Bible Passage: Ephesians 5:1-17
Stuff Geoff Surratt said:
“We must get to the root of the problem or the problem will come back.”
“Sexual Immorality: Immorality is what we do. Impurity: Impurity is what we want to do. Greed: Greed is always wanting more.”
“God’s motive is love for us, not to keep us from fun.”
“Moving forward – Be loving, Be transparent, and Be smart!”
“Please know: there is no condemnation, God loves you, and there is hope!”
Have you ever had a home improvement project or do-it-yourself project not go as planned? What happened?
How are Christians to imitate God? (Ephesians 5:1-2)
What practices should Christians avoid? (Ephesians 5:3-6)
Read Ephesians 5:15-17, how would you rephrase Paul’s challenge in your own words?
Immorality, impurity, and greed are symptoms of a deeper root cause, the old self or sinful nature. The old self grows when we feed it and it dies in the light (Ephesians 5:8-9). How have your experienced this dynamic and battle in your own journey?
Geoff challenged us to be transparent and smart in relation to our struggles with sexual immorality, impurity, and greed.
Describe your current level of transparency with your struggles and in your journey?
In what ways could you grow in transparency with others?
What does it look like to be smart in relation to a struggle?
What ‘smart’ advice would you give someone struggling with a specific sin? (ie. Know your weakness, avoid dangerous situations, what helps me be strong, etc.)
What is something you could do this week to grow in transparency with others?
In what area and in what way do you need to apply ‘smart’ advice to a struggle in your life?