Alumni Bible Study

A Bible study initially set up for alumni of the Senior Sunday School Class at the First United Methodist Church of Lufkin, Texas. It is our hope and our prayer that this study touches the hearts of those who participate and helps spread the love and grace of Our Lord and God. All who want to learn more about God are welcome

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Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Ephesians 5:8-20

Prayer- Lord, Open my heart and open my mind and help me learn. G-F-W. Amen

8For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light 9(for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) 10and find out what pleases the Lord. 11Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. 12For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. 13But everything exposed by the light becomes visible, 14for it is light that makes everything visible. This is why it is said: "Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you."
15Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is. 18Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. 19Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, 20always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ
Paul is telling us to be the light of the world. What does that mean? How should we do the lighting? We light up the world as a reflection of Christ. Much as the moonlight is a reflection of the sun, and by doing so lights up a darkened world, we are to reflect the light that is Jesus. When we do this, we will also enlighten a darkened world, and everything will become visible.
Paul then tells us to be careful how we live. We should make the most of every opportunity because evil is always lurking. Getting drunk on wine(or whiskey or beer,) is very temporary, but the Holy Spirit gives you a permanent high. Getting drunk is part of an old selfish life. When intoxicated with drink we can easily fall prey to evil. When we are high on God, we are fighting evil, and will not have the depression of a hangover when we come down. We need never come down. We can always live with joy and songs in our heart. There is big temptation to lower yourselves from the lofty position of God’s family. We are all better than that. Satan can take the foolish, but we are God’s, bought and paid for with the Blood of Christ.
Prayer- Lord, Help me be a light to the world. Help me show my community the joy that is a life with Jesus. Help me resist evil, wherever it is hiding. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.
Things to do today-Read Ephesians 5:21-24. Do not jump to conclusions, we may learn a different spin for the rest of this chapter. Be a "light."


Blogger Chad Mc said...

ah, I am very familiar with these verses. Remember when I said there were some crazy evangalist on SFA campus, well they had a poster with all the sins in the world, well most of them. There were some basic ones like Don't Steal, Don't kill, Curse, use magic, gamble, and everyone who saw these were like "yeah yeah yeah, we know". The one that got everyone upset, especially the women, was when it said "Feminism". That shook up alot of people. And their main reason for it was this very verse. They said that if a wife would ever rebel agaist her husband, then she would go to Hell for sinning. Several people asked if the husbands were suppose to respect the wife, they said sure but if the wife was ever disrespectful, they were sinning. Boy those guys were great.

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