Topic: General Verse: Ephesians 1:13–1:14
THE IMPRACTICAL LIFE
Pastor Scott Oas | 05.22.16
“And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.” - Ephesians 1:13-14
1. SATURATE YOUR LIFE WITH TRUTH
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” - II Corinthians 5:17
2. SECURE YOUR FOUNDATION OF TRUTH
“They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built.” - Luke 6:48
“But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.” - Luke 6:49
3. COMMIT YOUR LIFE TO LIVING THE TRUTH
“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” - II Timothy 2:15
“If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.” - I John 1:6
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” - Philippians 4:8
SCRIPTURE READING: Ephesians 1:13-14
Ever witnessed a building coming apart from its foundation? Or a building in “shift” mode due to the earth moving? What struck you about those incidents?
Read Luke 6:46-49
1. Why is the phrase, “So why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord’” important to our understanding this passage?
2. How does Jesus introduce the story? What does he say in verse 47 about the purpose of the story?
3. Recount the story; who is involved? What are each of the characters attempting to do? How do they go about their task? What are the similarities and what are the differences?
4. Why are “hearing and obeying” so important to house building? Why is it vital to do both, what are the possible outcomes of a half-hearted response?
1. In the morning message we talked about these 3 ways to strengthen your spiritual foundation: Saturate your life with Truth. Secure your foundation of truth. Commit your life to living the truth.
2. Of these 3, which do you feel the most secure? Which do you struggle with most?
3. Why is it so important for you to have a strong spiritual foundation?
4. How can these promises strengthen you:
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!" - II Corinthians 5:17
"Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” - John 8:31-32
"Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ." - Ephesians 4:15
"Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth." - II Timothy 2:15