Ephesians 4:17–31

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Preacher: Daniel Wilson

Sermon Notes

Daily process of growth

1. Put off your old self: darkened, ignorant, hard-hearted and calloused

2. Be renewed in your mind

“Purge all former attitudes, motives, and thoughts that belong to the old self and embrace all the attitudes, motives, and thoughts that come from Christ”

3.    Put on your new self

Renew your mind and believe the Gospel: “If your eyes always see your failures, temptations, and sin then you don’t see as God sees”

Renew your mind and be amazed by grace: “Small and few thoughts of sin are accompanied by small and few thoughts of grace.”

Personal Reflection

Verse 29 says: “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.”  Is there any “corrupting talk” you need to repent of from this last week?  Go to that person and ask for forgiveness.  Think of a situation in which you spoke kind and graceful words.  What can you do to ensure those time occur more often?  Reflecting on God’s grace that He has recently shown to you might be helpful.

Daniel stated that at times we trust in clean behavior when the dress code of Heaven is blood-stained.  What does this mean?  How does this truth affect your day to day life?  What does a person dwell on when one trusts in clean behavior?  What does a person dwell on when one understands that the dress code for heaven is blood-stained?

Sin can only be defeated with all three battle phases: putting off sin, praying for renewal and putting on Christ.  What will that look like this week for you?

Family Discussion

  • Tell your kids about your old self. What did you love? What motivated you? 
  • Tell your kids about how you are seeking to be renewed in your mind at home, work, etc.
  • Tell your kids about the new self and how freeing it is to know that your sin is paid for and God is at work in you
  • Ask your kids: Why will God let people into heaven: because they had good behavior or because they trusted what Jesus did?
  • Ask your kids: What is a “darkened understanding?” 
  • Ask your kids: In Ephesians 4:18, why are people with a darkened understanding called ignorant (hard hearts)?
  • Pray with your kids for those who have hard hearts and darkened understanding.