Ephesians 1:1-14 | Day One
By: Sophie DeMuth | To download this study in it's entirety, click here.
"In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the
riches of God's grace that he lavished on us." - Ephesians 1:7-8
Welcome to our study on Ephesians! For the next two weeks, we’ll dive into the deep truths found in this short letter. If you’ve never studied an entire book of the Bible before, get excited! Ephesians tells us the story of salvation and teaches us how to walk with Jesus in everyday life. Prepare to be challenged, equipped, and inspired to live your new life in Christ and grow in community!
Before we get started, here are some key things we need to know:
Ephesians is a letter. Paul wrote it under house arrest in Rome and had it delivered to several churches in the Roman Empire, specifically the church in Ephesus. When the letter arrived, someone read the entire letter to the church from beginning to end. That’s how a letter should be read—start to finish.
Take time this week to read the entire book of Ephesians. As you do, write down key phrases that stood out to you and any questions you have. Then, summarize two or three main points from the letter.
Context determines meaning. It’s important to remember the whole message of the book, as well as what’s being said in the passages before and after. Keep the entire message of Ephesians in mind as we go through this study.
First thing’s first: Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you and speak to you as you study Ephesians. Pull away from distractions, confess sin, and prepare yourself to listen to God.
Read Ephesians 1:1–6. Write down what stood out to you after reading the passage for the first time. Why did those points, words, or phrases stand out to you?
Who wrote Ephesians? How does he describe himself?
How does the writer describe the church he’s writing to? How does he greet them?
Make a list of all the things God did for us (He blessed us with every spiritual blessing, He chose us, etc.).
Read over the list you made. Which ones resonate with you the most? Why?
Why do you think Paul praises God so often in this passage? Do you have the same reaction—to praise God for all He’s done? Why or why not?
What does this passage show us about God’s love (v. 4–5) and grace (v.6) toward us?
How do you see God’s love and grace at work in your life?
What could you do this week to praise God for what He’s done? Try to think of specific, tangible ways such as: writing down all the things you’re thankful for throughout the week and praising God for them, spending time alone singing worship songs to God, or gathering with some friends to pray and thank God together.
Now read Ephesians 1:7–10. When Paul says “in Him” in verse 7, who is he talking about?
List all the things we have in Him (in Christ) as described in verses 7–10. Which one resonates with you the most? Why?
Why do we have forgiveness and redemption in Christ? Why do you think Paul describes God’s grace as “riches”? What’s valuable about God’s grace?
What is the mystery Paul talks about in verse 9? What was God’s will in Christ (v.9–10)? How did Christ bring unity to all things in heaven and earth (v.10)?
There’s a lot of heavy truth in verses 7–10. To internalize the passage, turn 1:7–10 into a prayer. For example: “Thank you, God, for bringing me redemption through Jesus’ blood and for forgiving my sins…”
Finish your time thanking Jesus for paving a way for you to have a relationship with the Lord. Write down the memory verse for today and reflect on all Christ has done for you. Pray for the people in your life who don’t yet know Jesus. Ask God to put you in situations where you can share your faith with them!