Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. We do not need to demand change in others. Once I mention it, you probably understand my problem. A husband knows something is wrong. Let’s look at a few examples. What should they do? There was no consideration of one another. “And the LORD said, “Behold, they are one people, and they all have the same language. Unity & Diversity on Genesis 10-11 We see a positive example when the people of God unite in prayer to God. This is the enemy of love. Ephesians 4:26-27 The Urgency of Resolving Anger 1-16, purity – 4:17-5:17, harmony – Eph. Questions (Ephesians 2:1-3) This describes what Paul reminds us to. One can walk away from a relationship or commitment, but the lack of peace still resides deep in one’s heart. Unity refers to a joint mind or approach despite the differences. On the other hand, think what it is like to have a humble or prideful husband who always thinks he is right. The lesson is prepared with older students in mind. We hope there is no outburst of anger and shouting matches. At other times, I ducked and avoided. How would you describe your relationships with others? It is the individual greed in each person like a compass that makes them work together. Outward uniformity is as yet unattainable; but Ephesians 2:8-10, an Introduction The world’s tolerance allows for shallow relationships. In these two verses Paul lists 5 things we are to pay attention to in order to carry out this vision of oneness with the Lord and others. Ephesians 6:17 Sword of Spirit, B) Our Oneness of the Body (Ephesians 4:2-3), C) The Preservation of Unity (Ephesians 4:3), D) The Doctrine of Unity (Ephesians 4:4-6), Overcoming Anxiety: Finding Peace; Discovering God, Paul's Second Missonary Journey to Ephesus - Map. A person is angry with another. Have you experienced this kind of unity? My biggest difficulty in understanding Ephesians 4:3 has been the word ‘preserve (NASB)’ or ‘keep’ (NIV). The word ‘diligence’ speaks about a persistent attitude in which one tackles some problem. (Ephesians 2:11-13) Lesson 17 Ephesians 4:4-6 Bible Study Questions, Ephesians 4:11-13: A) God's Word in the Church It enables people to work with others even though they have differences. Patience is that special ‘art’ of getting excited to help others be efficient in what they are doing even to our own detriment. The parents are responsible for their children. “Preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:1-3). You may want to suggest that students mark scripture mastery passages in a distinctive way so they will be able to locate them easily. A. Ephesians 3:21 God's Amazing Glory Ephesians 3:20 God's Amazing Power Maybe it would be best to understand this by thinking of the opposite of peace. A patient wife is not demanding but understanding. There is no doubt that we cannot always solve every relationship but, more than likely, we can live at peace with most people. Do you sense friction? We are to be forgiving as He has forgiven us. Ephesians 4 – These last three chapters Paul explains our duty and responsibilities in Christ. Ephesians 4:4-5 Reason for Oneness Ephesians 1:1-3 Every Spiritual Blessing Ephesians 3:20-21 Unlimited Power We have a greater purpose of working closely together. Once I was invited to this government banquet. I had to tame myself down to speak gently. Marriage and family were to function as a unity. When God’s design for respect toward the parents is not met, the family can become an awful place to live. Instead, we work regularly, diligently, perseveringly in order to accomplish some certain task. If our style of being a husband, wife, parent, leader, etc. Questions (Ephesians 3:1-10) is not characterized by these things, then we need to change our approach to life or our problems will only worsen. This is what we all need to yearn for even if it takes our whole being. Preparation Material for the Home-Study Teacher Summary of Daily Home-Study Lessons The following summary of the events, doctrines, and principles your students learned as they studied Ephesians 2–Philippians 4 (unit 25) is not intended to be taught as part of your lesson. Before going more into what this ‘preserve’ means and how this practically works out in our lives, let us first introduce the other concepts given in the last phrase of verse 3. We exert ourselves so that we can get that job done. We read about it earlier when those early Christians were actually selling their property to care for everyone in need. The unity of the Spirit is quite different. Ephesians 2:8-10 Extraordinary