glossary includes in-depth explanation of terms such as Justification and Sanctification.
Ephesians Bible Study Guide with Leader Notes is one in the series of The Gospel-Centered Life in the Bible, published by New Growth Press. Scotty Smith is the primary author of this book in the series.
How this book affected me:
This bible study encourages a personal relationship with Jesus that’s critical for any Christian journey and a major focus of my current personal journey. It shed new light on the message meant for me in Ephesians and challenged me to deepen my relationship with Jesus further.
Who would enjoy this book:
Any group who’s looking for a study to deepen a personal relationship with Jesus would enjoy this book. This study provides more of a personal challenge than an analytical argument or historical study. It’s not written for apologists, but average Christians who desire more Jesus.
Meet the Author Scotty Smith:
Scotty Smith, DMin, planted and pastored Christ Community Church in Franklin, TN. He worked on pastoral staff of West End Community Church and also served as adjunct faculty for Covenant Seminary, Westminster (Philadelphia), RTS, Orlando, and Western Seminary in Portland, OR. He authored Unveiled Hope, Objects of His Affection, Restoring Broken Things, Everyday Prayers, Every Season Prayers, Ephesians: The Love We Long For, and Revelation: Hope in the Darkness.
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