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Spiritual Wake-up Call (25 of 40)
Series: Emerge: Identity
Jesus Culture - Banning Liebscher
Ephesians 5:14-17

Have you ever had a really great idea, but over time, that great thing started to sound not as great? That happens a lot with different types of people. Sometimes the great idea really isn't as great as we thought, and we need to let it go. But at other times, we just get lazy. We talk about taking a class, getting that perfect job, getting in shape, or otherwise bettering ourselves - but when we realize how much work it is going to take, some of us decide that maybe it isn't as important as we thought.

What do you want in life? Are you prepared to go for it?

It is sad when somebody talks about doing something important, but in the end, they get distracted and don't do that important thing. Perhaps God put a clear desire within them, but they didn't have the energy or the strength to follow it through.

This week, we are going to talk about the most important thing we have: our relationship with Jesus. We need to get out of bed and begin to live on purpose. We need to wake ourselves up, arise out of our slumber, and ''Christ will shine'' on us. God is our prize, and it is time we started living like it.

Main Scripture: Eph. 5:14-17

EQUIP: It is time to stir yourself up!

Have your group read EPHESIANS 5:14-17 and then focus on the observations and teaching points provided.

Teaching Point 1: Wake up!

- We must be awake! ''Awake, O sleeper, rise up from the dead, and Christ will give you light'' (Eph. 5:14). We shine so that others can see Him.
- Resting in God is much different than being ''asleep.'' Resting in God means we are trusting Him, but sleeping means we've grown apathetic.

Do you have a snooze alarm on your cell phone or the clock in your bedroom? First thing in the morning, that snooze alarm is our best friend! It can be very difficult to drag ourselves out of bed and get moving.

Just as we can keep hitting th ...

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