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Light and Dark (24 of 40)
Series: Emerge: Identity
Jesus Culture - Banning Liebscher
Have you ever seen one of those pictures of the earth from space that shows how the lights of the major cities illuminate the darkness? The pictures are pretty incredible. Even the darkness of space cannot conceal the billions of tiny lights down on earth.
It's an interesting phenomenon that darkness never dispels light, but rather, light always displaces even the greatest amount of darkness.
The apostle Paul uses a few of these fascinating qualities of light to describe the life of the believer. He records some striking similarities between the way that natural light and spiritual light function. This week, we'll shed some light on the subject.
Main Scripture: Ephesians 5:8-13
- Focus on verse 8 for being children of light.
- Focus on verses 8-9 for walking in light.
- Focus on verse 11 for exposing darkness with light.
EQUIP: Live as people of light!
Read EPHESIANS 5:8-13 and then focus on the observations and teaching points provided.
Teaching Point 1: People of light
- Our citizenship has been transferred from a position of separation to one of connection and restoration (Col. 1:13).
- Jesus, the true Light, now lives in us. Because of Him, we are transformed into light (John 17:21).
Have you ever thought about how you see through a process of reflection? The little light waves entering your eyeballs have been bouncing off the stuff in the room you're sitting in. This process of reflection is a fascinating quality of natural light. Light reveals things, exposes things, makes dark things brighter, changes the atmosphere, and helps people to see clearly - it exposes truth and what is real. All of these aspects of natural light are also true of Jesus' light and the way He reflects on us.
Our passage in EPHESIANS 5 opens with a declaration: ''For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord'' (EPH. 5:8). We have ...
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