Purpose Temporary circumstances seem to solve the problem for a while, but once those relationships grow then so do the problems. Ephesians 4:13 The final goal The word ‘unity’ only has meaning when more than one is present. All that brought was longstanding tension. As a missionary, I met many non-Christians and worked with many Christians. It must be miserable to waste even one day or even a minute being unhappy. A good test of our humility is to ask, “Do you see the need for others?” Humbling ourselves is an active step of thinking properly about oneself in the overall context of life. One had to be careful not to be trodden down by others. We need, however, to penetrate the surface and go deeper to hold onto the great things that the Lord has for us. In these cases, I can see that I did not keep the unity of the Spirit. Division, isolation, offensive words and unforgiving attitudes quickly develop. “And beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity” (Colossians 3:14). Have you ever sung a song about revival? The same is true in the church. That is great for ambulances but not for us. Patience does not mean someone has wronged you, but forbearance contains this idea - something wrong is being done to you. Having just discussed unity and love of the brethren, Paul now moves to a discussion of Christian purity and holiness. God’s way is always the best way. Find your place in the home and humbly live it out even if it goes against your feelings. Their sense of unity is framed around their hope and willingness to use others to get what they so desperately want. It refers to inward peace–tranquility, or the peace between individuals–harmony. Ephesians 4:6 One God & Father Ephesians 2:8 “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.” Ephesians 6:10 “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.” Ephesians 4:2 “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient Things will settle down later. Sort of. The word literally means “to suffer.” In other words, we are called here to put up with the the improper behavior of others. I think it would be better to write, “Being diligent to make the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” Words like make, create, form or plan would all work. τος, μετὰ μακροθυμίας, ἀνεχόμενοι ἀλλήλων ἐν ἀγάπῃ. all rule and authority and dominion and power and above every Ephesians, Lesson #7 Unity and, Diligence calls us to arise above our own personal preferences and to avoid distractions because something else stands as a life priority. “Being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:3). Ephesians 4:17-21 He calleth men off from the vain and impure conversation of the heathen world, Ephesians 4:22-24 to renounce the old, and to put on the new, man, Ephesians 4:25 to discard lying, Ephesians 4:26,27 and sinful anger. Ephesians 4:15a 2. And this is what they began to do, and now nothing which they purpose to do will be impossible for them” (Genesis 11:6). To be brief, we have been cheated. There is strain in the relationship because of some offense. Maybe he is watching too much television, writing too much IM or watching things that they disapprove of. Even though I have experienced some wonderful situations in the past, I have also had my share of strained relationships, misunderstandings, quick judgment and unforgiving spirit. This might come in the form of cursing, laziness, stealing or just plain selfishness. But in this case, he could solve the problem! Ephesians 5:31-33 Building a Great Marriage Ephesians 6:1-3 Obedience to Parents The word we most often use for diligence today is consistency. Ephesians 4:2-3 ~ "B) The Oneness of the Body" is part 3 of 5 of The Bible Teaching Commentary on Ephesians 4:1-3 which discusses the five ways he says the people of God obtain unity of the Spirit. “If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.” (Romans 12:18). We would be more than happy to rewrite the verse to fit our experiences. This is what Paul begins to address here in Ephesians 4:2-3. [ See verse text ] Living in a manner worthy of Christ's calling (Ephesians 4:1) includes four traits described in this verse. LESSON 4 - EPHESIANS 2:11-3:13 37 LESSON 5 - EPHESIANS 4:1-16 47 LESSON 6 - EPHESIANS 4:17-32 55 Maybe you differ with a small group leader or another on how he or she does something. (Ephesians 2:4.) Next =>. Peace is a commonly used word but not very often well understood. The Lord has been teaching me more about this topic lately. Preserving the unity of the body stands at a higher priority than purity. What