What should Christians Believe and Do?

EasyEnglish questions (2800 word vocabulary) on Paul’s letter to the Ephesians

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Questions by G. Hibbs on the Bible version by Cynthia Green

A word list at the end explains words with a *star by them.

 

About These Questions

These are questions on the biblical text of Ephesians. Click here to find an EasyEnglish translation of Ephesians.

We hope that these questions will help you to understand the text. We also want to help you use the text in real life. These questions are not examination questions with right or wrong answers.

Chapter 1

1:1 What do you read about the author? Whom did he write this letter to?

1:2 What was Paul’s prayer? To whom did he pray?

1:3 Whom does Paul praise? Make a list of what God has done. Where has God *blessed us? Describe that *blessing.

1:4 When did God choose us? What does he want for us? What is his attitude to us?

1:5 What did God do for us? Make a list to show why he did this. What do you think about all that?

1:6 Make a list of what ‘we’ do. Why do we do those things? Make a list of what he has given to us. How do we receive those gifts?

1:7 Make a list of what Christ did for us. How was his death a part of that? Make a list of what God did. What difference might that make for us?

1:8 What else did God give? How do those gifts come to us? What do you think about all that?

1:9 What did God decide? How was Christ a part of that? What emotion did God express?

1:10 What will God do? When will he do it? What is the part of Christ in that? What do you think about all that?

1:11 Why did God also choose us? Make a list of the facts about God’s plan. What does God use in his plans? What do you think about all that?

1:12 In what are ‘we’ the first? What would we do?

1:13 Make a list of the events. What did you hear about? What were the results? What do you think about all that?

1:14 What benefits will the *Holy Spirit give? What do you think about that?

1:15 Make a list of what Paul heard about. What might he have heard if the letter had been to you? What will you do about that?

1:16 Make a list of what Paul did. What do you think about that?

1:17 To whom does Paul pray? For what does Paul pray? What is different for you because you know that?

1:18 Make a list of the things for which Paul asks. What is different when God answers that prayer? What do you know about that?

1:19, 20 Make a list of what you learn about power. Whose power is this? (See 1:17.) What experience might you have of this power? What experiences did Christ have of this power?

1:21 Make a list of what God did. What do you learn about people who rule? What did you think about all that?

1:22 Make a list of what God did. What is not under the authority of Christ? What do you learn about the *church? What do you think about all that?

1:23 Make a list of what you learn about the *church. What do you think about that?

Chapter 2

2:1 What was your state in the past? Why was that so? What was the cause of your state?

2:2 Make a list of what you ‘used’ to do. What was wrong with those things? Make a list of what you learn about ‘the devil’. Who used to control you? What do you think about all that?

2:3 Make a list of what happened before. What was the result? What do you think about all that?

2:4 What does God want to do? Why?

2:5 Make a list of what has God done. How did he do that? What made that difficult? What do you think about all that?

2:6 Make a list of what God has done. What do you think about that?

2:7 Why did God do that? (See 2:6.) How did he show that to us? What do you think about all that?

2:8 Make a list of what God did. Make a list of what happened to ‘you’. What do you think about all that?

2:9 Make a list of what we are not able to do. What do we need? What do you think about all that?

2:10 Make a list of what God has done. What can we expect? What do you think about all that?

2:11 What should the readers of this letter remember? How did the *Jews distinguish themselves from other people?

2:12 Make a list of what was true about ‘you’. What do you think about all that?

2:13 What has changed? What do you think about that?

2:14 What do you learn about Christ? What do you learn about ‘the hate’? What is different now? What do you think about all this?

2:15 What happened? Make a list of what Christ wanted. What do you think about all this?

2:16 Who is this one group of people? (See 2:14, 15.) What would happen to this group? How would that happen? What would be the result?

2:17 Make a list of what Christ did. To whom did he tell those things? (See 2:14, 15.)

2:18 Make a list of the facts in this verse. What is different for us because of those facts?

2:19 What has changed? What are you now? What do you think about all this?

2:20 What is God’s family ‘like’? What is at the base of this ‘building’? How is Christ a part of this ‘building’? What do you think about all that?

