A New Walk
Passage: Ephesians 4:17–5:2
In Christ, we walk a new Spiritual life. Even as Paul reaches the eminently practical section of this letter, he still connects the Christian’s lifestyle with the Christian’s beliefs about Christ and position in Christ. In fact, both for unbelievers (17b-19) and believers (20-24) the mind guides the feet (“walk”). And for us Christians, our minds are “renewed” by looking to God so that we can become “imitators of God” – like a child carrying on the family’s way of life. Christian living is Christ-like living.
Community Group Questions
1. What part of the text or sermon had the greatest impact on you? Where were you most encouraged, intrigued, challenged?
2. What does it mean to “walk as the Gentiles do”? In what ways are we as Christians tempted to walk this way? Or guilty of walking this way?
3. Note again all of the “mind” words used in verses 17-24. What is the connection between ignorance/error and evil? What is the connection between truth and righteousness?
4. What can you do to pursue being “renewed in the spirit of your minds”?
5. Consider the different commands of 4:25-5:2. How are each of these connected to Paul’s theme of unity, which he has been emphasizing since chapter 2?
6. Pray together for the grace to be “imitators of God” in the ways described in this passage. If you need to confess and repent of a particular sin, do so to your group or to a couple of members in your group. Let this be an opportunity to follow James 5:16 – “Confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed.”
Monday: Ephesians 5:21-6:9
Tuesday: Ephesians 6:10-24
Wednesday: 1 Corinthians 1:1-9
Thursday: 1 Corinthians 1:10-17
Friday: 1 Corinthians 1:17-25
Saturday: Ephesians 5:3-21
Sunday: 1 Corinthians 1:26-2:5