First a few notes…this isn’t a “Bible Study” or “Bible Commentary” or anything like that. It’s not really even a devotional guide. I hope it’s a little bit of a kickstart…kindling for the fire of the students in my 7th grade Bible class as we move into summer. Something to help them either get started digging into the Word or to help them stay in it through the summer.
It’s not something I’ve gone through a ton of time digging into and writing. This is just what I’m studying in my own time in the Bible and so I’m just passing it along (delayed by a week…I studied this last week) and occasionally I’ll throw out some questions or comments that these scriptures brought up in me.
This follows my basic approach to studying a specific book. Read one small section each day for a few days, then go back and re-read it all together to make sure I’m getting the context right. Sometimes, I go back and re-read the small sections again after reading the full passage, or even a chapter later because something later can bring out something I read earlier. Anyway…this is how I’m doing it…if you have a different plan, that’s great.
So…with that being said, let’s jump in.
I’m studying Ephesians right now, so here is the first week:
Monday: Eph. 1:1-8
Tuesday: Eph. 1:9-14
Wednesday: Eph. 1:15-23
” I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.” My two main prayers for my students are: A) that they get just a glimpse of the relentless, crazy love that God loves them with, and B) once they see and respond to that love, that they get this verse…that the same power that raised Christ from the dead is in us. That the Holy Spirit is aching to work in us and through us…but we so often live our lives in complete fear of failure.
Thursday: Eph. 1:1-23
Friday: Eph. 2:1-10
Ephesians 2 is one of my favorite chapters in the Bible. I LOVE verses 4-7 of chapter two. Especially verses 4-5 (from the NLT): “But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!)” How amazing is that!? When I read this verse, I think about Jonah saying in Jonah 4:2 (of course, Jonah was a little angry about it…), “I knew that you are a merciful and compassionate God, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. You are eager to turn back from destroying people.”
Saturday: Eph. 2:11-18
Sunday: Eph. 2:19 – 3:13