Ephesians: Saints

EPHESIANS 5:3

 

Scripture verse: “But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints.”

 

Objectives:

  1. Students should memorize the verse and understand the long and difficult words.
  2. Students should be able to contrast the world’s view of sex and the Lord’s.

 

Background on the book:

            Ephesians was written while Paul was a prisoner in Rome 61-63 AD.  He wasn’t busy and had lots of time to write a letter from his heart.  The letter itself was carried to Ephesus by Tychicus, who was also carrying the letter to the Colossians and had with him Onesimus with the letter to Philemon.

 

Possible Lesson Plan:

  1. Open with prayer.

 

  1. Scripture lesson: Ephesians 5:1-5, Colossians 3:5, I Corinthians 6:9-10, I Peter 2:11-12

 

  1. Review the background of the letter; this is a carefully crafted letter, meant to be read aloud in the churches.

 

  1. Do the students know of any Old or New Testament characters with a problem in the area of sexual sin? (David!, the harlot in the Gospels, Mary Magdalene) How did God deal with this area of sin? Is it OK? Can it be forgiven?

 

  1. Godly relationships with the opposite sex (This is not sex education class!):

What views of relationships with the opposite sex are seen in the movies? In romance novels? In the lives of prominent men and women in politics, theater,   etc.? What is presented as normative about pre- or extra-marital sex?

What views of relationships are seen in the Bible? What is taught in Scripture about pre- or extra-marital sex? What is fornication? Does a romance novel have a different feel if you use the word “fornication”?

When did you first become aware of the differences between the sexes?  What are some differences, physical and tempermental, between the sexes? Fill in the blank: I can never figure out why boys (girls) ___________? Can a teenaged boy and a teenaged girl be friends without “getting serious” about each other? At what age should dating as couples begin and why? What is permissible Scripturally during a “date”?

 

  1. Close with prayer.