In the fifth installment of the “Destined” series, Pastor Derrick looks at Paul discussing how Christians are to be disciplined followers of Christ in Ephesians chapter 4. He uses the passage to deal with several issues including being a person of integrity.
People of Discipline
Destined, Part 05
Everyone arrives somewhere. Christians arrive at a predetermined destiny.
Ephesians 4:17-21 – So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. 18They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. 19Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more. 20You, however, did not come to know Christ that way. 21Surely you heard of him and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus.
Christians are destined to be disciplined followers of Christ.
Ephesians 4:22-24 – You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
Instructions for Disciplined Christians
Be a person of integrity.
Ephesians 4:25 – Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and
speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body.
Do not let anger control you.
Ephesians 4:26, 31 – “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry… 31Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.
Leave room in your budget to give to others.
Ephesians 4:28 – He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need.
Ephesians 4:29 – Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
Be a forgiver.
Ephesians 4:32 – Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.