We live in a culture attracted to the supernatural. Psychics are interviewed on nightly news shows. Movie stars are describing themselves as “spiritual” but not “religious.” Popular TV shows and movies feature a supernatural theme. How do we live well when we are surrounded by these dark forces? Join Sue Edwards on this inductive study of the Bible’s spiritual warfare manual. As she digs into Ephesians, Sue will show you profound and mysterious truths that will help you sit with Christ, walk a worthy life, and take a stand against any force that threatens your relationship with your savior. The video lessons are on YouTube and can be accessed through the website www.discovertogetherseries.com or by using the QR codes found in the study guide. Free leader’s guide also available on website, www.discovertogetherseries.com. (Ephesians: Discovering Your Identity and Purpose in Christ by Sue Edwards. Kregel Publications, 2012).
Lesson 1: Learn to Sit
Lesson 2: Sit and Pray
Lesson 3: Sit Down to Work
Lesson 4: Sit Down Together
Lesson 5: Sit Down to Walk
Lesson 6: Tripping Over Your Tongue? Talk Your Walk!
Lesson 7: Walking “Under the Influence”
Lesson 8: Walk Worthy in Relationships
Lesson 9: Sit Down to Stand
Works cited/About the Author
A few thoughts on the devotional from Sue Edwards:
While I spent time with this text that would only qualify as a cursory glance at the material, my wife dug through the devotional and I even had to work my way around her bible study notes to write this post. I’ll first say that Edwards does not take much time setting the stage for the one stepping into the devotions. By that I mean that she does not give you weighty “academic” material to trudge through before you get to the first lesson. Though not weighty, Edwards does (very importantly and very briefly) establish the historical context of the book of Ephesians for her readers. It is fitting that she keeps it short because this is not the 42nd volume of the Word Biblical Commentary, this is supplemental material for anyone who seeks to understand one’s identity and purpose compliments to the book of Ephesians.
The book itself appears relatively short though it stands a little taller and wider than most paperback texts. It looks to be 8 x 11 inches, most likely so you can make use of the many opportunities within to record your thoughts. Which leads me to the different lessons found within its binding …
Each lesson is lengthy and is meant for a week’s time of study, first by your lonesome and then collectively with others. While some include prayer logs, every lesson includes cross references for “digging deeper” as well as quotes from respected authors/pastors (i.e., Barclay, Snodgrass, etc.). The lessons each begin with a short commentary on a passage meant to teach you before you move throughout a number of reflective questions that either concern interpretation or application of the passage at hand.
My wife loved the commentary but made the fatal mistake of attempting to go at it alone and in doing so found it somewhat strenuous. She loved the time she spent with the devotional, especially the (QR) videos that accompany the lessons. She and I both would encourage you to pick up a copy of this study if you are looking for a guide to lead you and a few others (ladies) through Ephesians. I should add that there are guidebooks through other books of Scripture also (Psalms, Proverbs, Luke, 1 Peter, & Revelation).