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The EPIC Bible study involves your reading and reacting to the books of Ephesians, Philippians and Colossians. These three books of the Bible were originally written as letters by the Apostle Paul about 30 years after Jesus died to help Christians better understand and grow in their faith.
This Bible study can be done alone or with a group. If you do it as part of a group, read each chapter aloud together if you can. As you read each chapter, write down any thoughts you had while reading it. If you are doing the study as part of a group, write down any questions you would like discuss with the group in more detail as well. Also, answer the specific questions below for each of the chapters.

Ephesians
Chapter 1 Questions
1. What stood out to you most as you read this chapter?
2. Do you have any questions about what you read in this chapter?
3. Verse 10 says that at the end of times everything on heaven and earth will be united under Jesus and verses 11 – 14 say we are guaranteed an inheritance when all things are united under Jesus. What do you think you are going to inherit? What would you like to “inherit” in heaven?
4. Starting in verse 16, Paul says that he prays for certain Christians to have more wisdom and knowledge about Jesus and to have their hearts more open to Him. Who do you pray for like this? Who should you pray for like this?

Chapter 2 Questions
1. What stood out to you most as you read this chapter?
2. Do you have any questions about what you read in this chapter?
3. Restate in your own words (using whatever examples you like) what verses 1 – 9 mean.
4. Verse 10 says that God knew the things He wanted you personally to do for Jesus before He ever made the world. What do you think God wants you doing for Jesus at our church? Are you doing them? When should you start?

Chapter 3 Questions
1. What stood out to you most as you read this chapter?
2. Do you have any questions about what you read in this chapter?
3. What does Paul mean by “the mystery” that he writes about in this chapter?
4. What do you think verse 10 means? What is your role in making verse 10 happen?

Chapter 4 Questions
1. What stood out to you most as you read this chapter?
2. Do you have any questions about what you read in this chapter?
3. At the beginning of the chapter, Paul calls on Christians to maintain a bond of peace in the church. Do you think our church has a bond of peace between everybody? Do you help us to achieve or maintain peace and harmony between all the people that attend? Is there something you could do to help out even more?
4. Starting in verse 11 it says that the leaders in a church are to help equip you to do your work in the church and to grow in your knowledge of Jesus and your ability to act more like Jesus. Are you growing to know more about Jesus and the Bible and are you living more like Jesus? What can I do to help you know more and be able to live it out?
5. In verse 26 it says that when we have strong emotions (Paul uses the example of anger) that we should not allow those emotions to cause us to sin. What strong emotions (anger, hatred, fear, frustration, pride, resentment, anxiety, lust, greed, etc.) do you deal with that leads you to sin? Do you know what in your life causes those emotions in you? In what ways do you sin when you are overcome with a strong emotion?
6. How well do you do in living out the instructions in verses 29 – 32? What points do you think you need to improve on?

Chapter 5 Questions
1. What stood out to you most as you read this chapter?
2. Do you have any questions about what you read in this chapter?
3. Paul really criticizes sexual immorality (sexual activity, pornography, lust, sexually explicit jokes) and jealousy to start off chapter 5. Do you struggle with one (or both) of these in your life? How do you think you can work to overcome them?
4. When you are searching for a young man to date or marry, are you going to insist that he love you like Jesus loves the church or do you think you will “settle” for someone who doesn’t really meet all the standards God wants you to have in a mate? What standards do you think God wants you to have in a boyfriend or a mate? Why do you think so many young women end up settling for guys that really aren’t good for them in the long run? What is your plan to avoid that happening to you?

Chapter 6 Questions
1. What stood out to you most as you read this chapter?
2. Do you have any questions about what you read in this chapter?
3. Do you obey your parents? Do you always obey them (whether you agree they are right or not and whether you think they are being fair or not)?

Philippians

Chapter 1 Questions
1. What stood out to you most as you read this chapter?
2. Do you have any questions about what you read in this chapter?
3. Paul faced a lot of opposition as a Christian preacher. In fact, when he wrote this letter, he was in jail. But he said that his being in jail was something God was using to advance the Gospel and grow the church. Have you had difficulty and opposition in your life? How do you think God could take what you have been through to make you a more effective Christian?

