IV. Outline

IV. Outline

  1. Salutation (1:1-2)
  2. Formation of the New Community (1:3-3:21)
    1. The Role of Jesus Christ in the Formation of God's New Community (1:4-14)
    2. A Prayer for Spiritual Insight Within the New Community (1:15-23)
    3. The Unique Nature of God's New Community (2:1-22)
    4. How Paul Came to the Knowledge of the Mystery (3:1-13)
    5. A Prayer for the Ephesians (3:14-21)
  3. Functions Within the New Community (4:1-6:20)
    1. General Exhortation (4:1-3)
    2. Living in the New Community (4:4-6:9)
      1. Unity of the new community (4:4-6)
      2. Gifts for the new community (4:7-12)
      3. Challenge for the new community (4:13-16)
      4. Moral standards for members of the new community (4:17-5:20)
      5. Submission as the standard for human relationships (5:21-6:9)
      6. Provisions for triumphant living (6:10-20)
  4. Final Words (6:21-24)
    1. Tychicus, the Messenger (6:21-22)
    2. Benediction (6:23-24)