Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Ephesians 4:1-3

Following the last study, today will focus on 3:14 through 4:3.

Read Ephesians 4:1-3 and answer the following questions:

Ephesians 4:1-3 “. . . walk worthy of the vocation in which you are called . . ." 

a. We have a God-given vocation (from Latin vocatio, meaning 'to summon,' and vocare meaning, 'to call'). Webster’s Dictionary -- Vocation: a summons or strong inclination to a particular state or course of action; especially : a divine call to the religious life b: an entry into the priesthood or a religious order; work in which a person is regularly employed.

b. Now read and answer:

 Eph 5:1-2 -- What does it mean to you to "imitate God"?
 Matt 22:34-40 -- In what ways do the Ten Commandments and all the other laws, rituals and rules of the Old and New Testament Church era depend on what Jesus says here?
 John 13:34-35 -- Can you cite concrete ways in which we can/should demonstrate love for our brothers and sisters in the entire Body of Christ . . . including those who do not belong to our Church?
John 15:12-14 (on what does Jesus make our claim to discipleship contingent?
Galatians 5:19-26 -- Consider memorizing this section.
Heb 12:14-15 -- what might be a root of bitterness taken root in your own heart. Go to a quiet place and be prepared to spend to spend quality time with the Lord and ask Him to show you any roots that need His divine removal. Compare this passage with Dt. 29:14-18. What might be the end result for us if we permit roots of bitterness to spring up in our lives?

end of this lesson

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