Week 13 of EPHESIANS » God’s Ultimate Purpose
Message title: WHOs lead to DOs
Scriptures: Ephesians 4:25-32
Preacher: Jeff Patterson
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Everyone comes to God with three big problems:
- An Identity problem
- An Idolatry problem
- A Need (what we think is our problem)
Thus, it’s not enough to simply stop doing “bad” things and start doing “good” things. God must change our hearts, and to do that requires an honest assessment of our deepest problems. When we discover who we are in Christ, our new life with Him begins to take shape. Then we will live differently!
25 Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. 26 Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger,27 and give no opportunity to the devil. 28 Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need. 29 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. 32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted,forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
We are sons and daughters made in the image of God our Father, who accepts us because of the life and death of Jesus His true Son.