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Be imitators of God

Be imitators of God

Paul's advice for us today – walk in love, be faithful in life, within your family, while being covered with the whole armour of God.

Ephesians 5:Walk in Love

1 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.

2 And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

3 But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints.

4 Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.

5 For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.

6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.

7 Therefore do not become partners with them;

8 for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light

9 (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true),

10 and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord.

11 Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.

12 For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret.

13 But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible,

14 for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says, "Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you."

15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise,

16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.

17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit,

19 addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart,

20 giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

21 submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.

Wives and Husbands

22 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord.

23 For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior.

24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.

25 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her,

26 that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word,

27 so that he might present the church to himself in splendour, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.

28 In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.

29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church,

30 because we are members of his body.

31 "Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh."

32 This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church.

33 However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.

Ephesians 6:Children and Parents

1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.

2 "Honour your father and mother" (this is the first commandment with a promise),

3 "that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land."

4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

Slaves and Masters

5 Slaves, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ,

6 not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart,

7 rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man,

8 knowing that whatever good anyone does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether he is a slave or free.

9 Masters, do the same to them, and stop your threatening, knowing that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and that there is no partiality with him.

The Whole Armour of God

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.

11 Put on the whole armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.

12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

13 Therefore take up the whole armour of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.

14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,

15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace.

16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one;

17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,

18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,

19 and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel,

20 for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.

Final Greetings

21 So that you also may know how I am and what I am doing, Tychicus the beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord will tell you everything.

22 I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are, and that he may encourage your hearts.

23 Peace be to the brothers, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

24 Grace be with all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with love incorruptible.

Things to think about…

1.Love is funny thing isn't it, Eph 5:1,2. Christ was showing His love for us on the cross, but there is no way that it felt good for him at the time, even though it was 'all good'. How do you maintain Paul's challenge to sacrificially love others when the feelings are waning or even non-existent? Paul says it must be in the context of a "a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God" Eph 5:2

2.Some of the Facebook posts I read by Christians clearly violate Eph 5:4 in my opinion. Then again it comes down to your interpretation of filthiness, foolish talk and crude joking. But I think in most cases there is a fairly discernible line. If you are under 25 and male, you are probably more prone to fall here. But let's not make too many restrictions; the word is for all of us.

3.Which of you married women struggle with Eph 5:22-24… and yet there it is, stop making excuses, honour your Lord and go to it. The Lord does not ask that you wait for your husband before you honour the Lord with what He says for you to do in His word.

4.Likewise, which of you married men struggle with Eph 5:25-28… and yet there it is, …as above, stop making excuses, honour your Lord and go to it. It is dishonouring to God when He has has sacrificed for you, that you do not to love and cherish your wife in a Christlike manner. Husbands are to be the leaders in displaying Christ centred sacrifice in their homes.

5.The 'mystery' that Paul spoke about earlier referring to Christ now being revealed has a profound significance in a marriage. If every marriage in the church simply carried out Eph 5:33, we would have 0% divorce among Christian couples.

6.I must confess when my boys were younger and didn't carry out Eph 6:1,2, I struggled to keep Eph 6:4. Yet I am also told not to be overcome by evil, but to overcome evil with good, Rom 12:21. As mentioned above, we cannot wait for someone else to be obedient to Christ before we are obedient. This would be a neverending cycle of inaction. Obey regardless and see what the Lord does in the lives of those around you.

7.Eph 6:5-9 in a modern context is really the relationship we have as employers and employees. Our Lord's eye is on all our work and His ear over our words. Honouring our Lord begins and ends in the heart. Jesus says everything else flows from there, Mt 15:18.

8.Had any doubts lately? What about questions concerning God's will and character? How about acknowledging and believing in the supernatural. Do you doubt it even exists? Do you struggle with seeing the influence and power of the Holy Spirit in your life? If you answered yes to any of these questions – welcome to the Christian life and the spiritual war that is being waged on your soul. Paul encourages us to put on the whole armour of God and be more than protected. We are to go on the offensive and take ground. If you are not reading God's word your head is not protected, you also have no battle plan. If you are not praying, your shield of faith is down and you are open to Satan's arrows hitting your heart.

9.Faithful Tychicus, Eph 6:21. May we be like him, bringing a word of encouragement to others. I would encourage you to always bring a good word and an encouragement about what the Lord is doing in the church and His people. Anyone can criticise and pull down. The point is that we encourage one another and that "Grace be with all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with love incorruptible.", Eph 6:24.

Vision Point

CBC's Vision :- To be a growing biblical church community, significantly influencing our city and beyond, through intentional outreach, fulfilling our mission.

For Cell groups

We will be considering the topic of baptism for this week's baptism service.

1.Who should get baptized?

2.What does baptism represent?

3.What passages come to mind when considering baptism in the NT?

Prayer Points

1.This Sunday 5 people getting baptised at Colleges Crossing.

2.Pray for continued follow up rain

3.Pray for those who have recently come to CBC that they settle into the fellowship.

4.Pray for our help and response to Stanthorpe community.

5.Ministries this term 4 – PlayPatch, Kids@Church, Recharge youth.

6.More Sunday school and RI teachers

7.Our outreach initiatives as well as the Axiom podcast.

8.Sunday's messages. "There's no better guarantee than this" Eph 1:1-14. in the morning and "Why do bad things happen to good people" – Sunday night.

9.Finish "Bean Redeemed" coffee shop and podcast area.

10.Church finances to meet our expenses.

11.Our City and Country – Pray for revival over our city and the leadership of our country.

Praise Points.

1.Quite a few visitors and new folk at CBC in both services.

2.Sunday worship – great blessing. Thanks Josh, Ben and Jesse.

3.Unity, peace and Christ's love over our church.

4.A number being baptised.

Announcements

1.Hawkins group - Hosting morning tea on Sunday morning.

2.Playpatch –Friday mornings – 9:30 – 11am for mums and bubs. See Carly Backwell for details.

3.Recharge Youth – Friday night 7pm – High Schoolers.

4.Kids at Church – Primary school aged children Sunday mornings.

5.Prayer meetings – 5:30am – 6:30am at church Wednesday and Friday mornings.

6.AGM meeting – now on the 17th November after the morning service.

7.Baptism service at Colleges Crossing – 10th Nov @12pm.

8.Creation Ministries – Sunday 1st December. Dr Ron Neller "From Evolutionist to Creationist!"Invite a friend 6pm.

9.Carols service 22nd December – 6pm. Invite family and friends.

This month's catechism question...

Q. 6. What is the first petition?
A. "Hallowed be your name."

Bible Reference – Matt.6:9; Luke 11:2.


"Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known" Jer 33:3

Pastor Jay

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