Daily Quiet Time: Ephesians ~ Week 9

Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. ~Eph. 6:11, NLT
 

Just one more week left in our Ephesians Study! Can you believe it? It’s gone so fast. I’m so proud of you all for keeping at it. Even if you fell off the wagon for a few days or weeks, you’re still here. You’re trying to make spending time with God a daily habit. It doesn’t matter how many times you forget, what really matters is that you are still here. Congrats!

These last few verses are packed. Just reading them tonight, God is revealing more layers than I noticed before. Take a look at a few of them with me…

Who?

Our war is not “against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places” (Eph. 6:12, NLT). Satan would love for you to believe that this war is against those liberals or conservatives over there, that person with the unforgiving spirit, those sinners, that person who cut you off this morning in traffic. But it’s not. All the energy we waste tearing each other apart is energy we’re not spending tearing down the gates of hell.

What?

God has not left us alone. He has adequately equipped us for this fight. Let’s look closer at a few of our weapons.

  • Belt of Truth – “and you will know the truth and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32). The truth you need to know is who you are and where you are going. We were lost but because of God being “rich in mercy” we now have “access to…the Father” (Eph. 2:4, 18). We are going to God’s house especially prepared for us by Christ (John 14:2-3)
  • Breastplate of Righteousness – This is so much better than trying to be good. Instead it is a gift from God when we place our faith in Him. Just like Abraham our “faith is counted as righteousness.” And that is just the beginning.
  • Shoes eager to spread the Gospel of Peace – This is the gospel and mystery that Paul just told us about in chapters 2 and 3. Be excited and eager to share it!
  • Shield of Faith – “For by grace you have been saved through faith…” (Eph. 2:8). Our faith in the gospel saves us and continues to protect us from Satan.
  • Helmet of Salvation – “the gospel of your salvation” (Eph. 1:13). The gospel is what gives you salvation. Hold tight to it! Learn it inside and out. Have heart knowledge but also head knowledge.
  • Sword of the Spirit (Word of God)Just as Christ did, use the Word of God to fight off the attacks of Satan against you and others.

How?

“Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication” (Eph. 6:18). If the sword of the Spirit is the Word of God and we’re told to pray in the Spirit, that raises praying scripture to a greater importance. If you’re like me, you may have thought, “Wow, that’s a cool idea,” but you never got around to really doing it.

Now reading these verses in the larger context, praying God’s word seems to be a much more powerful weapon than I previously thought. Instead of just being a good idea, it may in fact be the best idea of all.

Now Go

Now that you know who, what, and how, go into your daily life, be it walking out the door to work or training children in the home, armed with what you’ve learned throughout our study from Paul. Don’t just be a hearer “like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror” then “goes away and at once forget what he was like.” Instead, be a “doer who acts” (James 1:23-25).

My challenge this week is to act. Take what you’ve learned in the application part of your lessons and apply it to your daily life starting right where you are. The armor of God is not just intend for the “big” battles we are to fight. Instead it is intended to be worn daily to prevent the devil from getting a “foothold” even in the crevices of our lives.

Additional Resources
Romans 3:1-10:4 ~ On Righteousness

Daily Quiet Time: Ephesians ~ Week 8

…submitting to one another other out of reverence for Christ. ~Eph. 5:21, ESV

I think the verse above is the key to the instructions Paul gives after it. In the following verses, Paul talks about submission between a husband and wife, children and parents, and slaves and masters. None of these situations are easy, and most of the time when conscientious submission is needed, we don’t want to do it.

However, here Paul gives the key. He doesn’t say to submit because you want to or because the person is always kind (though he does also give instructions to those who are being submitted to), but because we revere and have respect for Christ.

He also tells those those are being submitted to, to nourish “as Christ does the church,” “not provoke to wrath, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord” and “stop threatening, knowing that he is both their Master” (Eph. 5:29, 4, 9). On both sides of the equation, it is Christ that makes it all work.

Are any of these positions easy? No! It is not easy as a parent to hold my temper and not add more anger to an already frustrating situation. It is not easy to act lovingly and patiently when I really want to yell. It is also not easy to submit to Jeremy when we don’t agree on something*. However, because of my love and reverence for Christ whether in the position of authority or submission, I choose to do what Paul instructs, especially when it is hard.

My challenge this week is to work to put these instructions of Paul into practice. Whether you are in a position of submission or authority, work to put Christ first.

