Walking Worthy of Our Calling, Part 1 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #203)

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A series of homilies on Ephesians.

A homily is “a short talk on a religious or moral topic; a usually short sermon; a lecture or discourse on or of a biblical theme.”


I am sharing a verse-by-verse series of short messages on Ephesians (as well as other passages of Scripture) specifically targeted at reviving families and encouraging and exhorting husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, and children to do what God has commanded them to do, for if the church is to be revived and the country is to be awakened, the family must be revived first.

TEXT: Ephesians 4:1-3:

1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,

2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;

3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

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David Morrieson Panton said, “Revival is the inrush of the Spirit into the body that threatens to become a corpse. ”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “Christ cared enough for sinners to die for them. Do we care enough for sinners to live to reach them?”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “About the same time that signs of revival were seen in Britain, the Welsh began reporting the blessing of God in their midst. Churches were packed with people seeking God, and thousands gathered in open-air meetings to hear the gospel preached. Here, as in England, Baptists, Congregationalists, and Methodists reported significant church growth during the revival. In addition, a new denomination, Welsh Presbyterians, was established among the converts of that awakening.”

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Ephesians 4:1 marks a shift in this epistle. The first three chapters of this book were doctrinal. They were what we would call in a movie “establishing shots.” They were the origin story of how the Gentiles came to be included in the body of Christ. Now, Paul is moving into the “action” part of his script, the more practical side of this epistle.

Martin Lloyd-Jones said, “In the first section, the first three chapters, the Apostle has been unfolding and displaying in his own marvelous manner the great essential doctrines of the Christian faith, everything that is central and vital to an understanding of the way of salvation. There is no greater display of the doctrines of the Christian faith than that found in the first three chapters of this Epistle. But having done that, the Apostle now moves on to the practical application of his doctrine; he goes on to show how it is related to daily life and living.”

This change is signified by the word “therefore.” Paul is saying, ‘In light of all that I have said before, here is what you need to do now.’ For many Christians, there is a danger in not recognizing the power of “therefore.” So many of us get hung up on doctrine that we never get around to doing. Doctrine is important. In fact, doctrine comes first because it tells us why we ought to do certain things. But right doctrine is never a substitute for right doing. By the same token, doing is not a substitute for doctrine. We must know the right things and then do the right things.

Some scholars have pointed out that there is a pattern between the first three chapters and the second three chapters of Ephesians. Reviewing this pattern provides a helpful summary as we move into this new section of the book.

In the first 3 chapters, we learn about the Position of the believer.
In the second 3 chapters, we learn about the Practice of the believer.

In the first 3 chapters, we learn about Christian blessings.
In the second 3 chapters, we learn about Christian behavior.

In the first 3 chapters, we learn about the Privileges of the believer.
In the second 3 chapters, we learn about the Responsibilities of the believer.

In the first 3 chapters, we learn about our Heritage in Christ — our past.
In the second 3 chapters, we learn about our Life in Christ — our present.

In the first 3 chapters, we learn about our Resources in Christ.
In the second 3 chapters, we learn how to use our Resources in Christ.

Now that you know why you should live as a Christian, I hope you are ready to find out how you should live as a Christian.

Let’s pray.

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