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Ephesians 1:3-14 is One Sentence in Greek: Where to Start

May 21, 2016

Ephesians 1:3-14 is a single sentence in Greek. It has more than 200 words. How does a preacher even begin!

Well, to start, I isolated the indicative verbs, which is as simple as typing

[VERB Indicative]

into the search entry bar in Accordance software. I wanted to start there because I thought indicative verbs (as opposed to the participles) would be the best place to begin breaking down the flow of Paul’s argument.

Then I cross-highlighted the verbs in an English translation in parallel (though I had done my own translation, too) so I could see them in both languages. The result was this (click/tap to enlarge):


Ephesians 1.1-14 Indicative Verbs


From there, you guessed it, a three-point outline emerged, which shaped my sermon on this beautiful passage. I found that the indicative verbs themselves coalesce pretty nicely into three main points.

I’m preaching on the passage tomorrow–great stuff, and much more to share, but just this simple search (with, of course, instantaneous results) has been essential in guiding my exegesis and preparation.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. May 21, 2016 10:19 pm

    Personally, I think starting with participles would be a splendid idea! (0:

  2. May 22, 2016 9:10 am

    Reblogged this on Talmidimblogging.

  3. Sarah permalink
    May 25, 2016 9:48 am

    Such a rich passage.

    • May 27, 2016 8:35 pm

      I’m preaching now on the second half of chapter 1, but I keep coming back to the first half of it! So much there.


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