Sermon Notes

Follow Along

A Study in Ephesians

Doing Life with God

Ephesians 4:17-32

1. Don’t Do Life without God

a. This is what life with God does not look like.

With the Lord’s authority I say this: Live no longer as the Gentiles do, for they are hopelessly confused. Their

minds are full of darkness; they wander far from the life God gives because they have closed their minds and

hardened their hearts against him. They have no sense of shame. They live for lustful pleasure and eagerly

practice every kind of impurity. Ephesians 4:17-19

But that isn’t what you learned about Christ. Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that

comes from him, Ephesians 4:20-21

throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception.

Ephesians 4:22

2. Learning to do Life with the Lord

a. We discard our distorted lives of sin

Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly

righteous and holy. Ephesians 4:23-24

b. We display the loving character of God

So stop telling lies. Let us tell our neighbors the truth, for we are all parts of the same body . Ephesians 4:25

Don’t lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds. Put on your

new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him. Colossians 3:9-10

And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger

gives a foothold to the devil. Ephesians 4:26-27

If you are a thief, quit stealing. Instead, use your hands for good hard work, and then give generously to others

in need. Ephesians 4:28

Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an

encouragement to those who hear them. Ephesians 4:29

And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he has identified you as his own,

guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption. Ephesians 4:30


Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Ephesians


You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Human anger does not produce the

righteousness God desires. So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has

planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls. James 1:19-21

Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven

you. Ephesians 4:32

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