Walk As People of Light | Ephesians 5:1-20 | October 22nd, 2017

Warm Up: Light and Dark are often contrasted in the Bible. Read Romans 13:11-14 and 1 Thessalonians 5:4-11 aloud before diving in to Ephesians 5:1-20. All of these passages encourage us to live as children of light, not of darkness. Apart from an abiding walk with Jesus our tendency is to drift toward moral and spiritual apathy. Can you relate? How so?

This is Read Ephesians 5:1-20 aloud. Paul begins by sharing what living as “people of light” does not look like (See 5:3-6, 15-18). The Apostle Paul outlines 4 things that the lives of those who walk in darkness are characterized by: sexual immorality, impurity, greediness, and drunkenness. Paul strongly warns us not to be involved with these things as they are completely contrary to living a life of agape love and light in Christ.

Though the masses celebrate these 4 things, what is the encouragement from this passage about how Jesus’ followers ought to relate with them?
If you have ever walked in these dark patterns (either before or after you were saved) how did it affect your heart, mind, spirit or relationships? Be specific.

We resist the darkness by purposefully aligning our lives with Jesus, His love, His purposes, and His instructions. This is the essence of what it means to be a disciple. The “love” we are called to imitate — “Agape” — is unconditional, sacrificial love which is embodied in God Himself. It is love which is commanded in believers lives, empowered by the Holy Spirit, and activated by personal choice of our will.

Describe how your daily walk of faith is going in this season of your life. If you don’t necessarily feel like you are progressing in the kind of love mentioned above, how are you encouraged or challenged by this conversation?

The Apostle Paul also shows us what living as children of light ought to look like (see 5:1-2, 7-14, 19-20). He shares 2 characteristics of someone who walks in the light: love and thanksgiving. As Pastor George mentioned, “Install thanksgiving and self-sacrificial love at your core, and you will walk in the light of Christ.”

What are some specific things you can do to daily prepare yourself to pour out the sacrificial love that God is asking you to give?
What impact does giving thanks, or having a heart of gratitude, have on your heart, mind, and walk? Why would “thanksgiving” be something that would keep you from going back to the “darkness” of your past?

Wrap Up: Dispelling darkness in our lives is often not as complicated as we make it. Pastor George shared that walking in the light is often just like flipping on a light switch. We don’t have to eliminate darkness first; we only need to turn on the light. How is God asking you to “turn on the light” in your life right now? Pray about these things as you close.