The Epistle to the Ephesians: A Theological and Practical Textbook: Introduction

Let me introduce you to the Bible study and lessons on the Epistle to the Ephesians. This is a new work and it endeavors to bring doctrinal truth to the student of the Bible, as the Bible records it. Sample lesson one and write down your critical comments as to what I need to do or what is working. Below, I have written out the purpose and structure of the lessons, so please read before starting with lesson one. Thank you!

Purpose

The work of memorizing and applying the meanings of Scripture can be somewhat confusing and exhausting. With constant study, a man by himself alone, can only learn and practice the Word as God has gifted his mind and heart to do so. While all things are possible with God, most of us will not learn everything needed to know in one reading of a book in the Bible. Generally speaking, we could read it countless times and find something new and important every time we read it.

To aid in the memorization and uses of the doctrines found in the book of Ephesians, this work is designed and written in the fashion of a supplemental commentary, highlighting the theological teachings and showing how to apply those teachings to our lives. This commentary is not meant to replace Scripture! Scripture is far above any man’s understanding of Scripture and is the sole rule of our Christian faith and doctrine. When matters of teachings conflict between a man made help and Scripture itself, obviously we want to take Scripture’s view of the matter. That being said, this work is written alongside the book of Ephesians and seeks to provide key insights and practical uses of its contents. It has been written, edited, and published with the love for anyone who wants to know more about God in Christ.

Structure

The layout and structure will go according to this:

  1. Book Outline – the book outline is a nifty tool when studying the Bible. This outline will be at the very beginning of the book
  2. The verse – the verse or set of verses will be written down so you can read Scripture right along with the supplemental material
  3. Supplemental Notes – right under the verse will be supplemental notes to help you better understand the verse or set of verses.
  4. Theological/Doctrinal Facts – after you read the supplemental notes, we will draw factual conclusions on the major doctrines of the Bible.
  5. Application – finally, we learn in what area to apply the theological/doctrinal facts to our lives.

The reason this book is layed out or structured in this fashion is so the Bible student can develop a flow of continous thought without having to go out of the lesson and into the Bible or commentary. This structure and information will prove to be more retainable.

Finally

Let me take a little of your time in extending my right hand of fellowship to you as you embark on this rewarding quest. While at times, it may seem tediously slow, you will accomplish what you set out to accomplish by developing a big picture mentally of the entire book. This will benefit us both. If you have something to state or ask, feel free to comment below.

~Marv