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  • Eph 4:25-32
  •  “If we want to reduce the amount of waste that the church generates, we have to look at what’s in the waste. There’s really only one way to do that—get our hands dirty! Once you know what types of waste you’re generating and where, you can develop effective programs to reduce that waste or implement recycling programs. In addition you can begin purchasing products that are more recyclable or made with recycled content.”
  •  We do have a responsibility to be environmentally responsible.
  •  We do have a responsibility to be environmentally responsible. • “The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it” (Gen 2:15, ESV).
  •  We do have a responsibility to be environmentally responsible. • “The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it” (Gen 2:15, ESV). • But, we must understand that the earth was created for man, not vice versa.
  • Not recycling cans or plastics.
  • Not recycling cans or plastics. Recycling our lives!
  •  Paul has told the Ephesians to get rid of their former lives.
  •  Paul has told the Ephesians to get rid of their former lives. • “Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds” (4:17, ESV).
  •  Paul has told the Ephesians to get rid of their former lives. • 4:17. • “Put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and . . . be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and . . . put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in truth righteousness and holiness” (4:22-24, ESV).
  •  Paul has told the Ephesians to get rid of their former lives. • 4:17. • 4:22-24.  Paul is telling these Christians to put their old selves in the recycle bin & to get out their new selves.
  • In this morning’s text, Paul tells the Ephesians what a “recycled life” looks like.
  • vv 25, 29
  •  “Having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another” (v 25, ESV).
  •  Falsehood belongs to the old life.
  •  Falsehood belongs to the old life. • It is through “deceitful schemes” that individuals are carried away from the truth of Christ (Eph 4:14).
  •  Falsehood belongs to the old life. • It is through “deceitful schemes” that individuals are carried away from the truth of Christ (Eph 4:14). • The desires of the old life are themselves deceitful (Eph 4:22).
  •  Falsehood belongs to the old life.  The recycled mouth, however, speaks truth.
  •  Falsehood belongs to the old life.  The recycled mouth, however, speaks truth. • The verb for “speak” indicates a continual action, a way of life.
  •  Falsehood belongs to the old life.  The recycled mouth, however, speaks truth. • The verb for “speak” indicates a continual action, a way of life. • Our recycled mouths must make truth a way of life.
  •  Falsehood belongs to the old life.  The recycled mouth, however, speaks truth. • The verb for “speak” indicates a continual action, a way of life. • Our recycled mouths must make truth a way of life.  God himself “never lies” (Tit 1:2, ESV).
  •  Falsehood belongs to the old life.  The recycled mouth, however, speaks truth. • The verb for “speak” indicates a continual action, a way of life. • Our recycled mouths must make truth a way of life.  God himself “never lies” (Tit 1:2, ESV).  Jesus is “the truth” (Jn 14:6, ESV).
  •  Falsehood belongs to the old life.  The recycled mouth, however, speaks truth. • The verb for “speak” indicates a continual action, a way of life. • Our recycled mouths must make truth a way of life.  God himself “never lies” (Tit 1:2, ESV).  Jesus is “the truth” (Jn 14:6, ESV).  The word of God is truth (Jn 17:17).
  •  The recycled mouth not only speaks truth, but it is careful what it says.
  •  The recycled mouth not only speaks truth, but it is careful what it says.  “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear” (v 29, ESV).
  •  The Greek word for “corrupting” refers to something that is rotten.
  •  The Greek word for “corrupting” refers to something that is rotten. • “Every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit” (Mt 7:17-18, ESV).
  •  The Greek word for “corrupting” refers to something that is rotten. • “Every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit” (Mt 7:17-18, ESV). • “Corrupting talk” is “diseased talk.”
  •  The Greek word for “corrupting” refers to something that is rotten. • “Every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit” (Mt 7:17-18, ESV). • “Corrupting talk” is “diseased talk.” • In context, this talk tears down, does not fit the occasion, & does not impart grace to the hearer.
  •  Recycled speech builds up, fits the occasion, & imparts grace.
  •  Recycled speech builds up, fits the occasion, & imparts grace. • The Lord expects us to encourage others with our words.
  •  Recycled speech builds up, fits the occasion, & imparts grace. • The Lord expects us to encourage others with our words: “Encourage one another with these words” (1 Thess 4:18, ESV).
