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“Because of HIS Great Love”

A Bible Study focused on Paul’s letter to the Ephesians

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Do you have a box of treasured letters in the attic or in a special drawer somewhere in your house? Perhaps you have saved them because they are part of your family history or your own romantic story or they may be the letters that you wrote to your parents during your adventures some years ago. For centuries these kinds of letters have formed the basis for many of our best historical books as well as biographies. While the greatest percentage of our personal communication now is done by phone or electronically, would you agree that there is still something very special about receiving a letter, words and ideas that you can read and savor again and again?

We can only imagine what it must have been like for the people in Ephesus to welcome Tychicus back from his visit to Paul in Rome. They, no doubt, eagerly came together to hear what Paul had to say in the letter that he sent to them. How many times did someone re-read it to them so that could begin to talk about the things that were important to Paul? Did they make handwritten copies of it so that they could share it with neighboring churches? Did they grasp the grandeur of his presentation of what it means to be “in Christ” and what it looks like to “live life as God’s dearly loved children”? While we don’t know the answers to questions like this, we do know that from those early beginnings of the church, God has continued to accomplish His purposes through those who belong to Him.

So, today, through the amazing vision of God’s people, we have this letter preserved in our Bibles, so that we can read it, study it, and understand in much clearer ways what it means to be “blessed with every spiritual blessing in Christ”. We can, like the first century believers, “be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and become mature”. Want to learn more about these amazing truths? You are invited to join our 7 week study of this important letter written to the Ephesians and to us! You will be richly blessed and inspired.

FINDING JOY and DELIGHT IN THE LORD

To View or Print Study Guides When you hear the words “joy” or “delight”, what images come to your mind?  Perhaps you remember a very special celebration or reunion.  Maybe it is visualizing a stroll along the ocean front with a good friend or relaxing for a few minutes in a hot tub. It could…Continue Reading

PORTRAITS of JESUS

Discovering how Jesus described Himself in the Gospel of John To View or Print Study Guides Did you know that there are many ways to have a portrait made?  Most often we think of a painting or a photograph that captures a very close likeness of an individual.  Usually, a portrait features simply the face…Continue Reading

“I LOVE YOU, O LORD”

A study based on David’s Song of Praise and Trust – Psalm 18 To View or Print Study Guides “I LOVE YOU, O LORD” If someone asked you to list ten or more reasons why you love God, how would you respond? Why don’t you try it? Then you’ll have your answer ready just in…Continue Reading

I’M PRAYING FOR YOU

What do the New Testament Epistles Teach about Prayer?

Before you actually decide to do this particular Bible study you might want to think about it carefully! It has the potential to be very encouraging and comforting, but it could also be quite convicting and challenging. In either case, if it is taken seriously, then it will be life changing. You just might find that God will touch your heart and teach you more than you even imagined about how much He desires to have you, His beloved child, choose to spend time in His presence.
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FINDING DELIGHT IN THE LORD

TO VIEW OR PRINT STUDY GUIDES When you hear the word “delight” or “delightful”, what images come to your mind?  Perhaps you see a tea party or a particularly happy event.  Maybe it is visualizing a stroll along the ocean front with a good friend or relaxing for a few minutes in a hot tub. …Continue Reading

FROM BETHLEHEM TO CALVARY

Meeting Jesus through His story in the Gospel of Luke To View or Print Study Guides Have you ever said to someone, “I would really like to get to know you”?  What would be some of the reasons that would make you feel that way about another person?  What are the ingredients that are intrinsic…Continue Reading

GOD’S PROMISES – THEN and NOW

11 Discovery Lessons Based on the Book of Isaiah To View or Print How often do you use the words “always” and “never”?  They are words that make a big impact when you hear them and often we use them for emphasis and clarity, but rarely can we be sure that they represent the truth. …Continue Reading

THERE’S HOPE FOR YOU!

Discovering New Testament HOPE To View or Print It has been said that “we can live 40 days without food, 8 days without water, 4 minutes without air, but only a few seconds without hope.”   What is it about hope that makes it so essential to our lives?  Surely it is not simply the capacity…Continue Reading