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Ephesians 3:1-13
Ephesians 3:1-13
Looking for some comments/feedback on this arc. Thank you.
Shared June 11th, 2020; Updated June 11th, 2020
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Ephesians 3:1-13
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For this reason I, Paul, o a prisoner for Christ Jesus p on behalf of you Gentiles— assuming that you have heard of q the stewardship of r God’s grace that was given to me for you, s how the mystery was made known to me t by revelation, u as I have written briefly. v When you read this, you can perceive my insight into w the mystery of Christ, which was not made known to the sons of men in other generations as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit. This mystery is 1 that the Gentiles are x fellow heirs, y members of the same body, and z partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.
a Of this gospel I was made b a minister according to the gift of c God’s grace,
which was given me d by the working of his power.
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To me, e though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given,
f to preach to the Gentiles the g unsearchable h riches of Christ,
and i to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery j hidden for ages in 1 God k who created all things,
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so that through the church the manifold l wisdom of God m might now be made known to n the rulers and authorities o in the heavenly places.
This was p according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord,
in whom we have q boldness and r access with s confidence through our t faith in him.
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So I ask you not to lose heart over what I am suffering u for you, v which is your glory.
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Frank Martens
Thank you! I will take your advice. This is very good input


Yes I was trying to keep it a little more simple. Basically I'm arcing this out to teach High Schoolers. Who need big ideas and simple connections. For adults I could break out my teaching into smaller sections. 

I didn't do 1-6, because technically I had done that already elsewhere, but maybe that would affect the rest of my arc. I'll take a look.
Wellington Driedger
I would encourage you to split up vv. 1-6. I am also working slowly through Ephesians and it is difficult to arc these verses but I would love to see what you would come up with.

For 7a I would split it up once more and create an Ac-Mn relationship. The manner in which Paul was made a minister of the Gospel was the gift of God's grace.

For 7b I would also split up once more and create an Ac-Mn relationship. This means by which God gave this gift of grace was by his power. 

If you take this advice you will have 7a-d. I would say that you should connect 7c-d to 7b as an Id-Exp relationship. Paul is explaining more about the gift of Gods grace in 7c-d.

I can tell that you are purposefully not splitting up the propositions very much. This can be good for making it simpler and is a needed skill for macro arcing but I think you could split things up a bit more. 1) You could create a concessive relationship in 8a. Even though Paul is the least of all saints God gave him this grace to preach the Gospel. 2) In 10 you could create a locative relationship concerning the heavenly beings being "in the heavenly places". This is an extremely important phrase in Ephesians. Also you could create an Ac-Mn relationship within 10. The manner in which God makes known his wisdom is through the Church. I would highly suggest creating an Ac-Mn relationship. 3) I would say that vv. 13 would be an inference from vv. 1-12. It is not an odd response for the Ephesians to not lose heart because of Paul's suffering. Rather, God is working out the eternal purpose of the Gospel in Christ and the Church for his own glory and therefore the Ephesians should not lose heart or despair.

I learned a lot from your arc and will definitely be borrowing multiple of your ideas for my own arcing of Ephesians.
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