Additional Resources

John Piper “Jesus is Precious as the Foundation of the Family” on Eph. 5:21-6:9
Grace to You “Ten Commandments of Parenting” on Eph. 5:24-25
*Over A Cup “Following Sara, part 1” on submission in marriage

Daily Quiet Time: Ephesians ~ Week 7

Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. ~ Eph. 5:17, ESV*

Chapter five is a hard read. You might even want to go back and skim through the rest of the book, before you dive into chapter five this week. I say that because if we just read it verse by verse out of context with the whole book, we may feel led to go through the field ripping out every weed we see.



Remember the Truth

If we instead read chapter five in context of the whole book, our reaction may look a lot different. Let’s remind ourselves of a few of the truths Paul’s already told us:

  • “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the the heavenly places.” ~ Eph. 1:3

  • “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your heart enlightened…” ~ Eph. 1:17-18a

  •  “And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience– among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.” ~ Eph. 2:1-3     

  • “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ–by grace you have been saved–” ~ Eph. 2:4-5

  • “Remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.” ~ Eph. 2:12-13 

  • “This mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel…This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord,” ~ Eph. 3:6, 11

  • “So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith–that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge…” ~ Eph. 3:17-19a

  • “In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit. ” ~ Eph. 2:22

  • “I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love,” ~ Eph. 4:1-2  

Now Let’s Begin

Those truths are essential to understanding Paul’s instructions in chapter five. He even begins chapter five by referring back to them.

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. ~Eph. 5:1-2

After this reference to the beginning to the book, Paul writes a long list of everything that brings God’s wrath (5:6) and instructs us to to “not associate with them” and to “take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them” (5:7 and 11). These instructions sound pretty harsh, but they are cradled in other instructions that slow us down and still our hands and our mouths.



Give Thanks and Seek Wisdom

During the listing and admonishing, twice Paul tells us to give thanks (5:4, 20). Paul’s instruction to give thanksgiving seem to be as a practical way to “put on the new self” (4:24) in order to fill the void left by removing the old self. This idea seems especially true since he says, “Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let here be thanksgiving.” (Eph. 5:4)

If we don’t consciously fill the void left by sin, something will fill it, and here Paul is suggesting we fill it with thanksgiving to God. Filling the void in this way, will continually remind us where we came from and whom we’re dependant on as we go on to help others.

He also tells us twice to seek wisdom. He writes “see what is pleasing to the Lord” and “understand what the will of the Lord is” (5:10, 17). His instruction to seek out God’s will seems to be to slow us down before we go off to rip out all the weeds (sin) that we see. He’s essentially saying, “Yes, you need to expose sin and not let it continue unchecked among you, but as you shine God’s light on it, remember your own sin you need to currently take off and remember the sin you were saved from. Remember how God loves you and is patient with you. Remember.”



Remembering Jesus

Did you ever see Christ hamstring a sinner? Me neither. Did you ever see him call a prostitute, or drunkard, or thief, or adulterer out of the crowd and make an example of them? I didn’t. Instead, those whom he was hardest on were those who were hardest on others. Often those were religious leaders who pretended to be something other than what they were, but even then he still loved them. He still longed to be reconciled to them.



Now Go

So as we embark on our weeding, we need to begin with ourselves. Exposing the “unfruitful works of darkness” within our own hearts. Then as we live with each other in the body and see a sin in another, we need to tend to it with the utmost care as a skilled brain surgeon. First heap on the love, then speak the truth. By all means kindly, lovingly stop crude jokes and foolish talk when you hear them. Yes, talk to the person whose beginning to wander and may commit adultery. Yes, even lovingly address those whose relationships with their families don’t match those that you see with others. You may get told to mind you’re own business, but you might also just save a marriage and a family.

As we go, we need to above all cover it all in prayer and seek Jesus. Seek to intimately know how he interacted with sinners. Sinners beginning with us.

*All verses are taken from the English Standard Version

Ephesians ~ Week 6

So how are you doing? We’re over half way through our study now. Wow, it’s gone fast! I’m so glad to spend this time with you all and have been so encouraged and learned so much from your comments. Keep it up! The end is now in sight.

I love how in the first three chapters of Ephesians Paul has taught us about the mystery of Christ, and then he turns around and gives us practical application in the last three chapters.

As you read this week and in the weeks to come, don’t think of Paul’s life application as just another law book to follow. Instead, remember how thankful and grateful you were for Christ’s gift that you learned about in the last three chapters, and out of your heart of thankfulness act in the way Paul describes.

