Lesson 4, Series 1: Inductive Study EPHESIANS 2:1-10

Read the passage at least 3 times. If possible, download or copy the passage and so that you might use colors to enrich your observations.

OBSERVATION

  1. Divide the passage into its natural sections.
  2. Use different colors to highlightthe verbs and repeated key words in e
    —and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—
    —and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—

    ach section; also underlinethe verbs. 

    1. What do you notice about the verbs?  What are the verb tenses in each section? Who is doing the acting? Highlight the references to the members of the Trinity
  3. Consider the pronouns referring to the church at Ephesus.  Are they singular or plural?
  4. Mark the prepositions and connecting. Discern what these small words and phrases point out.
  5. Ascertain the use of contrasts. Draw arrows or use symbols to connect phrases or words in the first paragraph with contrasting words or phrases in the second.
  6. Discover the illustrations – words or phrases that create a visual image.

INTERPRETATION

  1. Analyze why might the author have chosen to begin the passage, “As for you…” What contrast is referred to by this introductory phrase?
  2. Ponder the frequent joining of words or phrases with “and”.  What could have been the author’s intention?
  3. Comment the key characteristics of God revealed here. Compare this to what is revealed about God in Ephesians 1.
  4. Explain the key points in Paul’s use of contrast.
  5. Conclude the essence of Paul’s message to the Ephesians in this section.
  6. Elect a key verse.

APPLICATION

  1. What truth is in this passage for you?  If you embraced this more completely in your life, how might your relationships be impacted?
  2. How can this truth be applied in the church?
  3. Spend a time of silence contemplating your favorite illustration or phrase.
  4. Give thanks to God for who he is as revealed in this passage.

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