1. THE HIGHLIGHT
For sure, the highlight was announcing our new Lead Minister, Sy Huffer! Sy and his wife, Monica, and baby, Geri, will be joining us in June after he finishes out his responsibilities at Crossroads Christian Church in Evansville, IN. You can catch all the details, including a video of the actual announcement, in this previous blog post.
Sy and Monica Huffer
2. THE SERMON
Dr. Mark Scott, out Interim Preaching Minister, encouraged us to walk in light, love, and wisdom.
3. THE SCRIPTURE
(ENGLISH STANDARD VERSION)
Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not become partners with them; for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light.
Therefore it says, “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”
Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.
4. THE QUESTIONS
Use these questions to further explore the theme of the service (these are great to use with your friends, family, or small group).
QUESTION 1: PRAY
Instead of bad words Christians should use good words (verse 4). This is especially true of our words in our prayers. Paul calls us to thanksgiving. Since Thanksgiving is 221 days away we should get ready by practice. Pray a prayer today that is filled with the giving of thanks and nothing else.
QUESTION 2: SPEAK
Our language is that of song (verse 19). We are to address one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs. Try this: pick a favorite Psalm from the Old Testament. Put it to a familiar tune and sing it in your family. Example: Psalm 23 to the tune of “Amazing Grace.” OR just read a Psalm out loud to your family or small group.
QUESTION 3: GROW
Read over Ephesians 5:3-8. Ask yourself, “Am I different than last year in regard to my moral purity? Do I blush at the immorality around me more or less than last year? What would be an example such in either direction?” Is there anything you could do this week to improve your moral purity?
QUESTION 4: LOVE
Ephesians 5:1-2 suggests that love means the giving of one’s self and of making sacrifice. What is it in verse one that makes verse two possible? How would imitating God help you in loving others?