NextLevel Online: Ephesians

Session 6: Proof #3: Spread Through Suffering (3:1-21)

If Jesus is Lord of all, why does his appointed apostle suffer so much?



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Classroom Instructions

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Opening Thoughts

  • Let’s review:

    • Intro (1:1-2)

    • Prelude (1:3-14)

    • Prayer and Thesis (1:15-21)

    • Proof #1: Death to Life

    • Proof #2: Division to Peace

  • Problem! If Jesus is Lord of all, why does his appointed apostle suffer so much?

Ephesians 3:1-13

  • Paul’s exposition of his ministry is bracketed by hardship.

  • But this doesn’t negate God calling him into ministry. It reinforces it.

    • Comes by grace…

    • “Look in the mirror!”

  • The church manifests God’s wisdom before the watching universe.

Only thing left to do? Pray. (3:14-21)

Questions for Reflection and Discussion:

  • What kind of people do you personally find most impressive? Why?

  • What have you learned so far from this study of Ephesians?

  • How much does it bother you that most of the world doesn’t find Christianity impressive? To what extent has the marginalization of the church made you question your faith?

  • How does Paul’s situation actually help to prove the power of Jesus?

  • How might this “power in weakness” dynamic help you see your life story differently?

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