An in-depth study on the book of Ephesians through a seminar-style classroom experience.

 

The goal is to bring together a diverse group of people to study the book of Ephesians with a mind toward taking it and teaching others.


We will meet together on Saturday mornings to discuss what we learned throughout the week.

Before coming to class, we will have watched videos taught by Tim Mackie on Ephesians (1-1.5 hours).

There will be an opportunity to go deeper through optional videos, articles, commentaries, podcasts, etc.


In class, we will:

  • Summarize Tim's teaching and come to a working understanding of it.
  • Discuss additional things we learned from the optional material.
  • Come to conclusions on what this Ephesians passage meant originally and for us today.
  • Put the learning into practice by giving ideas for how to teach this to the Youth Group and to other contexts.

SCHEDULE

Saturdays

8:30am-10:00am



1. Sept. 14

   Off - Sept. 21

2. Sept. 28

3. Oct. 5

4. Oct. 12

5. Oct. 19

6. Oct. 26

7. Nov. 2

8. Nov. 9

9. Nov. 16

10. Nov. 23

   Off - Nov. 30

11. Dec. 7

12. Dec. 14


Before the first class on September 14, just read through Ephesians. We will intro the material and watch the videos in class for this first session in order to get used to the format.

Resources

Main Teaching Material:

The Bible Project's Classroom


Recommended Commentaries:

Selections from the first section of each commentary. Other selections may be provided as needed. 

Read through them to see if you might want to purchase one. I have listed them from most accessible to most technical.


For Everyone - N.T. Wright &  For Everyone (Study Guide) - N.T. Wright

Christ Centered Exposition - Tony Merida

NIV Application Commentary - Klyne Snodgrass

New International Commentary on the New Testament - F.F. Bruce


Other Resources:

The Bible Project

Door of Hope - Sermon Series

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September 14, 2019


1. Introduction to Paul (5 min)

      Ephesians 1:1-2

2. The Apocalypse of Jesus (18 min)

3. Paul’s Apocalypse (10 min)

4. Questions on “Apocalypse” (18 min)




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1. Introduction to Paul

  • Read through Ephesians at least once (15-20 min) before viewing the videos.
  • Listen to how Tim explains who Paul is in these introductory videos. How would you explain who Paul is to a young follower of Jesus or to someone unfamiliar with the Bible?

Extra
Get an overview of Paul's life and setting by watching these videos (22 min):
  1. Acts 1-7
  2. Acts 8-12
  3. Acts 13-20
  4. Acts 21-28

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2. The Apocalypse of Jesus

  • Why did Paul write this letter?


"Ephesians is an essay summarizing the most important apocalyptic event in history: Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection as Messiah and the gift of the Spirit to bring about new creation right here in the present world."


Extra:

Learn a little more about the Holy Spirit (4 min).

Listen to the Holy Spirit podcasts (4 episodes).


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3. Paul's Apocalypse

  • How would you describe "The Apocalypse" in your own words? Why is it so important to Paul?

 

Extra:

Learn a little more about the overlap of Heaven and Earth (6 min).

Listen to the Heaven and Earth podcasts (5 episodes).


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4. Questions on The Apocalypse

  • Reflect on your notes and write down any questions have about the teaching so far.
  • What would you like to still know before going deeper in Ephesians?

 

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September 28, 2019


5. The Design of Ephesians 1-3 (15 min)

6. Questions on “The Design” (16 min)

7. The Logical Flow of 1:3-14 (16 min)

      Ephesians 1:3-14

 
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5. The Design of Ephesians 1-3

Paul has been heavily influenced by his Jewish upbringing (having deep knowledge of the Jewish Bible) and by Greek (Hellenistic) means of communication.


Tim mentions how Epictetus was possibly an influence on Paul. At the very least, Epictetus writes in a similar fashion that Paul does, both products of their Greek education. Learn more about Epictetus here: Wikipedia and a Journal Article. (Not relevant to our study, but figured I would include it for the curious since he was mentioned).


Tim outlines the first three chapters and point to their symmetry (chiastic structure). We’re meant to be making comparisons between the symmetrical sections.


Other examples of chiastic structure:

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6. Questions on "The Design"



Regarding the style of writing: every page of the Hebrew Bible is like this. The symmetry and creative patterns (chiastic structure) are all over. They help one compare and contrast ideas and aid memorization. But you’re not meant to dissect it--you’re meant to read it, to experience it and feel it.


Ephesians was likely a letter sent to a bunch of churches (encyclical letter) in the Lychus Valley, but the one that went to Ephesus went viral.


lychus-valley


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7. The Logical Flow of 1:3-14

The writing style is very dense--likely crafted over many days. We’re meant to read and re-read it slowly, focusing on different things each time.


Core theme introduced: all things in heaven and earth becoming one in Jesus. Read through the whole book of Ephesians again looking for how this theme is brought out.



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8. Blessing and Election in Ephesians 1:3-14

9. Questions on “Blessing and Election”





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10. Paul’s Prayer for an Apocalypse - Ephesians 1:15-23

         Ephesians 1:15-23

11. This Age and the Age to Come

12. Questions on “This Age and the Age to Come”






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13. The Logical Flow of 2:1-10

         Ephesians 2:1-10

14. Paul’s View of Grace






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15. Introduction to “The Powers”

16. Paul’s View of “The Powers”

17. “The Powers” in Hebrew Scriptures

18. Questions on “The Powers”







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19. How Jesus Destroyed Enmity

         Ephesians 2:11-22

20. Question and Response

21. The Garden Temple Imagery for God’s People






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22. Paul’s Message Summarized

         Ephesians 3:1-13

23. Paul’s Prayer for Love in Ephesians 3:14-21

         Ephesians 3:14-21

24. Apocalyptic Imagination






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25. Unity not Uniformity Ephesians in 4:1-16

         Ephesians 4:1-16

26. Meaning of Head in Ephesians in 4:15

27. People as Gifts in Ephesians 4






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28. From Old to New Humanity in 4:17-5:2

        Ephesians 4:17-5:2

29. From Dark to Light in 5:3-14

        Ephesians 5:3-14

30. From Folly to Wisdom in Relationships in 5:15-25

        Ephesians 5:15-25






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