Welcome back to Week 3 in the Book of Ephesians!
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This week’s Reflection & Discussion Questions
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God has gifted some of the saints to speak his words, preach the good news, and teach and build up the church. This is both to expand the church and strengthen the unity of the body of believers. These leaders equip each believer to live out the calling God has on their own individual life. Paul uses the analogy of the human body to show them that they are not to use their gifts for their own benefit but instead to see the entire body grow and work properly.
We cannot grow to maturity in isolation. We need one another. We need pastors and teachers to lead us and we need each other, to build one another up in love. This is how a healthy church works. Are you sometimes tempted to isolate yourself from other believers? Do not do this – it will stunt your growth. Who is someone that has built you up either through them using their gift to teach you or through their love? Who is someone from your church that needs built up right now? Name one thing you can do today to build up the body of Christ.
When we become new in Christ, that means we are exchanging an old life for a new one. This requires us to actively put off our old self and put on the new. It’s not a feeling – it’s an action and our life is to become all new in the way we think and live. This only comes about through the renewing of our minds but it’s more than just head knowledge, it is heart knowledge. It’s knowing that Christ is always with us and so we want to walk in a manner worthy of him.
The analogy of putting off the old self and putting on the new is one like the changing of clothes. Think about what it’s like when you take old clothes and donate them or throw them away. You are done with them forever. Now think about when you go shopping and buy brand new clothes. When you put those on you feel different. It feels good. This is what it is like when we are saved. The old self that was corrupt should be gone – let it go – the new self that is both righteous and holy has come. In what specific ways have you changed since your salvation? Which old ways have you put off? What new ways have you put on? Are there any lingering old ways that you need to actively put off? What is holding you back?
The new man tells the truth. He does not steal but works hard for what he has, and he does not make an excuse for his anger. He is careful with his words to not grieve the Holy spirit. He let’s go of bitterness and slander and is kind, tenderhearted and forgiving.
Anger is a heart issue. The last thing we want to do when we are angry is be kind, tenderhearted and forgiving. We must not let our hearts grow calloused but instead be tenderhearted. I once heard a preacher say that the word anger is one letter short of danger. Anger is dangerous. It cripples relationships and gives the devil a foothold in our lives. We are not told to control our anger but to get rid of it. It’s important that we don’t wait and let our anger grow but instead resolve matters quickly. How do you act when you are angry? Are you a little out of control? Do you resolve matters quickly? How is your heart condition right now? Do you have some anger towards someone you are holding onto? It’s easy to let years turn into decades and to hold bitterness in our hearts but that will give the enemy a foothold. What do you need to either let go of or resolve today? Don’t wait. I encourage you to take care of it before sundown today.
At one time, we were not just in darkness but darkness itself. But God! Now, he has made us light. We are the light of the world and so we are called to walk as children of light. This means that the sins we once walked in like anger, bitterness, sexual immorality, impurity, covetousness, foolish and crude talk or other shameful things, must all be a part of our past.
We are children of the light so we must live like it. The fruit of the light is good, right and true and it makes visible the darkness. Our light exposes the works of the darkness. Paul does not tell us to avoid people in darkness but to avoid the unfruitful works of the darkness. If a bunch of lights are all in one room, while it may be a very bright and pleasant room – it isn’t helping those in darkness much. But if you are in a very dark room and a bunch of lights are brought in, the light is a huge blessing. Your light in this dark world is needed. Are you shining your light for Jesus? Are you tempted to just hang out with other lights? Who is in darkness that you need to bring light to today? Pray for this person in your life right now and ask the Lord to give you an opportunity to be a light in their lives.
Paul says to look carefully at how we walk and be wise. Time is not to be wasted. Our time is limited so we must be wise in how we live and make the most of all the opportunities God gives us. Instead of being like the world and getting drunk with wine, we are to be full of the Spirit and singing hymns and spiritual songs and giving thanks to God for everything.
Our eyes are the windows to our life. Physical vision problems are common. It is estimated that around 75% of adults wear glasses. That’s a lot of us! Spiritual vision problems are just as common. Too many of us – me included – get caught up in seeing the world around us, just in the physical sense. When we do that, we lose our spiritual focus. We must correct our spiritual vision problems. Pause right now and look. Look carefully at how you are walking. Are you being wise? Are you making the best use of your time? What changes do you need to make?
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Here’s the Printable Bible Bookmark for Ephesians.
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Colored Pencils – Crayola Twistables and Crayola Colored Pencils
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