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December 6-7, 2017

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Reading along with us in Ephesians? Here’s today’s reading:

Ephesians 4 (ESV)

I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.Therefore it says,

“When he ascended on high he led a host of captives,
    and he gave gifts to men.”

(In saying, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower regions, the earth? 10 He who descended is the one who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.) ....Continue Reading

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  1. …urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

  2. 22to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, 23and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

    I like to picture our old selves like zombie versions of ourselves; gross dead things that only try to harm us. I find it’s easier to reject these thoughts or actions when I visualize the danger they are in such a silly way. Why would I let a yucky evil zombie dictate my life and choices, when Ive been given new life to become more like God?

  3. “…walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called”. This chapter gives us some pretty detailed instruction on what worthy walking looks like.

  4. It is significant to point out that Ephesians is divided evenly between theology in chapters 1-3 and application in chapters 4-6. SO what better way to start off what we should do with all the stuff God has done for us, then to say live a life worthy of the calling you have received. In other words, follow through on the natural conclusion that should come from the kind of God who would provide so much….certainly for righteousness, not unrighteousness, for love and not hatred, for others centeredness not self centeredness, etc.

    Then the rest of the chapter flows from this. We are to recognize the gifting He has provided and live in those. We are to think differently in how we perceive the world and truth. And we are certainly supposed to treat each other differently….but all flowing form what God has done for us.

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