See the difference? The first is a checklist. It may even bring stress and guilt as you try to live up to this new standard Paul sets before us. The second recognizes our freedom and Christ’s gift of grace, and out of gratitude does these things. The end results may look the same, but the inside men are worlds apart.

For years I lived the first point of view. I walked right, and talked right, and sang right…I tried my best to be right. When I did wrong, I was overcome with guilt and felt like I could do nothing right. There were so many rules, and I was stressed out trying so hard to live up to Christ’s “laws” and be the best Christian I could be.

Then I began to really dig into Paul’s letters like we’re doing now, and they opened up a whole new way of life for me. I had a huge paradigm shift. I saw that Christ brings freedom. Freedom from guilt, shame, stress, and laws.

The first verses in Galatians 5 broke my heart. Paul writes:

For freedom Christ Jesus has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. Look; I, Paul, say to you that if you accept circumcision [or another action to save you], Christ will be of no advantage to you…You are severed from Christ, you who would be justified by the law; you have fallen from grace…For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything; but only faith working through love. ~ Gal. 5:1-2, 4, 6 (ESV, additional words and emphasis mine)

 

As I read these verses I saw that I needed to stop feeling like I had to earn salvation and be “good enough.” I needed to let my performance based religion go. Instead I needed to have faith that Christ had done all the work, and now live out the faith through the love I see in him. I needed to take my overwhelming thankfulness for his gift and use it to live this new way and serve others. Not out of guilt but out of gratitude.

The biggest benefit I found to this new way of thinking was that I could be truthful with people like Paul encourages us to be in Eph. 4:25. I no longer had to pretend I was perfect and keep others from seeing that I wasn’t. I didn’t have to live in fear of their condemnation because I knew I was already approved of and loved by God.

Know the same for yourself. You don’t have to live in guilt. You don’t have to live in fear. Instead, you can relax. You can live in freedom. And out of the fullness God fills you with, you can feel free to be truthful and love yourself and others as God does.

My challenge for you this week is to lay down your fear and walk away in freedom. Allow Paul’s words from the last few weeks to wash over you, so you can stand confident to live a new way.

PS. If they idea of living in freedom kinda freaks you out like it did me, finish reading Galatians five. Paul turns right around and address all those fears. Gal 5:13-26

Ephesians ~ Week 5

Wow! This week we are half way through our study of Ephesians. It is going so fast, and I’m learning so much from those of you participating in the study. Thank you for your comments and insights!

As I read over this week’s verses, I’m once again amazed at how Paul packs in so much into so little. This week we end chapter three where he is wrapping up his discussion of Christ’s mystery with a prayer.

This prayer rocks my world. One idea really catches my attention. We don’t have to do anything on our own strength anymore! Instead, we can ask Christ to strengthen us. To strengthen us to the calling his given us, the path he’s led us on, or in this case “to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in [my] inner being.” It never occurred to me to pray for inner strength from Him.

I’m sure Paul meant this strength for monumental tasks, but honestly, I’ve started using this type of prayer whenever I begin to hear the track running through my mind, “I can’t do this. I can’t do this!” Being the mother of two young boys (maybe that is a monumental task), this is a daily occurrence. I’ve started interrupting this track with a prayer, “God, please strengthen me to do what you’ve set before me today. Please give me the strength I need (and patience) to do this.”

Daily I need that strength in my inner being from Him. Daily.

My challenge for you this week is to think of areas of your life you’ve neglected to cover in prayer, and pray over them. Don’t save prayer for only the “big things.” You can’t save it up, and it never runs out. Thus Paul’s charge to “Pray without ceasing!” (1 Thes. 5:17).

Additional Resources

I Cor. 12-13 (on being one but many and, of course, love)

Daily Quiet Time: Eph. 2:8-22

There is so much I saw that I want to dig into as I read our verses this week. What it meant to be aliens in that time period, being God’s workmanship, our bodies being a temple…These few verses are just packed.

In a class on Ephesians I was in a few years ago, Dave Jenkins pointed out how “workmanship” in verse ten can also be read as God’s “handiwork” or “creative masterpiece.” What a clearer picture those words give me! Think of a beautiful quilt you’ve seen and all the time, planning, and energy that went into it. For instance, I’m an armature quilter, but Liam’s Hawaiian baby quilt has taken over 2 1/2 years from idea to about half way quilted. A more skillful or devoted quilter could have done it faster, but it’s all by hand and my first full quilt, so it’s taking me a bit longer. The beautiful king sized Hawaiian quilts easily take one skillful quilter over a year to do. They are amazing works of art.

