Inscribe the Word . . . April Scripture Writing Plan
Inscribe the Word has been an essential part of my personal Bible study since July of 2016. Up until 2018, we have been doing topical studies each month. Grace, New Life, Worship, and Living without Fear are just a few of the topics we have studied.
This year, 2018, the Lord put on my heart to begin inscribing the New Testament Epistles. Writing these letters in full and in context is a powerful way to study Scripture. You follow the thoughts of the author from beginning to end; hearing their heart and abiding by their words.
In January, we inscribed 1 John. We learned that God is light, love, and life. How blessed we are that we serve a God who LIGHTS our path, LOVES us with an everlasting love, and has given us LIFE abundantly.
In February, we studied the books of 2 and 3 John, Titus and Philemon. Written by the apostles John and Paul, these four books gave us extensive insight into living the Christian life.
In March, we took apart the Book of Galatians word by word. Written by Paul, the overall theme of this book showed us that we no longer live under the law. We live in the faith and freedom of Jesus Christ.
Now we come to April of this "Year of the Epistles," and we begin studying The Book of Ephesians.
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Let's take a look at the blueprint and background for the book of Ephesians.
Author: Paul wrote the book of Ephesians.
When and Where: In A.D. 60 while Paul was imprisoned in Rome, he wrote this epistle.
Written To: Paul wrote Ephesians to the believers in Ephesus and to Christians everywhere. The church at Ephesus was one of the most prominent churches established by Paul.
Why: Unlike the Galatian churches, Paul did not write to the people of Ephesus to confront any problems in the church, heresy, or false teachers. He wrote to the church in Ephesus to encourage them in their faith and to strengthen them in their walk.
The central theme of this epistle is unity of the church through Christ. Paul uses the symbols of a body, a temple, a bride, and a soldier to illustrate the unity and singularity of purpose.
The Blueprint for Ephesians:
1. Unity in Christ. (Ephesians 1:1-3:21)
2. Unity in the body of Christ. (Ephesians 4:1-6:24)
I pray that as we continue with the Epistles, we remember that we are all part of the body of Christ. Each of us holds different gifts that make the body function completely.
A Few Notes: Ephesians is a wonderful book to study with your children. You will notice that as part of this study I included inscribing each verse of The Armor of God for your kiddos. If you are inscribing the word with your children, I encourage you to read your passage of Scripture to them so that they get a complete picture of the epistle.
If you've been inscribing the word with us over the months and years, you may notice that this month each days verses are a bit longer in order to finish the book. Please work and study at your own speed and don't worry if you can't finish a days verses all at once.
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