21 Day Challenge: Day 9

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Day 9: Ephesians 3:7-13

21 Day Challenge Guide

Instructions:

  1. Take a piece of paper and a pencil.
  2. Turn the paper horizontally and draw a line down the middle.
  3. On the left side, write the Scripture passage out word-for-word.
  4. On the right side, write out the questions (see below) and your responses to the questions.

Today’s Scripture

Ephesians 3:7-13

7I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of Godʼs grace given me through the working of his power. 8Although I am less than the least of all the Lordʼs people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the boundless riches of Christ, 9and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things. 10His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, 11according to his eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. 12In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence. 13I ask you, therefore, not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory.

Questions

  • Who is God?
    • What does this passage tell us about God’s character and nature? What is God like?
  • What is God – the Father, Son, or Holy Spirit- doing?
    • Note what God is doing in this text.
  • Who am I or Who are we?
    • Who or what are we apart from God? Who or what are we because of what God has done for us?
  • How will I live?
    • Note how you will live in light of what you have read.
      • Be specific!
      • Finish this sentence, “Because of this truth, I will…”
    • Ask God to reveal
      • Things you need to add to your life
      • Things you need to take away from your life
      • Things you need to change in your life

Share it!

  • Share what you have learned with a believing friend
    • Ask them to hold you accountable to your “How will I live” response.
  • Share what you have read with a non-believing friend
    • Tell a friend what God has taught you through this challenge.
    • If your friend is interested, this can be a bridge for more spiritual conversations.
    • If your friend is not interested, that’s ok!

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21 Day Challenge: Day 8

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Day 8: Ephesians 3:1-6

21 Day Challenge Guide

Instructions:

  1. Take a piece of paper and a pencil.
  2. Turn the paper horizontally and draw a line down the middle.
  3. On the left side, write the Scripture passage out word-for-word.
  4. On the right side, write out the questions (see below) and your responses to the questions.

Today’s Scripture

Ephesians 3:1-6

1For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles—
2Surely you have heard about the administration of Godʼs grace that was given to me for you, 3that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly. 4In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, 5which was not made known to people in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to Godʼs holy apostles and prophets. 6This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.

Questions

  • Who is God?
    • What does this passage tell us about God’s character and nature? What is God like?
  • What is God – the Father, Son, or Holy Spirit- doing?
    • Note what God is doing in this text.
  • Who am I or Who are we?
    • Who or what are we apart from God? Who or what are we because of what God has done for us?
  • How will I live?
    • Note how you will live in light of what you have read.
      • Be specific!
      • Finish this sentence, “Because of this truth, I will…”
    • Ask God to reveal
      • Things you need to add to your life
      • Things you need to take away from your life
      • Things you need to change in your life

Share it!

  • Share what you have learned with a believing friend
    • Ask them to hold you accountable to your “How will I live” response.
  • Share what you have read with a non-believing friend
    • Tell a friend what God has taught you through this challenge.
    • If your friend is interested, this can be a bridge for more spiritual conversations.
    • If your friend is not interested, that’s ok!

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21 Day Challenge: Day 7

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Day 7: Ephesians 2:19-22

21 Day Challenge Guide

Instructions:

  1. Take a piece of paper and a pencil.
  2. Turn the paper horizontally and draw a line down the middle.
  3. On the left side, write the Scripture passage out word-for-word.
  4. On the right side, write out the questions (see below) and your responses to the questions.

Today’s Scripture

Ephesians 2:18-22

19Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with Godʼs people and also members of his household, 20built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 21In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.

Questions

  • Who is God?
    • What does this passage tell us about God’s character and nature? What is God like?
  • What is God – the Father, Son, or Holy Spirit- doing?
    • Note what God is doing in this text.
  • Who am I or Who are we?
    • Who or what are we apart from God? Who or what are we because of what God has done for us?
  • How will I live?
    • Note how you will live in light of what you have read.
      • Be specific!
      • Finish this sentence, “Because of this truth, I will…”
    • Ask God to reveal
      • Things you need to add to your life
      • Things you need to take away from your life
      • Things you need to change in your life

Share it!

  • Share what you have learned with a believing friend
    • Ask them to hold you accountable to your “How will I live” response.
  • Share what you have read with a non-believing friend
    • Tell a friend what God has taught you through this challenge.
    • If your friend is interested, this can be a bridge for more spiritual conversations.
    • If your friend is not interested, that’s ok!

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21 Day Challenge: Day 6

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Day 6: Ephesians 2:11-18

21 Day Challenge Guide

Instructions:

  1. Take a piece of paper and a pencil.
  2. Turn the paper horizontally and draw a line down the middle.
  3. On the left side, write the Scripture passage out word-for-word.
  4. On the right side, write out the questions (see below) and your responses to the questions.

Today’s Scripture

Ephesians 2:11-18

11Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (which is done in the body by human hands)— 12remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. 13But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
14For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, 16and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. 17He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. 18For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.

