May 19, 2020
Text Eph. 4:17-24
The process of progressive sanctification is an active process where the doctrines of grace are essential. The new person requires shaping. This process does not happen in isolation, we are not passive participants, but active, walking in a manner worthy of Christ. We are to put on the new self, the ransomed, restored, forgiven self. Renewal begins by engaging our minds to ponder the truths of Christ and becoming obedient to those truths. Obedience is demonstrated by walking in those good works that God has prepared for us in advance to walk in. Our lives are no longer controlled by corrupt and deceitful desires, but by the empowering and equipping of the Holy Spirit.
Please read Eph. 4: 17-24
1. Paul insists that the Ephesian Christians, no longer walk and live like pagans. How is the pagan described? Why do you think Paul instructs the Ephesians in this way? What is the key purpose of this paragraph? (Eph. 4:17-24)
2. How can your heart become hardened toward the things of God? What are the compromises that are made? Where does this type of attitude lead?
3. As you read verses Eph. 4:20-21, what are the things that the Ephesians have learned? What are the are the things that have been taught? (Refer to the previous chapters summering the key theological concepts).
4. Why do you think Paul emphasizes the importance of what has been taught and learned about Christ? Why is this lesson also important to you as a follower of Christ? What encouragement and confidence can you take from this instruction?
5. Paul outlines three actions that should follow, as a reflection of the truth that we are in Christ. What are the three actions ? Explain the active responsibility of the believer in fulfilling these actions. Explain God’s role in fulfilling these actions.
6. Why is the renewal of the mind so important in the transformation process? What other NT verses also explain the importance of renewing the mind? How each day do you renew your mind to focus on the things of God?
7. (Optional q) How does verse Eph.4:24 relate to Eph. 2:10?
Eph. 4:1-3 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.