New Testament
Lesson 39
For the Perfecting of the Saints

Lesson Highlights

A study of this lesson will help us understand that the process of "perfecting the saints" (Ephesians 4:12) requires us to increase our faith in Christ, follow the teachings of the apostles and prophets, and protect ourselves from the wickedness of the world.

Scripture references for study:  Ephesians
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Lesson 39 Handout (PDF format)


Paul's letter to the Ephesians is generally considered to have been written during his first Roman imprisonment, between A.D. 61- 63.

This letter "does not seem to have the specific purpose of combating errors of doctrine or evil practices, as do most of his other letters. It is more like a deeply spiritual sermon than a call to repentance. It seems to be directed to members of the church who have maturity and understanding, and therefore it reflects great depth in its concepts.
    "Perhaps its theme could best be summarized as a concise and beautiful outline of how a person sets aside the things of this world in order to partake of the unity and fellowship of the church."
(Life & Teachings of Jesus & His Apostles, p349)

Ephesians 1

READ EPHESIANS 1:3-4. Chosen before the foundation of this world.

"That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him." (Ephesians 1:10)

Ephesians 2

READ EPHESIANS 2:8-10. Saved by grace.

"For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us." (Ephesians 2:14)

READ EPHESIANS 2:19-21. Christ, the chief cornerstone.

Ephesians 4

READ EPHESIANS 4:4-6. One Lord, one faith.

READ EPHESIANS 4:11-14. Leaders for the perfecting of Saints.

Paul admonishes the members of the Church to live righteously.

Ephesians 5

READ EPHESIANS 5:22-29. Husbands, love your wives.

Ephesians 6

READ EPHESIANS 6:1-4. Parents to teach, children to obey.

READ EPHESIANS 6:11-18. Put on the armour of God.

Gospel Doctrine Notebook

Record your thoughts on the teachings of Paul to the Ephesians. What specific principles have meaning in your life? How can you incorporate the these principles into your life?

Resources Used In This Lesson

Believing Christ by Stephen E. Robinson.

Conference Reports (CR).

Doctrinal New Testament Commentary by Bruce R. McConkie.


Journal of Discourses (JD).

Life & Teachings of Jesus & His Apostles.

Men of Example by Spencer W. Kimball.

Mormon Doctrine by Bruce R. McConkie.

New Testament Apostles Testify of Christ by D. Kelly Ogden and Andrew C. Skinner.

Stand Ye In Holy Places by Harold B. Lee.

Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith (TPJS).

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