2:21 What does this building become? Why might that be good to know?

2:22 What is God doing? Whom does ‘you’ mean in this verse? (See 2:19.) What else is special about this ‘house’?

Chapter 3

3:1 For what reason? (See 2:22.) Make a list of the facts about Paul.

3:2 What has God ‘given’ to Paul? For whom are those responsibilities? Of what is Paul ‘a *steward’? What do you think about all that?

3:3 What had Paul done? What had he explained? Who is ‘he’ in this verse? (See 3:2.)

3:4 What will you ‘understand’? (See 2:13-18; 3:3-6.) What do you think about all that?

3:5 What did some ‘men ... not understand’? What is different now? Why is that different?

3:6 What things does God want? What else do you learn about ‘this secret’? What do you think about all that?

3:7 What did God do? What difference did those things make for Paul?

3:8 How important did Paul think that he was? What did God give him? Make a list of what you learn about these ‘gifts’. What do you think about all that?

3:9 What would God do? What had God done? What do you think about all that?

3:10 Make a list of what you learn about God. Whom does God involve in this communication? How could you be a part of this?

3:11 Make a list of what you learn about God’s plan. (See 3:5, 6.) How is Jesus Christ a part of this plan? (See 3:5, 6, 8.)

3:12 What can we do? What does Christ give us to help? What do you think about all that?

3:13 What should you not do? What does Paul do for them? What do you think about all that?

3:14 For what reason? (See 3:11, 12.) What does Paul do, for that reason?

3:15 What might this mean? Whose name do you have? What do you think about that?

3:16 Make a list of the parts of the prayer here. Who has a part in their answer? What will be different when God answers these prayers? What do you think about all that?

3:17 Make a list of what Paul asked for. What will change? What do you think about that?

3:18, 19 For whom does Paul pray? Make a list of the parts of this prayer. Make a list of the reasons why he wants them to understand. What do you think about all that?

3:20 What should we do? Why might that be so? What is God doing? What will you do because you know that?

3:21 Describe what the *church should do. What difference might that make?

Chapter 4

4:1 Why is Paul a prisoner? So, what does he ask his readers to do? Why should his readers do that? What do you think about all that?

4:2 Make a list of what they should do. What do you think about that?

4:3 Make a list of what ‘the Spirit’ does. What should you do? What difference might those things make?

4:4, 5 Make a list of what you learn. If there is only ‘one’ of something, what else do you know? What do you think about all that?

4:6 Make a list of the facts about God. If these things are true, what else is true? What do you think about all that?

4:7 What has Christ done? What do you think that this might mean?

4:8 Put this verse into your own words. Make a list of what Christ did. What do you think about all that?

4:9 Put this verse into your own words. What do you think about that?

4:10 Make a list of the facts. Who is the ‘person’? (See 4:7.) What difference might these facts make?

4:11 Make a list of what Christ did. What are the gifts in the list here? Why might they be those particular gifts?

4:12 What does Christ do for God’s people? What is the result? What do you think about that?

4:13 Make a list of what will be different for us. When all this has happened, what will ‘we’ be like? What do you think about that?

4:14 Make a list of the facts in your own words. What will be different for us? For what do we need to look out? What do you think about all that?

4:15 What should we do? What will be the result? What do you think about that?

4:16 What does Christ do? What will be different as a result? What do you think about all that?

4:17 What is Paul warning them about? Why might he have warned them about that? What authority did Paul use? What do you think about all that?

4:18 Make a list of what is true about ‘the *gentiles’. (See 4:17.) What do you think about that? What will you do because you know that?

4:19 What do the ‘*gentiles do’ that Paul warned against? (See 4:17, 18.) What do you think about that? What will you do because you know that?

4:20 What do ‘you know’? What difference might that make?

4:21 Make a list of what ‘you’ did. What changed because of those things?

4:22 What should you do? (See 4:18, 19.) Why? What do you think about all that?

4:23 Put this verse into your own words. What might that mean?

4:24 Make a list of what you learn about God. Make a list of what you learn about ‘you’. What do you think about those things?

