Week 6 – Ephesians 4:17-32 – Walk NOT Like This 

 

WARM UP – Our lives, and personality, is composed of both God’s design and the influence of others. How we talk and how we act are two ways that we largely influence a person or a group of people, in our lives. Who has had the most profound impact on how you act and what you say, and why? 

Read Ephesians 4:17-32. In this section of Scripture, the Apostle Paul exhorts the Ephesian Christians to NOT walk in a way that they were accustomed to walking. And to walk in a way that was honoring to God. He highlights four areas in our lives where our “old self” needs to be “taken off” and our new life in Christ needs to be “put on”. Those are: Falsehood, Anger, Stealing, and Abusive Words. 

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Ephesians 4:26-27 – Paul encourages to “put off” anger, and to “put on” self- control. 

-  As Pastor George mentioned, anger rarely is the cause, but rather a symptom of something deeper going on in your heart. What are some ways to identify causes of anger in your heart? 

Ephesians 4:29 – Paul encourages us to “put off” abusive words, and “put on” gracious words. 

-  Why is it so easy to use “abusive words” than words that are gracious and uplifting? How have you seen those “abusive words” impact the lives around you? 

Ephesians 4:28 – Paul calls for us to “put off” stealing, and to “put on” generosity. What are some ways God is calling you to be more generous in your life? 

WRAP UP – Lastly, write down Ephesians 4:29-30 and ask God to help you live out what it says. Share any changes if you already started this from Sunday’s message.