April 23, 2023

A Worthy Walk

Pastor: Jeff Bedwell Series: The Gospel Story Scripture: Ephesians 4:1–6

The Gospel Story 
A Worthy Walk 
Ephesians 4:1-6

Our outward behavior grows out of our inward identity!

  1. The Call To A Worthy Walk (1)

Prisoner - It can be costly to follow Christ 
Urge - Intense feeling, strong desire 
Walk - Daily conduct, day by day living 
Worthy - Picture of scales, equal in weight 
Calling - Child of God, fellow heir with Jesus

  1. The Characteristics Of A Worthy Walk (2-3)
  • Humility - The genuine article can be terribly illusive

Proper understanding of God and a proper understanding of ourselves

Seeing myself as God sees me, no more and no less

I can do anything that God calls and empowers me to do

Humility is an ingredient in every spiritual blessing

Pride is an ingredient in every sin

  • Gentleness/Meekness - Not weakness

A person under control.  Not excessively angry or completely passive.  Angry at the right time for the right reason.

A gentle or meek person responds willingly to the Word of God

  • Patience - Longsuffering. Endures negative circumstances, never gives into them.
  • Forbearing Love - Agape love. Seeks the highest good of another, regardless of what that person does.  Not primarily based on feelings, but on commitment.
  • Unity/Peace - Be diligent – work at it with zeal.

We live in peace, in unity only when we move Christ to the center of things. 

What happens when these characteristics are evident in our lives?

God is glorified; People are attracted to Jesus Christ!

  1. The Foundation Of A Worthy Walk (4-6)

A worthy walk is built on the foundation of our relationship with God and with one another

that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.” (1 John 1:3–4, ESV)

A Practical oneness is built on a Spiritual oneness

When we are tempted to “disunity” remember these things:

  • One Body: Whatever hurts them, hurts me
  • One Spirit: The Spirit within us agrees
  • One Hope: We’re going to spend eternity together
  • One Lord: Jesus thought of us both as He died on the cross
  • One Faith: We agree on the most important things
  • One Baptism: We are marked by God as believers
  • One God: We are both creative expressions of a loving God.

Our outward behavior grows out of our inward identity!

Remember Who You Are!

Remember Whose You Are!

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