Summary: Walking in Love, Light & Wisdom – Ephesians chapter 5 verses 1-21 – Sermon by Gordon Curley PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email: email@example.com
(1). Walk in Love (vs 1-2):
• we are Gods children (vs 1)
• we are dearly loved (vs 1)
• we are indebted (vs 2)
(2). Walk As Children of Light (vs 3-14)
• we are saints (vs 3-4)
• we are kings (vs 5-6)
• we are light (vv. 7-14)
(3). Walk in Wisdom (vs 15-21):
• we need to be focused (vs 15)
• we need to be willing (vs 16a)
• we need to be aware (vs 16b)
• we need to be sensible (vs 17a)
• we need to be filled (vs 18)
• I'm going to give you a quick quiz.
• Don't worry, it's easy! I'll give you a word and you give me the opposite…
• The opposite of Fast is... Slow.
• The opposite of Long is... Short.
• The opposite of Cold is... Hot.
• The opposite of Young is... Old.
• The opposite of Soft is... Hard.
• The opposite of Sour is... Sweet.
• The opposite of High is... Low.
• The opposite of Rich is... Poor.
• The opposite of Love is... Hate?
• The opposite of Light is... Darkness?
• The opposite of Wisdom is... Foolishness?
• TRANSITION: Who would want to walk in hate, darkness and foolishness;
• When we can walk in love, light and wisdom!
• And those three words give us an outline for this chapter.
(1). Walk in Love (vs 1-2)
1Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children 2and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
• Ronni Ancona, Jon Culshaw and Debra Stephenson, Rory Bremner,
• Alastair McGowan, Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon,
• And for any old timers Janet Brown and Mike Yarwood!
• Are all famous British impersonators.
• And as you look and listen to them;
• You actually see or hear the famous person they are imitating.
• Now the word imitator or mimic:
• Is the word that the apostle Paul uses in verse 1;
• “Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children”
• It is literally the word ‘Mimic,’
• And a mimic impersonates, copies, is a replica of someone else.
• Now verse 1 explains who we are to mimic;
• Every Christian should be trying to imitate God:
• That is the theme of this chapter.
• The apostle Paul gives to us motivation to mimic God.
• He gives us a number of reasons why we ought to walk in love.
(a). We Are Gods Children (vs 1).
“Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children”
• When the new parents went with their baby to get him examined by the doctor;
• The doctor told them, "You have a cute baby."
• The father replied, "I bet you say that to all new parents."
• The doctor responded “No, just to those whose babies really are good-looking."
• The father then asked: "So what do you say to the others?"
• The doctor said, "He looks just like you."
• TRANSITION: We are to look,
• Just like God!
• Now in one-sense that is impossible,
• Because we cannot be perfect, or all-powerful or all-knowing etc.
• And yet we can mimic God;
• Because we can all be loving, we can all be truthful, we can all be kind etc.
When the apostle Paul encouraged his readers to “walk in love,”
• He was not asking them to do something that was foreign to the Christian;
• The Bible teaches that at conversion every Christian.
• No exceptions, every Christian received a new nature,
• And that nature has to express itself (out work itself) in love.
• I guess at some time or other you have all had that annoying experience;
• When someone with a drink bumps into you,
• All of a sudden you have tea or coffee or coke all over your shirt or trousers!
• So often we are like that spilt drink.
• In life sometimes we have our bumps and bruises,
• Because we run into 'unexpected irritations and knocks'
• (or we may feel it more accurate to say that they run into us) and when they do;
• Like that cup - whatever has filled us and is inside of us comes out.
• TRANSITION: How we react to life's various trials and difficulties;
• Really give us and other people an up close, personal and accurate demonstration,
• Of what our character is truly.
• When bumped do we spill love or hatred?
• Do we spill kindness or anger?
• Do we spill joy or misery?