Be the Church | A Study of Ephesians
Coming off of the heels of our series in the Sermon on the Mount, we now will turn our attention to what it looks like to live our lives together, as the church. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians provides a direct treatment of union with Christ, the nature of the church, and how we are to experience new covenant life. Klyne Snodgrass goes so far as to say, “Pound for pound, Ephesians may well be the most influential document in history” (Snodgrass, 17). Tony Merida supports this idea by offering six reasons why we should study this epistle:
1.Ephesians deepens our understanding of the gospel.
2.Ephesians magnifies the importance of the church, perhaps more than any other New Testament letter.
3.Lives have been forever changed by the exploration of this little book.
4.Ephesians may also be the “most contemporary” epistle in the New Testament.
5.Ephesians provides grace-filled encouragement.
Ephesians offers some practical answers to basic questions about the Christian life. (Merida, 3-5)
We will study the epistle in order to glean these benefits, while we also see how the teaching of this book directly informs our specific vision and values as a local church.