New Creation Clothing
This last Sunday Ben Purves preached on Ephesians 4:17-32. Below you will find the Scripture text, sermon outline, and discussion questions for your family/or Community Group.
You can listen to the sermon mp3 here.
17 Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds.
18 They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart.
19 They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity.
20 But that is not the way you learned Christ!—
21 assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus,
22 to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires,
23 and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds,
24 and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
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.
New Creation Clothing (Ephesians 4:17-32)
- A transition from doctrine to application:
- Doctrine (ch 1-3)
- Application (ch 4-6)
- Do not walk as the old self (vv 17-19).
- You are a new creation (vv. 20-24).
- Put off the old, and put on the new (vv 25-32).
- From falsehood to truth (v 25).
- From anger to peace (vv 26-27).
- From theft to generosity (v 28).
- From corruption to grace (v 29).
- Do not grieve the Spirit (v 30).
- From bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, slander, and malice, to kindness, tenderheartedness, and forgiveness (vv 31-32).
General Discussion Questions
- What are the highlights? What stood out to you from the text?
- What questions do you have?
- What points of application did you take away from the text?
Specific Discussion Questions
- How would you explain union with Christ, and how that changes your identity? (Eph 1-3)
- Consider the opposing realities of newness in Christ and indwelling sin. How are these realities manifested in our lives?
- How do you seek renewal? How necessary is renewal in Christ?
- How is the gospel necessary in the putting off the old, and putting on the new?
- How do we avoid moralism when it comes to these points of application?
- Where does Paul focus attention for the renewal for the Ephesian church?
- What are practical points for daily application of these truths?
- Have you identified areas in your life where you need to put off the old, and put on the new?
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