Sunday, May 17, 2020
Walk Worthy of Your Calling - Nathan Rages
Eph. 4:1 Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called.
This verse introduces the *second half* of the book of Ephesians. Chapters 1-3 are mostly doctrinal teaching while chapters 4-6 are mostly practical living topics. Accordingly, we note seven common pitfalls in Christians' pursuit of personal holiness:
1 Undermining the Gospel by thinking wrongly about holiness.
2 Failing to strive vigorously for personal holiness.
3 Emphasizing holiness in one area while ignoring obvious sin in other areas.
4 Making too much of matters that are not clear in Scripture.
5 Proudly comparing yourself to others.
6 Despairing over slow growth in a certain area.
7 Being content with mere words or feelings rather than long-term change.
Then we use this verse to summarize the New Covenant process of growing in personal holiness:
Step 1: Understand who you are now in Christ, your glorious position, privileges and identity.
Step 2: Act like the person that you already are.