Friday, February 24, 2017

An Outline For The Book Of Ephesians

Ephesians Outline
  1. The Church Greeted by Paul (1:1-2)
    1. The Commissioned
      1. Paul is under the sending of Christ (1:1a)
      2. Paul is under the sovereignty of God (1:1b)
    2. The Church (1:1c-2)
      1. The city (1:1c)
      2. The community (1:2) 
        1. List of the attributes (1:2a)
        2. Lord of the attributes (1:2b)
  2. The Church Grounded in Principle (1:3-3:21)
    1. Our Enlightenment (1:3-23)
      1. Spiritual blessings (1:3)
      2. Sovereign election (1:4-5)
      3. Saving grace (1:6-8)
      4. Sure plan (1:9-10)
      5. Superior Inheritance (1:11-12)
      6. Sealing Promise (1:13-14)
      7. Sure Footing
        1. By practice (1:15)
          1. Paul heard of their life of faith (1:15a)
          2. Paul heard of their love in faith (1:15b)
        2. By Prayer
          1. Daily habit (1:16)
          2. Direct requests (1:17-19)
          3. Determined victory (1:20-23)
    2. Our Entity (2:1-22)
      1. Our direction was changed (2:1-10)
        1. How we walked (2:1-3)
          1. in deadly deeds (2:1) sinful
          2. in deadly directions (2:2) worldly
          3. under demanding dictation (2:3) fleshly
        2. How we walk (2:4-6)
          1. As loved ones (2:4)
          2. As living ones (2:5)
          3. As lavished ones (2:6)
        3. How we will walk (2:7)
          1. In His treasured riches (2:7a)
          2. In His total grace (2:7b)
          3. In His trusted kindness (2:7c)
        4. How the walk works
          1. Grace commences the saving work (2:8)
          2. Faith connects us to the saving work (2:8b)
            1. freely (2:9a)
            2. fearfully (2:9b)
          3. Spirit continues us in the saving work (2:10)
      2. Our distinction was changed (2:11-22)
        1. Christ has removed distance (2:11-13)
          1. Gentiles were outcasts (2:11)
          2. Gentiles were outsiders (2:12)
          3. Gentiles have opportunity (2:13)
        2. Christ has removed distinction (2:14-18)
          1. Abolishing constraints (2:14) 
          2. Abolishing ceremonies (2:15)
          3. Abolishing conflicts (2:16-17)
        3. Christ has removed detachment (2:19-22)
          1. Unifying factor of the church (2:19)
          2. Underlying foundation of the church (2:20)
          3. Unique fittings of the church (2:21-22)
    3. Our Enabling (3:1-21)
      1. Reach of Enablement (3:1-9)
        1. Paul - apprehended by Christ (3:1)
        2. Paul - apostle of Christ (3:2-6) 
          1. Trusted by God to the gentiles (3:2)
          2. Taught by God for the gentiles (3:3-6)
            1. insights received personally (3:3)
            2. insights revealed publicly (3:4-5)
            3. insights reflecting promises (3:6)
        3. Paul - appointed by Christ (3:7-9)
          1. God’s grace willed (3:7)
          2. God’s grace working (3:8)
          3. God’s grace witnessing (3:9)
      2. Revelation of enablement (3:10-13)
        1. Wisdom displayed (3:10-12)
        2. Woe deflected (3:13)
      3. Realm of Enablement (3:14-21)
        1. Spiritual Cause (3:14-15)
          1. a prayer for the feeble (3:14)
          2. a prayer for the family (3:15)
        2. Spiritual Comprehension (3:16-19)
          1. God’s Contribution is us (3:16-17a)
          2. God’s Charity in us (3:17b-19a)
          3. God’s Character in us (3:19b)
        3. Spiritual Capacity (3:20-21)
          1. There is power inwardly (3:20)
          2. There is praise upwardly (3:21)
  3. The Church Guided in Practice (4:1-6:20)
    1. The Church and the Savior (4:1-16)
      1. Practice they should have (4:1)
      2. Patience they should have (4:2-3)
      3. Positions they should have (4:4-6)
      4. Provision they do have (4:7-16)
        1. The gifts (4:7-11)
          1. Christ's measured gifts (4:7)
          2. Christ's mysterious work (4:8-10)
          3. Christ's mighty men (4:11)
        2. The guidance (4:12-16)
          1. To stretch us (4:12-13)
          2. To stable us (4:14-15)
          3. To supply us (4:16)
    2. The Church and Sanctification (4:17-5:21)
      1. From dark disposition (4:17-24)
        1. Notably directed by carnality (4:17-19)
          1. The old walk (4:17-18)
          2. The old way (4:19)
        2. Newly directed by Christ (4:20-224)
          1. The new walk (4:20-21)
          2. The new way (4:22-24)
      2. From dark deeds (4:25-5:12)
        1. Instruction in morality (4:25-5:8)
          1. about straightness (4:25)
          2. about stewing (4:26-27)
          3. about stealing (4:28)
          4. about speech (4:29)
          5. about sin (4:20)
          6. about sourness (4:31-32)
          7. about seriousness (5:1-2)
          8. about sexuality (5:3a)
          9. about sinners (5:3b-6)
          10. about separation (5:7-8)
        2. Instruction in maturity (5:9-12)
          1. Learn what is accepted (5:9-10)
          2. Leave what is abhorred (5:11-12)
      3. From dull discernment (5:13-20)
        1. We have ability to see (5:13)
        2. We have awakened from sleep (5:14)
          1. walk wisely (5:15)
          2. work willingly (5:16)
        3. We have access to the Spirit (5:17-21)
          1. Discernment for God’s will (5:17)
          2. Dedication to the Spirit’s Word (5:18)
          3. Devotion to worship methods (5:19-20)
          4. Developing of willingness (by submission) (5:21) 
    3. The Church and Society (5:22-6:9)
      1. A message for the central relationships (5:22-6:4)
        1. A message to the heart of the home (5:22-24)
          1. Submissive expectation (5:22)
          2. Sovereign example (5:23-24)
        2. A message to the head of the home (5:25-33)
          1. Love as the Savior (5:25-27)
          2. Love as self (5:28-33)
        3. A message to the hope of the home (6:1-4)
          1. Someone to obey (6:1-2)
          2. Something to obtain (6:3)
      2. A message for the current reality (6:5-9)
        1. Men - obey as to Christ (6:5-8)
        2. Masters - operate as for Christ (6:9)
    4. The Church and Satan (6:10-18)
      1. Petitions to be strong warriors (6:10-11)
      2. Principalities and spiritual wickedness (6:12)
      3. Protection for service witnessed (6:13-18)
        1. Something so we can stand (6:13)
        2. Something for our sash (6:14a) - belt of truth
        3. Something for our survival (6:14b) - breast plate of righteousness
        4. Something to shod (6:15) - preparation of the gospel of peace
        5. Something for a shield (6:16) - faith
        6. Something for our soul (6:17a) - helmet of salvation
        7. Something for a sword (6:17b) - word of God
        8. Something for supplication (6:18) - prayer
  4. The Church Given to Purpose (6:19-24)
    1. Prayers for the gospel (6:19-20)
    2. Plans for the future (6:21-22)
    3. Peace, love, and grace in a farewell (6:23-24)