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Introduction.

 This four-part series focuses on new life in Christ. How does faith in Jesus change us? How should our attitudes, emotions, and actions be different from anyone else?   

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SESSION ONE: How to Change

TEXT: Ephesians 4:17-24

INTRODUCTION.

This four-part series focuses on new life in Christ. How does faith in Jesus change us? How should our attitudes, emotions, and actions be different from anyone else?  

DISCUSSION.

Name a characteristic that when you see it, you think “That person must be a Christian.”

EXAMINATION.

Vv.17-19 Speaking to Christians, Paul insists that we not live like the Gentiles. What does he say is wrong with how the Gentiles live?

What does it mean to have a hardened heart?

What does it mean to “give yourself over” to something, and what are the results?

Vv.20-22 If we are new creations in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17) how is it possible for us to keep “being corrupted by deceitful desires”?

Vv.23-24 What is the “attitude of your mind” and how is it different than your mind?

APPLICATION.  

  • What are some ways we allow sin to keep living within us?
  • Name some excuses we use instead of dealing with our sin.
  • Does anything happen to a Christian who doesn’t “put off the old self”? If so, what?
  • Discuss this statement: “Putting off the old self without putting on the new is legalism. Putting on the new self without putting off the old is hypocrisy.”
  • Fact: What is a key truth that you understood from this passage?
  • React: What did you feel?
  • Act: What are you going to do?

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