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Weekend Bible Study
Theme of the Week: Bring Joy to the Heart of God
Saturday, July 5, 2014

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Our Key Study Passage begins: "Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God" (vv. 1-2). The apostle Paul then highlights certain behaviors we should stop doing in order to "live a life filled with love." How is it possible to give up negative behaviors and live in a way that's truly pleasing to God (v. 10)? Verse 18 tells us: "be filled with the Holy Spirit." As we allow God's Spirit to fill and guide us, we can begin to shine brightly (vv. 8-9) with the love of God. And when we do, we, like our sacrificial Savior, will become "a pleasing aroma to God."

  1. How has imitating others helped you learn a new skill or change a behavior?
  2. What does it mean to "imitate God"? (See v. 2; John 13:4-15; 1 Cor. 4:15-16; 1 Cor. 11:1; Phil. 3:17.)
  3. How does each behavior listed in verses 3 through 5 impact relationships? Do you need to rid your life of any of these behaviors?
  4. What are some right ways to "[expose] worthless deeds of evil and darkness" (v. 11)? What are some wrong ways?
  5. Thinking specifically about people you interact with regularly, how can you "make the most of every opportunity" (v. 16)?

Key Study Passage:

Ephesians 5:1-20

Spend Time in Prayer: Thank God for specific people who've modeled genuine faith for you. Express your desire to shine brightly with God's love as you interact with family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers.

Ephesians 5:1-20

Living in the Light

5 Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. 2 Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.

3 Let there be no sexual immorality, impurity, or greed among you. Such sins have no place among God's people. 4 Obscene stories, foolish talk, and coarse jokes—these are not for you. Instead, let there be thankfulness to God. 5 You can be sure that no immoral, impure, or greedy person will inherit the Kingdom of Christ and of God. For a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world.

6 Don't be fooled by those who try to excuse these sins, for the anger of God will fall on all who disobey him. 7 Don't participate in the things these people do. 8 For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light! 9 For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true.

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Prayer for the Week
Lord, help me to carefully consider how I live my life before a watching world. Most of all, may the way I relate to family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers bring joy to your heart.

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