HERO CENTRAL August 7-11 Vacation Bible School

August 30/Ephesians 4

Verses 1-3 > Paul is saying to put what you know about Christianity into practice. Balance your doctrine with your doing. There are people who know their bibles pretty well but their actions don’t match up with what comes out of their mouths. Lets not be those people. If you can quote, Love your neighbor as yourself, you ought to be able to do it. What do they call people who say one thing and do another? Oh yea > hypocrites!

Verses 4-6 > As a Church if we concentrate on what we have in common we should all be able to get along well. No one is more special than anyone else. Little things like how and when to baptize, or when to have communion, or if tongues is for today should not divide us. Christ is not divided! We all have Jesus and him crucified in common. We all have the same Father and Holy Spirit in common. Lets concentrate on these things and go after our common enemy Satan. Jesus came to destroy his works lets keep carrying out that mission in our own lives. Lets pull down the various strongholds that Satan has in each of our lives. If we do we won’t have time to judge and criticize others. When someone says, “Did you know that so and so’s marriage is falling apart?” You can say, “No I was too busy working to keep Satan out of my marriage that I didn’t notice.”

Verses 7-10 > I believe this is where Christ during his death went down into Abrahams bosom > Luke 16, to release all the Old Testament believers into heaven. They couldn’t yet enter heaven because Jesus hadn’t yet died for their sins. No place in any universe is closed off to Jesus. Jesus the creator has an ‘all access pass’ if you will.

Verses 11-16 > We are to mature to be like Jesus. Jesus gave us prophets, apostles, evangelists, pastors and teacher to help us on to maturity. So that we would know the truth and not be fooled by deception. We all need people to hold us accountable for our spiritual growth. Any one have a personal trainer for spiritual growth?

Verses 17-19 > After Dr. Donald Barnhouse, the classic preacher from a generation ago, shared a message about the repercussions of sin, a young man approached him and said, “I sin, but it doesn’t seem to matter at all. I’m not haunted by it. I don’t get depressed about it. It doesn’t bother me a bit.”
Dr. Barnhouse looked at him and said, “Tell me, son, what would happen if I dropped an eight-hundred-pound weight on the body of a dead man? Would he feel it? Would he be in pain? Would it bother him?”
“Of course not,” said the young man.
“That’s the point,” said Dr. Barnhouse. “If you don’t feel the weight of sin, if it’s not heavy upon you, if it’s not having an impact on you, it’s because you’re spiritually dead.”

Verses 20-21 > What you have learned about Christ now put into practice.

Verses 22-32 > Here is what you are to practice. Balance what you know by what you do. Go Team Go!

Be Inspired Hilltop!

 

 

 

 

Comments

  1. Mark Gundersen says:

    We are told to not let the sun go down on anger. This means to not hold a grudge or maintain a petty fued. The consequences of letting anger remain is that it breaks relationships and offers the accuser a small opening that he can slowly widen until it is a wide canyon. The classic line in this situation is that I will appolagize when they do. Jesus wants us to forgive right away and move on. Resentment is the one small flame that Jesus has a desire to snuff out.

  2. Mary Anne Frank says:

    I have written in the margins of this chapter “lot’s of action verbs in this chapter” …throw off, let the Spirit, put on, stop, don’t, quit, give, get rid of, be kind, forgive…. I have control over my sin by God’s grace. Verse 30 says “don’t bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live.” We all have a choice in how we live and God’s grace is generous.

  3. Daniel Mueller says:

    Great insightful and helpful comments. Thank you!