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Purity and Power (32 of 40)
Series: Emerge: Identity
Jesus Culture - Banning Liebscher
An engagement ring is a pretty important thing. Do you know anyone who has recently gotten engaged? It's an exciting time in a relationship, and choosing the ring can be one of the high points.
Have you ever thought about everything that goes into the process of choosing and giving an engagement ring? There is a ton of differences in style, quality, and jewelers - not to mention people's preferences.
An engagement ring is important because it represents something bigger than just the jewelry itself. An engagement ring is about commitment, faithfulness, and intention. It alludes to one of the most meaningful decisions a person can make.
Purity in the life of the believer is, interestingly enough, fairly similar to an engagement ring - that similarity is the subject of this week's session. Remember that just like an engagement ring, at its core, purity is all about a relationship!
(NOTE: This week's session is Part 4 of a four-part module discussing male/female relationships. Each week's session will focus on a specific aspect of relationships based on Ephesians 5:21-33.)
Main Scripture: Ephesians 5:21-33
- Focus on verses 25-26 for the value of purity.
- Focus on verses 25 and 29 for purity motivated by love, not punishment.
- Focus on verse 27 for the power of purity.
EQUIP: Purity next to godliness
Read EPHESIANS 5:21-33 and then focus on the observations and teaching points provided.
Teaching Point 1: The value of purity
- Purity is a requisite for connection with God. Unless Jesus makes us clean, we have no part in Him (John 13:8).
- Purity positions us before God and removes us from the realm of the enemy's accusation (Col. 1:22).
Have you ever really studied an engagement ring up close before? They can be quite stunning, but if you think about it - it's really just a shiny rock attached to a fancy piece of metal. Wh ...
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