Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians

Bible Studies, Messages, Papers

The amphitheater of Ephesus, where Paul preached in Acts 19.  His critique of idolatry led the silversmiths to provoke a riot.  Paul spent a total of three years in Ephesus helping to establish the Christian faith there.  His letter to the Ephesians was probably meant to be a circular letter, distilling the main points of his message.  Photo credit: MaxPixel, Creative Commons.


bible studies and messages from the anastasis center: ephesians

Below are small group leader notes, sermons, and exegetical notes on Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians.

We make the best of modern biblical scholarship, along with early Christian exegesis, relevant and practical.

Messages on Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians 

Ephesians 1:3 - 14 How the Father Loves (Boston College 2006)

Ephesians 1:3 - 14 How the Father Loves (Boston College 2015)

Ephesians 1:3 - 6 Our Adoption by the Father

Ephesians 1:6 - 8 Our Redemption by the Son

Ephesians 1:9 - 10 Our Household in the Son

Ephesians 1:11 - 14 Our Security by the Spirit

Ephesians 1:15 - 2:10 The Power You Already Have

Ephesians 2:1 - 3 The Deep Human Problem

Ephesians 2:4 - 10 What God Did:  Resurrected Us Into Royalty

Ephesians 2:11 - 22 We Are God's New Humanity in Christ

Ephesians 2:11 - 13 The Plight of the World & Gifts of the Jews

Ephesians 2:14 - 16 Jesus Tears Down Dividing Walls (Boston College 2011)

Ephesians 2:14 - 16 Reconciliation Happens in Christ (Boston University)

Ephesians 2:14 - 16 Reconciliation Happens in Christ (JEMS AACF)

Ephesians 2:17 - 22 Beyond Near and Far:  Jesus Overcomes Shame and Alienation

Ephesians 3:1 - 13 The Church Has Not Lost

Ephesians 3:4 - 10 What the Nations Should Have Learned from What the Church Should Have Done

Ephesians 3:14 - 21 Filled to the Fullness of God

Ephesians 4:1 - 6 Rooted in a Deeper Strength

Ephesians 4:7 - 13 The Challenge of Unity

Ephesians 4:7 - 13 Spiritual Gifts: An Introduction (Neighborhood Church of Dorchester, Apr 2017)

Ephesians 4:14 - 16 The Challenge of Maturity

Ephesians 4:17 - 24 Living the Changed Life

Ephesians 4:25 - 32 Walking and Speaking Differently

Ephesians 4:25 - 32 How Jesus Heals Male-Female Friendships

Ephesians 4:25 - 32 Friendship for a Healthy Culture of Dating (Rescued Church, Jul 19, 2015) (video)

Ephesians 5:1 - 7 Sex, Greed, and Lies

Ephesians 5:8 - 14 Being Light in Darkness

Ephesians 5:15 - 6:9 Jesus Transforms Our Use of Power and Authority

Ephesians 5:15 - 20 Being Wise and Speaking Well

Ephesians 5:21 - 33 Jesus in the Midst of Marriage

Ephesians 6:1 - 4 Jesus is the True Goal of Parenting

Ephesians 6:5 - 9 Jesus Stands Above Slavery

Ephesians 6:10 - 12 Standing Firm Against Our True Enemy

Ephesians 6:13 - 20 Standing Firm With God's Armor and Weapon

Small Group Leader Notes on Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians

Matthew 3:13 - 4:11 Prelude to Ephesians: Jesus Retells Your Story

Ephesians 1:1 - 14 The First Poem: In Christ, You Are God's Chosen People

Ephesians 1:15 - 2:10 The First Prayer: Power You Already Have

Ephesians 2:11 - 22 The Second Poem:  We Are God's New Dwelling Place in Christ

Ephesians 3:1 - 21 The Second Prayer:  To Be Filled With God's Fullness

Ephesians 4:1 - 16 Jesus' Gifts to His Body

Ephesians 4:17 - 5:16 Walking and Speaking in Christ

Ephesians 5:17 - 6:9 The Symphony of Praise

Ephesians 6:10 - 24 Standing Firm in the Spiritual War

Notes and Essays on Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians

Ephesians:  Conceptual and Grammatical Outlines

Ephesians:  Did Paul Write It?

The Worldview Background of Ephesians

Ephesians 1:3 - 14: Why the Jewish Meanings Take Priority Over the Greco-Roman

Ephesians 1:3 - 14: The Significance of the Chiastic Structure for Defining 'Predestination'

Ephesians 2:11 - 5:20: The Theme of the New Temple in Ephesians

Ephesians 4:11: An Evaluation of the 'Five-Fold Ministry' and 'the Charismatic Restoration' 

Paul's View of Headship in Marriage: How 1 Corinthians Interprets Ephesians and Colossians

Slavery in the Bible, Slavery Today (and ppt)

Helpful Books and Articles on Paul's Letter to the Ephesians

Dennis J. Preato, Empirical Data in Support of Egalitarian Marriages and A Fresh Perspective on Submission and Authority (God's Word to Women, Apr 23, 2004) note comments on Cyril, Theodore, and John Chrysostom and their engagement with 1 Corinthians and Ephesians based on an Athanasian view of the Trinity, where the Son is the power of the Father (1 Cor.1:24), rather than an Augustinian view of the Trinity, where the Son has power, but the Father has more

David Instone-Brewer, Bible Scandals: Divorce (BeThinking, 2012) very important considerations for marital abuse cases

Craig Keener, Paul and the Shattered Wall (video, Sep 21, 2016)

Margaret Mowczko, Wives, Mothers, and Female Masters in the NT Household Codes (New Life)

Jeff Lacine, Marijuana to the Glory of God (Desiring God blog, Jan 7, 2017)

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