Witnessing Through The Book of Ephesians

Using Ephesians As A Witnessing Resource

The Book of Ephesians is known as one of the prison epistles as it was written when the Apostle Paul was incarcerated approximately around 60-61 AD. The primary purpose in Paul writing to the Ephesian believers was to strengthen them in their faith. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians emphasized the church itself, of which Christ is its head. The first three chapters concentrate on the church being God’s workmanship, which HE made to be what it is according to his eternal plan of salvation. This plan of salvation is all by God’s grace (Ephesians 2:8-9). The last three chapters concentrate on the response of the believers to God’s plan of salvation as the recipients of his grace. The believers are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus, to do good works. Their good works will be manifested in holy living and of loving service to God (Ephesians 2:10). An outline of the Book of Ephesians can be as follows: Part 1: The Church Is God’s Workmanship, Created In Christ Jesus, Ephesians 1:3-3:21 A. A Song Of Praise (Doxology) to the Triune God for his gracious plan for saving his church, Ephesians 1:3-14 1. God’s divine purpose for saving his church began with the Father’s electing his believers in eternity–to the praise of his glory, Ephesians 1:3-6 2. God’s divine purpose for saving his church was accomplished in the time of this world’s history by the redeeming work of Christ–to the praise of his glory, Ephesians 1:7-12 3. God’s divine purpose for saving his church was sealed by the giving of the Holy Spirit, who guarantees our eternal inheritance–to the praise of his glory, Ephesians 1:13,14 B. Thanksgiving and prayer, Ephesians 1:15-23 1. Thanksgiving for the faith and love of the believers to whom this letter was addressed, Ephesians 1:15,16 2. A prayer in behalf of the believers to whom this letter was addressed for the spiritual wisdom and knowledge to understand all that God has done for their salvation, Ephesians 1:17-23 2.a The hope that God’s calling them to faith gives them, Ephesians 1:18 2.b The rich glory of the heavenly inheritance, Ephesians 1:18 2.c The greatness of God’s power at work in his believers, the same divine power that God exerted in raising Christ from the dead and exalting him at his right hand over all things for the good of his church, Ephesians 1:19-23 C. God’s steps taken to carry out his eternal plan of salvation in time to make his church what it is, Ephesians 2:1-3:21 1. God saved both Jew and Gentile by his grace alone and the faith he works in his believers, so no one can boast of having saved himself, Ephesians 2:1-10 2. God united both Jew and Gentile in the one true church through Christ’s atoning sacrifice, which church is founded on the teachings of the apostles and prophets and the gospel of Christ, Ephesians 2:11-22 3. God had his eternal plan of salvation preached to the Gentiles, Ephesians 3:1-21 3.a God revealed the mystery of his plan of salvation in Christ, Ephesians 3:1-6 3,b God in his grace had Paul proclaim the mystery of his plan of salvation in Christ to the Gentiles, Ephesians 3:7-13 3.c A prayer that the Father would strengthen his believers by the Holy Spirit to comprehend the love of Christ, Ephesians 3:14-21 Part 2: The Church Is Created In Christ Jesus To Do Good Works, Ephesians 4:1-6:18 A. As a member of God’s church do the good work of striving for unity in his church, Ephesians 4:1-16 1. Preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace, Ephesians 4:1-6 2, Use Christ’s gifts of grace in works of service for building up the church to a united spiritual maturity in Christ, Ephesians 4:7-16 B. As a member of God’s church do the good work of living a pure life, Ephesians 4:17-5:20 1. Separate yourself from the godless pagan ways and become spiritually renewed to be like God in righteousness and holiness, Ephesians 4:17-24 2. Do not grieve the Holy Spirit with lies, sinful anger, stealing, rotten language, resentment, slander, or any wicked intention of heart. Rather be imitators of God, Ephesians 4:25-5:2 3. Live as children of light who guard themselves against greed and keep themselves sexually pure in thought, word, and deed, Ephesians 5:3-14 4. Be wise and make the most of the time you have to be filled with the Spirit by the Word in worship, Ephesians 5:15-20 C. As a member of God’s church do the good work of honoring Christ in your personal relationships, Ephesians 5:21-6:9 1. To honor Christ, arrange yourselves under one another in your personal relationships, Ephesians 5:21 1.a As husband and wife, Ephesians 5:22-33 1.b As children and parents, Ephesians 6:1-4 1.c As a slave/employee and master/employer, Ephesians 6:5-9 D. As a member of God’s church do the good work of putting on the full armor of God and prayer to overcome the devil’s schemes, Ephesians 6:10-18 Conclusion, Ephesians 6:19-24 A. Paul requests the prayers of the church, Ephesians 6:19,20 B. Paul sent Tychicus, who carried this letter to the Ephesians, for the purpose of informing the church about Paul’s circumstances in Rome, Ephesians 6:21,22 C. Closing benediction
Based on the premise of Salvation is needed; Salvation has been provided; Salvation must be accepted, let’s look at a few of the verses from the Book of Ephesians and find some ways to lead others to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ… Salvation is needed: 2:1-3 1] And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; [2] Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: [3] Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. Salvation has been provided: 1:7; In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; 2:4-7: But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, [5] Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) [6] And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: [7] That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. 2:13 – But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. Salvation must be accepted: 1:13- In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, 2:8 -9 – For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.