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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Ephesians: Discovering Your Identity and Purpose in Christ (A Discover Together Bible Study) by Sue Edwards- Lesson 9: Sit Down to Stand

Ephesians: Discovering Your Identity and Purpose in Christ (A Discover Together Bible Study)

by Sue Edwards

(I received this book for review purposes.)

I’m excited to bring to you a Bible study that I am participating in by Sue Edwards.  I participated in her 1 Peter Bible study.  It was rewarding.  I worked on the Ephesians Bible study this past week with Lesson 9: “Sit Down to Stand.”  I’m excited to share my thoughts with you.

This week’s focus was standing with Christ, by putting on the full armor of God and this is our last week of lessons.  I read Ephesians 6:10-24.  The memory verse was Ephesians 6:11-12.

“Your Source of Strength”

  • The command in verse ten is be strong in the Lord.  Many people look for power in their jobs or with their wealth.
  • God is our source of strength.  A woman who looks to the Lord for strength and power is a Proverbs 31 woman.
  • To be strong and stand firm we need to put on God’s armor.  Jesus is our armor.

“Your Vicious Enemy”

  • My enemy is Satan.  Satan is always behind our difficulties.  He is in the unseen world.
  • I think that if you know that Satan is behind other peoples negative actions, that we can forgive and help those people more easily.

“Your Armor”

  • I think we should always be on the offensive, because we need to be proactive in our actions against evil.
  • Take a look at Ephesians 6:14-17 and identify the character quality or spiritual resource for the armor.  There is the belt, breastplate, shoes, shield, helmet, and sword.  There are more verses about how Christ is our armor in other verses of the New Testament, like Ephesians 2:14 and Revelation 19: 11 and 13.
  • When we put on the armor of God we need to pray consistently, be thankful, ask God for wisdom, and we should not stifle the Holy Spirit.
  • When we have Christ as our armor we have nothing to fear.

“Battle Prayer”

  • We need to pray for others and be a prayer warrior. 

“Parting Words”

  • Paul’s closing and opening of his letter to the Ephesians had repetition, because those were some of his most important thoughts.

“Conclusion and Endings”

  • Standing is being firm and not moving from what you believe you.  You have to learn to be with God and work with others in God, then you can stand firm with your armor on.
  • In five years, I will remember to talk well, live in the light, how to treat one another, the Lord is here for us, and Don’t Fear

Genre- Bible Study 
Published by- Kregel Publications
Copyrighted- 2012
Number of pages- 128
Age Group- Adult
Description of book- Paperback, listed price- $12.99, ISBN 978-0-8254-4309-1

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received Ephesians by Sue Edwards for free from Open Book Promotions and Kregel for this Bible Study.  I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.  All links were current when posted.

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