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SUNDAY 23 SEPTEMBER 2018
Ephesians deals with topics at the very core of what it means to be a Christian—both in faith and in practice, it invites us to continue our journey of “Shema” - hearing and responding to the invitation and challenges God is placing on our hearts as individuals, households and as a community.
‘Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another,forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.’ - Ephesians 4:31-5:2
This morning we explore the beginning of Ephesians 5, where once again we are greeted by a therefore which makes us ask—what is it there for? This is Paul’s pivot into explaining the specific instructions on what a life of love looks like.
The way of love is defined by two relationships and holds within it the tension of those - seen most clearly in the description in John 1 of Jesus - the Word became flesh and dwelt among us and we have seen his glory - the glory of the Father - full of grace and truth.
This way of love is defined by two markers: GRACE and TRUTH…