Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Book Review: Ephesians: Discovering Your Identity and Purpose in Christ

About the Discover Together series and Ephesians: Women need Bible study to keep balanced, focused and Christ-centered in their busy worlds. However, many find it difficult to set aside the time and discipline needed for an in-depth study. The Discover Together studies offer tiered questions to allow readers to choose a depth of study that fits with their individual lifestyles or schedules, even if they vary by the week, month or season.

This insightful Bible study uses the example of Paul's church in Ephesus to show readers how they can be victorious Christians, living in God's Word, and free from sin. Part of the discovery series, the Ephesians edition includes tips for either individual or group use, inspirational sidebars and short, 3-5 minute teaching videos. Scan the video QR code in the book with a smart phone or visit the series website to watch Sue provide historical and cultural background, teach important truths found in each week's lesson, or ask thoughtful questions to encourage deeper discussion.

About Sue: Sue Edwards (MA, Dallas Theological Seminary; D.Min., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) teaches full-time in the Christian Education Department at Dallas Theological Seminary. She has more than twenty-five years of experience teaching, pastoring, and directing women's ministries. In addition, Sue speaks at retreats, conferences, and seminars across the country. She is the coauthor of Women's Retreats and New Doors in Ministry to Women, and the author of the new Sue Edwards Inductive Bible Study series.  
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My Review:
I love reading Ephesians, Paul's letter to the believers in Ephesus. Wealth of Heavenly goodies :)! I wish I could memorize the whole book of Ephesians (both my husband and my daughter have done so). I'm excited to be using this Bible study book by Sue Edwards. The format is simple yet helpful. This book is an inductive study of Ephesians filled with great insights and thought-provoking questions. There are 9 lessons which cover all six chapters of Ephesians. The questions following each lesson allow readers to examine various relevant Biblical passages and evaluate their understanding and application of God's Word. There are also "Digging Deeper" questions for those who desire to investigate the text more deeply and to learn more about the history, culture, and geography related to the Scriptures. I enjoy pondering and writing down my thoughts/my answers to the questions which help me discover and apply God's truth in a personal way. The notes on the sidebars are informative; some are inspiring quotes. At the end of Lesson 2, there are 2 pages of "My Prayer Log." It's important to understand your identity and purpose in Christ correctly. Because if you get it wrong, all sorts of problems will arise. Studying Ephesians will help you know who you are in Christ & know God's purpose for your life and thus live your life abundantly, victoriously, and worthily of God's calling.

Ephesians: Discovering Your Identity and Purpose in Christ. Join the online Bible study (4/15 -5/7) with Sue Edwards! And invite your friends to join you.

Between April 15 and June 17 Sue will be posting weekly on the Year of Discovery Facebook Page and interacting with groups and individuals around the country going through the study at the same time. Women will be able to discuss the study with each other and ask questions via Facebook.

Completing each lesson requires about one-and-a-half hours. Readers still receive in-depth Bible study but with a minimum time commitment. For those who desire a more thorough study, including an opportunity to learn more about the history, culture and geography related to the Bible, Edwards has provided “Digging Deeper” questions. Answering these questions may require outside resources such as an atlas, Bible dictionary or concordance and challenge readers to examine complex theological issues and differing views more closely.
Purchase a copy of Ephesians and join the on-line Bible study today.

~I received a free copy of this book via Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. You can read more reviews of this book here.

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