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Feb18
EPHESIANS 'Together' a Unique People Living Wisely
Series: Sunday Sermons
Leader: Pastor Bill Terris
Scripture: Ephesians 5:15-21
Date: Feb 18th, 2018
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Every act of obedience in the pursuit of being like Jesus is a wise move. Paul’s teaching thus far (4:1-5:14) reveals God’s wisdom; Paul continues his instruction: “What does living wisely look like?”


 


A. Wisdom is Seen in Being Careful regarding How we Live 15


- Keep a close watch on what is “Light”: purity & knowledge   3-14


  (Enlightened = God has spoken clearly.   Psa.119:105, John 8:12)


- Keep a close watch on Walking in the Light (Prov. 4:25-27 = focus)


 


B. Wisdom is Seen in a Readiness to Make the Most of Opportunity 16


= knowing we are to make the best use of time = good stewardship


- God sets opportunity before us to serve, represent Him, talk of Jesus


= awareness of great pressure to misuse time _ “the days are evil”


Galatians 6:10; 1 Cor.7:29 – “the time is short”


 


C. Wisdom is Seen in Understanding what the Lord’s Will is 17 cf. 10


- “foolish” = moral stupidity in action


- need to know God, His Word, His Ways, and to Follow His will


 


D. Wisdom is Seen in Continuously being Filled with the Spirit   18-20


- Illustration 18: one controlled cannot help how he speaks, walks, etc.


- Evidence of Control:


1. Negatively: wine -> debauchery = unrestrained indulgence, wasteful


2. Positively: Holy Spirit -> empowers us to speak and walk as Jesus


   - Joyfulness: overflow of song, “to the Lord”; 1 Thes.5:16-18


   - Thankfulness: due to confidence in God to work His purposes


NOTE: we GRIEVE the Spirit when we practice things He does not


             want us to   4:30


          : we QUENCH the Spirit when we do NOT practice things He


             wants us to = “put out the Spirit’s fire”   1 Thessalonians. 5:19


          : NEVER told to be Baptized (1 Cor.12:13), or Indwelt with the       


             Spirit (1 Cor.3:16, 6:19; John 14:15-18) _both already done!!!


 


E. Wisdom is Seen as “Together” Believers Submit to One Another   21