Reading Paul, Hearing Jesus (GEPC)
What it looks like to imitate God and to imitate the devil is like day and night. The deeds of darkness can’t stand up to the light of Christ shining in our lives.
Monday, May 19
Read Ephesians 5:1-21. Why is purity so important? Should we really “expose” the deeds of darkness? Isn’t it just enough to leave them alone? How should the Christians address one another? Why?
Tuesday, May 20
After reviewing Ephesians 5:1-21, read Matthew 5. How is Matthew 5 all about being “imitators of God?” Jesus tells us to even avoid anger. What does Paul say about our anger? How does loving your enemy relate to exposing the deeds of darkness?
Thursday, May 22
After reviewing Ephesians 5:1-21, read John 3:16-21. Jesus uses the light and darkness analogy to talk about righteousness and evil. What does the light do? If we walk in the light, what will we do?
Saturday, May 24
After reviewing Ephesians 5:1-21, read Philippians 2:1-18. We should imitate God like children. How does humility and selflessness play into that picture? If we are to imitate God, and Jesus is God, then according to Philippians 2, what are we to do?
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