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Feb11
EPHESIANS Together a Unique People Love & Light
Series: Sunday Sermons
Leader: Pastor Bill Terris
Scripture: Ephesians 5:1-14
Date: Feb 11th, 2018
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Introduce the word “eager” (Titus 2:14) into being a Christ-follower:


- “Together” being “eager” to Preserve the Unity   4:1-6


- “Together” being “eager” to Prepare for Usefulness   4:7-16


- “Together” being “eager” as a People Unique   4:17-6:9


cf. 1 Pet.2:2, 3; Psa.42:1, 2; Jer.15:16, 20; John 10:10 – fully alive!


POINT: Need for the transformation of our spirit _Eph.3:14-21


 


A. Living as Imitators as God’s People   5:1-2


- God’s character is love   1 John 4:16


- God’s children are to love   cf. “therefore” = expected change


- God’s children are to love “just as” Christ   cf. 4:32


NOTE: See Jesus in the Gospels    John 13:12-17


          : “put off the old self…be made new in the attitude of your


             mind…put on the new self” (4:22-24  _an “eager” pursuit)


 


B. Living that is Improper for God’s People   5:3-7


1. “Let’s be Clear”   3-4


- activities that are “out of place” are named   cf. “darkness”   8


- 1 Thes.4:1-5, 7-9  cf. 1 Cor.5:9-13= preserve spiritual health


2. “It is Certain”  5-6


- “idolater” = one who looks to someone / something forbidden


                      by God for satisfaction or fulfillment _WORSHIP


- deceived by promises (lies) -> choose to sin, choose to suffer


  (Num. 32:23; Prov. 6:27; God’s wrath; Command: 2 Tim. 2:19)


3. “Who am I partnering with?”  7


NOTE: Call what God calls sin “SIN”; say, “No!”  Rom. 6:12, 13


          : “Guard your HEART”  Prov. 4:23-26; 813; 22:5; 23:17;


               24:1; 28:13, 14  _ “Do NOT envy sinners.”


           : You are NOT ALONE _seek out a ‘buddy’  Gal.6:1, 2


 


C. Living with Influence as God’s People   5:8-14


- Christ is Light…Christ-followers are Light   John 8:12; 12:46


- Light is evident in its “fruit” 9    “What pleases the Lord?”  10


- Light exposes darkness -> Christ’s call to us 14   Matt. 5:16