FEBRUARY 22, 2015
Introduction: Ephesians 4:17-28
Stuff Phil said:
“In the first 4 chapters of Ephesians, Paul has been give a road map for life, but now he takes a turn and begins to describe what it looks like to live this way.”
“The Gentiles satisfy their desires at every turn with more and more and more and more. Paul says we are to move in the opposite direction.”
“Sometimes, we want a Christianity without a cross or without denying self.”
“If we summarized Paul on this life, it would include: always tell the truth, watch your anger closely, quit taking stuff that doesn’t belong to you, carry your own weight, and be generous with what you have.”
“Love is always outward focused. So, what does it look like to love where you live?”
Have you ever been in a setting outside the church building and had the thought “This is church!!!”? If so, describe what that was like. Phil gave the example of an Alcoholic’s Anonymous meeting.
When we try to satisfy our own needs, two principles come into play: The Law of Diminishing Returns and Whatever You Feed Grows. How have you seen these principles at play in your own life?
In Ephesians 4:22-24, Paul says ‘put off your old self’, ‘be made new in the attitude of your minds’, and ‘put on the new self.’ In your journey, what has helped you to do 1 or all of these things?
As you read Ephesians 4:25-28, in what ways does God want Christians to change?
Concerning the practical ways that God wants us to change, which do you finder easier and which do you find more difficult to live out?
If love is always to be outward focused, where do you struggle to love others well? What would help you in this area?
What is something practical you could do this week to put off the old self and grow in putting on the new self?
What is something you could do this week to practice God’s love in the place where you live?