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Outline of Ephesians 3

  1. Paul reminds his readers that it is new good news that Gentiles can be accepted into God’s family
  2. Paul’s mission is to bring this good news to Gentiles, even though he’s still in prison
  3. Paul prays an inspiring prayer
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Everyone Is Invited

In the second half of Ephesians 2, we learn that everyone is invited.

This was a surprising perspective in the 1st century.

It’s a surprising perspective today, too, very countercultural.

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Grace

When I hear the word “grace,” I think of saying a blessing over a special meal:

However, in Ephesians 2:8-10, grace is a description of God’s gift to us.

Even better, we learn in these verses that God prepared special tasks just for us to accomplish.

That sounds like an amazing promise to me.

VIP Seating

We receive an all-access pass because God loves us (vv. 4-7).

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Rough Beginning

According to verses 1-3, everyone starts off in a bad spiritual state.

This is a difficult message for most people to accept.

However, I believe that experience supports this view of human nature.

It’s not that everyone is all bad all the time.  That’s obviously not true.  But the claim here is that everyone naturally follows their inner voice even when that voice suggests poor behavior.

And we all know that we sometimes follow that inner voice even when we know it’s wrong.

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Outline of Ephesians 2

  1. Everyone is a mess
  2. God helps us
  3. Now we’re a family
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Life Verses

I’m excited to be returning full-time to 9-Year Bible blogging.  We are still continuing our Bible2010 experience at church, but I’ve finished the blog posts through January 2011.

We finished looking at Ephesians 1 in April.  Our next stop is Ephesians 2.

This is an especially meaningful passage for me because I memorized verses 8-10 for my baptism way back when I was 8 years old.  They are my life verses.

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