Hint: Bookmark this page, which has links to every post in the series. Scroll down for audio podcast links.
Lift Your Eyes is a series of reflections in both text and audio podcast format covering every sentence in Paul’s letter to the Ephesians.
- Lift Your Eyes: Introducing Ephesians
- Paul: in his own words (Ephesians 1:1a)
- Amazing holiness (Ephesians 1:1b)
- This God (Ephesians 1:2)
- #inChrist (Ephesians 1:3)
- What if it’s not about me? (Ephesians 1:4–6a)
- Are you trying to redeem yourself? (Ephesians 1:6b–7)
- So here’s the plan (Ephesians 1:8–10)
- Rejoicing in the blessing of others (Ephesians 1:11–12)
- The message is the mission (Ephesians 1:13)
- The Holy Spirit: Our security (Ephesians 1:14)
- Prayer: What are we actually doing? (Ephesians 1:15–16)
- What’s the point of theology? (Ephesians 1:17–18)
- Strength to live (Ephesians 1:19–21)
- The first thing to say about church (Ephesians 1:22–23)
- The root of the problem (Ephesians 2:1–2)
- We too: the offenders (Ephesians 2:3)
- This love (Ephesians 2:4–5)
- A question of security (Ephesians 2:6–7)
- Good works and salvation: What’s the connection? (Ephesians 2:8–10)
- The blood that brings us close (Ephesians 2:11–13)
- Christ the wall breaker (Ephesians 2:14–16)
- Christ the missionary (Ephesians 2:17–18)
- No second-class Christians (Ephesians 2:19)
- Built together (Ephesians 2:20–22)
- The prisoner lifts his eyes (Ephesians 3:1–3)
- The open secret (Ephesians 3:4–6)
- The meaning of ministry (Ephesians 3:7–8)
- God’s multidimensional wisdom (Ephesians 3:9–11)
- My afflictions, your glory (Ephesians 3:12–13)
- Who are you praying to? (Ephesians 3:14–15)
- Where does God live? (Ephesians 3:16–17)
- This is huge (Ephesians 3:18–19)
- God: Beyond us—and with us (Ephesians 3:20–21)
- The truth on the ground (Ephesians 4:1)
- This unity (Ephesians 4:2–3)
- The one and only God (Ephesians 4:4–6)
- Gifted beyond measure (Ephesians 4:7)
- Christ: Up there and down here (Ephesians 4:8–10)
- Christ’s body: A brief history (Ephesians 4:11–13)
- The truth in love: A key principle for church growth (Ephesians 4:14–15)
- Playing your part (Ephesians 4:16)
- Turn around and walk the other way (Ephesians 4:17–19)
- Learning Christ (Ephesians 4:20–21)
- Become who you are (Ephesians 4:22–24)
- Telling the truth (Ephesians 4:25)
- Grace and anger (Ephesians 4:26–27)
- The gospel for criminals (Ephesians 4:28)
- Words with purpose (Ephesians 4:29–30)
- The power of forgiveness (Ephesians 4:31–32)
- Imitators of God (Ephesians 5:1–2)
- Holy talk (Ephesians 5:3–4)
- What do you want to become? (Ephesians 5:5–7)
- Children of light (Ephesians 5:8–9)
- The test that matters (Ephesians 5:10)
- Living light (Ephesians 5:11–14)
- Watch how you walk (Ephesians 5:15–17)
- What’s wrong with drunkenness? (Ephesians 5:18)
- Christian singing: Why and how? (Ephesians 5:19–20)
- Submitting to one another (Ephesians 5:21)
- The gospel and marriage part 1: Wives (Ephesians 5:22–24)
- The gospel and marriage part 2: Husbands (Ephesians 5:25–33)
- Paul the Apostle does children’s ministry (Ephesians 6:1–3)
- The gospel and fatherhood (Ephesians 6:4)
- The gospel: beyond freedom (Ephesians 6:5–8)
- The gospel for the boss (Ephesians 6:9)
- Stand your ground (Ephesians 6:10–13)
- The importance of being a struggling Christian (Ephesians 6:14–16)
- Prayer: the heart of evangelism (Ephesians 6:17–20)
- Reading Ephesians (Ephesians 6:21–24)
- Translation of Ephesians
- Lift Your Eyes: Please rate, review, share
I’m offering this series of 70 reflections for free to anyone who wants to spend time diving in and learning from Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. The reflections are a little more in-depth than the average devotional, but still they’re designed to be accessible and readable by the average person.
Here’s a video explaining how it works:
Here are some of the ways you might be able to use the series:
- Make a plan to read or listen to one reflection per day (or every two days, or once a week, or whatever suits you), and use the questions at the end as a basis for reflection and prayer. This would take 10–20 minutes each time. You can bookmark this page which has links to all the posts in order (see below).
- Subscribe to the entire podcast (using the podcast player of your choice, see below), so you can listen to an episode as you travel or commute. Each podcast episode is about 15 minutes long.
- Use the posts and questions in a weekly Bible study or discussion group.
- Share individual posts with friends on social media if you think they’re relevant.
- If you’re a Bible teacher, use the posts to get ideas for teaching Ephesians.
- Also, if you’re a Bible teacher, share the posts for people to read in parallel with your own series on Ephesians.
- Encourage others involved in your church or ministry to do any of the above.
- Keep this link as a reference in case you’d like to do any of the above in the future.
Below you can connect to the audio podcast series in the platform of your choice.
Listen to the audio podcast
The academic details behind the series
If you’re interested in the technical reasons behind what I say in this series, and want to chase it up further, you might like to check out my book Reading Ephesians and Colossians After Supersessionism: Christ’s Mission through Israel to the Nations.