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Imitators of God

October 23, 2016 Speaker: Fred Greco Series: Ephesians

Topic: AM Service Passage: Ephesians 5:1–6

When a person professes faith in Christ, that is a beginning, not an end. Not that there is work that must be done in order to be a Christian, but rather because the profession of Christ starts a person out on a path of discipleship – of being more and more like Jesus. If we know Christ, we will then want to be more like Christ. We will want others to see a resemblance to Christ in our actions, our words, our life. This means that we must no longer give in to sinful desires or use ungodly language. Instead, we are to seek to glorify the Lord in all that we say and do. As we strive by the power of the Holy Spirit to live for the Lord, we gain assurance of our salvation. We can see that the profession of faith we made has made a difference in who we are. The Scripture warns us that if we take this lightly, and if we believe we can live like those who do not claim to follow Jesus, then we are at the risk of proving our profession false. The Bible calls us to live for Christ and to live as “Imitators of God” (Ephesians 5:1-6).

I. Being Who You Are
A. Imitating God
B. Imitating Christ

II. Living Like You Should
A. Purity in Action
B. Purity in Speech

III. Knowing the Stakes
A. The Link Between Life and Faith
B. Don’t Be Deceived

Questions for consideration: (1) How would living with sacrificial love change the way you treat others? What would that look like on a daily basis? (2) Why is it so much harder to keep from sinning when the world around us embraces certain sins? What steps can you take to keep yourself pure in action and in speech? (3) Do you think Paul wants us to live our lives in fear of punishment? If not, why do you think he gives us such warnings?

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