Sermon: Walk Worthy of our Calling Ephesians 4:1-6

May 20, 2018

Summary

Sermon: Walk Worthy of our Calling  Ephesians 4:1-6
 
Paul moves from doctrine to application.  Doctrine is no good without application.  Also, we cannot act in a proper manner without doctrine.  Both are essential to the Christian faith and walk.  We should actively seek unity with other Christians not quarreling over non-essentials.  Unity is only found in the truths of scripture, it is not found by forsaking truth.
 
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 By: Bryan Walker Given on: 5/6/2018  Sermon plays on KWHW 93.5 FM on: 5/20/2018
 
Notes:
Ephesians 4:1-6 ESV  
 
    • Therefore – A separation but not a separation
        • Chapters 1-3 – Doctrine – Most wonderful verses in the Bible
        • MLJ – Did 100 sermons on chapters 1-3
            • NOW, the application of this doctrine
                • Some have doctrine and no application
                    • Study but never do
                • Some have application and no doctrine
                    • Lead off into errors
 
    • Therefore – Tie all of what came previously and the immediate
        • We cannot separate doctrine from application
            • Pulling verses out of context is very dangerous
                • Bible roulette – Give me a verse for today?
                • Lazy man’s religion is missing doctrine or application
                    • Too lazy to read God’s Word
                    • Too lazy to do what God’s Word says
    • The previous prayer of Paul
        • Before he tells them to apply – Paul prays:
            • strengthened with power
            • Christ may dwell in your hearts
            • have strength to comprehend
            • that you may be filled with all the fullness of God
        • We should ask God for comprehension and the power and the desire to carry out God’s will
 
THE PELAGIAN CONTROVERSY
 
Saint Augustine; “Grant what Thou commandest, and command what Thou dost desire.
 
Pelagius didn’t have a problem with “command what Thou dost desire”
The problem was, “Grant what Thou commandest”
Give me the ability to do what thou has commanded me to do
A discussion of original sin (not 1st sin); man’s inability after the fall
 
Pelagius: Adam’s sin affected Adam and only Adam
Pelagius reacted by saying that whatever God commands implies the ability of the one who receives the command to obey it. Man should not have to ask for grace in order to be obedient.
 
    • This was a major attack on the grace of God and was deemed a heresy
    • If man can reach obedience to God on his own, then what is the need for Christ?
    • Augustine asserted man has lost his moral ability
    • The Bible tells us of man’s bondage to sin, unable to please God.
 
    1. Notice how Paul prays to God for their strength and power
    2. Also, see here how Paul refers to them as called
 
walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called
 
MLJ: “Christians must never be thought of as someone who has decided to take up the Christian life.
 
This concept of the called goes back to chapter 1
 
Eph_1:18  having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you,
Ephesians 1:4 ESV  even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love
Ephesians 1:1 ESV  …To the saints who are in Ephesus, and are faithful in Christ Jesus:
 
 
    • We are to walk, NOT according to our former walk
        • We are to walk, worthy of who we are
        • Worthy of who we belong to
        • We have come out of darkness and into the light
        • We have been made alive by the Spirit of God
    • Our former walk— (same Greek word)
    • Eph 2:2  in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world
    • From sons of disobedience to adopted sons of the most high God
    • From, “indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath” to being in Christ, and walking according to the Spirit
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    • How does Paul describe himself?
    • a prisoner for the Lord
        • Our walk is despite our circumstances
    • If Paul can praise God from a Roman prison in chains, we can praise God in our circumstances
    • We really don’t have an excuse for not walking worthy of our calling
        • I’ve had a bad week – Walk worthy
        • We don’t need excuses, we need results
            • Do you realize what a mighty God you serve?
            • Pray for each other and encourage one another
 
    • What are the characteristics of this walk?
    • Maybe we should dress for royalty
    • Maybe we should seclude ourselves and just serve God
        • Notice how our walk is in relation to one another
        • Our walk is displayed in how we treat each other
 
(2)  with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love,
 
Humility or lowlinessNot boasting in oneself
Humility – In theology, humility consists in lowliness of mind; a deep sense of one’s own unworthiness in the sight of God, self-abasement
    • Major problem today – we lost the deep sense of one’s own unworthiness
    • Majority of popular preachers are not teaching humility
    • When is the last time you heard that Christians are unworthy?
    • What makes you worthy is Christ, not you, HUMILITY
 
Psalms 5:4-6 ESV  
 
Luke 18:10-14 ESV  
 
Gentleness or meekness – humility; resignation; submission to the divine will, without murmuring
    • Christ was meek but he was not spineless
    • More courage to endure the crucifixion than to call 12 legions of angels
    • He did not go along with false teachers
    • He gave the other cheek, he gave his life
    • If meekness is not spinelessness, what is meekness?
 
