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SUBLIME: Ephesians – Week 18 | Matt Conrad

Walk this Way :: Ephesians 5:15-21

In today’s passage we are encouraged to “look carefully at how we walk” (Eph. 5:15).

  • This describes something that is done accurately, precisely, or given close attention.
  • Paul uses the word “walk” to describe how our lives should look as followers of Jesus.
  • To help with this Paul offers 3 comparison statements – don’t do this, but instead do this – for us to examine.

1. First, we are to live, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of our time. (Eph. 5:15-16)

  • Time is a precious commodity and we need to use it well.
  • Wisdom here has a practical dimension – the ability to discern right from wrong.
  • “Make the best use of” = redeem or purchase.
  • As followers of Jesus we are to actively take advantage of the opportunity to do good.

2. Second, we are not to be foolish, but are to understand what the will of the Lord is. (Eph. 5:17)

  • Romans 12:1-2 – “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
  • God’s will often consists of perceiving where God is at work and then joining in.
  • Often it’s intent more than outcome.

3. Third we are not to get drunk with wine but are to be filled with the Spirit. (Eph. 5:18-21)

  • The fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).
  • What’s described here is not a one-time event but a regular pattern of life.
  • The Holy Spirit is the controlling influence motivating and directing the lives of believers.
  • Three manifestations of being filled with the Spirit…
    – Worship
    – Thanksgiving
    – Mutual Submission

Conclusion – Do this is remembrance of me.

Discussion Questions:

  1. What does it mean to you to “look carefully at how you walk?” Who are the people and what are the things that help you do this?
  2. In what ways do you see time as a precious commodity? In what ways do you use your time to honor and serve God? Are there any ways you use time that are a hindrance or distraction to your relationship with God?s
  3. When is a time you felt you were able to discern the will of God? Where do you see God at work in a way you could join what He is doing? What keeps you from joining in?
  4. In what ways is being filled with the Spirit an ongoing process? How are you currently experiencing this?
    Share some things you are currently thankful for. How does this demonstrate God activity in your life?