12: The Testimony and Prayer of A Minister of the Gospel (Eph 3:1-21)
In the previous
lesson, we learned of the reconciliation between Jews and Gentiles in Christ.
In this passage, we see that this reconciliation is the basis of Paul’s mission—to
preach to the Gentiles. Then he ends the section with prayer and praise.
which I became a minister according to the gift of the grace of God given to me
by the effective working of His power” (3:7).
Paul was given the
‘dispensation (stewardship) of the grace of God for the Gentiles’. What does
What is the mystery that God
How can the church as a whole
and the individual members discharge responsibly the dispensation given us?
Discuss God’s plan of salvation
through the ages noting specifically the people that He chooses. Then see if we
can appreciate why the above is a ‘mystery’ i.e. something even learned people
do not know. Also think about why most of the Jews today still do not believe
What does Paul have to say
about his ministry to the Gentiles?
The source of his effectiveness
The degree of the mystery
The channel through which God
reveals the mystery
To whom also must the mystery
be made known
The ultimate power for
accomplishing the work
What does Paul ask the
Ephesians to do? What is the basis of this plea?
Based on this paragraph, what
is Paul’s attitude toward his ministry? What lessons can we learn from this
What does verse 14 teach us
Explain the meaning of verse
What petitions does Paul make
in his prayer?
What kind of knowledge did Paul
pray that the Ephesians would have?
Discuss the width, length,
depth and height of the love of Christ.
In comparison to the love of
Christ, what is the width, length, depth and height of
What does Paul say about God’s
How did Paul’s prayer end? What
does this teach us about our prayers?