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Pastor Bob Paquet / December 31, 2000

A NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION

HOW TO BE A BUTTERFLY


Ephesians. 4:1-32

I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, entreat you:

ARE YOU A PRISONER FOR CHRIST?

 (1) to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called,

HOW THEN SHALL YOU LIVE?

 [2] with all humility and gentleness, with patience,
 showing forbearance to one another in love,

 [3] being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

HOW MANY BODIES DOES CHRIST HAVE?
WHOSE BODY ARE YOU A PART OF?

  [4] There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of   your calling;

 [5] one Lord,
 one faith, one baptism,

 [6] one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.

HOW HAS THE FATHER PREPARED YOU TO SERVE?

[7] But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ's gift. [8] Therefore it says,

  "When He ascended on high,
    He LED CAPTIVE A HOST OF CAPTIVES,
    And He gave gifts to men."

 YOU HAVE NOT BEEN LEFT OUT!
(See also 1 Corinthians 12-14)

[11] And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and someas
evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers,

WHY HAS HE GIVEN YOU GIFTS?

[12] for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; [13] until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fulness of Christ.

[14] As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves, and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; [15] but speaking the truth in love,we are to grow up in all aspects into Him, who is the head, even Christ, [16] from  whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by that which every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.
 
 

SHOULD YOU AND I BE DIFFERENT?
CAN ANYONE TELL?
HOW DO THE UNSAVED BEHAVE?

    [17] This I say therefore, and affirm together with the Lord, that you walk no longer  just as the Gentiles also walk, in the futility of their mind,

  [18] being darkened in their understanding,

 excluded from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in  them,   because of  the hardness of their heart;

 [19] and they, having become callous, have given themselves over  to    sensuality, for the practice of every kind of impurity with  greediness.

 [20] But you did not learn Christ in this way, [21] if indeed you have heard Him   and have been taught in Him, just as truth is in Jesus, [22] that, in reference to   your former manner of life,

CHOOSE THIS DAY WHOM YOU WILL SERVE!
IT’S YOUR CHOICE!!!

 you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts   of deceit, [23] and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, [24] and put on   the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and   holiness of the truth.

     [25] Therefore, laying aside falsehood,
 speak truth, each one of you, with his neighbor, for we are members of one    another.
 
 [26] Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on  your anger, [27]   and do not give the devil an opportunity.

 [28] Let him who steals steal no longer; but rather let him labor, performing with  his own hands what is good, in order that he  may have something to share with   him who has need.

 [29] Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only  such a word  as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, that it may    give grace to those who hear.

 [30] And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the   day of redemption.

 [31] Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away   from you, along with all malice.

 [32] And be kind to one another, tender-hearted,
  forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.

 
KNOW WHAT?

HE HAS MADE YOU A TEMPLE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

GREATER IS HE THAT IS IN YOU THAN HE THAT IS IN THE WORLD

YOU CAN DO ALL THINGS IN CHRIST!!

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