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June 2010

Philippians 1 Commentary

v.1 “Paul’s word for “servants” (douloi) does not refer to hired household help but is the term commonly used in ancient times for “slaves.” Although in the Old Testament the term “slave” sometimes appears as a title of honor to indicate the special relationship of great heroes like Moses, Joshua, and David to God (Josh. […]

Ephesians 6:10-24 Devotion Sharing

Submitted by Mark Lee, Gracepoint Berkeley List the components of the “full armor of God.”  Which of these have I been neglecting?  What are the temptations that I am most susceptible to and what part of God’s armor do I need to use to fight these temptations? The full armor of God consists of the […]

Ephesians 6 Commentary

Instructions to Children and Parents (6:1 – 4) The Greek word for “fathers” in verse 4 can mean “parents,” but more likely Paul is turning attention specifically to fathers. Fathers had legal control of children and were responsible for their instruction from about age seven. Girls did not normally receive formal education, but were taught […]

Ephesians 5:22 – 6:9 Devotion Sharing

Submitted by David Lee, Gracepoint Austin Application:  According to Apostle Paul, what should under gird all of my relationships? What needs to under gird all of my relationships is Christ’s example of love and self-sacrifice for the church.  That means, likewise, I need to give up my body sacrificially when it comes to the people […]

Devotion Time: June 28-July 4, 2010

UPDATE [07/01/10]: Thursday’s devotion goes to v.30, not v.29.  Please see the correct DT passage below. Here is the recommended personal devotions schedule. Monday to Thursday For each weekday, from Monday to Thursday, – Read the assigned text several times – Do Inductive Bible Study using the questions and prompts provided in the downloadable packet – […]

Ephesians 5:1-21 Devotion Sharing

Submitted by Joyce Lee,  Gracepoint Austin O: Who does Apostle Paul exhort us to be imitators of? God O: What does he address us as? As dearly loved children O: In what ways are we to imitate God? In living a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us […]

Ephesians 5 Commentary

Avoid Shameful Sins (5:3 – 6) SEXUAL SIN AND greed. The shift from Christ’s self-giving nature in 5:2 to the self-indulgence of 5:3 is striking. The three sins mentioned — “sexual immorality” (porneia), “impurity” (akatharsia), and “greed” (pleonexia) — were already mentioned at 4:19. The second and third sins are the same in both passages, […]

Ephesians 4:17-32 Devotions Sharing

Submitted by Sunny Kim & Margaret Chen, Gracepoint Austin Sunny Kim: O:  What does Paul insist on with the Ephesians? To no longer live as the Gentiles do D: How does Paul characterize living like the Gentiles? In what ways, can I be living like the Gentiles today? He characterizes them as people who have […]

Ephesians 4:1-16 Devotion Sharing

Submitted by Manny Kim, Gracepoint Austin. What would be commensurate with living a life that is worthy compared to the calling that you have received? The calling is presumed by Apostle Paul to be a high calling, to preach the Gospel, to make plain the mystery that is the church.  This knowledge of the Gospel […]

Ephesians 4 Commentary

Live Worthy of Your Call Focused on Unity (4:1 – 3) With the translation “the calling you have received,” the NIV loses the text’s double emphasis on election (lit., “the calling with which you were called”). Paul reminds the reader of the description of salvation in chapters 1 – 3 and especially of the doxology […]