Or think of a beautiful work of art you may have seen in a museum. Many of those took the artists years from conception to finished product. We are like those masterpieces to God! So why do we get so frustrated with ourselves when we’re not finished in an instant?

Don’t get frustrated with yourself because you see a bunch of rough edges or loose threads. Instead dig into God’s word and spend time with him, so HE can mold you and form you into the Masterpiece he sees. Just think of it. God created this world in 6 days, yet he spends days, months, and years on us. Making us more like him.

The last line of verse 22 goes along with this thought: “a dwelling place for God…” that idea humbles me. I think back to what we read about the temple’s construction in the Old Testament and all the work and extravagant design that went into it. It was truly a masterpiece. But it was a man made masterpiece for God to dwell in.

The first part of verse 22 also says we are “being built together…by the Spirit.” Wow! We are so valuable to him, that he doesn’t hand us off to another to be finished. Instead he chooses to invest the time and energy to build us up and mold us over time with his Spirit.

This week I want to challenge you to believe these truths about yourself. Believe God when he says, you’re his masterpiece (v. 10). Believe him when he says, you have access to him through the Spirit (v. 18). Believe him when he says, you’ve been reconciled to him (v. 16). And most of all, believe him when he says, you’re his dwelling place and he wants to be with and in you (v. 22).

No we don’t deserve it. That’s the whole point. But we can choose to accept his gift of grace and choose life.

Additional Resources:

mybiblestudy.com – type in the verses for each day to get access to all kids of Bible study tools (Bible Studies, Commentaries, Dictionaries, etc…)
Luke 15:11-32 – to learn more about how strangers were treated and viewed
1 Kings 5-8 and 2 Chron. 2-7 – building the temple in Jerusalem
1 Cor. 3:16-17  and 1 Cor. 6:14-20 – on being God’s temple

Daily Quiet Time: Ephesians 1:15-2:7

All I can say is, Wow!

Our reading this week gives me chills and brings tears to my eyes. There is a lot you can take away from these verses as you’ll see in your reading this week, but three thoughts really stand out to me.

First, through our faith in Christ, we have access to great and awesome power! The power and strength he provides to us is the same that raised Jesus from the dead. Wow! How often do I act as if I have access to no power at all. Daily. Daily I forget that I have someone to help me, and HE so very capable to handle whatever life throws at me each day.

Second, at the beginning of chapter two, Paul reminds us where we came from–just in case we forgot. He reminds us how lost we were and paints a very dark picture: “dead in our trespasses,” “following the prince of the power of the air,” “by nature children of wrath.”

I think he paints this picture and connects us with it for two reasons. One, to remind us how great God’s grace is toward us, and two, to remind us that we once were like those we now look down on. How often to we see someone on the news or on the street, and look down our nose at them because we think we’re better. Better because we don’t live or act like that. Here Paul points at those people and says, “See them? Don’t forget you once were there. You were exactly like them. And still God saved you.” Because of God’s great love toward us, shouldn’t we want to help him save others as well?

Third, Paul shows us just how awesome God’s love and grace are toward us. Paul points to those we tend to look down on and says, “When you were there, God saved you. Even when you were there, God loved you mightily and was kind to you and told Jesus, ‘Go. Go save them.'” It is hard for me to wrap my mind around that kind of love.

I would never be able to look at one of my sons and tell him, “Go. You’re life will save hers.” Can you imagine how the garden of Gethsemane broke God’s heart? Christ was begging his Father. Pleading with him to find another way. But yet, God said, “Go.” And because Jesus also loved us beyond measure, he went. Wow.

This week’s challenge is to do something with what you learn in these verses. Don’t just sit here with me and say, “Wow, God. Thank you!” and leave it there. In Colossians Paul tells us what he did with it. He says,

“Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works in me.” ~ Col. 1:28-29

What will you do with it? How will it change your life?


Additional Resources

John MacArthur
Eph. 1:15-23: Our Resources in Christ, Part 1
Eph. 1:18-23: Our Resources in Christ, Part 2
Eph. 2:1-10: Coming Alive in Christ

I have found using different versions and comparing them very helpful during this study, and I think you will, too. My favorite App to use is YouVersion. If you have a smart phone, you can download it for free, or you can access the different versions on their website. Here is my review of YouVersion, and here is the link to their site.

