Spring 2020 Theme and Sermon Series Through Ephesians
THEME: “Incomplete: Finding in Christ What Is Missing In Us”
Eph. 4:13, 19 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ… 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Why to Use This Study Plan
- Learn how to better study the Bible (Acts 17:11)
- Be more prepared to receive and delight in the preached Word in corporate worship (See below on “Value of the Preached Word”) (Rom. 10:15)
- Be more prepared to live out God’s Word through a Community Group (Matt. 7:24)
- Allow God’s Word to help you grow to spiritual maturity (1 Pet. 2:2)
How to Use This Study Plan
- STUDY: Take some time to study the passage the week before it is preached on Sunday. You could take 30 minutes to an hour on one day, or add a few minutes to your quiet time several different days.
- SERMON: Listen to the sermon on Sunday morning and combine what you glean through it to your Bible Study notes.
- IF IN A COMMUNITY GROUP: Bring your notes from your study and the sermon to your Community Group time. Discuss and learn from one another, driving towards specific ways to apply God’s Word in your life.
Value of the Preached Word
There is incredible value in studying the Bible individually and together in community. The preaching of God’s Word in corporate worship is also a powerful (Rom. 1:15-17) and necessary (Jer. 23:28-29) means of grace (Is. 55:10-11) in our lives. As a Scottish preacher once said, the aim of all genuine preaching is to “quicken the conscience by the holiness of God, to feed the mind with the truth of God, to purge the imagination by the beauty of God, to open the heart to the love of God, to devote the will to the purpose of God.”
Yet how easy it is to come to worship on Sunday distracted. It could be from a busy weekend or things left to do before starting work again Monday. We can easily pass up this oasis of grace because our minds are preoccupied with lesser (though important) things, and later wonder why we are anxious and thirsty for something more.
Suggested Elements of Time with God
1. Opening PRAYER: To prepare and focus your heart and mind (I-O-U-S)
Incline my heart to your testimonies and not to selfish gain (Ps. 119:36)
Open my eyes that I may behold wondrous things out of your law (Ps. 119:18)
Unite my heart to fear your name (Ps. 86:11b)
Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy & be glad all
our days (Ps. 90:14)
1) Bible Reading
2) Study the passage (Observation, Interpretation, Application)
3) Scripture memory
3. Closing PRAYER: (A-C-T-S)
Adoration: Tell God how great He is (something from the passage if possible).
Confession: Tell God what we are sorry for (sin/idolatry/weakness/etc. from the
passage if possible).
Thanksgiving: Tell God what we are thankful for
Supplication: Ask God for help with believing/living out His Word along with meeting
spiritual and physical needs in your life and those around you,