Thursday, September 06, 2012

Trenton's Bible Study — Ephesians 3:8-10

Paul had been given the job of telling Gentiles about Jesus. He was so excited to tell the Ephesians about it, that he interrupted his sentence to tell them about it.

Read Ephesians 3:8-10

When someone gets a job at a company, he normally has a job description. It is a piece of paper that tells the employee what his boss expects him to do each day. If you look at verses 8-10, you can see Paul's job description. In verse 8, we saw the first part of Paul's job. Paul was supposed to preach about Jesus to the Gentiles. In verse 9, Paul explains the second part of his job. Paul was supposed to shine a light on the administration of God's mystery. What does that mean? An administration is the same as a stewardship or a job. The mystery refers to the Gentiles becoming God's children through faith in Christ. So here's the deal. Paul was like a man with a big flashlight pointing at how God would get the job done. How will the Gentiles become children of God? It will only happen as you and I tell people about Jesus. When a sinner repents and believes on Jesus, he becomes a child of God! Then, in verse 10, Paul explains the third part of his job. Paul was supposed to show how the Church (all believers) would show God's wisdom to heavenly rulers. I suppose even angels don't understand all that God is doing. But as they watch Christians preaching the good news, they will see how wise God was to include all people in his plan of salvation.

  1. If you could have any job in the world, what would you want it to be?
  2. List the three parts of Paul's job:

    a. P __ __ __ __ __ about Jesus to the Gentiles.

    b. Shine a light on the A __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ of God's mystery.

    c. Show how the Church would show God's W __ __ __ __ __ to heavenly rulers.
  3. Who is watching us from heaven?
  4. What part of Paul's job description can you do?

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