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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Shine Your Light- Marriage

Ephesians 5:22-33

If you want to do one thing to cause strife, strike at marriage.


The duty of the wife is to submit.  Christ does not hold us to the ground.  A wife should honor and obey and love her husband.  Responding love.

First love  - attraction love

Wife is called to have responding love.
Husband is to have agape love - lay his life down for his wife.

Children come into a family not a marriage.   Husband and wife come into marriage.

Romans 3:23

God wants to take us back to the glory that Adam and Eve had before sin came into the world.

Your righteousness is found in Christ.
This passage shows us Christ's love for his bride.  It's not us who makes us right but who we are in - ie in Christ.

Marriage gets attacked the  most in the world today. 

We need to be a Light in the World and let it shine.

Show our relationship with the One Who saves us.

The enemy will attack our families.  Wives to respect our husbands.  Husbands are to love their wives.  Offspring often happens and a family is formed.  Children are often most affected if marriage breaks down.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Make A Difference

Ephesians 5:1-7

It's one thing to live as Christ wants us to but we have to shine the Light.

Make a difference!

God is not about a bunch of laws and regulations.   God is about us being His people.

You can not earn your righteous.   God wants us build you up not pull us down.

What pulls the church down:
- greed
- sexual immorality
- impurity
- any thought that does not build the body is unhealthy and sinful;
- indecency
- covetness
- any conversation that does not matter to God we should not be talking about;
- Col 3:8
- give thanks to God
- when you speak properly you speak into our lives;
- when we speak what God wants we build; when we speak negative we destroy;
- the abuse of the tongue is opposed to holiness;
- God wants us to live holiness and to shine!

Our response should be heartfelt and wanting to love God.

Acts 15 ( v 19-21)

This is to help us be the people of God.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Ephesians 5:1-2

Ephesians 5:1-2

Christ - among us, in us, be traced in ourselves and speak to us.  He doesn't just want to speak to us but see himself in us.  Godly love and Godly holiness.

My life is the life I live for Christ; in Christ and through Christ.

Wrought - heating, hammer, water, shape; hammered out.  God wants to hammer us out. 

It's not just good enough to know God.  Don’t live in temptation house but in God's house/community.

We study God; learn his ways; copy him just like in a family. 

St Augustine: God could love man so much and man love God so little.

You can't plead ignorance  (darkness);  light (truth) - stay and journey in the light.   We can't just walk as Christ?  No we should shine as well.  It's important that we shine (turn the light on)  when light shines; it falls on other. 

Shine on others, who shine on others and others  (reflected light).  We are to shine God's light not our light.   To walk as children of light we are to shine God's light.

We are to be imitators of God; not intimidated.  

We can't use human reasoning; do as Christ would do.  Your job?  Be imitators of God; it's others choice what they do when the light falls on them.

We need to be imitators of God - his grace, love, light. 

Be careful that the light doesn't go out.  Be children of the light; not darkness.   Be imitators of God - love, goodness, mercy.

Forgiveness is important because  if we don't forgive, we are bound up/tied up/held down.

The Son came to reveal the Father.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Living the Christian Life

"So I’m telling you this, and I insist on it in the Lord: you shouldn’t live your life like the Gentiles anymore. They base their lives on pointless thinking, and they are in the dark in their reasoning. They are disconnected from God’s life because of their ignorance and their closed hearts. They are people who lack all sense of right and wrong, and who have turned themselves over to doing whatever feels good and to practicing every sort of corruption along with greed. But you didn’t learn that sort of thing from Christ. Since you really listened to him and you were taught how the truth is in Jesus, change the former way of life that was part of the person you once were, corrupted by deceitful desires. Instead, renew the thinking in your mind by the Spirit and clothe yourself with the new person created according to God’s image in justice and true holiness. Therefore, after you have gotten rid of lying, Each of you must tell the truth to your neighbor because we are parts of each other in the same body. Be angry without sinning. Don’t let the sun set on your anger. Don’t provide an opportunity for the devil. Thieves should no longer steal. Instead, they should go to work, using their hands to do good so that they will have something to share with whoever is in need. Don’t let any foul words come out of your mouth. Only say what is helpful when it is needed for building up the community so that it benefits those who hear what you say. Don’t make the Holy Spirit of God unhappy—you were sealed by him for the day of redemption. Put aside all bitterness, losing your temper, anger, shouting, and slander, along with every other evil. Be kind, compassionate, and forgiving to each other, in the same way God forgave you in Christ." - Ephesians 4:17-32

Paul charged the people to walk in  the ways of the Lord.  Love the Light and live a life of holiness.

Truth is a big thing to God.  God deals in Truth not facts.  God deals in truth and purity.  You want to find truth, look at His Son.  The corrupt nature can kill.  When the body is healthy it can heal.

Take on Truth and holiness and a regengerating grace.  Being a New Man.  Don't live in 'old rags and dirty clothes'. 

We keep ourselves in the place where God can do His Work in us.

The church is to edify itself.  Edification is about building up the body in Christ.

Take heed of anything contrary to Truth.  The smallest lies, anything that is not truth, is contrary to God.  We shouldn't flatter or deceive.  We shouldn't be people pleasers.

Main goal:  be in the regenerating grace. 

We need to learn to grow up.  From babes to mature sons and daughters in the Lord.

Idleness - turns people into thieves and robbers.  Robbery is not just money but of the heritage of people, taking from people in all forms.  Those who will not work expose themselves to temptations.

God wants us to live honestly, giving to needs of others.  He wants us to grow in His Word, maturing in life with God.

Look up Hugh Latimer.

We are to be kind to one another and build one another.  We are not the judge; God is the judge but we must judge for ourselves the right and wrong way.

We can't just get saved; we are to allow sanctification to work in our lives.

We either want to know the blessedness of God or the strife of life.

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