Summary: There are five areas of the Christian’s life that must be different from the world’s.

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What’s the Difference?

Ephesians 4:17-32

I’m always amazed at deer hunters. It is my understanding that deer are color blind, right? If that is true, then why do you wear the camouflage clothes along with a large orange vest? I’ve asked many hunters this question and have been told that the camouflage enables you to blend in with your surroundings. If that logic is true, then as “hunters” of men, should we blend in with our surroundings when we are stalking our prey? What’s the difference? If we are to reach men for Christ, shouldn’t we be like them? Paul said, “I’ve become all things to all men, so that I may by all means save some.” Is this what Paul had in mind? I don’t think so. If our behavior is to match our belief, then we must be different, so different that the world notices. How are we to be different?

1. We are to THINK differently from the world.

a. The lost live according to the futility of their minds.

b. The unsaved man’s thinking is futile because his mind has been darkened—2 Cor. 4:3-6

c. They are ignorant—Romans 1:22

d. Their hearts are hardened to God—callous—Romans 1:23ff

e. The unsaved man is dead because of his spiritual ignorance—truth and life go together—just as belief and behavior

f. The saved person cannot pattern himself after the unsaved—we didn’t learn Christ this way.

g. Salvations begins with repentance—a changing of the mind—in the way we think

h. The whole way we think changes when we come to Jesus—the old self has been cast off

i. We are to be renewed in the spirit of our minds—putting on the new self, which is in the likeness of God—created in righteousness and holiness of the truth

j. Do you understand these things? If not, the Bible talks about you, 1 Cor. 2:14.

k. Physically you are what you eat; spiritually, you are what you think—Prov. 23:7

We are to think differently from the world if we are in Christ Jesus.

2. We are to TALK differently from the world.

a. The unsaved lie because they are children of the devil—the father of lies—John 8:44

b. Christians are to speak the truth—for we are members of one another—we wouldn’t lie to ourselves would we?

c. Christians should be known in their community as honest, reliable people who can be trusted.

d. Fellowship is built on trust, so falsehood undermines fellowship.

e. We are not to let any unwholesome word come out of our mouths—v. 29.

f. The mouth and the heart are connected. Jesus said, “For the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart.”

g. The word “unwholesome” literally means “rotten.” This doesn’t just mean foul language.

h. Sometimes we may join in when others are talking about things we know we shouldn’t be talking about.

i. Sometimes we may even say things around the unsaved in order for them to think that we are really different from them. “I go to church, but I’m really not religious.” “I leave that stuff to the preachers.”

j. Sometimes our words hurt, insult, divide.

k. As Christians, our words should edify or build up, comfort, encourage.

As Christians our talk should be that of grace and not the gutter.

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