Ephesians: Let’s Get Started!

I’m so excited you’ve chosen to study Ephesians along with the Over A Cup group this fall! Like I mentioned before, Ephesians is one of my favorite books of the Bible. The first time I really read it, I was struggling with what was really important to us as Christians. I wondered, “Where should my focus be?” Reading Ephesians at the time helped me to see to the core of the matter that Jesus and what he did on the cross IS to be my number one focus, and then how I should live as a response of gratitude for what Christ did.

I especially love these first 14 verses. They tell us who we now are as a result of Christ’s sacrifice. As you read this week, let Paul’s words about who you are sink in deeply. Drink them up. They’re life giving truth.

Notice, everything we have “in him.” God has give us so much! And we have so much to be thankful for. Know after reading this no matter your life situation, you are deeply loved and richly blessed!

I can’t wait to hear your insights as you read this week! See you in our Over A Cup Facebook group!

God Bless,

t.

Additional Resources:

Acts 18:18-21, and Acts 19:1-20:1 – Paul’s visit to Ephesus

Insight for Living: Ephesians – An overview of Ephesians

John Piper’s Sermon: Predestined for Adoption on Ephesians 1:1-6

John Piper’s Sermon: Sealed by the Spirit to the Day of Redemption on Ephesians 1:11-14

John MacArthur: Divine Promises Guaranteed on Ephesians 1:11-14

Coming Soon! Ephesians…

I’m so excited you’ve chosen to do the Ephesians study with Over A Cup this fall! Ephesians is one of my favorite books because Paul helps to draw our attention away from the things that don’t matter to the core of the matter. Whenever I get so bogged down in the issues, I find Ephesians is a good place to help me refocus.

The specific details of the study can be found here, but the short version is: we’ll be studying Ephesians for 9 weeks from Oct. 1-Nov. 30th. We’ll use the SOAP (Scripture, Observation, Application, and Prayer) method, which should only take about 15 min a day, and as usual we’ll meet in the Over A Cup facebook group* to share our thoughts and insights. I’ve been using the SOAP method the last few weeks in another study, and I love it! I really think you’ll get a lot out of it, too.

If you haven’t joined in yet but would like to, hop on over to Over A Cup’s Facebook Group* linked here or on the “Online Bible Study” tab above. Then click “Join Group.” I’ll add you to the group, and then you can post on the “Getting to Know…” each other document so we can learn a little about you before the study on Monday. While you’re there, read on through others posts. You’ll find we come from all around the world and all walks of life. If you’re eager to study with and get to know a group of women** hungry to know God more, you’ve found it!

So you’ve joined the group, now what?

If you’re already a part of the group*, go ahead and post on the “Getting to Know…” document, too. This will give me a head count of who all is doing the study this time, and help us all get to know each other better since our group is getting more diverse and adding new faces. Yeah!

On Monday, October, 1st we’ll begin the study together. I’ll have pictures posted in the photo album in the Facebook group that have our verses for each day on them. To help us keep each other accountable and to learn from each other, we’ll comment on the picture each day. Your comment can be as simple as “QT- Done!,” or if you like, you could post part or all of you S.O.A.P. for the day.

If you’re the first person to post one day, simply go into that week’s photo album and comment on that day’s photo. This will bring the photo to the front page where everyone can see it and comment on it easily.

There will also be “Prayer Request” photos posted each week. If you have a prayer request, please feel free to comment on that photo to share your request with the group. Since the group is now closed, you’re posts will only be seen by the group, so you are safe to share whatever is on your heart.

Below you’ll find our readings for the whole twelve weeks. I also have a document posted on our facebook page if you would like to print it off.

Just a few more days to go!!!

God Bless,

t.

*Note: There is a difference between the Facebook “Group” and the “Page.” The group is reserved for the online Bible studies so only those in the group can see the posts, while the page is used for everything else Over A Cup related. If you don’t see “Over A Cup” on your Facebook side bar under “Groups,” then you’ve probably just liked the page and need to follow the steps above to become part of the Online Bible Study Group. Sorry for any confusion!

