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Sit, Walk, Stand

Understanding Your Life From the Book of Ephesians


Part One
Sit, Walk, Stand
• Overview of Ephesians
– The Reason Behind the Title
– The History of Ephesians
– The Purpose of Ephesians

• The Three Parts of Ephesians


– Seated in the Heavenly Places
– Walk Worthy of Your Calling
– Stand Against the Devil
Overview of the
Book of Ephesians
The Reason Behind the Course Title
Sit, Walk, Stand
• Reason for the Course Title
– An influential book written with the same title by a
Chinese Christian named Watchman Nee, described a
Christian's progress and position once they became
believers in Jesus Christ. His book is based on the
letter to the Ephesians
– As an outline of the book of Ephesians, the title Sit,
Walk, Stand summarizes the major elements of the
course
Overview of the
Book of Ephesians
History of the Letter to the Ephesians
Sit, Walk, Stand
• History of the Book of Ephesians
– Written by the apostle Paul, around 60-62 AD while
in prison, this letter was meant to be circulated
among the churches within the city of Ephesus
– The city of Ephesus was a major business and
religious hub, making the practice of magic and idol
worship central and therefore linked to all businesses
that took place in the city.
Overview of the
Book of Ephesians
Purpose of the Book of Ephesians
Sit, Walk, Stand
• Purpose of the Book of Ephesians
– Due to the language and content of the letter, it is
believed that the Ephesian letter was written as a
document to explain the development and practical
application of a believer's faith in Christ and not
address a specific problem within the churches
– The Ephesian letter was therefore meant to be
circulated among the various churches within the city
of Ephesus
Book of Ephesians
Part One
Seated In The Heavenlies
Sit, Walk, Stand: Ephesians Part 1
• Seated in the Heavenlies
– Chapters one through three gives a detailed
explanation of what a believer in Christ has and why
he or she has it.
– Chapter one begins with Paul's greeting which
emphasizes that he is an apostle by God's will (His
desire, choice and action)
– He then proclaims in summary what has been given
to the Ephesian Christians
Sit, Walk, Stand: Ephesians Part 1

The Ephesian Christians


have been given
The Holy Spirit
(Grace and Peace two attributes of the Holy Spirit)
from
God the Father
and from
The Lord Jesus Christ [The Messiah]
Sit, Walk, Stand: Ephesians Part 1
The Christian is then given an account of
what God the Father did:
• Blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly
places in Christ
• He chose us in Christ before the foundation
[creation] of the world
• He determined that we would be holy and without
blame before Him
• He loved us
• Took action based on the good pleasure of His
will for the praise of the glory of His grace
Sit, Walk, Stand: Ephesians Part 1

The Christian is then given an account of


what God the Father did:
• He predestined us
• He adopted us by Jesus Christ
• Made us accepted in Jesus Christ
• He raised Jesus Christ from the dead
• He at His own right hand in heavenly places
• He placed Jesus Christ far above all things in this
world and in world to come
Sit, Walk, Stand: Ephesians Part 1

The Christian is then given an account of


what God the Father did:
• He put everything under Jesus Christ's feet
• Made Jesus Christ head over all things to the
church (which is the body of Christ and His
fullness)
• He made believers alive with Jesus Christ who
were dead (in trespasses and sins)
• He made believers sit together in Jesus Christ in
heavenly places
Sit, Walk, Stand: Ephesians Part 1

The Christian is then given an account of


what believers have in Jesus Christ* :
• In Jesus Christ, believers are created for good
works
• In Jesus Christ, God the Father shows His
kindness toward believers
• In Jesus Christ, believers are acceptable to the
Father
• In Jesus Christ, believers are part of the
commonwealth of Israel
Sit, Walk, Stand: Ephesians Part 1

The Christian is then given an account of


what believers have in Jesus Christ* :
• In Jesus Christ, believers are included with the
covenants of promise
• In Jesus Christ, believers have hope in the world
• In Jesus Christ, believers are at peace with and are
reconciled with God the Father
• In Jesus Christ, believers are brought near to God
the Father
Sit, Walk, Stand: Ephesians Part 1

The Christian is then given an account of


what believers in Jesus Christ have:
• In Jesus Christ, believers are fellow-citizens and
part of the household of God
• In Jesus Christ, believers are built upon the
foundation of the apostles and prophets and Jesus
Christ Himself
• In Jesus Christ, believers are a habitation of God
Sit, Walk, Stand: Ephesians Part 1

The Christian is then given an account of what


believers have in and through the Holy Spirit:
• The Holy Spirit seals believers
• The Holy Spirit is a fulfilment of a promise made by
both God the Father and God the Son
• The Holy Spirit is the assurance of our inheritance
• The Holy Spirit gives believers access to God the
Father
• The Holy Spirit empowers believers to be God's
dwelling place
Overview of the
Book of Ephesians
Questions
Sit, Walk, Stand: Ephesians Part 1

What are three things that God did in the life of


a believer?
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Sit, Walk, Stand: Ephesians Part 1

What are three reasons that God what He did in


the life of a believer?

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Sit, Walk, Stand: Ephesians Part 1

List three things that believers have in Jesus


Christ.

• _____________________________________

• _____________________________________

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Sit, Walk, Stand: Ephesians Part 1

What is the role of the blood of Jesus Christ in


the life of a believer? (Based on Ephesians part 1)
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Sit, Walk, Stand: Ephesians Part 1

List three of the duties of the Holy Spirit

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Sit, Walk, Stand: Ephesians Part 1

Briefly describe how each person of the Godhead


plays a part in the redemption of a believer.
(Based on Ephesians part 1)
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Sit, Walk, Stand: Ephesians Part 1

What is the believer's role in their redemption?


(Based on Ephesians part 1)
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