  •  Recycled speech builds up, fits the occasion, & imparts grace. • The Lord expects us to encourage others with our words: “Encourage one another with these words” (1 Thess 4:18, ESV). • The Lord also expects us to speak as “fits the occasion.”
  •  Recycled speech builds up, fits the occasion, & imparts grace. • The Lord expects us to encourage others with our words: “Encourage one another with these words” (1 Thess 4:18, ESV). • The Lord also expects us to speak as “fits the occasion.”  Literally=“according to the need.”
  •  Recycled speech builds up, fits the occasion, & imparts grace. • The Lord expects us to encourage others with our words: “Encourage one another with these words” (1 Thess 4:18, ESV). • The Lord also expects us to speak as “fits the occasion.”  Literally=“according to the need.”  Thus, we encourage as the need arises.
  •  Recycled speech builds up, fits the occasion, & imparts grace. • The Lord expects us to encourage others with our words: “Encourage one another with these words” (1 Thess 4:18, ESV). • The Lord also expects us to speak as “fits the occasion.” • Such speech will impart grace to the hearer.
  •  Recycled speech builds up, fits the occasion, & imparts grace. • The Lord expects us to encourage others with our words: “Encourage one another with these words” (1 Thess 4:18, ESV). • The Lord also expects us to speak as “fits the occasion.” • Such speech will impart grace to the hearer.  The word “grace” often refers to a gift.
  •  Recycled speech builds up, fits the occasion, & imparts grace. • The Lord expects us to encourage others with our words: “Encourage one another with these words” (1 Thess 4:18, ESV). • The Lord also expects us to speak as “fits the occasion.” • Such speech will impart grace to the hearer.  The word “grace” often refers to a gift.  The idea is that by encouraging our hearers we are giving them a gift.
  •  “I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned” (Mt 12:36-37, ESV).
  •  “I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned” (Mt 12:36-37, ESV). • What will your words say about your on the day of judgment?
  •  “I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned” (Mt 12:36-37, ESV). • What will your words say about your on the day of judgment? • Do you need to recycle your mouth?
  • v 28
  •  “Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need” (v 28, ESV).
  •  The Greek doesn’t use the word “thief.”
  •  The Greek doesn’t use the word “thief.” • The Greek=“The one who is stealing.”
  •  The Greek doesn’t use the word “thief.” • The Greek=“The one who is stealing.” • The participle is in the present tense.
  •  Paul envisions that some of the Ephesians are still struggling with stealing.
  •  Paul envisions that some of the Ephesians are still struggling with stealing.  There is certainly a “recycling” of our lives that transpires at baptism.
  •  Paul envisions that some of the Ephesians are still struggling with stealing.  There is certainly a “recycling” of our lives that transpires at baptism. • “We were buried . . . with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life” (Rom 6:4, ESV).
  •  Paul envisions that some of the Ephesians are still struggling with stealing.  There is certainly a “recycling” of our lives that transpires at baptism. • “We were buried . . . with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life” (Rom 6:4, ESV). • But, this transformation is neither easy nor instantaneous.
  •  Paul sees stealing as a habit.
  •  Paul sees stealing as a habit.  Habits are easy to fall into, but they are difficult to get out of.
  •  “Let the one who is stealing steal no more.”
  •  “Let the one who is stealing steal no more.” • Paul says, “Stop!”
  •  “Let the one who is stealing steal no more.” • Paul says, “Stop!” • “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more” (Jn 8:11, ESV).
  • “Now, wait just a minute, Justin! I’ve never stolen anything & I don’t plan to start.”
  •  Are we greedy?
  •  Are we greedy?  Greed has no place in the recycled life.
  •  Are we greedy?  Greed has no place in the recycled life: “The love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs” (1 Tm 6:10, ESV).
  •  The thief is to work honestly with his hands in order to have something to give to the one in need.
  •  The thief is to work honestly with his hands in order to have something to give to the one in need. • The recycled life is concerned with doing “honest work.”
  •  The thief is to work honestly with his hands in order to have something to give to the one in need. • The recycled life is concerned with doing “honest work.”  Literally=“Let the one who is stealing no longer steal, rather let him labor working with his own hands the good [thing].”
