In John Bunyan’s classic, Pilgrim’s Progress, the traveling companions, Christian, and his friend Faithful run into a man named Mr. Talkative. Faithful is wowed by Mr. Talkative. He’s got the gift of gab, a quick wit, and an impressive knowledge of a wide variety of topics. Christian listens as his friend Faithful and Mr. Talkative talk about theology, doctrine, and the Christian life. Faithful is impressed, deeply impressed by Mr. Talkative’s spiritual knowledge. Faithful told Christian how impressed he was and then Christian spoke up. He said, “This fellow, with his tongue, will mislead those who do not know him.” Faithful said, “Do you know him, then?” “Know him! Yes, better than he knows himself” Christian answered. Faithful asked, “Pray, tell me what kind of person he is?” Christian said, Continue reading “Do Not Merely Listen to The Word…
This morning we are turning the corner in our study of Paul’s letter to the folks in Ephesus. For the past several weeks, as we’ve been working our way through Ephesians 1-3, we’ve been seeking to learn about the great doctrines Paul has shared with the people. These great doctrines have helped us to understand our identity in Christ, what God has done on our behalf. Today, as we begin taking a look at Ephesians 4, we are transitioning from our position in Christ to the practical living out of these truths. Take a look with me at Ephesians 4:1-3 and we will get started.
1 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. (Ephesians 4:1-3 NIV)