by: Cindy Rolenc
Are you feeling tired, discouraged, beat up, lonely or confused, then welcome to Ephesians! Read this book to see again and again God's grace for us! This week read Ephesians chapter 3 in a different translation. Check out biblegateway.com - this site has many different translations.
Questions to Ponder:
1. Paul likely wrote this letter while under house arrest in Rome, but he states that he is a "prisoner of Christ Jesus for you Gentiles" (verse 1). Why do you think Paul would identify himself with these words? What had his ministry to the Gentiles cost him?
2. The Gospel "was not made known to people in other generations as it had now been revealed by the Spirit to God's holy apostles and prophets" (verse 5). Have you ever realized that you are in a more privileged position than the Israelites who heard God at Mt. Sinai or even the Old Testament prophets?
3. Why might the Jewish leaders have felt threatened by Paul's insistence that God included all people in His promise of salvation?
4.How does being reminded of the wonderful inheritance that lies ahead of you change the way you look at both your recent successes and your current problems in this life?
5. What role does the church play in revealing God's plan of salvation to the world? In other words, what do we do with this mystery revealed?
6. To whom is God calling YOU to proclaim His mystery? How might you do this?
7. What does it mean to be rooted and established in God's love?
8. "Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
If you truly believe these two verses, what difference will it mae to your prayer life?
9. What does Ephesians chapter 3 teach us about the resources of God?