1 TRINITY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH. IHOP BIBLE STUDY. # 4 Ephesians 4: 1 - 16, with commentary . The purpose of the Ephesians Letter describes, Guidelines For Living The Enlightened Life As New Selves.. Today's study is the 4th of 5 lessons. PLEASE NOTE the new section toward the end of this study page. According to our Study Chart: This is the second major section of our chart, Guidelines for Living as New Selves. This is the 1st of 2 lessons in this section. (For more information, see the master Ephesians Chart previously sent to you. Also, it is available at Are you having trouble downloading the Chart? Send an email directly to me at and I'll snail-mail you a copy.)
2 Read the assigned reading at one time: Ephesians 4: 1 16. The chart of the weekly reading: The purpose of the Letter to the Ephesians Guidelines For Living The Enlightened Life As New Selves . Section 2: Guidelines for Living as New Selves . (The first of two lessons in this section). Living the life worthy of your calling . The worthy life is in the practice of our calling and is measured by our maturity in the practice of love.. The worthy life is lived in At-One-Ment with In this way we mature in our neighbor and in surrender to the practice of the practice of love. task to which we are assigned. Live worthy of We are one with We are not let of our Unity neighbor and the hook of We are no longer We are glued God as we practicing our infants but grown together by love surrender (faith) various up living the to our calling assignments in Jesus life the practice of our unity Vss.
3 1 3 Vss. 4 6 Vss. 7 13 Vss. 14 15 Vs. 16. I. Review section A. Vs. 1, What is your experience of living a worthy life? . WS: It is living the humane life. Other IHOPers responded: It is WWJD; It is doing God's thing my way; It is living at peace and not struggling; It is living At-One with the world; It is the Boy Scout' principle of leaving our space better than we found it.. B. Vs. 3, How do you experience a unity with the Spirit? WS: The experience of the Spirit is the freedom to live the life for which we are created. Other IHOPers responded: It is the Holy Spirit; It is living the humble life; It is meeting the needs of others.
4 C. Vs. 7 How do you experience grace? . WS: Grace is not being let off the hook of our intended creation which is to live the humane life. D. Vss. 8 10, How does Paul define our task here? WS: What is implied in Psalm 68: 8 is that our assigned task is to fill the world as we experience it to the brim. From a Jewish experience this is the purpose of awakening to the reality that already everything is filled God who is experienced as Perfect At-One-Ment; that is, we are the reality in which meaning and experience become One. One IHOPer's Bible interpreted this Psalm as Captivity is made captive. I. like this phrase because it implies that the barriers (captivity) preventing us from living our intended creation is taken captive.
5 Beautiful. E. Vs. 11, What is your assigned task? WS: My assigned task is to be a teacher/preacher. Each of the IHOPers were asked to identify their assigned task. F. Vss. 14 15, If you were walking down the street how would you recognize and infant in the faith? Someone mature in the faith? WS: Infants in the faith have no stand point as a reference to interpret life's experiences. Those mature in the faith have such a reference point. G. Vs. 16, How do we experience the glue than Paul is writing about? WS: First, the glue is experienced as the wrath of God. God's wrath always is God's loving judgment when we are acting in ways that are contrary to living the humane life.
6 Second, the glue is experienced as a deep sense of satisfaction when we do fulfill this intended purpose. II. The second assignment is to answer the following questions in our usual format. It is helpful to begin to brood about WHY the Ephesian churches were unable to solve these problems themselves. When we get around to asking this question we'll be dealing with one of the contradictions preventing their own solutions. These contradictions are not always named in the scripture, but frequently implied. However, Paul provides his solution which gives us some idea about this very deep barrier. At this point we do some intuitional work that always is revealing.
7 A. How does this material express the surface barriers or problems? WS: Check out Vs. 14. The Ephesian membership are still infants in the faith. Other IHOPers said, The Church is not mature; They have not earned their spiritual merit badges.. B. Describe Paul's solution. WS: Check out Vs. 11. Paul recommends that each person identify their unique calling and begin to act out of it. C. What does Paul's solution suggest about the Deeper Problem? (Note: this usually results in new information.). WS: Check out Vss. 3 & 6. The deeper problem is the church is not acting of our unity. III. Words to be added to your lexicon or list of words and definitions.
8 For the foreseeable future, I'm adding a few words for you to write down the Gut Trip Analysis (definition) in a small notebook. You may want to put these in some kind of alphabetical order so that you can refer to them when you've forgotten how these words ARE EXPEREINCED. (For those familiar with Microsoft Excel or any spread sheet, or data base, these words can be entered in any order, and then they can be alphabetized by the computer.). One of the persistent problems people face in this Bible Study is the struggle to push our old Christian Code Words from Head Trip explanations into Gut Trip experiences. Although, we been at this task just over six years, the struggle remains.
9 It is time for us to move beyond this fundamental exercise. In order to find Gut Trip Analysis useful, it will be helpful to become self- conscious about these definitions. I'll provide the Gut Trip definition, and you can illuminate the word by writing down your own personal experience. Each week two or three new words will be added to this list. Give it a try. Will you? SAVE THE FOLLOWING AND CREATE YOUR OWN LEXICON! Refer to in when you can't think of your definition. Old Christian Code Gut Trip Analysis Salmon's Your personal Word Definition definition definition The experience of I experience the Perfect At-One-Ment antithesis of At-One- God that we embody as we Ment when I get so live the humane life.
10 Frustrated that I have a language change, and I'm almost beside my- self. The demonstrator of When I finally get my Jesus living the humane life. act together, then my wife affirms that I'm living the humane life;. , that I living the Jesus life. The EVENT in which, or When Beverly Christ by which, we are confronts my potty awakened from living in mouth, then at this the anti-thesis of At- moment I am One-Ment, and in which convicted of living the we are awakened to live antithesis of At-One- the humane life. Ment. In this same event I am confronted with the possibility of living the humane life. Actually, any kind of a confrontation has the possibility of being a Christ event.