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“Paul, an Apostle of Christ Jesus, by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus, and are faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 1:1-2).
So begins the Apostle Paul’s letter to the church in the ancient city of Ephesus. Home to one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World (The Temple of Artemis), Ephesus was a major center of culture, trade, and learning in the Greco-Roman world. Paul himself passed through Ephesus on his second (Acts 18:18-19) and third (Acts 18:23-20:38) missionary journey, ministering to the saints and advancing the gospel in the city.
He writes his letter to the Ephesians sometime around A.D. 62 while he was imprisoned, awaiting trial, in Rome. The letter was intended to be read aloud and distributed among the churches in Ephesus. Although Paul’s letter to the Ephesians is not his longest (Romans) or his last (2 Timothy), the book of Ephesians contains many of the foundational doctrines of the Christian faith.
Paul divides his letter into two primary sections, doctrine (Chapters 1-3) and application (Chapters 4-6). Two major themes appear throughout the book. First, the theme of unity in the body of Christ, and second the theme of reconciliation, particularly the reconciliation of all creation to God the Father through the person and work of Jesus Christ. These themes of unity and reconciliation in Christ reappear numerous times throughout Paul’s letter.
As we prepare to spend the next few months preaching through the letter to the Ephesians, it is our desire to provide you with some helpful resources for your own personal study in conjunction with the sermon series.
By clicking HERE you will find a weekly reading guide that will help you read through the entire book of Ephesians over the course of the sermon series. As you read each week, consider keeping a journal of what the Holy Spirit reveals to you in God’s Word. Before you read, write down these five questions:
After you read the passage, pray and ask God to help you reflect deeply on the questions, then jot down your answers. You may be surprised what you find!
Also, you can click HERE for a list of helpful resources (books, studies, commentaries etc.) that may give you some extra insight on the book of Ephesians. We would not recommend that you purchase all of these, but perhaps one or two of them may help you in deeper study and reflection.
Finally, we will be updating the pastor’s blog throughout the series with insights and truths that may not make it into the sermons each week. Be sure you check back for this extra content!
Our hope in providing you these resources is that we would together see the beauty of Christ revealed through his word and in his church throughout this series. As we study Ephesians, we remember that we were once dead to sin but are now alive in Christ, and that God is making his manifold wisdom known to the world in the church. May we strive, empowered by the Spirit and in all humility, to be good stewards of the grace we have been shown in Jesus.