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Ephesians – People of Light

Read Ephesians 5:6-9 For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light! – Ephesians 5:8 (NLT) As we are changing from being in darkness to being in the Light, and having light within us as well, there will be those who try to bring us back to darkness,…

Ephesians – God or This World?

Read Ephesians 5:3-5 You can be sure that no immoral, impure, or greedy person will inherit the Kingdom of Christ and of God–Ephesians 5:5a (NLT) This passage is not talking about temptation, but about our response to temptation. Are we allowing the Holy Spirit to enable us resist temptation, or are we looking for and giving in to temptation? Listen…

Ephesians – Parented by God

Read Ephesians 5:1-2 Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ.–Ephesians 5:2a (NLT) We reproduce who we are in our children. Here the Apostle Paul urges us to recognize and allow God the Father to parent us, following the example of His Son, Jesus Christ, so that God can reproduce the character of Christ in our lives.…

Ephesians – Children of the Light

Read Ephesians 4:24-32 Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you. Ephesians 4:31-32 (NLT) Sin begins in our heart, but often comes out first in our words. The words we speak…

Ephesians – Renewal

Read Ephesians 4:17-24 Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy. Ephesians 4:23-24 (NLT) Paul calls us here to live differently while remaining in the culture. He challenges us to assess our thoughts and heart to see how they align with God’s thoughts and heart, and…

Ephesians – Maturity

Read Ephesians 4:14-16 [Christ] makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love. Ephesians 4:16 (NLT) God’s purpose in giving his gifts to the Church is that we would all reach maturity in our faith.…

Ephesians – Gifts

Read Ephesians 4:5-13 Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of…

Ephesians – Unity in the Body

Read Ephesians 4:1-6 Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. Ephesians 4:3 (NLT) The vision of God is unity in the body of Christ. Within the church, we are called to a higher standard of relating to one another. We are called to be both honest and humble, truthful and gentle with…

Ephesians – Vision

Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21 (NLT) The Apostle Paul challenges us in these verses to have eyes to see, to…

Ephesians – Rooted in God’s Love

Read Ephesians 3:14-19 May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. Ephesians 3:19 (NLT) Paul’s prayer is that we would be empowered by the Holy Spirit, that our lives would be “more of Christ and…

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