Sunday, October 16, 2016

Paul's Epistles - Ephesians - Part 10: Wake Up!

Paul's Epistles - Ephesians - Part 10:
Wake Up!
Pastor Bruce A. Shields
House of Faith Church | www.PS127.org | www.TruthDigest.org


SERMON INTRODUCTION
In Paul’s 35 years of ministry, since his conversion in Damascus, we have recorded in the Holy Bible many of his epistles, or letters.

Paul’s first journey took place from 33AD (the year of his conversion), through 46AD, leaving Damascus in 38AD.

Paul’s 2nd journey began in 50AD, four years later; during this time he wrote 1st and 2nd Thessalonians, and Galatians, with his second journey ending in 54AD.

Paul’s 3rd journey began in 55AD and lasted until 58AD where he found himself imprisoned in Judea from 58-60AD. During his 3rd journey Paul wrote 1st and 2nd Corinthians, and Romans. We have no record of writings from Paul during his prison time between 58-60AD in Judea.

After his release from Judea, Paul traveled on his voyage to Rome from 60-61AD, writing Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians and Philemon, and finding himself in a Roman prison in 63AD.

Released soon after his incarceration, Paul then writes the epistles Hebrews, 1st Timothy, Titus and his final letter before his death 2 Timothy, which was written from a Roman prison he was placed in during 66-68AD.

Though the bible does not tell us when or how Paul died, it is believed by scholars that he was beheaded in 68AD in May or June.










SCRIPTURE REFERENCE Ephesians 5:1-20
Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a person is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not be partners with them.
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) 10 and find out what pleases the Lord. 11 Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. 12 It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. 13 But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. 14 This is why it is said:
“Wake up, sleeper,
    rise from the dead,
    and Christ will shine on you.”

15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. 18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Paul explains how the Body of Believer’s are to live as Spiritually Mature, and many need to WAKE UP!.

The message of this epistle to the church is “The Church, The Body of Christ”.




    I.      FOLLOW GOD’S EXAMPLE, THEREFORE, WALK IN THE WAY OF LOVE
a. God gave us His example
                                                                                                 i. God gave us Christ as the perfect example

                                                                                              ii. He also gave us the Apostles as the imperfect examples


b. ‘Therefore”, meaning because you are Spiritually Mature
                                                                                                 i. Over the last couple weeks Paul has explained to us through scripture what it means to be Spiritually Mature.

                                                                                              ii. Therefore is reference to the fact that, Spiritually Mature Christians are going to be held accountable to these instructions.


c. Walk in the way of love
                                                                                                 i. This is bringing I Corinthians 13 to life as Christ and the Apostles did.

                                                                                              ii. Walking in Love is not a suggestion, but a command, and expected behavior if one is truly following Christ



II.      WHAT IS THE WAY OF LOVE?
a. Among you (followers of Christ) there must not be even a hint of;
                                                                                                 i. Sexual Immorality
1. GRK - Pornia (where we get our word Porn from)

2. Meaning “fornication”
a. Or, illicit intercourse
b. Adultery
c. Homosexuality
d. Bestiality
e. Incest
f. Pre-marital intercourse

3. Metaphorically speaking
a. Worship of idols

                                                                                              ii. Any kind of impurity
1. Meaning lustful

2. Or profligate living
a. Wasteful living / waste your life

                                                                                           iii. Or greed
1. Greedy desire to have more
2. Covetousness (greed for what others have)
3. Greed for wealth or material gain

                                                                                            iv. These are improper for God’s Holy people


b. Nor should there be;
                                                                                                 i. Obscenity
1. Dirty talk
2. Cultural swearing (cursing)

                                                                                              ii. Foolish talk
1. Speaking of things you have no understanding of

                                                                                           iii. Coarse joking
1. Dirty talk with humor attached
2. Indecent or vulgar jokes, improper jokes

                                                                                            iv. Which are out of place

                                                                                               v. But rather, let thanksgiving come out of your mouth!


c. For this you can be sure of
                                                                                                 i. No immoral, impure or greedy person—because such a person is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God

                                                                                              ii. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. 
1. If anyone says otherwise, their words are empty

2. These things bring God’s Wrath!
3. Because those who are sexually immoral, impure, greedy, obscene, vulgar are considered idolaters

a. And they have NO inheritance in the kingdom of Christ, and no inheritance in the kingdom of God
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          i.      Kingdom of Christ is the “Spiritual Kingdom”, the “Body of Christ” here and now on earth.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       ii.      Kingdom of God is the heavenly kingdom, the afterlife inheritance

                                                                                           iii.  Therefore do not be partners with them.
1. Partners, meaning “partakers”

2. Meaning to participate “with”



III.      WAKE UP!
a. For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.
                                                                                                 i. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) 10 and find out what pleases the Lord. 

                                                                                              ii. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. 

                                                                                           iii. It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret.

                                                                                            iv.  But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. 14 This is why it is said:

                                                                                               v. “Wake up, sleeper,
    rise from the dead,
    and Christ will shine on you.”


b. Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 
                                                                                                 i. Making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.


c. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.
                                                                                                 i. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery.
1. Excessive indulgence in sensual pleasures.

2. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, 

                                                                                              ii. speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit



CONCLUSION – Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord


            …always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

If you are Spiritually Mature, you will;
·        Walk in the way of Love as Christ and the Apostles did
·        Abstain from sexual immorality, impurity and greed
·        Thanksgiving will proceed from your mouth
·        You will be careful how you live, discovering what pleases the Lord
·        You will not become drunk, or indulge in sensual pleasures rather be filled with the Spirit of God, making music in your heart, and singing praise and thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of Lord Jesus Christ.





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