**Men are welcome, too! But none of you have joined us yet : )




 

Ephesians
Week 1:
Monday—Eph. 1:1-3
Tuesday—Eph. 1:4-6
Wednesday—Eph. 1:7-10
Thursday—Eph. 1:11-12
Friday—Eph. 1:13-14
Week 2:
Monday—Eph. 1:15-17
Tuesday—Eph. 1:18-20
Wednesday—Eph. 1:21-23
Thursday—Eph. 2:1-3

Friday—Eph. 2:4-7

Week 3:
Monday—Eph. 2:8-10
Tuesday—Eph. 2:11-12
Wednesday—Eph. 2:13-15
Thursday—Eph. 2:16-18
Friday—Eph. 2:19-22
Week 4:
Monday—Eph. 3:1-3
Tuesday—Eph. 3:4-6
Wednesday—Eph. 3:7-8
Thursday—Eph. 3:9-10
Friday—Eph. 3:11-13
Week 5:
Monday—Eph. 3:14-17
Tuesday—Eph. 3:18-21
Wednesday—Eph. 4:1-5
Thursday—Eph. 4:6-10
Friday—Eph. 4:11-14
Week 6:
Monday—Eph. 4:15-16
Tuesday—Eph. 4:17-19
Wednesday—Eph. 4:20-24
Thursday—Eph. 4:25-28
Friday—Eph. 4:29-32
Week 7:
Monday—Eph. 5:1-4
Tuesday—Eph. 5:5-8
Wednesday—Eph. 5:9-13
Thursday—Eph. 5:14-17
Friday—Eph. 5:18-21
Week 8:
Monday—Eph. 5:22-24
Tuesday—Eph. 5:25-28
Wednesday—Eph. 5:29-33
Thursday—Eph. 6:1-4
Friday—Eph. 6:5-9
Week 9:
Monday—Eph. 6:10-12
Tuesday—Eph. 6:13-16
Wednesday—Eph. 6:17-20
Thursday—Eph. 6:21-22
Friday—Eph. 6:23-24

Daily Quiet Time: Ephesians

I am so excited about our Ephesians Bible Study that will begin next Monday, October 1st! Just reading through it this week, the words seemed to leap off the page! I can’t wait to see what God teaches us as we spend time with Him in Ephesians this fall.

What?

As you can tell from the title, after looking at Galatians and Ephesians more closely, I decided to go with just Ephesians this time around.

When?

It will be a nine week study from October 1st-November 30th. Then we’ll take December and maybe some of January off. The readings will go Monday-Friday. You can use your weekends to catch up if you need to or for deeper study of ideas you learned throughout the week.

How?

We’ll use the SOAP method of Bible study this time around. SOAP stands for:

  • Scripture – You read just a few verses each day and write/type them out.
  • Observation -You write down any observations you have about the verses. Who is being spoken to?  What is going on? What is the tone? Anything that jumps out to you from the reading.
  • Application – How can you apply what you observed and learned to your life today?
  • Prayer – Write out/say a prayer to God about what you learned. If applicable, you may even pray back to him the verses you read that day.

We will only be doing a few verses a day, so the study won’t take more than the usual 15 minutes unless you have more time to spend each day. I know you may be reluctant to write it all out, but I encourage you to try it for the first week at least. I heard about the SOAP method from another site and have been using it in my quiet time lately. It’s amazing how much God has opened my eyes to ideas I missed before. I challenge you to at least try it.

Materials?

  1. Your Bible – I have my favorite physical one, but I often use the one on my iPhone, too.
  2. A Notebook and Pen – I just opted to use my journal, since I like all of my writing in one place.
  3. OR if you’re not into physically writing it all out check out this site SOAP.com. There you can do your SOAP online or even download an App. Awesome!

Where?

We’ll meet in the OverACup facebook group linked on the “Online Bible Study” tab above or here. I’ll tell you more on Friday about how we’ll interact on facebook to work at keeping each other more accountable this time, and I’ll post the readings for the whole nine weeks.

If you aren’t already a member of the OverACup facebook group, please click on either of the links and click “Join Group.” We’d love to have you doing this Bible study along with us.

Who?

Anyone is welcome! Please invite your family and friends. Anyone you feel would be blessed with an online accountability group like this.

“Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” ~ Prov. 27:17
 

I don’t know about you, but I need others in community and accountability like this. Right now, I really don’t have the time to attend a Ladies Bible study, so you all are my Bible study group. Please join us and become part of the community online as we help encourage each other to spend time with God daily.

I can’t wait to begin this study of Ephesians with you on October 1st! I know God has a lot he wants to reveal to us through this book. Know as you consider this study that you are being covered in prayer.

God Bless,

t.