[Linux4christians] Ephesians 4:1-6 (Sunday)
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Sat Sep 19 21:50:37 EDT 2009
EPHESIANS 4 STUDY - Overview
The Apostle Paul calls upon the church (believers) to grow
up. He implores us to learn the Word, to live the Word, and
to press away the polluting influences of the sinful world
to which we were formally emotional, intellectual, physical,
and spiritual slaves.
Paul does not request, nor does he expect perfection any
more than Jesus did; Jesus provided for confession,
repentance, and forgiveness for good reason. Paul is clear
in all of his writings that he has his own struggles and
thus anticipates the same in the Christian walk of others.
Paul's message is that we be intentional in our pursuit of
holiness; that we make it a major focus of our lives,
because in so doing we honor God and we are continually
moving away from potential temptation.
*Ephesians 4:1-6 (Sunday)*
"I, therefore, the prisoner for the Lord, urge you to live
worthily of the calling with which you have been called,
with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing
with one another in love, making every effort to keep the
unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body
and one Spirit, just as you too were called to the one hope
of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God
and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all."
"... live worthily of the calling" - We are children of God,
"saints", destined for eternity in Heaven, privileged to
carry His name in this temporary world. We rightly condemn
sports stars and political leaders when they behave in
anti-social ways because they bring shame upon the name of
their team or their nation - therefore we can easily
understand God's request that we be no less sensitive to the
honor we defend as bearers of His name.
Paul is a living example of humility as he notes elsewhere
his own failings - we are never to think ourselves better
than our peers. No former enemy of God, saved by God's
grace through faith in Him alone, has justification for
arrogance. Gentleness marks the maturing believer, patience
with loving endurance of the occasional immaturity of those
who are still learning and growing - as we previously were
the ones who were learning and growing - older "siblings" to
younger "children" in the faith.
Paul reminds us to remember that whether newly saved or
longer as "the church" [believers] we all have the same Holy
Spirit - one does not war with oneself. God is one and we
are one in His church (believers). Our peace comes from our
joy in the eternal promise of Heaven and from our trust that
He is in control. There is no conflict inside "the church"
[among believers] so long as our eyes are on Him alone.
*Consider* the way that children often put-down younger
siblings, taunting them with "little baby" or they take
advantage of their lack of life experience and knowledge
with tricks; sadly, many adults never mature out of this
abusive, destructive, and immature behavior.
*Discuss* the way that old-school parents may often chide
their children as they head out the door "remember not to do
anything that would bring shame to the family name", so
great was their traditional belief in the value of integrity
before the watching world. This has been largely lost in a
fragmented society where selfishness rules. God calls us to
integrity in everything we do as the bearers of the name of
*Reflect* upon the the way that Jesus and the apostles
modeled humility, and upon the constant problem in the early
church with arrogant and proud people assuming roles of
*Share* an example of knowing that you were a "child of God"
gave you the perspective and motivation to walk away from
sin that otherwise may have ensnared you.
*Truth in Action*
Thank God for the Holy Spirit who equips us to live worthy
of God and in peace with fellow believers - because we know
that doing so without Him is impossible.
Today I will pray that God will find me teachable so that
the Holy Spirit may guide me away from an old sin (or
perhaps a new one) and toward righteousness instead. I will
ask a fellow believer to pray in agreement for this and will
share with them what God does to honor our prayers.
Be Specific __________________________________________
Monday's text will be: Ephesians 4:7-10
Have an http://Ultrafidian.com Day! Pastor David
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