Ephesians 1:3-23

Thoughts for reflection:  You may recognize, from previous books we have studied, the author uses the language of adoption and inheritance as it relates to followers of Jesus Christ.  In Galatians, Paul used this same language to address a situation where there were religious insiders trying to keep those they thought as unworthy out of the Christian community.  A similar situation was likely occurring here.  Where do you see this in the world or in the church today?  Who are the insiders and who are the outsiders?  Where do you see this in your life today?  Is there anywhere that you feel excluded?  Who are the people you would prefer to exclude?  How might Jesus help you to overcome this?