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New Societal Standards

Ephesians: God’s New Society

New Societal Standards

Ephesians 4:1-16

Now that we are in the family of God as adopted children we have new family rules.

  1. Depends on the charity or our character & conduct (4:2)
  2. Arises from the unity of our God (4:3-6)
  3. Enriched by the diversity of our gifts (4:7-12)
  4. Results in the maturity of our growth (4:13-16)

Our Great Inheritance

Ephesians: God’s New Society

Our Great Inheritance

Ephesians 1:11-14

How would your life be different if you knew you were going to receive a significant inheritance?

  1. Our great inheritance comes by God’s will through Jesus.
  2. Our great inheritance is for both Jews & Gentiles.
  3. Our great inheritance is assured by the Holy Spirit.

The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant

Parables: Truths About God’s Kingdom

The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant

Matthew 18: 21-35, Genesis 4: 23-24

With this parable Jesus teaches about the reality of the debt of our sin and forgiveness. Grasping how much God has forgiven us allows us to have a forgiving heart toward others.

  • An Unforgiving Heart
  • A Forgiving Heart
  • What forgiveness really is
    • Forgiveness means: giving up the right to seek repayment from the one who harmed you.
    • Someone always pays, on every debt.

Discipline Leads to Maturity

The Life of Joseph: Pain & Providence

Discipline Leads to Maturity

Genesis 42:1-17; 45:1-9; Hebrews 12:5-11

God chooses to disciple Joseph to be the Good Father that Jacob wasn’t. The hardship and suffering He gives, provides training to make His sons more like Jesus Christ.

  1. God’s means of discipline.
  2. God’s method of discipline.
  3. God’s motivation of discipline.
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