Questions

  • Who is God?
    • What does this passage tell us about God’s character and nature? What is God like?
  • What is God – the Father, Son, or Holy Spirit- doing?
    • Note what God is doing in this text.
  • Who am I or Who are we?
    • Who or what are we apart from God? Who or what are we because of what God has done for us?
  • How will I live?
    • Note how you will live in light of what you have read.
      • Be specific!
      • Finish this sentence, “Because of this truth, I will…”
    • Ask God to reveal
      • Things you need to add to your life
      • Things you need to take away from your life
      • Things you need to change in your life

Share it!

  • Share what you have learned with a believing friend
    • Ask them to hold you accountable to your “How will I live” response.
  • Share what you have read with a non-believing friend
    • Tell a friend what God has taught you through this challenge.
    • If your friend is interested, this can be a bridge for more spiritual conversations.
    • If your friend is not interested, that’s ok!

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21 Day Challenge: Day 5

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Day 5: Ephesians 2:1-10

21 Day Challenge Guide

Instructions:

  1. Take a piece of paper and a pencil.
  2. Turn the paper horizontally and draw a line down the middle.
  3. On the left side, write the Scripture passage out word-for-word.
  4. On the right side, write out the questions (see below) and your responses to the questions.

Today’s Scripture

Ephesians 2:1-10

1As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. 4But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9not by works, so that no one can boast. 10For we are Godʼs handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Questions

  • Who is God?
    • What does this passage tell us about God’s character and nature? What is God like?
  • What is God – the Father, Son, or Holy Spirit- doing?
    • Note what God is doing in this text.
  • Who am I or Who are we?
    • Who or what are we apart from God? Who or what are we because of what God has done for us?
  • How will I live?
    • Note how you will live in light of what you have read.
      • Be specific!
      • Finish this sentence, “Because of this truth, I will…”
    • Ask God to reveal
      • Things you need to add to your life
      • Things you need to take away from your life
      • Things you need to change in your life

Share it!

  • Share what you have learned with a believing friend
    • Ask them to hold you accountable to your “How will I live” response.
  • Share what you have read with a non-believing friend
    • Tell a friend what God has taught you through this challenge.
    • If your friend is interested, this can be a bridge for more spiritual conversations.
    • If your friend is not interested, that’s ok!

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21 Day Challenge: Day 4

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Day 4: Ephesians 1:15-23

21 Day Challenge Guide

Instructions:

  1. Take a piece of paper and a pencil.
  2. Turn the paper horizontally and draw a line down the middle.
  3. On the left side, write the Scripture passage out word-for-word.
  4. On the right side, write out the questions (see below) and your responses to the questions.

Today’s Scripture

Ephesians 1:15-23

15For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all Godʼs people, 16I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 17I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.

Questions

  • Who is God?
    • What does this passage tell us about God’s character and nature? What is God like?
  • What is God – the Father, Son, or Holy Spirit- doing?
    • Note what God is doing in this text.
  • Who am I or Who are we?
    • Who or what are we apart from God? Who or what are we because of what God has done for us?
  • How will I live?
    • Note how you will live in light of what you have read.
      • Be specific!
      • Finish this sentence, “Because of this truth, I will…”
    • Ask God to reveal
      • Things you need to add to your life
      • Things you need to take away from your life
      • Things you need to change in your life

Share it!

  • Share what you have learned with a believing friend
    • Ask them to hold you accountable to your “How will I live” response.
  • Share what you have read with a non-believing friend
    • Tell a friend what God has taught you through this challenge.
    • If your friend is interested, this can be a bridge for more spiritual conversations.
    • If your friend is not interested, that’s ok!

21 Day Challenge: Day 3

 

Wednesday night, we began a 21 day challenge in the book of Ephesians!  It’s not too late to join us.  Check out the link below for the guide or keep reading below.

21 Day Challenge Guide

Day 1: Ephesians 1:1-6

Day 2: Ephesians 1:7-10

Day 3: Ephesians 1:11-14

Instructions:

  1. Take a piece of paper and a pencil.
  2. Turn the paper horizontally and draw a line down the middle.
  3. On the left side, write the Scripture passage out word-for-word.
  4. On the right side, write out the questions (see below) and your responses to the questions.

 

Today’s Scripture

Ephesians 1:11-14

11In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, 12in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. 13And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are Godʼs possession—to the praise of his glory.

Questions

  • Who is God?
    • What does this passage tell us about God’s character and nature? What is God like?
  • What is God – the Father, Son, or Holy Spirit- doing?
    • Note what God is doing in this text.
  • Who am I or Who are we?
    • Who or what are we apart from God? Who or what are we because of what God has done for us?
  • How will I live?
    • Note how you will live in light of what you have read.
      • Be specific!
      • Finish this sentence, “Because of this truth, I will…”
    • Ask God to reveal
      • Things you need to add to your life
      • Things you need to take away from your life
      • Things you need to change in your life

Share it!

  • Share what you have learned with a believing friend
    • Ask them to hold you accountable to your “How will I live” response.
  • Share what you have read with a non-believing friend
    • Tell a friend what God has taught you through this challenge.
    • If your friend is interested, this can be a bridge for more spiritual conversations.
    • If your friend is not interested, that’s ok!