Ephesians 1:15-23

Sermon Notes

  1. ______ (v. 15-19)
    1. ____________ (v. 15-16)
    2. Wisdom to know ______ (v. 17)
      • 2 Reasons we should know God:
        1. This knowledge _____ us
        2. This knowledge brings ____________
    3. Wisdom to know God’s _________ (v. 18-19)
      1. The ____ of His calling (v. 18)
      2. The wealth of His glorious ___________ (v. 18)
      3. The immeasurable greatness of his _____ (v. 19)
  2. Christ’s _____ (v. 20-23)
    1. His ____________ (v. 20-21)
    2. His _______ (v. 22-23)
      • Three ways to turn knowledge into action:
        1. Verbally ______ what you know is true
        2. Be _____ and know He is God
        3. _____ in the Lord with all your heart

Going Deeper

  1. Read Romans 1:9; 1 Corinthians 1:4; Philippians 1:3, 4; Colossians
    1:3; 1 Thessalonians 1:2; 2 Thessalonians 1:3; Philemon 4. What is a
    common thread in Paul’s correspondence with the early churches? How
    can we follow Paul’s example?
  2. Do you ever struggle to pray with thanksgiving? Read Colossians 4:2 and
    1 Thess. 5:16-18. How will thinking of others and thinking eternally help you
    pray with thanksgiving?
  3. John Stott says: “There is no higher knowledge than the knowledge of
    God himself.” Do you agree? Why or why not?
  4. Read John 17:3. What kind of knowledge saves?
  5. How does knowing Christ bring fulfillment in your life?
  6. God has called us to many things. Read Romans 1:6; 1 Cor. 1:9. What did
    He call us to? Read Romans 1:7; 1 Cor. 1:2; 2 Tim. 1:9; 1 Pet. 1:15. What
    did He call us to? Read Gal. 5:1, 13. What did He call us to? How is God’s
    calling making a difference in your everyday life?
  7. R. Kent Hughes says, “Tragically, many religious people believe they
    are Christians and yet do not know Christ. Jesus warns, “On that day
    many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and
    cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’
    And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you
    workers of lawlessness’” (Matthew 7:22, 23). Could this be you?
  8. Read Romans 6:3-4. How is God’s resurrection power applied to us?
  9. How is Jesus’ glory displayed according to Eph. 1:20-21? How will you
    respond to these truths?
  10. Read Romans 8:31-39. How does this encourage you? What will you
    do about it?
  11. Read Psalm 8:6. How is everything put under the feet of Jesus now?
    What still needs to be put under his feet? Are you completely surrendering
    to Jesus? What will you do to submit to him this week?
  12. How will you turn your knowledge into action this week?
    • John Owen comments about the glory of Jesus: Thus is he glorious in his throne, which is at “the right hand of the Majesty on high,” glorious in his commission, which is “all power in heaven and earth;” glorious in his name, a name above every name,—“Lord of lords, and King of kings;” glorious in his sceptre,—“a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of his kingdom;” glorious in his attendants,—“his chariots are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels,” among them he rideth on the heavens, and sendeth out the voice of his strength, attended with ten thousand times ten thousand of his holy ones; glorious in his subjects,—all creatures in heaven and in earth, nothing is left that is not put in subjection to him; glorious in his way of rule, and the administration of his kingdom—full of sweetness, efficacy, power, serenity, holiness, righteousness, and grace, in and towards his elect,—of terror, vengeance, and certain destruction towards the rebellious angels and men; glorious in the issue of his kingdom, when every knee shall bow before him, and all shall stand before his judgment-seat. And what a little portion of his glory is it that we have pointed to! This is the Beloved of the church—its head, its husband; this is he with whom we have communion.