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Paul’s Epistle to the Ephesians – Outline

Paul’s Epistle to the Ephesians – Outline shows the structure of one of Paul’s prison epistles, written soon after Colossians and Philemon, then delivered to Asia at the same time.

Focusing upon the nature of the Church, the conversion of the Gentiles, and the unity and dynamics of church growth, the epistle has the following structure (shown with more detail in the PDF version below):

  • Prescript, 1.1-2
  • Theological, 1.3–3.21
    1. Eulogy, 1.3-14
    2. Thanksgiving, 1.15-23
    3. Theme, 2.1-22
    4. Prayer, 3.1-21
  • Practical, 4.1–6.9
    1. Preamble, 4.1-16
    2. Theme, 4.17-24
    3. Vices and virtues, 4.25–5.21
    4. Haustafel, 5.22–6.9
  • Final charge, 6.10-20
  • Postscript, 6.21-24

PDF ver. 2014-03-01
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PDF version history:
2014-03-01: Updated SKU
2013-05-09: Updated f. one-page 5×8 ver.
2011-08-13: New release

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Ephesians 1.15-17; 4.32–5.2

The three excerpts, each about five minutes in length, are from a complete series of messages covering Ephesians, delivered by Mike Sperou, Senior Pastor of North Clackamas Bible Community.

The first two excerpts are from a sermon entitled ‘Opening Thanksgiving,’ covering Ephesians 1.15-17:


In the first excerpt, Mike reminds the ncBc community that faith and love, along with hope, constitute the true measure of a church and that faith, in particular, always operates in the sphere of Christ’s body: a church in which he is truly Lord.

For this reason I too, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus which exists among you and your love for all the saints, do not cease giving thanks for you, while making mention of you in my prayers …

– Ephesians 1.15-16
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Spirit of Wisdom

In the second excerpt, Mike reminds the ncBc community that we must have a spirit of wisdom, for we must learn how to walk this life — it is a life we do not know how to live if we are not growing in an understanding of God’s Word and living in his church.

… that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him.

– Ephesians 1.17


The third and final excerpt is taken from a sermon entitled ‘Forgiving.’

Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.

– Ephesians 4.32–5.2

Mike was reminding our community that God’s salvation work in Christ is to serve as the paradigm for how we treat one another: we forgive one another — out of grateful, forgiven hearts — so that each one is freed up to flourish.

MP3 ver. 2012-11-18
16 min (total for three excerpts)
2014-03-01: Combined into one post
2012-11-04: Eph 4 message
2011-10-16: New release; Eph 1 message

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Cosmology of Paul in Ephesians

The chart Cosmology of Paul in Ephesians includes English biblical text and an illustration depicting the cosmology:

  1. First Heaven (Material Cosmos) — Eph 1.10; 3.14-16; 4.9-10
  2. Second Heaven (Battle Zone with Spiritual Forces) — Eph 3.9-10; 6.10-12
  3. Third Heaven (Throne of God; Paradise) — Eph 1.3; 1.20-21; 2.5-7


  • Referring to the Second and Third Heavens, Paul consistently uses the phrase “in the heavenlies” (cf. Greek; with prefixed preposition).
  • Referring to the First Heaven, the material cosmos, Paul consistently uses “heaven(s)” (without prefixed preposition) in conjunction with “earth.”

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Opening Eulogy of Ephesians

Following the call to praise (1.3-4a), the chart Opening Eulogy of Ephesians focuses on the hymn itself, in three stanzas: 1.4b-8a; 1.8b-10; 1.11-14.

  • Vertical surface structures, readily seen, are indicated by red text.
  • Horizontal interior connections, requiring a closer reading, are indicated by blue text.

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2011-09-28 to 08-25: Style updates
2011-08-24: New release

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Cities of Asia (NT)

Cities of Asia (NT) includes, first, an overview map of western Asia Minor, including a smaller context map; shows key cities of importance in the New Testament books of Acts, Ephesians, Colossians, Philemon, Revelation. A second relief map of the Lycus River Valley highlights Laodicea, Hierapolis, and Colossae.

Cities on overview include: Ephesus, Laodicea, Hierapolis, Colossae, Pergamum, Thyatira, Smyrna, Sardis, Philadelphia, Miletus, Troas, and Assos.

Cities of Lycus River map include: Hierapolis (elev. 1400′), situated on a plateau, above hot springs; Laodicea (elev. 950′), situated in the valley, close to the river; Colossae (elev. 1850′), situated in the foothills at the head of the valley. Also shown is the proximity of the valley to Miletus, Ephesus, Philadelphia, Phyrgia, and Pisidian Antioch.

The map is particularly applicable to: Epistles of Colossians, Philemon, and Ephesians. Ephesians, sometimes called the “Letter to the Asians,” was distributed here (cf. “read my letter that is coming from Laodicea,” Col 4.16).

The map is also more generally applicable to: Paul’s travels and ministries in the region of Ephesus recorded in Acts; First and Second Timothy: Timothy’s ministry from Ephesus; Christ’s messages for the churches of Asia in Revelation 2–3.


Note the PDF’s relatively large, 8.4 mb, download size.

PDF ver. 2014-03-01
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PDF version history:
2014-03-01: Updated SKU; combined
2010-02-27: New release of individual products

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