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Transformed in the Kingdom (21 of 40)
Series: Emerge: Identity
Jesus Culture - Banning Liebscher
Year after year and season after season, stores everywhere show off the best, brightest, and newest stuff for all to see. None does it better than the clothing industry.
We buy new clothes for school, for gifts, for promotions, and for fun. Sporting the latest styles of whatever particular clothing item is ''in'' appeals to nearly everyone!
One of the most exciting aspects of new clothing is all the possibilities. What could you do with that new shirt or expensive pair of jeans? How would wearing these things make you feel?
Of all the new things people buy, clothing is interesting because we don't just use it; in a sense, it helps express who we are. That's one reason new clothes are so great - it's an opportunity to reinvent ourselves however we want!
The apostle Paul has some things to say to believers about what we wear, but he's not talking about t-shirts and jeans. In today's passage, we'll look at why Paul says dressing ourselves properly is at the center of what it means to follow Christ.
Main Scripture: Ephesians 4:17-24
- Focus on verse 18 for life in God.
- Focus on verse 21 for learning truth in Christ.
- Focus on verses 22-24 for putting on the new self.
EQUIP: The transformed life
Read EPHESIANS 4:17-24 and then focus on the observations and teaching points provided.
Teaching Point 1: New life in Christ transforms us.
- Paul contrasts the Gentiles with the Christians to highlight how connection with God dramatically transforms the life we live (Eph. 1:18-20).
- Jesus set His life into action in us (Gal. 2:20). Transformation is not our work - agreement is.
Think back to the last time you got some new clothes - did anyone have to force you to wear them? Of course not; your excitement, appreciation, and enjoyment of the brand-new stuff compelled you to transform your look.
Paul writes to the Ephes ...
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