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  • 1. EPHESIANS BIBLE STUDY<br />9 Live in Love, Live in Light<br /> Ephesians 5:1-21<br /> Not doing what is wrong is one thing But sometimes it can be even more difficult to do what is right. In Ephes. 5 Paul continues to outline what it means "to live a life worthy of the calling you have received" (Ephes. 4:1). He does this by considering ways we shouldn't act and ways we should.<br /> <br />1. How do children imitate? (Give some examples from your own observations of small children.)<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />2. Read Ephes. 5:1-21. In Ephes. 5:1-2 Paul says that just as children imitate their parents, so we are to imitate God. What have you observed about God which you have begun or could begin to imitate?<br /> <br /> <br /> <br />3. How is Christ the perfect example of what Paul asks of us (Ephes. 5:2 )?<br /> <br /> <br />4. How is thanksgiving an appropriate replacement for the behavior Paul condemns in Ephes. 5:3-4?<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />How can you use thanksgiving to replace improper behavior in your life?<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />5. Why will immoral, impure or greedy people be unable to inherit the kingdom (Ephes. 5:5-7)?<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />6. Why are such people considered idolaters?<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />7. In Ephes. 5:8-14 Paul contrasts light and darkness to say more about holy living. According to these verses, what does it mean to "live as children of light"?<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />8. Often we equate wisdom with intelligence. What characterizes wise people according to Ephes. 5:15-17?<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />9. How can you live more wisely then?<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />10. Ephes. 5:19-21 looks like four separate commands in English. In Greek, however, they are actually linked grammatically to Ephes. 5:18 and describe several beneficial results of being filled with the Spirit. In your own words, explain the characteristics of those who are filled with the Spirit.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />11. Do these results occur automatically when we are filled with the Spirit or must we also treat them as commands to be followed? Explain.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />12. According to Paul's definition of filling, in what area do you most need to be filled with the Spirit?<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />13. Spend time singing and making music in your heart to the Lord, or (if in a group) speaking or singing to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs.<br /> <br />