Ephesians: God's Big Plan for Christ's New People

10 studies for individuals or groups

Thabiti Anyabwile

Shows how being part of the church is to be selected by God through Christ to show the mystery of God’s electing love.

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“Why should I be a member of a local church? I’m a part of the body of Christ. Isn’t that enough?”

An increasing number of people think of the Christian faith primarily in terms of themselves as individuals. Faith is not only a personal but also a private matter. For these believers, church has become an optional extra, a matter of convenience and personal choice.

In his letter to the Ephesians, the apostle Paul says a firm “no” to this idea. The church of Christ far from being an optional extra; it is the display of God’s wisdom to the universe! The church is God’s handiwork, made up of people from every conceivable background, living under the gracious rule of Jesus himself. To be a part of the church is to be hand-selected by God through Christ to make visible the mystery of God’s electing love.

In short, Christianity is far more corporate and public than we might first expect. We are redeemed as individuals, but we are placed in a family. And living out the Christian life requires we live together with others who love the same Lord. It requires we actively participate in the church, for the church is God’s only plan to raise us to full maturity in Jesus Christ.

“Ephesians is one of the most beautiful books in the Bible,” Thabiti said. “The symmetry between rich theology and applied living can hardly be matched. So, if a Christian wants to think carefully about what he/she believes and then walk out their beliefs, Ephesians is an excellent book to study. I also love the book because of the honored place the book gives to the local church. If we would be healthy Christians, we would be wise to build our lives around the kind of church that emerges from the book of Ephesians.”

The ten studies in this Good Book Guide will help groups and individuals discover the richness of God’s grace towards His people, and grow as the body of Christ.

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Contents

  • Introduction
  • Why study Ephesians?
  • 1. Blessed in Christ (Ephesians 1 v 1-3)
  • 2. Saved by God (Ephesians 1 v 4-14)
  • 3. Eyes opened by the Spirit (Ephesians 1 v 15-23)
  • 4. Raised with Christ (Ephesians 2 v 1-10)
  • 5. United in Christ (Ephesians 2 v 11-22)
  • 6. Given God’s message (Ephesians 3)
  • 7. Growing in Christ (Ephesians 4 v 1-16)
  • 8. Clothed with new life (Ephesians 4 v 17 – 5 v 17)
  • 9. Filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5 v 18 – 6 v 9)
  • 10. Ready for battle (Ephesians 6 v 10-24)
  • Leader's Guide

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Specification

Author Thabiti Anyabwile
ISBN 9781907377099
Format Saddle stitch
Dimensions 140mm x 210mm x 9mm
Language English
Pages 112
No. of studies 10
Publisher The Good Book Company

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Read Tim Chester's review.

The Good Book Guides have been developed to ensure that each session not only seeks to uncover the meaning of the passage and see how it fits into the big picture of the Bible, but also leads people to apply what they have learnt to their lives. Flexible and practical, the Good Book Guides are ideal for small groups, or individual study.

"The format is very user-friendly and the content is rich and accessible."
- Justin Taylor, Gospel Coalition blogger and Vice-President of Editorial, Crossway

"God-centered, application-oriented, and driven by the text throughout, this resource is a gift to God’s church."
- Matt Smethurst, Gospel Coalition reviewer and Master of Divinity student at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Here at Covenant Life Church, we have greatly benefitted from the small group resources from The Good Book Company. Many small groups in our family life ministry have used "Colossians: Confident Christianity" in their study of scripture. Additionally, our youth ministry has used "Romans 1-5: God and You" in their small groups. Both resources were very easy to use, helped the reader engage directly with the scriptures, and had a wonderful pastoral emphasis demonstrated in all the questions.
- Dave Brewer, Youth Pastor at Covenant Life Church, Maryland

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Ephesians: God's Big Plan for Christ's New People

John Starke, The Gospel Coalition, April 13th 2010

The Good Book Company has a new guide to Paul's Letter to the Ephesians by Thabiti Anyabwile, Ephesians: God's Big Plan for Christ's New People. Like other Good Book Company products, Ephesians is gospel-centered and ideal for church groups and families. Below is a description:

“Why should I be a member of a local church? I'm a part of the body of Christ. Isn't that enough?” An increasing number of people think of the Christian faith primarily in terms of themselves as individuals. Faith is not only a personal but also a private matter. For these believers, church has become an optional extra, a matter of convenience and personal choice.... continue reading

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