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2. A LIfe Worth Living: Revolution. Andrew Ford.

2. A LIfe Worth Living: Revolution. Andrew Ford.
C3 09. St Marks Anglican Church Malabar. April 24-26 2009. Waterslea

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    • Revolution Ephesians 4:17- 5:21
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      • Who doesn’t want to change?
        • GUILT  despair
        • DENIAL  self fulfillment
      • Paul’s revolutionary ideas, Ephesians 4:17-5:21
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    • Revolution of the Mind
      • Sensitive thinking NOT Futile thinking
      • “… put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. (Ephesians 4:22-24)
    • Revolution of the Mind
      • 17 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. 18 They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. 19 They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity . (Ephesians 4:17-19)
    • Revolution of the Mind
      • 17 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. 18 They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. 19 They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity . (Ephesians 4:17-19)
    • Revolution of the Mind
      • 17 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. 18 They are darkened in their understanding , alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. 19 They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity . (Ephesians 4:17-19)
    • Revolution of the Mind
      • 17 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. 18 They are darkened in their understanding , alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart . 19 They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity . (Ephesians 4:17-19)
      • Paradox of our Time (1995)
      • by Bob Moorehead
      • The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings, but shorter tempers;
      • wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints;
      • we spend more, but have less;
      • we buy more, but enjoy it less.
      • We have bigger houses and smaller families;
      • more conveniences, but less time;
      • we have more degrees, but less sense….
      • Paradox of our Time
      • We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get angry too quickly, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too seldom, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.
      • We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values.
      • We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often ….
      • Paradox of our Time
      • These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion; tall men, and short character; steep profits, and shallow relationships.
      • These are the times of world peace, but domestic warfare; more leisure, but less fun; more kinds of food, but less nutrition.
      • These are days fancier houses, but broken homes….
      • We've learned how to make a living, but not a life; we've added years to life, not life to years.
    • Revolution of the Mind
      • 17 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. 18 They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. 19 They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity . (Ephesians 4:17-19)
    • Revolution of the Mind
      • 20 But that is not the way you learned Christ!— 21 assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus …. (Ephesians 4:20-21)
      • Learn about him, and learn him
        • “ What have you learnt about Christ since last we saw each other?”
        • “ What is it about you that isn’t like him?”
    • Revolution of the Mind
      • ... created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness (Ephesians 4:24)
    • Revolution of Motivations
      • Secure Love NOT Self-centered Love
    • Revolution of Motivations “ Feeling truly loved has changed me” Toni Collette
    • Revolution of Motivations
      • Secure Love NOT Self-centered Love
      • As beloved children walk (or live) in love,
      • as Christ loved us
      • and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. (Ephesians 5:2)
    • Revolution of Motivations
      • Secure Love NOT Self-centered Love
      • Therefore be imitators of God (of God in Christ), as beloved children. (Ephesians 5:1)
      • For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10)
    • Revolution of Motivations
      • A Revolution from Lies to Truth (4:25)
      • ‘ Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbour, for we are members one of another.’
    • Revolution of Motivations
      • A Revolution from Lies to Truth
      • A Revolution from Anger to Forgiveness (4: 26-27)
      • ‘ Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil.’
    • Revolution of Motivations
      • A Revolution from Lies to Truth
      • A Revolution from Anger to Forgiveness
      • A Revolution from Theft to Gift (4:28)
      • ‘ 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.’
    • Revolution of Motivations
      • A Revolution from Lies to Truth
      • A Revolution from Anger to Forgiveness
      • A Revolution from Theft to Gift
      • A Revolution from Malice to Compassion (4:31-32)
      • ‘ 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, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you ’
    • Revolution of Motivations
      • “ The most experienced observer of humanity knows less of the human heart than the Christian who lives at the foot of the cross of Christ…. Anyone who has seen the meaning of the cross for a moment is shocked by the godlessness of the world and by the awesomeness of his own sins; he will no longer be shocked by the sins of his sisters and brothers in Christ. The Spirit of judgement is cut off at the roots.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Spiritual Care
    • Revolution of Motivations
      • A Revolution from Lies to Truth
      • A Revolution from Anger to Forgiveness
      • A Revolution from Theft to Gift
      • A Revolution from Malice to Compassion
      • A revolution from Crudity to Beneficial talk (4:29, 5:3f)
    • Revolution of Motivations
      • 4:29 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.
      • 5:3f. But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. …’
    • Revolution of the Will
      • Spirit-Filled NOT Spirit-Grieving
      • Eph 4:30 ‘ …do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.’
      • Eph 5:18 ‘And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit ….’
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    • Living in the light of Jesus and His cross?