Tuesday, 17 March 2009

Tomorrow's Bible study (GW)

The aim of this series is for a couple of new converts to start the Christian life with a Christ-centred focus. Kenya's "Christianity" is all about me getting saved, and then on to other things (signs and wonders, health, wealth and prosperity, etcetera). With a proper view of the glory of Christ, counterfeits lose their sparkle.

Ephesians 1:15-23 – The Resurrection Of Jesus Christ

What were the two ways by which Paul knew that the Ephesians were true Christians? (v15)

What had Paul been doing ever since hearing about the Ephesians' Christianity?

What did Paul pray for for them, and why?

    a. (verse 17)

    b. (verse 18-19)

A good thing to ask yourself is this. As a young Christian, what do I think I need? What would I pray that God would give me? Is it the same things that Paul prayed for, and that he says I need?

Where have we seen God's “incomparably great power for us who believe”?

After raising Christ from the dead, where did God then raise him to?

How does Paul describe Christ's present authority?

How long will it continue?

Why did God give Christ this authority? That is, does Christ use it for?

According to Ephesians 2:6-7, what is God's plan for the future for us?

Being a Christian must change how we think about the world and about the future. The most important fact in the world is that Jesus Christ is Lord of Lord and King of Kings – not only now, but to all eternity. Our great need is to know him in that way. With that knowledge we are to rely on him, to serve him, to love him and to wait for his glorious coming. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is not just “something extra” to believe. It is the most important fact in the world today and forever.

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