Topic: AM Service Passage: Ephesians 4:1–6
To be a Christian means more than learning a set of doctrines or holding a set of beliefs. It means being a follower of Jesus – to live your life in accordance with the truth that the Lord has given to us in His Word and to obey and glorify the Lord, even as Jesus did. This is one of the greatest testimonies to the truth of the gospel, as Christians show the change in their lives that Jesus brings. In Ephesians 4, Paul shifts from describing the great truth of what God has done to tell us what we are called to do because of that great work. We are called to live lives that reflect the character of Jesus: humble, gentle, and patient. Because Jesus has united in the Church people who were formerly divided, we are to live in a way that shows unity. To be a true follower of Jesus means that we must be “Walking Worthy” (Ephesians 4:1-6).
I. The Calling to Walk
A. Because We Are Called
B. According to Our Calling
II. The Character of Our Walk
A. Putting Others First
B. Showing Love
III. The Centrality of Our Walk
A. Striving For Unity
B. The Source of Our Unity
Questions for consideration: (1) Why do you think Paul is careful to give commands about our we should live after he tells us what God has done? What would be the danger in telling us how we should live first? What is the danger in a command without telling us what God has done? Or in telling us what God has done without commands? (2) What is the hardest thing about humility for you? What are three practical ways that you can practice humility this week? (3) Why is unity so important to the Church? How can we show unity despite the fact that the Church has various denominations?