if there are differences in the church? Ephesians, Lesson #5 God’s Marvelous Plan for the Gentiles Ephesians 3.1 – 13. Ephesians 1:1-3 Introduction in text. We should not allow the absence of outward conflict to define the peace that God wants to give to us. Ephesians, Lesson #4 Reconciled Through Christ Ephesians 2.11 - 22. Contention develops. Should the husband just ignore his wife? We need to get to the point where we are committed to each other despite the differences. When we do not live in this manner, sins crop up and Satan enters. The Lord Himself told us that we were not to tear the tares out early. You just want a quiet house. Now let’s explore one of the most confusing concepts in this verse. Lessons on Ephesians Lesson 1: The Church at Ephesus Lesson 2: Themes in Relationships Lesson 3: What God Has Done Lesson 4: Praise and Prayer Lesson 5: The Church: God's Workmanship Lesson 6: The Church Without Walls Lesson 7: God's Mystery Unity can be bad when the ungodly act in opposition to God. We need to subdue that selfish and greedy heart if we are going to find that peace. Ephesians 1:1-2 Paul’s salutation to the Ephesians Ask a with all meekness and mildness, with patience supporting each other in charity [with patience supporting, or up-bearing, together in charity]. As a pastor, I have had to get involved in the details of people’s lives. LESSON 5 – Ephesians 4 Read the following Scripture passages and complete the form for each day. One would have thought that they have not been fed for a long time, but by their size one could tell that this was not the case. Pretend unity is not unity. I want to focus on the fifth item, “Being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” All of these attributes are important, but the last is not as easily understood. Ephesians 4:25 – 5:2 Live in Love By Lois Parker Edstrom You will meet people who are unpleasant, unkind, cranky, and short-tempered. << Previous | Index | Next >>. Sometimes I am on the receiving side, but to be true, sometimes I have taken part in that critical side. As a husband, I have had to see what it means to live at peace with my wife. But words that imply the unity is already present seem to counter our life experience. Ephesians 4 - A Study Guide by Mark A. Copeland. Ephesians 3:1 The Value of the Gospel I was in line to buy some milk, but she was just looking down and doodling. Ephesians 1:15-17 Bible Study Questions, Ephesians 2:1-3, an Introduction Ephesians 2:11-22 Objectives: The student can identify some of the Temple imagery employed by Paul. "THE EPISTLE TO THE EPHESIANS" Chapter Four OBJECTIVES IN STUDYING THE CHAPTER 1) To see the importance of walking in unity and purity 2) To appreciate the gifts Christ has given the church for our edification, and the need for each one to do their share SUMMARY Beginning with this chapter and … What happens in such situations is that each individual follows his own appetite. The father is the head of the home. Ephesians 2.1 - 10 Ephesians, Lesson #4 Reconciled Through Christ Ephesians 2.11 - 22 Ephesians, Lesson #5 God’s Marvelous Plan for the Gentiles Ephesians 3.1 – 13 Ephesians, Lesson #6 A Prayer for the Ephesians Ephesians 3.14 - 21 Unity and Ephesians 1:15-23 Objectives: The student can list the three things that Paul specifically wants the Ephesians to know (power, placement, and purity). Definitely not. James clearly identifies why there is loss of peace. It’s easy to get too used to that word. For now, however, we will leave this topic and return to it shortly. Yesterday morning I had a run in with a local cashier. Ephesians 3:14-21 The Fullness of God's Love, Ephesians 3:20-21 God's Unlimited Power But if there is any threat to them missing out a bit on the free food, watch out. “And they were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. They made sacrifices to help others. Ephesians 1:4-6 Bible Study Questions They all dashed in one direction - towards the tables. Ephesians 4:11 Gifts in the church Is this what Paul is suggesting? Through this passage the Lord has given me a renewed energy to live out this unity despite the challenges I face. We need the Spirit of God to give us this peace of heart which then provides peace with those about us. Ephesians 2:10 B) Purpose of our Lives They will learn what a worthy walk of a believer looks like. The parents have tried to curtail his involvement in these things but to no avail. Chronology Chart of Pauline Letters I was tempted not to be gentle. A godly peace is forbearing but this is different than a simple tolerance