Here are the Blogs in the Bible Study on Ephesians
Saturday, 16 November 2013
Through the centuries, Christian leaders have realized how crucial prayer is:
”When God intends to bless His people, the first thing He does is set them a--praying.” Matthew Henry
“When we work, we work, but when we pray, God works.” Unknown
“A church without ...Read More...
Posted on 11/16/2013 8:35 AM by Larry G
Friday, 15 November 2013
In his Pilgrim’s Progress, John Bunyan tells of Christian’s weapon called prayer, which when everything else failed, would enable him to defeat the fiends in the valley of the shadow. Prayer is the closing theme of Ephesians, and though closely related to God’s armor, it is not ...Read More...
Posted on 11/15/2013 8:26 AM by Larry G
Thursday, 14 November 2013
Read 1 Timothy 2:1-4. What insights do you learn for why Christians need to pray widely and continually?
1 Timothy 2:1-4 (NIV)
1I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone--
(Christians when we pray and communicate with God, ...Read More...
Posted on 11/14/2013 8:21 AM by Larry G
Wednesday, 13 November 2013
Clearly, prayer is one of the critical components of Christianity, yet many believers seem to regard prayer as an occasional luxury. Why?
It takes conscientious effort or work to pray habitually.
Many actually see it as a meaningless ritual--repetitive babbling.
Misunderstanding ...Read More...
Posted on 11/13/2013 8:11 AM by Larry G
Tuesday, 12 November 2013
How does this passage (Luke 22:39-46) contribute to your understanding of prayer as a weapon in our war against Satan?
39Coming out, He went to the Mount of Olives, as He was accustomed, and His disciples also followed Him.
(Prayer is something you do habitually, continually, constant communication.)
40When ...Read More...
Posted on 11/12/2013 8:03 AM by Larry G
Monday, 11 November 2013
Luke 22:39-46 records the prayer vigil kept by our Savior in Gethsemane during His darkest hour. Consider how Jesus braced Himself for the onslaught of Satan.
39Coming out, He went to the Mount of Olives, as He was accustomed, and His disciples also followed Him.40When He came to the place, ...Read More...
Posted on 11/11/2013 7:56 AM by Larry G
Saturday, 9 November 2013
Does “praying in the Spirit” (v. 18) means praying in an ecstatic language or “tongue”?
First, arguing about this is an indication of an immature or carnal believer or even an unbeliever; it might be seen as to be getting caught up in a side issue. Second, it is important ...Read More...
Posted on 11/09/2013 3:01 PM by Larry G
Friday, 8 November 2013
Read Ephesians 6:18-24, noting the key words and definitions next to the passages.
8 praying always with all prayer and supplication (specific petitions) in the Spirit (in the name of Christ, consistent with His nature and will), being watchful (staying awake, being vigilant) to this end with all ...Read More...
Posted on 11/08/2013 2:49 PM by Larry G
Thursday, 7 November 2013
Paul’s letter to the Ephesians is concise in its language yet comprehensive in its scope; profound in its theology yet practical in its application. Ephesians begin by lifting us up to the heavens and ends by pulling us down to our knees. Paul focuses our attention fully on God and ...Read More...
Posted on 11/07/2013 2:42 PM by Larry G
Wednesday, 6 November 2013
What does this study teach or remind you about spiritual warfare? How aware are you of the cosmic conflict going on between God and His enemies?
The world is definitely moving in a specific direction. We are being divided into two very distinct camps, or worldviews. There is no ...Read More...
Posted on 11/06/2013 9:16 AM by Larry G
Tuesday, 5 November 2013
TRUTH FOR TODAY
It is easy for believers--especially in the Western world, where the church is generally prosperous and respected--to be complacent and become oblivious to the seriousness of the battle around them. They rejoice in “victories” that involve no battles and in a kind ...Read More...
Posted on 11/05/2013 9:11 AM by Larry G
Monday, 4 November 2013
Read 1 Thessalonians 5:6-8. What should be the Christian’s frame of mind?
1 Thessalonians 5:6-8
6Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober.7For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night.8But let us who are of the day be ...Read More...
Posted on 11/04/2013 9:06 AM by Larry G
Sunday, 3 November 2013
Read 2 Corinthians 10:3-5. What extra insights into spiritual battle do you find in this passage? What is the tone of this passage? Why?
2 Corinthians 10:3-5
3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4For the weapons of our warfare are not ...Read More...
Posted on 11/03/2013 9:01 AM by Larry G
Saturday, 2 November 2013
Consider the example of Christ in the famous account of His temptation in Luke 4:1-13. Note carefully how He waged spiritual warfare.
1Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,2 being tempted for forty days ...Read More...
Posted on 11/02/2013 8:53 AM by Larry G
Friday, 1 November 2013
Why does Paul emphasize the concept of standing (Ephesians 6:11, 13-14)?
Verse 11: Put on the whole armor of God,that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
THE DEVIL IS ATTACKING OR GOING TO ATTACK. ACCORDING TO MACARTHUR’S NOTES, WE HAVE A CRITICAL ...Read More...
Posted on 11/01/2013 9:05 AM by Larry G
Thursday, 31 October 2013
What protective (defensive) pieces of armor are children of God given in their ongoing struggle with the forces of evil? What offensive weapons are we given with which to wage war?
Belt of truth -- Reality in the world, our lives, etc, or maybe sincerity of belief ...Read More...
Posted on 10/31/2013 8:34 AM by Larry G
Wednesday, 30 October 2013
What does Paul mean when he states categorically that our fight is “not against flesh and blood”? Hi-lite each word and phrase that describes our enemy and his/its activity.
10Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.11Put on the whole ...Read More...
Posted on 10/30/2013 8:17 AM by Larry G
Tuesday, 29 October 2013
Read 6:10-17, noting the key words and definitions next to the passage.
10Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might (Believers must rely completely on God‘s omnipotence to win the battle).
11Put on the whole armor of God, that you may ...Read More...
Posted on 10/29/2013 7:59 AM by Larry G
Monday, 28 October 2013
Spiritual Warfare: The true believer who lives the Spirit-controlled life can sure to be in a spiritual war. The fight is a supernatural one against Satan, whose schemes are propagated through the evil world system over which he rules, and carried out by his demon hosts. The Lord provides ...Read More...
Posted on 10/28/2013 7:56 AM by Larry G
Sunday, 27 October 2013
The faithful Christian life is a battle--warfare on a grand scale--because when God begins to bless, Satan begins to attack. Have you or someone you know, experienced what you would call “spiritual warfare”? If so, how did you--or they--respond? Think about what happened.
Paul’s ...Read More...
Posted on 10/27/2013 7:49 AM by Larry G