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Ephesians, Chapter Three, Lesson Two

SPIRITUAL SERVICE            Page 6
V.13 (Cont'd.)

** What does Paul mean by saying that his tribulations are the Ephesians' glory?

William Hendrikson - "It was an honor for the Ephesians that God considered them worthy of the suffering endured by Paul 'on their behalf'".

** What was Paul's view of his suffering here on earth?

"For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us." (Romans 8:18)

We would do well to follow that godly example!

EXTRICATE

** What points of identification did you experience with Paul as you studied this passage?

1) "made a servant"
2) "least of all saints"
3) "part of God's eternal purpose"
4) "our boldness and confidence".

DELINEATE

** What kinds of things could cause us to lose heart? What takes the wind out of the sail of a Christian?

1) personal failure 2) impatience 3) worldly affection
4) lack of prayer 5) lack of time in the Word of God.

EVALUATE

** If we desire to have an effectual "Spiritual Service" like the apostle Paul, what should we do when one of those things tries to make us ineffective in the cause of Christ?

DO NOT LOSE HEART! But instead; pray, call a brother or sister, read the Word, review a Bible study that has encouraged your heart.

ACTIVATE

** We need to devote ourselves to a bold and confident "Spiritual Service" that has been balanced by the blood of Christ unto the glory of God, realizing that our obedience causes the angels to praise His name!

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