Monday, September 10, 2012

Trenton's Bible Study — Ephesians 4:1-3

Now that Paul had explained the wonderful things God had done for every believer, he wanted them to live in a worthy manner of what God had called them to be.

Read Ephesians 4:1-3

When a man joins the Marines, he is sent to boot camp where he becomes a different person. During his time of training, his head is shaved, he is yelled at, his personal items are taken away, he is trained and tested, until he is worthy to be called a Marine. Not every person who enters boot camp makes it through the intense training to become a Marine. But those who survive the training of boot camp become Marines and are expected to act like Marines. When God called you to himself, he gave you everything you needed to be a Christian. He gave you faith to believe and changed you from a spiritually dead person into a spiritually alive person through faith in Jesus Christ. But now that you are a Christian, you need to walk worthy of that calling. Walking worthy is another way of saying, “live in a way that shows you are a Christian.” What does that look like? Paul says that we should be humble, gentle, patient, tolerant (loving people who are hard to get a long with). The goal of this kind of living is to preserve the unity and peace we have in the Holy Spirit. Jesus told the disciples, “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” As you walk about your life today, be sure to live like God has called you to be.

  1. When a man becomes a Marine what is he supposed to act like?
  2. What does it mean to walk worthy of your calling?
  3. Name the four characteristics of someone who is walking worthy.

    a. ________________________________
    b. ________________________________
    c. ________________________________
    d. ________________________________
  4. How will others know that you are one of Jesus' disciples?

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