Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Discover Together Ephesians: Learn to Sit, Eph. 1:1-14

In lesson 1 of this study we Learn to Sit. If we have accepted Christ as our Savior, we are seated with Him in the heavenly realm. (Eph. 2:6) We have spiritual blessings now because of our position in Christ in heaven. (Eph. 1:3) What a challenge to understand these truths and live in them! Edwards encourages to learn to sit - learn what it means to be seated with Christ in the heavenly realms. This is the first and necessary posture of the Christian life she says. When we see ourselves this way, everything else changes.

Can you imagine what it must have been like for the Christian Ephesians to hear this news? They were surrounded by pagan worship and occult practices. It may be just as shocking to us, surrounded by depressing news broadcasts and raunchy television shows. But it is the way God sees us right now. Spend some time thinking about what that means in your daily life. In fact, you might want to memorize Ephesians 1:3 (as Edwards suggests).

And there is even more good news! We have been chosen to belong to God! (Eph. 1:4a) Can you imagine that? Even before God created the world He was thinking about us. And we have been adopted into Christ! (Eph.1:5) And it is a done deal. We've been sealed! (Eph. 1:13)

As you go through your day and your week, think about who you are in Christ. Think about being seated in heavenly places, being chosen, being adopted, being sealed. And then think about what that means as you go about living your daily life.

Thank God for blessing us in Christ!

Watch the lesson 1 video by Sue Edwards here.

You find out more about the study series at www.discovertogetherseries.com and see the video clips at www.discoveryseries.net. You can follow the discussion on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DiscoverTogetherSeries.

See my introductory lesson blog at http://bit.ly/19dEnil.

Sue Edwards is an associate professor of Christian education at Dallas Theological Seminary. She brings over thirty years of experience to the classroom as a Bible teacher, curriculum writer, and overseer of several women's ministries. She is the author or co-author of several books. She has a D.Min. From Gordon-Conwell theological Seminary and a master's in Bible from Dallas Theological Seminary. She and her husband have been married for forty years, have two married daughters and five grandchildren.

Kregel Publications, 127 pages. See the publisher's product page for more information about the book.

I received a complimentary copy of this book through Open Book Promotion for the purpose of blogging this study.
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