Bible Proficiency Project
Week 41,  10/12 - 10/18, 2020

I.     Monday — Ephesians 3:14-21 Christ’s Indwelling

1.     For what reason does Paul pray?

2.    Who is the family spoken of in v. 15?

3.    What elements that Paul prays for are aspects of God’s grace?

4.    What do you think it means to be filled with all the fullness of God?

5.    What would be a proper time to use v. 20 in worship?

II.    Tuesday — Ephesians 4:1-5:14  Our New Walk

1.     What is entailed in a worthy walk according to ch 4?

2.    What should we consider about ourselves in light of v. 7 speaking of the measure of Christ’s gift?

3.    For what three things did Paul say God gave men in office to the church?

4.    What does Paul say is the goal of this activity in the church?

5.    What compelling reason did Paul give not to walk in sin in v. 20?

6.    What is the distinguishing mark of the new man?

7.    In what way are we to be “imitators” of God according to ch 5?

8.    According to 5:2 what is the primary way that we imitate God?

9.    How do we walk as children of light?

III.   Wednesday — Ephesians 5:15-6:9  Spirit-Filled Submission

1.     What does it mean to walk circumspectly?

2.    Paul speaks of drunkenness to teach us what lesson about control?

3.    In what ways do control and submission fit together?

4.    Is the wife submitting to the husband a sign of weakness?

5.    In what way is the husband to submit to his wife?

6.    How do all of these categories (wife, husband, child, slave, and master) require submission within the

       concept of an office and how is the idea of office suffering in our society?

IV.  Thursday – Ephesians 6:10-24 Spiritual Warfare

1.     How does the Christian employ the whole armor of God?

2.    Which piece of armor is offensive and to be used how?

3.    In v. 12 the word wrestle means to engage in intense struggle, involving physical or non-physical force

       against strong opposition. What kind of an opponent do we actually fight against in what kind of battle?

4.    In what way does thinking about this encourage you to pray?

V.   Sunday — 1Timothy 1  Ministry Challenges

1.     Why are 1&2 Timothy and Titus called “pastoral epistles”?

2.    Where was Timothy ministering when Paul sent him this letter?

3.    From verses 3-7 what might you conclude was the problem facing Timothy (cf. Acts 20:29-30)?

4.    In what way is the law good?

5.    But who did Paul say the law was written for?

6.    Putting verses 1 and 12 together, explain the nature of Paul’s apostleship.

7.    What is the first thing that we need to understand about the work of Christ according to v. 15?

8.    In v. 17 Paul lists several attributes of God in his benediction. Describe what an attribute is and then list the

       ones Paul mentions and what each one means.

 

Answers

I.     Monday — Ephesians 3:14-21 Christ’s Indwelling

1.     Paul wants the members to know he prays that the work of God would be seen and continue in them even

       though he might be hindered by his being in prison.

2.    This would be the family of God but the point Paul makes is that both believing Jews and Gentiles are now

       part of one family through the union we share in Christ.

3.    One might say all of it; the riches of His glory, strengthened with might through the Spirit, Christ dwelling in

       your heart through faith. All of these are aspects of God’s gift of grace by which we are saved.

4.    This sums up all the dimensions that Paul had referred to in the singular sense of everything necessary for

       our being made perfect in God.

5.    This is a benediction pronounced as an expression of thanksgiving for what God has accomplished and a

       calling upon God to work more and more in us.

II.    Tuesday — Ephesians 4:1-5:14  Our New Walk

1.     Paul calls us to this worthy walk and laid out the pieces of that in the first six verses. A key element

       however is the appeal to unity or oneness in our walk.

2.    Paul has referred to the one-body teaching of the church. No one of us has everything needed to do the

       ministry of Christ but all of us have a part that plays an important role in the ministry of Christ as Christ

       bestows that upon us. As such we should not neglect using whatever gift Christ has given us in the church.

       He shows what we are to shoot for in v. 16 when he speaks of the effective working by which every part

       does its share.

3.    That through the offices the church would provide these three things to the membership: first, is for the

       equipping of the saints (making adequate or complete to perform),  second, for the work of ministry (to

       render help by performing certain duties), and third, for the edifying of the body (building up in faith and

       knowledge of the Son of God).

4.    That the body would be healthy and single-minded.

5.    He said but you have not so learned Christ. His meaning is that if we are to walk worthy of our calling and

       having been given the grace to do that, it would be a foolish thing to walk anyway but how Christ would

       compel us through His word.