The Greek word “praus” (prah-oos) was used to define a horse trained for battle. Wild stallions were brought down from the mountains and broken for riding. Some were used to pull wagons, some were raced, and the best were trained for warfare. They retained their fierce spirit, courage, and power, but were disciplined to respond to the slightest nudge or pressure of the rider’s leg. They could gallop into battle at 35 miles per hour and come to a sliding stop at a word. They were not frightened by arrows, spears, or torches. Then they were said to be meeked.
 
    • To be meek is to be like Christ
    • Courageous for the faith and willing to suffer for the truth
 
Patience or longsuffering – Bearing injuries or provocation for a long time; patient; not easily provoked.
Exodus 34:6 ESV  
 
    • If God is slow to anger, should we be also?
    • If we think we have a lot to deal with try being God.
 
bearing with one another in love
    • I thought Paul was writing to Christians???
    • Why would he need to tell us to bear with one another?
        • There were problems then and now
        • There are always personality conflicts
        • This should not be but it is – therefore bear with one another
 
 (3)  eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
 
    • Christ broke down the wall of division, how dare we build more walls
        • Different races, Different economic classes
        • Different cultures, countries, money, customs, languages –all one
    • Ray of Light – The spectrum of white light consists of six basic colors arranged in a specific order: red, Orange , yellow, green, blue , indigo, and violet (black) –  
    • Positive vs. reflective properties – Christ is a positive power
    • We are one in Christ –
        • We can go to Africa and be VERY happy to see Christians
            • Russia, China, North Korea and so on…
    • The church leadership is above you but also your servant
        • We are not to be puffed up and vain but humble and meek
        • There is no separation between me and you
        • If I Paul am walking from prison, you also walk
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    • The bond of peace is LOVE
 
Colossians 3:14 ESV  And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.
 
What else is said about peace?
 
Matthew 5:9 ESV  “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
Romans 12:18 ESV  If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.
Heb 12:14  Strive for peace with everyone,
 
    • We should unite over these things
Ephesians 4:4-6 ESV  
 
    • Jehovah’s Witnesses- only 144,000 in heaven and the rest…
    • One body means one body – One church, the invisible Church of Christ
    • Believers from different denominations all make up the one body
    • We don’t know the heart so we don’t know for sure who is a Christian
    • There can be Christians from churches teaching VERY false doctrine
        • Despite the teachings to puff up man, they have faith in Christ
            • All Christians make up the body of Christ
 
Note it says one Spirit and one Baptism
    1. Is baptism here about spiritual unity?
        • The baptism in one Spirit
        • All believers have the same Spirit
1 Corinthians 12:13 ESV  
 
2. Or the type or mode of Baptism or the quantity of water
        • Paul is speaking of unity
            • Brothers in Christ
        • How do we unify with differences
            • Paul discusses dis-unity elsewhere:
 
1 Corinthians 1:12-15 ESV  
 
    • John McArthur and RC Sproul debated Baptism
        • They left the debate as brothers in Christ with no animosity
            • The worked together to spread the gospel
        • They had most everything in common, debate between Christians
 
    • One Lord – meaning one Jesus Christ
        • We must worship the same Jesus Christ
        • Not a false view of Christ, this is called anti-Christs
    • One Faith – One basic Christian faith, the gospel is the same for all
    • One God – The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ
        • Those who don’t acknowledge the Christ, worship a different God
        • We have unity with those who affirm the Trinity
    • and Father of all – Yes his is the creator and in a since father of all the creation
        • These verses are dealing with unity, Father over all means both Jew and Gentile believers
            • Remember we are God’s children
    • who is over all – Sovereign king over both groups
    • and through all – Omni presence of God, and his providing for all
    • and in all – We are his temple
 
So we are to walk
    • We are to be actively seeking peace – not passive
    • Peace in the immediate family
    • Peace in the extended family
    • Identify – Sound Christian doctrine
    • We can have fellowship,
    • George Whitefield – John Wesley
    • RC Sproul and John McArthur
    • But we cannot have fellowship with false Christianity
 
Paul moves from doctrine to application.  
Doctrine is no good without application.  
Also, we cannot act in a proper manner without doctrine.  Both are essential to the Christian faith and walk.  
 
We should actively seek unity with other Christians not quarreling over non-essentials.  Unity is only found in the truths of scripture, it is not found by forsaking truth.

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