Chapter 2 Questions
1. What stood out to you most as you read this chapter?
2. Do you have any questions about what you read in this chapter?
3. As verse 4 tells us to, do you look at others as being as much or even more significant than you or do you struggle thinking inside that you are really better than a lot of other people?
4. What are some specific ways you are looking after the interest of others and humbly serving? What are some ways you could start looking after the interest of others and humbly serving?
5. Verse 14 says to do all things without grumbling. Are you a complainer? If so, what do you complain about and why? Why do you think the Bible tells Christians not to grumble and complain about stuff all the time?

Chapter 3 Questions
1. What stood out to you most as you read this chapter?
2. Do you have any questions about what you read in this chapter?
3. This chapter starts off telling us to “rejoice in the Lord”. What does it means to rejoice in the Lord? Do you rejoice in life? When / what makes you rejoice? Do you rejoice in the Lord?
4. Verses 13 and 14 say that we are to forget what is in our past so we can work on what God has for us to do in the future. Are there things in your past that others have done to you that you find difficult letting go of? Are there things you have done in the past that you still feel shame and guilt about? How can you let go of those past things and focus more on what God needs you to do for Him now and in the future? What help do you need in letting go of the past?

Chapter 4 Questions
1. What stood out to you most as you read this chapter?
2. Do you have any questions about what you read in this chapter?
3. Verse 6 says we are not to be anxious about anything. It also says when we are feeling anxious we are to pray asking God to help us with our anxieties while giving thanks to Him in the same prayers. Are there things in your life right now that you are anxious (worried or concerned) about? How do you deal with your anxieties? Do you pray to God / how often do you pray to God about them? Do you offer up thanksgiving for all the things God has done positive in your life during those same prayers?
4. Verse 7 teaches us that Christians are supposed to have a peace in life that non-Christians can’t even understand. Do you have mental and emotional peace in your life? Is there anything that steals some of your peace away from you?
5. Verse 7 told us that one way we get this peace is by giving our anxieties over to God through prayer and thanksgiving and verse 8 tells us another way is to always try to think about and focus on the good and positive things in our lives. What are some of the best things in your life for you to focus on?

Colossians

Chapter 1 Questions
1. What stood out to you most as you read this chapter?
2. Do you have any questions about what you read in this chapter?
3. In verse 10, Paul says that he prays that Christians are living in such a way that they please God, “bear fruit” in the work they do in the church and are increasing in their knowledge of God.
a. Are you living your life in a way that pleases God? What one thing could you do to please Him even more with your life?
b. What does Paul mean here by bearing fruit? Are you bearing fruit with what you do in the church? What is one thing you could add or do differently to bear more fruit?
c. Are you increasing in your knowledge of God through better understanding the Bible?
4. Verses 15 – 22 provide various descriptions of who Jesus is and what Jesus has done. What 6 descriptions do you find in these verses about Him?

Chapter 2 Questions
1. What stood out to you most as you read this chapter?
2. Do you have any questions about what you read in this chapter?
3. Are there any human philosophies or educational traditions that make you question your faith (for example, the theory of evolution)?
4. Are there any traditions, habits or rituals that other churches or religions do that you wonder if you should be doing as a Christian as well? What are those things?

Chapter 3 Questions
1. What stood out to you most as you read this chapter?
2. Do you have any questions about what you read in this chapter?
3. Have you gotten rid of all the bad deeds listed in verse 5 of chapter 3? Which ones do you still struggle with? How can you work to overcome them?
4. Have you overcome all the negative elements listed in verses 8 and 9 of chapter 3? Which ones do you still struggle with? How can you work to improve on them?
5. As a Christian, have you put on in your life all the characteristics listed in verses 12 through 14? Which ones do you still need to add? How can you do that?

Chapter 4 Questions
1. What stood out to you most as you read this chapter?
2. Do you have any questions about what you read in this chapter?
3. Do you continue to pray regularly?
4. Are you careful how you act and what you say around people who are not Christians? Are you always careful to make sure that people outside of church see qualities in you that would make them want to become Christians too?