Thursday, February 8, 2018

Ephesians 3 Lesson, Answer Grid and Podcast

At the Archdale church of Christ, 2525 Archdale Drive, Charlotte, NC 28210 we are currently studying the Book of Ephesians.  Each week we provide a lesson sheet, answer grid, and a recorded synopsis of the lesson.  We are now turning these recorded synopsis's into a podcast.  These podcasts are found on Sound Cloud.  It goes without saying that everyone is always invited.  Worship times are 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Lord's Day.  Bible Study times are at 9 a.m. on Lord's Day morning and at 7 p.m. on Wednesday evenings.

LISTEN! now to "Ephesians 3, Episode 7" on SOUNDCLOUD linked below:

https://soundcloud.com/archdale-church-of-christ/gospel-call-podcast-episode-7-ephesians-3-russ-mccullouh-host

Ephesians
Paul’s Greatest Church Planting Success
 7 February 2018
Archdale church of Christ – Russ McCullough
Lesson # 7 – Ephesians 3.1 - 21

1.     As an introduction to this passage, just what does the word “Dispensation” mean?
2.     For WHAT reason?
3.     Paul is a what and for whom? 
4.     God’s grace is characterized as a S________________ (or in the KJV, D___________________.)  What does this mean?
5.     Per Strong’s, D_________________ means; “…A_______________ of a H______________ or an E___________; specifically a religious E_______________...S___________________.”
a.      The word occurs only _____ other times in the NT
b.     All uses are by P_________ and him alone.
1)    I Corinthians 9.17_________________________________
2)    Ephesians 1.10 ___________________________________
3)    Colossians 1.25 ___________________________________
6.     What was made known to Paul by revelation?
7.     What, exactly, will prove Paul’s insight into this Mystery of C__________?
8.     Paul’s generation was the very first have this R_________________.
9.     To who was it revealed and by whom?
10. Vs. 6 says the mystery is what?
11. Through what vehicle did this mystery come?
12. Name the 3 characteristics of the now Christian Gentile:
a.      F___________ H___________
b.     M_________________
c.      P__________________
13. Who was made a minister of this gospel?
14. Paul came to be such a minister according to what gift?
15. How was this gift administered to Paul?
16. Discuss how Ephesians 2.7, Colossians 2.11 – 12, and Acts 22.16 are all inseparably connected.
17. If God is “no respecter of persons,” how is Paul the “least of all the saints?”
18. BTW, the question is not “how can a saint be alive,” it is instead, “when does one become a saint?”
19. Through which vehicle is the “manifold wisdom of God to be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places?
20. How is the eternal purpose of God to be realized?
21. Through our faith, we have what 3 things per vs. 12?
22. What does Paul ask of the Ephesians?
23. Vs. 14 – For WHAT reason?
24. Vs. 14 – 21 is a what?

Answer Grid

Paul’s Greatest Church Planting Success
 7 February 2018
Archdale church of Christ – Russ McCullough
Lesson #7 – Ephesians 3.1 - 21
1.     As an introduction to this passage, just what does the word “Dispensation” mean?  Most stated something having to do with a specific time frame
2.     For WHAT reason?  That the Gentile is no longer a stranger or alien but an equal partner with the Jew in the on-going construction of the House of God built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets anchored to the Chief Cornerstone, Jesus Christ.
3.     Paul is a what and for whom?  A prisoner for Jesus Christ on behalf of the Gentiles.
4.     God’s grace is characterized as a S________________ (or in the KJV, D___________________.)  What does this mean?  Stewardship / Dispensation
5.     Per Strong’s, D_________________ means; “…A_______________ of a H______________ or an E___________; specifically a religious E_______________...S___________________.”  Dispensation means – Administration of a household or an estate specifically a religious economy…Stewardship
a.     The word occurs only _____ other times in the NT.  Three
b.     All uses are by P_________ and him alone.  Paul
1)    I Corinthians 9.17_________________________________
2)    Ephesians 1.10 ___________________________________
3)    Colossians 1.25 ___________________________________
6.     What was made known to Paul by revelation?  The Mystery
7.     What, exactly, will prove Paul’s insight into this Mystery of C__________?  The Mystery of Grace through Christ was made to him by revelation; i.e. Paul knows he’s writing inspired Scripture.
8.     Paul’s generation was the very first have this R_________________.  Revelation
9.     To who was it revealed and by whom?  To Paul by the Holy Spirit
10. Vs. 6 says the mystery is what?  That the Gentiles are equal partners with the Jews in the church of Christ
11. Through what vehicle did this mystery come?  The Gospel
12. Name the 3 characteristics of the now Christian Gentile:
a.      F___________ H___________
b.     M_________________
c.      P__________________ 
Fellow heirs, Members of the same body, partakers of the same promise
13. Who was made a minister of this gospel?  Paul
14. Paul came to be such a minister according to what gift?  The Gift of God’s Grace
15. How was this gift administered to Paul? By the working of his power
16. Discuss how Ephesians 2.7, Colossians 2.11 – 12, and Acts 22.16 are all inseparably connected.
Paul received the gift of God’s Grace by God’s power, The powerful working of God is granted in baptism, Paul had his sins remitted in baptism where the powerful working of God forgave him and bestowed upon him the gift of the Holy Spirit
17. If God is “no respecter of persons,” how is Paul the “least of all the saints?”  Only in Paul’s own human estimation for God is no respecter of persons.  All have sinned and come short of the glory of God and there are no good people in their own right
18. BTW, the question is not “how can a saint be alive,” it is instead, “when does one become a saint?”  One becomes a saint upon repentance and baptism, he is not designated such after he is long dead by other men who just happen to still be alive
19. Through which vehicle is the “manifold wisdom of God to be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places?”  The church which is made up of both Jew and Gentile saints.
20. How is the eternal purpose of God to be realized?  His eternal purpose realized in Christ Jesus our Lord
21. Through our faith, we have what 3 things per vs. 12?  Boldness, access, and confidence
22. What does Paul ask of the Ephesians?  Not to lose heart over what he is suffering
23. Vs. 14 – For WHAT reason? His suffering is for their glory
24. Vs. 14 – 21 is a what?  A prayer for the church of Christ at Ephesus



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