Below is a brief review of our meeting July 10, followed by projection from the message and a few discussion questions for Community Group or personal study this week.
Chris opened our time together with a call to worship.
Chris welcomed guests and led us in taking the offering.
Josh brought the pastoral prayer, asking the Lord for comfort for victims of the shootings in our country this past week. He prayed for reconciliation, peace and protection in particular this week.
Josh continued our sermon series United: The Letter to the Ephesians. He preached from Ephesians 5:7-14 about walking as children of light. To listen again, visit our Audio Resources page or subscribe to our podcast.
We responded in worship by singing Man of Sorrows.
Chris dismissed us with the benediction and invited the Seasoned Saints to lunch.
Quotes projected during the message:
Walk as children of light…
- By not partnering with evildoers (v. 7)
- By discerning what is pleasing to God (v. 10)
- By exposing sin (v. 11)
John Stott says, “Paul is not prohibiting all contact or association with such people. Otherwise we could not bring them the good news or seek to restrain them from their evil ways. The Greek word here refers to participation and not association. The prohibition means do not partner with them.”`
Colossians 1:10 walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.
1 Timothy 2: 1-3 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God
Hebrews 13:16 Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, For such sacrifices are pleasing to God.
Colossians 3:20 Children obey your parents in everything for this pleases the Lord
Ligon Duncan says, “This may mean that Christians who lead a righteous life thereby restrain and reform evildoers, yes, and even convert them … for as their light shines, what it makes visible suddenly IS light.”
Questions for personal reflection or group discussion:
1. What does it mean that you are fundamentally changed to be light in the Lord?
2. Josh described that trying “to discern what is pleasing to the Lord” is active and takes effort. How does this look in your life and what is your next step in seeking to discern what is pleasing to Him?
3. How does the Holy Spirit help you discern what is pleasing to the Lord?
4. How do you read God’s Word? Do you look for what is pleasing to you or how God is revealing Himself? How will you approach reading the Bible tomorrow?
5. How can you make much of the grace of God instead of constantly criticizing when bringing correction to a brother or sister?
6. The light of Christ turns whatever it exposes to light. How does this give you hope for walking in the light personally and being a light to unbelievers around you?