of another. I have had to learn how to live at peace with all sorts of people. When we live out our lives in this manner, others can live around us much more easily. I tended to endure misunderstandings rather than with a prayerful heart go and carefully clear them up. As a Dad, I have had to learn what it is to preserve the unity of the Spirit with my family. Ephesians 4:3 Preservation of Unity Ephesians 2:3 C) Man's Heart Ephesians 1:1 Only by the Will of God Lesson 29: Vital Signs of a Healthy Body (Ephesians 4:14-16) Related Media Whenever you feel sick and go to the doctor, he will check your vital signs. ῾ο δὲ θεὸς, πλούσιος ὢν ἐν ἐλέει —“But God, being rich in mercy.” The apostle resumes the thought started in Ephesians 2:1. So I had to get at behind the person at the other register. We are not just looking for the absence of conflict but inwardly the success of others. This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic. And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace” (James 3:14-18). He is dead – v.1 He is spiritually dead; and unable to … Studying scripture mastery passages will help students increase their understanding of basic doctrines and be prepared to teach them to others. Peace is not just tolerating those that you don’t get along with. Ephesians 4:15b 3. Ephesians 1:1-3 Bible Study Questions 5:18-6:9, and victory – Eph. Is this what Paul means by preserving the peace? You are in fact fighting against God’s good ways. On the one hand when people concur to do evil, such as in Sodom, we find judgment. Ephesians 4:16 Summary: Function of the Church “And gentleness” focuses on the kind way that we respond to people that we differ with. Paul says it is agape love that keeps unity. Ephesians 5:31-32 Redemptive Analogy & Marriage Ephesians 2 – We are taken out of the graveyard of sin and placed in the throne room of glory. Unity and Maturity in the Body of Christ - As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Lesson 2 Bible: Ephesians 1:4, Romans 5:8, Ephesians 1:5 Ephesians 1:6-7 Description: A major theme in Ephesians—and really all of Paul’s writings—is the amazingness of God’s grace. The parents know their child has a problem. I hope by now that you can recognize that a show of outward unity is not unity, not the least the unity of the Spirit. Ephesians 4:1 Calling to Unity He will take your temperature, your blood pressure, and your heart rate. Is a quiet house a peaceful home? “Then the angel of the LORD said to her, “Return to your mistress, and submit yourself to her authority” (Genesis 16:9). Ephesians 4:11-13 Bible Study Questions, Ephesians 4:14 B) Responsibility 1. This is the fourth lesson from the Book of Ephesians. Lesson 13: Salvation is Totally of God (Ephesians 2:4-7) Lesson 14: Salvation by Grace through Faith Alone (Ephesians 2:8-9) Lesson 15: Salvation and Good Works (Ephesians 2:10) Lesson 16: Remembering Then, but Now! They think the same about some certain matter. I hope I did! Allow me to summarize two important reminders before going on. Forgiveness brings a healing power that overcomes offenses. Ephesians, Lesson #6 A Prayer for the Ephesians Ephesians 3.14 - 21. The same with the family. Tower of Babel & World Languages: Unity from Genesis 11:1-9. Although there might be the lack of outward conflict, there can still be the inner tension. This kind of unity was exactly what God desired: people centering their lives around Him. with all lowliness and meekness, with long-suffering, forbearing one another in love, Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise), Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. Lessons on Ephesians Lesson 1: The Church at Ephesus Lesson 2: Themes in Relationships Lesson 3: What God Has Done Lesson 4: Praise and Prayer Lesson 5: The Church: God's Workmanship Lesson 6: The Church Without Walls Lesson 7: God's Mystery So much so that God destroyed this unity by giving them different language mediums and dividing them. If you do not value each other, then you know there is a problem. Ephesians - Lesson 4 By Curt Niccum The Rebuilding of the Temple. Of course, no one thinks absolutely the same. When we are patient, we will not so easily blow up or react against others. Questions (Ephesians 2:8-10) The longer one lives, the more one finds this is true. He doesn’t like her not so subtle reminders and simply ignores them. Special attention is given to contrast the worldly unity (which is superficial unity) with God's true unity. I finally asked whether my cashier would help me complete the purchase of the milk. There is no peace here. 6 With all lowliness and meekness, with long-suffering, forbearing one another in love; with all lowliness of mind and unselfishness, and with patience, bearing with one another lovingly, and earnestly striving to maintain. When they persisted after one goal, they could accomplish amazing things. Lesson Nine Walk Circumspectly, Not As Fools Ephesians 4:17 – 5:21 If you can’t say somethin’ nice, don’t say nothin’ at all. