Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Children of the Light

Hey ,so what characterises your life?......what marks your life?...............what are you known for? Well the Bible calls us to be different, separated, and yes..holiness. It does not call us to perfection but we should all strive to produce fruit. So are you a child of the light.

Children of the Light
Ephesians 5.8-16
I. Obedience (vs9-10)
Eph 5:8 for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light 9 (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), 10 and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord.
(were you will be found)
a. Were you are found
b. Separated
In this text Paul tells us that we are children of the light. He gives us some elements of the Children of the Light. The first main element that Paul talks about is the element of Obedience. We are to look at our life and give ourselves an exam and see if we line up with God’s word. Does our life have resemblance of His Word? Or is our life one that is plagued with sin and destruction that is not characteristic of a faithful believer. God also wants us to be separated. He wants us to be set apart and different. ( Why is it so hard to be obedient to God? What are some ways we should be separated from the world?)
II. Discipleship (vs11b-14)
Eph 5:11 Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. 12 For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. 13 But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, 4 for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says, "Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you."
a. Your life
b. The Dead
In the next part we see Paul talking about Discipleship. This is the tough part of being a Christian comes in. Paul tells us that our life should reflect the Lord. Our life should expose other’s sins. Sometimes this can be hard but God expects us to reflect him. You see there are those in our world who are truly living dead. These people have no hope or any type of life. When we reflect God we show the people around us hope and true life. (How do our lives reflect God’s truth? Why is discipleship so hard? What are some ways we can show true life?)

III. Stewardship (vs15-16)
Eph 5:15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.
The next element Paul talks about, is the element of Stewardship. God gave us all a life, its what we do with it that matters most. We should be careful in all things we do, because there are always consequences that we must face. We also are accountable for our time. Everyday we are given by God to do something for him. (Why do students your age have such a hard time with stewardship? What are some ways we can give God the time he deserves? What can we do to make sure that God has every part of our life?)
a. Life
b. Time
c. Days

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