4:25 Make a list of what you should do. What difference will those things make? What do you think about all that?

4:26, 27 Make a list of what you learn about anger. What dangers should you avoid? What do you think about all that?

4:28 Put this verse into your own words. What should you do? Why do that?

4:29 Make a list of what you learn about ‘words’. What should you not do? Why? What should you try to do? Why? What do you think about all that?

4:30 Put this verse into your own words. What do you learn about the *Holy Spirit? What does he do for ‘you’? What do you think about all that?

4:31 Make a list of what you should do. Make a list of the actions. What do you think about all that?

4:32 What should you do? How might you do that? Why should ‘you’ do that? What will you do because you know those things?

Chapter 5

5:1 Put this verse into your own words. What will be different because you know all this?

5:2 Make a list of what you should do. Why? Make a list of what our love will be like. What do you think about all that?

5:3 What do you ‘know’? Make a list of the negative instructions. Make a list of the words that describe actions in Paul’s list. Why might Paul have given those instructions? What do you think about all that?

5:4 Make a list of what you should not do. What should you do ‘instead’? What difference might that make? What do you think about all that?

5:5 Make a list of what ‘other people’ might do. Make a list of what is also true about them. What do you think about all that? What will be different because you know that?

5:6 Make a list of what you learn about ‘people’. What should you avoid? What else will happen? What will you do in a different way because you know all this?

5:7 What should you not do? (See 5:6.) What do you think about that?

5:8 Make a list of what happened before. Make a list of what changed. What will you do because you know this?

5:9 What do you learn about ‘this light’ (5:8)? What will you do because you know this?

5:10 Make a list of what you should do. What will change because you know this?

5:11 Make a list of what you learn about ‘bad things’. What should you do? What will be different as a result?

5:12 What do ‘they do’ (5:11)? What else does Paul say about ‘these things’? What do you think about all that?

5:13 Put this verse into your own words. What is this about? (See 5:11, 12.) What might be the result of that?

5:14 Put this verse into your own words. What do you learn about ‘the light’? (See 5:11, 13.) What might what ‘men say’ mean? What will you do because you know that?

5:15 Make a list of what you should do. What will you do because you know that? How will you achieve that ambition?

5:16 What should you do? Why should you do that? What will you do because you know that?

5:17 What should you be? What should you do? How will you achieve those things?

5:18 Make a list of the facts. What excess should you avoid? Why? What is the other choice?

5:19 Make a list of the facts. What will you do? What do you think about all that?

5:20 Who are the persons? Make a list of what you should do. Who should receive your thanks? What do you think about all that?

5:21 What should you do? How might you know that someone was doing that? Why should you do that?

5:22 What should wives do? With what should that be similar? What do you think about that?

5:23 Who is head of what? What did Christ do for the *church? What might that mean for the husband as head of the wife?

5:24 Make a list of the facts. In what way should the *church and the wife be similar? What do you think about that?

5:25 What should husbands do? What might they need to do that? What do you think about that?

5:26, 27 Make a list of the facts. (See 5:25.) Why did Christ give his life? (See 5:25.) What will be different because you know all that?

5:28 What should men do? (See 5:25-27.) What else would we know if a man ‘loves his wife’? What will you do because you know that?

5:29, 30 Make a list of the facts. What do you read here about a man and his body? What actions are similar? What do you learn about ‘the *church’?

5:31 Make a list of the facts. What actions will happen? What will be the result? What do you think about that?

5:32 Put this verse into your own words. What do you learn about Christ and his *church? (See 5:31.)

5:33 Make a list of the facts. What should husband and wife do? What will happen if they do that? What do you think about that?

Chapter 6

6:1 What should children do? How would you know if they are doing that? Make a list of the reasons why they should do that.

6:2 What should you do? What connection does this have with a promise? How might you know that you are respecting them?

6:3 What was God’s promise? What did we have to do? (See 6:2.) What will you do because you know that?

6:4 Make a list of the facts. What should fathers do? How should they do that? What do you think about that?

6:5 Make a list of what slaves should do. What might happen if they do those things?

