The following is the outline that our church body used on June 9, 2019 in our Sunday morning service. I pray it is a help to you as you study God’s Word!
Bill Whittington, the slave of Christ Jesus
I. The Apostle’s Circumstance – a Prisoner in the Lord
A. A Prisoner belonging to Jesus Christ
B. A Prisoner on behalf of Jesus Christ
II. The Apostle’s Appeal – I urge (parakaleo) you to walk worthy of the calling to which you have been called (passive)
A. Urge – exhort; call to one’s side; beg; “beseech” (KJV)
B. Walk – “live a life” (NIV)
C. Worthy of the Calling To Which We Have Been Called
III. The Apostle’s Basis for His Appeal – The Calling God Has Called Us To
– Notice – the passive voice – We have been called by God to this calling; we are not saints by our merit, choice, or desires. God has called us to be saints.
– Ephesians 1-3 explains this calling
– Ephesians 4-6 explains the walk that matches this calling
Ephesians 4:1 is the verse that the letter to the Ephesians swings upon. It is the verse that connects doctrine and application. Paul has given doctrinal truth in chapters 1-3 and chapters 4-6 are the way this doctrine is to be applied.
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