We’re still moving through Ephesians, but not quickly. Here’s the questions for this week:
What is the “mystery” (3) of which Paul is given “administration” (2, NIV) or “stewardship” (2, ESV) over? (Look where it shows up later in this chapter too.) To whom is this mystery now made known? How long has this been a part of God’s plans?
How did Paul come to know the Gospel? To what extent can we learn the same way? Does this mean we should get rid of commentaries, group discussion, classes or Bible study? Why or why not?
How does Paul describe the Gentiles in verse 6? Why does Paul focus on this theme in this letter? Why might the readers have needed to hear it repeated? What types of people might feel awkward or uncomfortable in church today? How can we break down those barriers?
What is the role of the church in God’s plan (6, 10)?
Paul writes that we have boldness and confidence though faith in Christ (12). What does that result in? Is that always easy? Why or why not? How would you explain the Gospel to someone using verse 12?
What is Paul’s all-consuming desire? How do we know what it is? How would friends describe your all-consuming desire?
What is the biggest thing you can think of? What is the biggest thing in the universe? How would you describe it?
What does Paul pray for the Ephesians? Outline the elements of this prayer.
What does it look like for God to strengthen the “inner man”?
Considering 2:19-22, why does Paul pray the way he does here? Is Christ dwelling in our hearts permanent or temporary? How should that change us?
Have you ever been overwhelmed by God’s love? What does it mean that this love “surpasses knowledge”? What is the result of this in our lives?
Which of the above elements of Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians have you most felt the need for in the past? Which do you need the most right now? Which are your family or friends most in need of?
Paul’s prayer life and ministry might be described here as feasting. Are most believers feasting or fasting on God’s love?