HOW TO STUDY HOMEWORK

 

Before session 2

 

 

Read Ephesians 1:1-14

 

Ask the questions: who, what, where, when, why and how

 

What words or phrases are repeated here?

 

Make a list from the repeated words and phrases

 

What do you learn about Jesus? About God? About the believers in Ephesus?

Be specific - make lists

 

What do you learn about yourself?

 

From just these verses why do you think God through Paul write to the church at Ephesus? 

 

What do you think He wanted them to know? 

 

What does He want you to know?

 

 

Read Col. 1:9-12

 

 

Ask the questions - who, what, where, when, why and how

 

Look for repeated phrases/words

 

Look for connections from phrase to phrase

 

What did Paul pray and what did he expect the results to be?

Before Session Three

 

 

Read Ephesians 1:15-23

 

Read these verses several times this week.

 

Ask the questions, make the lists…. Watch for contrasts or comparisons - look for the purpose or the desired results.

 

Ask yourself - do I believe this?

 

 

Read Ephesians 2-3 several times this week.

 

Pray before you begin 

 

Continue asking the who, what, where, when, why and how questions.

 

Make lists from what you learn.

 

Look for repeated words/phrases and mark them - then make a list from what you learn about those words.

 

If you have access to Biblical Greek dictionaries look up some of those repeated words and note their meanings.

 

Look for Paul’s purpose in the letter by noting words/phrases like, ‘therefore’ or for this reason’ or ‘so that’.

 

What is the reason for Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 3:14-21?

 

How does Paul describe the Ephesians believers in chapter 2? Be specific

 

Do you think you are able to describe yourself in this same way? 

 

If so - what, if anything, do you need to change in your thinking? 

 

What have you learned from these Ephesians 1-3 that you did not already know?

 

 

Do as much as you can but do not allow yourself to become overwhelmed - take your time. 

 

Studying in this way is time consuming but will reap great rewards - Hebrews 11:6 tells us that God rewards those who seek Him. 

 

One of those rewards is surely that we will know Him better and love Him more.

Before Session Four

 

Read 2 Chronicles 34:1-19 several times

 

Ask questions of the text:

 

    Who is this chapter about? 

    Where is he?

    How is he described?

 

How were his father and grandfather described in 2 Chronicles 33

 

How old is Josiah:

 

    When he takes the throne?

    When he instructs his people to tear down idols?

    When he instructs them to repair the temple?

 

What do they find when they do that?

 

What is the response of the priest?

 

What about Josiah?

 

Read 2 Kings 22

 

This chapter records the same event as 2 Chronicles 34

 

Do you learn any new information?

 

What type of literature are 2 Chronicles and 2 Kings?

 

For information:

 

The books of 1 and 2 Kings were written before the exile of Judah to Babylon and 

1 and 2 Chronicles were written after their return to the land of Israel.

 

Does knowing this make a difference to how the events of each book have been recorded? 

 

What might you include if you were writing, looking back at what had been a warning of God to His people if they did not turn from their sin and worship Him?

 

How will you interpret this account? 

 

Read Romans 15:4 and 1 Corinthians 10:6

 

 

Is there application from 2 Chronicles 34 for the church in our day?

 

Is there an application for you as a believer in the Lord Jesus?

 

Do you have idols in your life that the Lord has made evident to you?

 

Where is the temple of the Lord today? 

 

What place does the Word of God have in it?