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing. Ephesians 3:2-5 The Reliability of the Gospel She told me she was closed but her window had no indication of that. Ephesians 4:1-3 Bible Study Questions Ephesians 4:4, the very next verse, states “There is one body and one Spirit.” When He is working in each individual, each individual is seeking to accomplish His purpose. Have you ever prayed for renewal? Ephesians 4:14-16 Bible Study Questions, Ephesians 4:11-14 Chart: Equipping of the Saints The Holy Spirit, as the common higher principle of life ( Ephesians 2:18 Ephesians 2:22), gives to the Church its true unity. He thinks it is better to let her deal with the trouble rather than getting involved. Ephesians 2:4–7 (ESV) We are seated with Christ Jesus in the heavenly places. An example of this is certain cult-like denominations which so emphasize their own Christian community and their inherent unity, they treat other brothers and sisters outside of the community of the Lord. When we do, we are basically asking God to remove those things that keep God’s people from being filled with the Spirit. Peace has two meanings. Tension is arising. Ephesians 4:11–14 is a scripture mastery passage. “So then let us pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another” (Romans 14:19). It is easy to respond nice to nice people, but when we meet a grump, it is easy to be grumpy back. “Showing forbearance to one another in love” emphasizes the need to actually forgive one another. with all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love, in all humblenes of mynde and meknes and longe sufferynge forbearinge one another thorowe love. As the song “Cleanse Me (Search me O God)” goes, ‘Send a revival, start the work in me.’. On the surface it looks great but below there is no harmony. I understand this. I would actually not use the word unity to describe the similar mindset of the wicked but obviously there is some element of unity. Instead, it allows us to exude a kind spirit in disruptive situations. Ephesians: Discipleship Lessons, by Dr. Ralph F. Wilson JesusWalk Bible Study Series Participant Guide Handout Sheets If you’re working with a class or small group, feel free to duplicate the following handouts in this appendix at no additional charge. Peace is not just something acquired so that we can sleep well, but it shapes our relationship with God and others too. Ephesians - Lesson 2 By Curt Niccum A Saving Knowledge. I allowed a lack of confrontation to stand for unity or peace. Students will discover that believers are called to a worthy walk. Some of you, perhaps, only know how to treat your parents disrespectfully. The tolerance of the world allows one to harbor differences, but the Spirit’s forbearance brings forgiveness and healing so that the individuals really care for each other. The problem is with the people and their relationships with others rather than the situation. The cashier next to me was busy with one person and then another. Adeney Ephesians 6:1-4 Children and Their Parents D. Thomas Ephesians 6:1-4 Children Should Look to Jesus Ephesians 6 Ephesians 2:2 B) Man's World Paul's Second Missonary Journey to Ephesus - Map Just ignore the problem? Ephesians 6:1-4 A Lesson to Parents Christian Globe. Ligaments keep the body’s bones functioning together. I only was trying to preserve the status quo. Let me describe it through an illustration. Is there peace? But again, we find that this seems to be more of a theory or doctrine than something that is put in practice. With all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing forbearance to one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:1-3). As long as they each get their portion, they are happy. The ‘two shall become one.’ Otherwise, why design a lifelong relationship where there are arguments, infighting, bitterness and competition? When a few people are moved by God, it is easier to be touched by the work of the Holy Spirit in our own lives. Was this unity? We need patience. And it is already established that Christ has been raised from the dead and seated far above (literally, above above!) Our experience does not ring true with the command to preserve unity. This is clearly unacceptable. It is a beginning. Ephesians 6:1-4 An Excellent Proof Ephesians 6:1-4 Children and Parents W.F. Unity does not initiate love but love the unity. It stood out because it didn’t fit. We have a negative example of this unity when people built the Tower of Babel. Ephesians 4:28 To leave Paul admonishes us to walk in unity – vv. The way we live with each other enables us to obtain those rich blessings that the Lord has given to us. We sing about it, write about it Note God’s advice for Hagar after she has become prideful and despised Sarai her mistress. Ephesians 2:8-9 A) Purpose of Salvation Do you have peace in your life? Her rudeness and unwillingness to provide general courtesies shocked me. That’s the reason we teach. Ephesians 4:31 The Tree of Bitterness, Ephesians 5:22,24 Wives be Subject to your Husband Jesus was this way and wants us to let Him live His life through us. Our marriages, families, and churches should possess the fruit of unity but often don’t. As "faith" is mentioned, Ephesians 4:5, so "hope" here, and "love," Ephesians 4:2. EPHESIANS 4:1-16 LESSON: FAITH TO UNITE— December 31, 2017 INTRODUCTION: Chapter 3:14-21 This is Paul's second prayer for the Ephesians and a doxology of praise to God. What word is it then that makes this verse difficult to understand? I. Sin’s work against us – Ephesians 2:1-3 Paul gives us a picture of the terrible spiritual condition of an unsaved person. Things are right when you go out of your way to help others reach that success. Ephesians 4:2-3 ~ "B) The Oneness of the Body" is part 3 of 8 of The Bible Teacher's Commentary on Ephesians 4:1-6 which discusses the five ways he says the people of God obtain unity of the Spirit. Ephesians 4:1 speaks about what the Lord has given to us in Christ: our calling. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy. A bond or glue keeps things together. Again, we see them functioning as one. LESSON 3 * PART 4 * BOOK 37 Ephesians 4:1-11 – Part 2 It’s so thrilling to hear people tell us that they have a love for the Word that they’ve never had before. If we do not have peace in our hearts, it is hard to have peace with others. When the food buffet opened, there was a dash to get to the table. Maybe you have too. Ephesians 1:2 Only in Christ Jesus Work toward unity and blessing will be found (Psalm 133). And everyone kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles. Does Paul mean that you should be quiet and not say anything? I have been troubled for a long time on what Paul means by 'preserve the unity of the Spirit.' When I train my child some certain task, I need to be constantly alert to his or her needs and demands. How do I know? Ephesians 3:6-7 The Glory of the Gospel Grow up into Christ “But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth. Ephesians 4:2-3 Our Oneness of the Body NIV, Storyline Bible, Comfort Print: Each Story Plays a Part. Our old nature just naturally has us think more of ourselves as more important than others. When this is done, the Spirit can and will mightily work. First, the Ephesians—and all Christians—are to live in humility. Let me give you some illustrations. Or if there is disagreement in Biblical instruction or teaching, should we always be quiet? A string bound around some magazines will keep them tied together. Bible Study Questions are provided at the end. We were made with differences, including the different ways male and females approach life. We need to recognize that the unity that we are searching for is a unity from the Spirit of God. Great Love - Ephesians 2:1 – 10 Reconciliation - Ephesians 2:11 -22 Manifold Mystery - Ephesians 3 Unity of the Church - Ephesians 4:1-10 Building the Body - Ephesians 4:10-16 Old Man, New Man - Ephesians 4:17-32 Imitation of God - Ephesians 5:1-14 The more the unity, that is, the more people with a similar mindset (seen in the wide ends of the bowtie going to far left or right), whether for bad or good, brings about an intensified response from God: judgment for the wicked and blessing for the obedient. If he is typical, he doesn’t do a good job understanding her needs. Thumper Introduction: 1. Speaking the truth in love The world might seem to function as a unity in some respects, but they have their selfish desires propelling them. The first four character qualities are essential to carrying out this mission. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 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