Summary: Jesus shows us a pattern by which we can life a life that is pleasing to God!
• SLIDE #1
• The efficiency expert concluded his lecture with a note of caution: "You do not want to try these techniques at home!"
• "Why not?" asked a man from the audience.
• "After years of not paying attention, I suddenly noticed my wife's routine at breakfast," the expert explained. "She made lots of trips to the refrigerator, stove, table and cabinets; often she carried just a single item at a time. So I asked her, 'Hon, why don't you try carrying several things at once? It'd be much more efficient.'"
• "Well, did your suggestions save much time?" the attendee asked.
• "Actually, yes," the efficiency expert responded. "It used to take her twenty minutes to get breakfast ready. Now I do it in seven." (MIKES FUNNIES)
• Today as we continue in our Turning Over a New Leaf series, we are going to examine a New Pattern for Life to consider.
• When we build things, we usually follow some pattern, plan or blueprint.
• How would we feel if we were going to have someone come in and install new counter tops in our home and they did it all on the phone?
• They never came by your home to look at your existing cabinets, they never took one measurement, and they never made a pattern to follow so they could cut your new tops to fit.
• Would that make you feel confident in what you would get from them?
• We follow patterns life, many of us build our life on a pattern that was instilled within us when we were children, some decided they did not like the pattern for life they were offered and decided to construct their own pattern.
• For some their pattern is no pattern, they just make it up as they aimlessly wander through life. They can never seem to figure out why they never get anywhere.
• Today we are going to examine two different patterns for life.
• The pattern of life we chose to mold our life from will determine what type of person will become.
• Let’s turn to Ephesians 5, we will be in verses 1-5 and we will open with verses 1-2.
• SLIDE #2
• Ephesians 5:1–2 (HCSB) — 1 Therefore, be imitators of God, as dearly loved children. 2 And walk in love, as the Messiah also loved us and gave Himself for us, a sacrificial and fragrant offering to God.
• SLIDE #3
I. A flawless pattern for life.
• One of the challenges of living our new life in Christ, is getting away from our old way of life.
• In order to do that, we need to follow a new pattern of life, a pattern that is not flawed, but one that is flawless.
• Paul starts this chapter with the word, THEREFORE! Since Christians are a new creation in Christ, since God has forgiven us when we are immersed into Christ, our new self should begin to bear a resemblance to the family of God.
• Then we are told to be imitators of God as dearly loved children.
• In our society, when we think of an imitation, we think of something that is fake or counterfeit.
• Do you want a diamond ring or a DIAMELLE ring? Do you want a pair of Oakley sunglasses or a fake pair?
• DO you want an original Van Gough or one Joe down the street painted?