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Living as Children of the Light

September 29, 2019 Speaker: John Bell Series: Ephesians

Passage: Ephesians 5:3–5:14

Big Picture: Becoming a Christian entails the reception of an entirely new identity that Paul identifies as “light.” We now live (or “walk”) in accordance with our new identity, which will involve two important activities: 1) We must entirely dissociate ourselves from lifestyles associated with “darkness” - that is, evil, sinful behaviors. 2) As members of a new community, we need to expose the deeds of our sinning brothers and sisters as part of a process of restoration that will result in their growth to maturity in Christ.

 

Point 1:  Christian, know what is not appropriate and what is appropriate for the “people of the light” lifestyle (3-5)

 

Point 2: Christian, watch out for arguments that justify sinful behaviour (6)

 

Point 3:  Christian, know what it means to live as “people of the light” (7-11a)

 

Point 4: Christian, expose the sins of fellow believers (11b-14)

 

A Biblical Definition of Confrontation:  “Confrontation is when an individual speaks biblical truth into another individual’s life with the goal of correcting unbiblical thinking or living.”  (Deepak Reju)

 

Listen to the problem --> Consider heart responses --> Speak truth in love

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