SERMON DIGESTION: Your chance to give any personal input on the sermon.
Discuss: What are your primary reasons for living a God-honoring life? When sin tempts or grabs you what reasons are primarily powerful in turning you around?
READ Ephesians 5:1-2
What motives does Paul list for holy living in 5:1-2? There are at least 3.
The church family in Ephesus lived in a multi-cultural, pagan society that was held together through the demonic and sexualized worship of Greek gods. It was a culture thick with un-holy practices and beliefs.
Pastor Thomas unpacked this section by arguing that “a major part of walking in love, as Christ loved us, is treating others in holy ways not in harmful ways.”
After the list of instructions from 4:1-5:4 Paul gives 4 motivations for holy living in 5:5-21. Why is it critical to put Gospel-centered motivations alongside Gospel-centered commands?
READ 5:5-7 to hear Motivation for Holy Living #1
READ 5:7-14 to hear Motivation for Holy Living #2
Pastor Thomas summarized this motivation as: “You are a blazing light that can give life. Become who you are.”