Bible study outline based on a repeating set of questions

A couple of weeks ago we started studying Ephesians in our adult class. As a challenge, I decided to do something a little different. I came up with a series of repeating questions that can be used throughout the book on a paragraph by paragraph basis.

Here are the questions:

1) What is this saying …

  • … to the church?
  • … to the world?
  • … to the Jews/Gentiles?

2) What does this say about …

  • … God the Father?
  • … Jesus?
  • … the Holy Spirit?

3) Why was this important …

  • … to Paul?
  • … to Ephesus?
  • … for us to know?

At times there isn’t really an answer for every question. The content of each paragraph determines which question is or is not applicable. So even if a question doesn’t have an immediate answer in the context, it eventually will.

The thrust of the outline is to ask simple questions. Simple questions lead to simple answers. Simple answers lead to a better understanding.

This outline could also be used for other books (some better than others, such as Romans, 1 Corinthians and Galatians). If you find it to be useful, adapt it as you see fit.

If you decide to use it, you won’t have to worry about a copyright infringement! But don’t charge for something when you paid nothing for it. Then again, someone might say it’s worth exactly what it cost you.

“…freely it has been given to you, freely give.” (Matthew 10:8)

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