Walk Your Talk | Ephesians: Your Life In The Family Of God, Part 10

November 13, 2022   /   Crosstown Alliance Church

Ephesians, pt 10 – “Walk Your Talk”

We can’t allow our to be disconnected from the .
If we are going to , we also need to

How do we walk?


1. We walk in

Ephesians 5:1-2
Therefore , as beloved children. 2 And , as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.


Ephesians 4:24
and to put on the new self, in true righteousness and holiness.
“be imitators of God . And walk in love”
If we are going to claim to be ,
we should walk in the footsteps of .
How do we imitate God?


1 John 4:16
So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. , and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.


1 John 3:16
By this we know love, that , and .
Walking in love means selflessly seeking the good of others…

 

2. We walk in

Ephesians 5:3-6
But and must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. 4 Let there be no nor nor , which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. 5 For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has of Christ and God. 6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things upon the sons of disobedience.
“But and or must not even be named among you…”
Sex is a
but like all good things, sex can be .
Adultery
Pornography
Polygamy
Homosexuality
Heterosexual sin
Pre-marital sex
Sexual abuse/harassment
What’s at stake?
1. Entrance into God’s kingdom of God (v. 5)
2. The wrath of God on someone’s head (v. 6)
How do we engage with people who think very differently about sexuality than we do?
“…not even be named among you…”

God does not say to place a .
God does not say to .

1 Corinthians 5:9-10
I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people—10 , or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, since then .

 

3. We walk in

Ephesians 5:7-14
Therefore do not become ; 8 for at one time , but now in the Lord. 9 (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), 10 and try to discern what is . 11 Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead . 12 For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. 13 But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, 14 for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says,
, O ,
and from the ,
and Christ will shine on you.”
Our is our greatest .
“for at one time , but in the Lord.”
Our in the community is how those in darkness .
“Walk as …try to discern what is …take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but .”
BIG IDEA:
The way we expose darkness is by letting light shine;
The way we let light shine is by walking in obedience and love.


Questions to Consider:
Am I pleasing the Lord?
Am I close enough to someone who is far from God?

 

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