Walk in the Light
Passage: Ephesians 5:3–5:21
Paul continues commending and commanding the new Spiritual walk believers live in Christ. Instead of entering into our world’s insatiable desire for sexual sin, we should give thanks to God. (Thankfulness is the opposite of covetousness and the antidote for idolatry.) Instead of living in the darkness, we should be light, exposing evil and showing a better way. Instead of living foolishly, we should live wisely. Instead of being drunk, we should be filled with and influenced by the Holy Spirit. This leads us to joyful, heartfelt, thankful worship and Christ-honoring submission to each other.
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. In verses 5-6, Paul warns the Ephesians that the sexually immoral or covetous person “has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ.” Read 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 and Galatians 5:19-21. Yet Ephesians 1:13-14, as well as many other places in the Bible, teaches that those who are truly in Christ will be sealed by God the Holy Spirit. How does this fit with Paul’s warning to the Ephesian church? How should we respond to the New Testament’s warning passages? John Stott wrote, “Assurance of salvation is neither a synonym nor an excuse for presumption.” What does this mean?
3. Sometimes we stress out over discovering God’s will for us. How should verses 8-10 and 15-17 affect how we seek to understand God’s will?
4. Share a time you have seen the light of Christ expose or transform darkness.
5. In what ways do we waste time? And what is the difference between the biblical idea of rest (think of the Old Testament commandment to honor the Sabbath day and the example of our Lord seeking times of rest) and the sin of wasting time?
6. This passage begins (verse 4) and ends (verse 20) with thankfulness. What makes thankfulness so essential to our new spiritual walk in Christ? Spend a few moments in thankful prayer together.
Monday: 1 Corinthians 5:1-5
Tuesday: 1 Corinthians 5:6-13
Wednesday: 1 Corinthians 6:1-11
Thursday: 1 Corinthians 6:12-20
Friday: 1 Corinthians 12:1-11
Saturday: 1 Corinthians 12:12-31
Sunday: 1 Corinthians 12:31-13:13