6.    (4:17) negatively to not walk like the world, (4:23) positively that you be renewed in the spirit (attitude) of

       your mind that strives for righteousness and holiness.

7.    5:1 looks back to 4:32 where we are to forgive one another even as Christ forgave us.

8.    By the sacrificial love for others in the way that Jesus showed forth the love of God toward us.

9.    By avoiding things of darkness and pursuing acts of goodness, righteousness, and truth. That is done by

       thinking about what is acceptable to the Lord before you do something.

III.   Wednesday — Ephesians 5:15-6:9  Spirit-Filled Submission

1.     The meaning of the word in Greek carries the force of accurately. The English word here has the force of

       looking all around or be aware of what is going on around you so as not to be taken by surprise by the

       world.

2.    He uses wine as a symbol of anything that might impair our ability to walk worthy in Christ. He does so to

       emphasize the need to consciously pursue the work of the Holy Spirit as the controlling force in our lives.

3.    Paul tied how we interact with each other in speech to others and thanksgiving with submitting to one

       another in the fear of God. So control and submission are tied together of aspects by which we obey God.

4.    Not at all. It is the realization of fulfilling God’s call in her life as a woman and as holding the office of help-

       meet toward her husband.

5.    The husband’s submission to his wife flows from fulfilling his office as husband before God. Even as Christ

       submitted to the Father for the sake of the Church.

6.    The idea of office is that each office carries certain requirements toward others that are to be carried out in

       obedience to God. When the idea of the office is forsaken there is a resulting breakdown in the harmony

       and peace that God intends. This has some connection to the discussion earlier about how in the church

       not everyone has the ability to do everything but we are all to do our part according to the gift that Christ

       has given us. This is true in society as well.

IV.  Thursday – Ephesians 6:10-24 Spiritual Warfare

1.     6:10 in the power of God’s might – dependence on the working of God in and through us using the spiritual

       tools He places at our disposal.

2.    The sword is an offensive weapon to defeat the attacker. So the Bible is the truth that when handled

       skillfully is used to defeat the lie.

3.    Paul said that our real battle is not against other people but against spiritual opponents that we cannot see

       but only sense through spiritual weaponry, and particularly the Word of God. We see this enemy in the

       darkness of our age. So while we battle in the world we must be mindful of who the true opponent is that

       drives the battle.

4.    Paul ends this section of the weaponry with a call to fight bathed in prayer not only for oneself but also for

       all the saints that we would all persevere.

V.   Sunday — 1Timothy 1  Ministry Challenges

1.     These are written by Paul to pastors Timothy and Titus specifically teaching those things regarding the

       organizing and administration issues of how the church functions.

2.    In Ephesus.

3.    It appears that Paul’s warning from Acts had come to fruition as there were some in the congregation that

       sought to disrupt the congregation with false and poor teaching, focusing on things not useful for the

       church.

4.    Paul said if one uses it lawfully in v. 8. That is if one seeks to follow after righteousness out of love (v. 5)

       from a pure heart they are following in obedience to God. The law is a reflection of the very nature of God

       and its purpose is to promote righteousness.

5.    The law, while being good, serves the purpose of identifying those who are lawbreakers, those who are

       unrighteous. Paul at one point said that the law came and brought with it death because it revealed his

       sinful nature.

6.    Paul did not choose the office of apostle but it was the result of God’s command and equipment in which

       he was put into the ministry. This has a very interesting parallel to one being born again. We do not choose

       life in Christ but are chosen to it and then God so works in our hearts that we can be no other than who

       God calls us to be.

7.    That He came into the world to save sinners.

8.    An attribute describes some aspect of the Person of God. Here Paul mentions that God is :

       Eternal – this refers to God is not a created being but exists without beginning or end.

       Immortal – The Bible at times speaks of God alone as possessing immortality, which is un-ending life within

       Himself. That is not to say that we as His creatures do not receive immortality but that God possesses it as

       a necessary aspect of His existence.

       Invisible – God is a Spirit and as such is not to be known as a material or created being, but the unseen

       God.

       Who alone is wise – also known as God’s omniscience is that He not only knows all things but that all that

       is knowable originates with God. He not only reveals what is the truth but is in and of His being truth as so

       all wisdom resides within Him.