6:6 What should ‘you’ do? (See 6:5.) Why ‘might’ you do that? What should you do instead?

6:7 What should you do? Why should you do that? What do you think about that?

6:8 Make a list of what ‘the *Lord’ will do. How will he choose whom to reward? What do you think about all that?

6:9 Make a list of the facts about masters. Make a list of the facts about slaves. Make a list of the facts about God. What do you think about all that?

6:10 What should you do? How will you be able to do this?

6:11 What should you do? What should you then do? What do you think about that?

6:12 Who or what are Christians ‘fighting’ against? Describe the enemy. What will you do because you know about all that? (See 6:11.)

6:13 What should you do? Why should you do that? What will be the result? What do you think about all that?

6:14 What should you do? How might you know that you had done those things? (See 1:13; 4:21.) What difference might they make?

6:15 What should you do? What might that mean? (See 1:7-12.) What will you do because you know that?

6:16 What should you do? (See 2:8; 4:13.) How will that be good for you? What do you think about all that?

6:17 Make a list of what you know. What should you do with what you know? Make a list of what you learn about ‘the word of God’. What do you think about all these things?

6:18 Make a list of the things that you should do. Why should you ‘pray in the Spirit’? What should you be like? What do you think about all that?

6:19 Make a list of the facts about prayer. Make a list of what Paul wants. What do you think about all that?

6:20 What is Paul’s task? What do you notice about that? What is Paul’s desire? What do you think about all that?

6:21 Make a list of what you read about Tychicus. What will he do? What do you think about all that?

6:22 Make a list of the facts. What be the result of Tychicus’s visit? What do you think about all that?

6:23 Make a list of Paul’s requests. How might you know the result? What do you think about all that?

6:24 Make a list of the facts about ‘some people’. What do you learn about their love? What is Paul’s final prayer? What do you think about all that?

Word List

bless ~ to cause good things to happen to someone.

blessing, blessed ~ the good things that God does for us; a blessing can be a prayer that God will *bless someone.

church ~ a group of people who follow and believe in Jesus Christ; a group of Christians who meet together. It can also mean all the Christians in the world.

Gentiles ~ people who are not *Jews; people who do not know God; people from all nations.

Holy Spirit ~ The Holy Spirit is a person, but not human as we are; he lives and works for God; he is equal and joined with God and Christ; he does the work of God among the people in the world; God’s Spirit that Jesus sent to help people; another name for God; also called the Spirit of God, the Spirit of Christ and the Comforter. We cannot see the Holy Spirit. But he joins with the *spirit of those that know Jesus; he helps them to follow Jesus and to do good things.

Jew, Jewish ~ a person who is from the family of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; a person who believes what *Jews believe.

Lord ~ the name for God or Jesus; it means that he is head over all.

spirit ~ evil spirit(s) from the Devil; part of a person when they are alive, which we cannot see; it decides what to do – good things or bad things; God’s *Holy Spirit, whom Jesus promised to send to all who know him as the Son of God.

steward ~ someone who looks after the property of another person.

Book List

Bible translations

CEV ~ Harper Collins 2000

HKD ~ BFBS 1954 Greek

NTRV ~ Living Stream 1996

Books

AGL Undated Analytical Greek lexicon ~ Harper & Brothers NEW YORK NY

Barclay William ~ The letters to the Galatians and Ephesians ~ The St Andrew Press EDINBURGH

Hei Koinei Diatheikei. Greek New Testament. 2nd ed British & Foreign Bible Society LONDON 1954

Eight Translation New Testament ~ Tyndale

Ellicott Charles John ~ A Bible commentary for English readers by various writers ~ Cassell & Company Limited

Foulkes Francis ~ Tyndale New Testament commentaries: Ephesians ~ IVP

Harper Collins 2000 Contemporary English version ~ Harper Collins Publishers LONDON

Living Stream Ministries 1996 New Testament Recovery Version ~ Living Stream Ministries ANAHEIM CA

Stott: John R W ~ The message of Ephesians ~ IVP

 

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This publication is written in EasyEnglish Level B (2800 words).

March 2007

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