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Pastor Allan Kircher

Shell Point Baptist Church

June 2nd 2013

Eph. 5:8-14

“It’s about time! WALK AS CHILDREN OF THE LIGHT”

Intro: Eph. chap 5 is all about change.

• Designed/teach us we are different/world around us.

• Now that we are different/should live lives that/different.

The simple truth:

• Believers should be different from those/don’t know Lord.

A brief review/1st seven verses/chapter clearly demonstrate/truth.

• v. 1, commanded to live like God

• v. 2, commanded to love like God.

• V.3-7, commanded to leave this world and its ways behind.

• v. 8 Apostle tells us why we are to be different.

• This is something we need to hear and heed.

• After all, we are living in this world.

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We are “Aliens and Strangers” here, 1 Pet. 2:11.

• There was a time when we were citizens of this world.

• We lived like they live. We thought like they think.

• We did what they do. We were part of them.

• But, when we were saved/grace/God

• We were delivered/old life/sin/Given/new life/righteousness.

Even though delivered/world, we still possess deep knowledge of the world and its ways.

There is still a part of us/fleshly part/still desires the things/world we left behind when we were saved.

• Always pressure/saints/God/more like/world around them.

• overt pressure/entertainment/other forms of media for us to do what the world does

• Subtle pressure even/people we love who would like to see us behave a little more like them.

• To see us do the things they do.

• I think these folk do what they do because our lifestyle makes them feel guilty about the way they are living.

Pressure within us/flesh reaches out/things/now forbidden to it.

• We might be saved/still a part of us that loves sin

• That hates the rigors of holiness.

• While there is pressure to go back

• There is also pressure to go forward.

Spirit of God/the resurrected spirit within us want us to be transformed so that we might be what God saved us to be

• That’s why in Rom.12:1–2, God tells us ….

• We studied, v.7, “Do not be partners with them.”

• Verses today teach us how to make that/reality in our lives.

I want take these verses/point out some insights that speak to us about Walking As Children Of Light.

Text teaches us how/become/righteous person God saved us/be.

• We live/hard, dark world/dominated/driven by sin.

• In the midst of that darkness/depravity

• God has redeemed a people.

He has redeemed a people:

• That He expects to be different.

• He has empowered to be different.

• He has called into service for Him.

Rest/Eph. tells us how to make that a reality in our lives.

I. V. 8 HOW WE ARE CHANGED

What We Were - We “were once darkness.”

• Meaning we were lost/darkness/sin/depravity.

• Darkness was where we lived/what we loved.


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