TRY GOD'S SECRET RECIPE

The Bible calls it God’s big secret. It’s a recipe. Have you tried it? Only if somebody has shared it with you.

Notes And Next Steps

Ephesians 3:1-13 + Part 4 of the series “Masterpiece in Progress: Ephesians"

Surely you have heard about the administration of God’s grace that was given to me for you, that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly. (Ephesians 3:2,3)

Administration = secret strategy
Grace = secret ingredients
Mystery = the secret recipe
Revelation = secret communication plan

Grace

(The gift of) God’s grace given to me through the working of his power, although I am less than the least of all the Lord’s people, this grace was given me. (Ephesians 3:2,7-8

Taste and see that the Lord is good! (Psalm 34:8)

Administration

The Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 3:6)

Mystery

Now to him who is able to establish you in accordance with my gospel, the message I proclaim about Jesus Christ, in keeping with the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past, but now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God, so that all the Gentiles might come to the obedience that comes from faith. (Romans 16:25,26)

Revelation

the mystery made known to me by revelation (Ephesians 3:3)

the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles (Ephesians 3:3)

His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms. (Ephesians 3:10)

SPIRITUAL NEXT STEPS

    1. Why do you think it’s such a good idea that God chose to use people as a vital tool in sharing the gospel of his secret recipe?
    2. Review the 4 elements of God’s secret recipe: ingredients, administration, mystery and revelation. What insight did you gain about them in today’s message?
    3. How are you displaying God’s grace to the people in your life? Is there anything you would like to work on to be more effective? Define this clearly. Pray about it consistently this week, and watch God give you new opportunities! 
    4. Read Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians, and you, in Ephesians 3:14-21. Underline or highlight 3 words that best help you grow to become a better witness. Share those words with a friend.