  •  The thief is to work honestly with his hands in order to have something to give to the one in need. • The recycled life is concerned with doing “honest work.”  Literally=“Let the one who is stealing no longer steal, rather let him labor working with his own hands the good [thing].”  The idea is that our profession is to be a proper one for a Christian.
  •  We are to work honestly to share with the one in need.
  •  We are to work honestly to share with the one in need. • According to this passage, the purpose of our work is to share with others.
  •  We are to work honestly to share with the one in need. • According to this passage, the purpose of our work is to share with others. • God expects us to share with the needy.
  •  We are to work honestly to share with the one in need. • According to this passage, the purpose of our work is to share with others. • God expects us to share with the needy.  “When you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret” (Mt 6:3-4, ESV).
  •  We are to work honestly to share with the one in need. • According to this passage, the purpose of our work is to share with others. • God expects us to share with the needy.  “When you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret” (Mt 6:3-4, ESV).  Cornelius was a man who “gave alms generously to all the people” (Acts 10:2, ESV).
  •  “With anyone in need.”
  •  “With anyone in need.” • The Greek=“with the one having a need.”
  •  “With anyone in need.” • The Greek=“with the one having a need.” • Paul doesn’t tell the Ephesians just to give to some people.
  •  “With anyone in need.” • The Greek=“with the one having a need.” • Paul doesn’t tell the Ephesians just to give to some people.  The only criterion is that those we help have a need.
  • What kind of life are you making?
  • vv 26-27, 31-32
  •  The Ephesians were to recycle their hearts by getting rid of anger.
  •  The Ephesians were to recycle their hearts by getting rid of anger: “Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil” (vv 26-27, ESV).
  •  There is nothing inherently wrong with anger.
  •  There is nothing inherently wrong with anger. • Paul cautions the Ephesians not to sin in their anger.
  •  There is nothing inherently wrong with anger. • Paul cautions the Ephesians not to sin in their anger. • Jesus became angry & threw the moneychangers out of the temple.
  •  There is nothing inherently wrong with anger. • Paul cautions the Ephesians not to sin in their anger. • Jesus became angry & threw the moneychangers out of the temple. • God himself becomes angry.
  •  There is nothing inherently wrong with anger. • Paul cautions the Ephesians not to sin in their anger. • Jesus became angry & threw the moneychangers out of the temple. • God himself becomes angry: “The wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men” (Rom 1:18, ESV).
  •  But, anger can quickly turn into sin.
  •  But, anger can quickly turn into sin. • “A man of quick temper acts foolishly” (Prov 14:17, ESV).
  •  But, anger can quickly turn into sin. • “A man of quick temper acts foolishly” (Prov 14:17, ESV). • “The anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God” (Js 1:20, ESV).
  •  In the recycled life, we do not let the sun go down on our wrath.
  •  In the recycled life, we do not let the sun go down on our wrath. • I go quickly to the one I have wronged.
  •  In the recycled life, we do not let the sun go down on our wrath. • I go quickly to the one I have wronged: “If you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift” (Mt 5:23-24, ESV).
  •  In the recycled life, we do not let the sun go down on our wrath. • I go quickly to the one I have wronged: (Mt 5:23-24). • I go quickly to the one who has wronged me.
  •  In the recycled life, we do not let the sun go down on our wrath. • I go quickly to the one I have wronged: (Mt 5:23-24). • I go quickly to the one who has wronged me: “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone” (Mt 18:15, ESV).
  •  If we do not deal appropriately with anger, we give the devil an opportunity.
  •  If we do not deal appropriately with anger, we give the devil an opportunity. • We allow the sin in our lives to grow & grow.
  •  If we do not deal appropriately with anger, we give the devil an opportunity. • We allow the sin in our lives to grow & grow. • “Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.”
  •  The recycled life is also a forgiving life.
  •  The recycled life is also a forgiving life: “Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you” (vv 31-32, ESV).
  •  We Christians must be a forgiving people.
  •  We Christians must be a forgiving people. • “If you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses” (Mt 6:14-15, ESV).
  •  We Christians must be a forgiving people. • “If you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses” (Mt 6:14-15, ESV). • We are to bear “with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive” (Col 3:13, ESV).
  • Therefore, I have an obligation to forgive others.
  • “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come” (2 Cor 5:17, ESV).