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Marks of A True Christian (5): Christian Communication Ephesians 4:25-5:2. Christian Communication Ephesians 4:25-5:2. The Background of the Text. The Third Race:. No longer Jews--- No longer Gentiles— Christians. The New Man. Picture of Old man Picture of Baptism

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marks of a true christian 5 christian communication ephesians 4 25 5 2
Marks of A True Christian (5):Christian CommunicationEphesians 4:25-5:2
the third race
The Third Race:
  • No longer Jews---
  • No longer Gentiles—
  • Christians
the new man
The New Man
  • Picture of Old man
  • Picture of Baptism
  • Picture of New man.
the imitation of god
The Imitation of God
  • Eph 5:1 Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children.
the imitation of christ
The Imitation of Christ
  • Eph 5:2 Live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us.
the resulting behavior
The Resulting Behavior
  • These are the practical results of being a Christian.
  • If being a Christian does not affect our behavior, we are not much of a Christian.
topics
Topics

a. Communication.

b. Interpersonal Communication.

c. Conflict Resolution.

d. Happy Relationships.

analysis of the passage statement form
Analysis of the Passage: Statement Form
  • Prohibition
  • Positive
  • Rationale

Prohibition

Positive

Rationale

statement one truth
Statement One: Truth

Prohibition

  • 4:25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood
  • and speak truthfully to his neighbor,
  • for we are all members of one body.

Positive

Rationale

statement two anger
Statement Two: Anger
  • Prohibition: “In your anger do not sin”:
  • Positive: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry,
  • Rationale: 4:27 and do not give the devil a foothold.

ANGER!!

dealing with anger
Dealing With Anger
  • Eat a third and drink a third and leave the remaining third of your stomach empty. Then, when you get angry, there will be sufficient room for your rage. ----Babylonian Talmud tractate gittin.

ANGER!!

anger in the world today
Anger in the World Today
  • Road Rage
  • Sports Rage
  • Communication Rage
    • This is particularly in focus in this passage.

ANGER!!

anger is a reasonable emotion sometimes helpful
Anger is a Reasonable Emotion; Sometimes Helpful.
  • Be angry, but do not sin!
  • We must stay in control of our emotions.
  • But they made me do it!
  • We cannot blame others–we must control ourselves.

ANGER!!

signs of anger in communication
Signs of Anger in Communication
  • Stomping out of meetings.
  • Firing off angry letters.
  • Yelling, screaming and shouting.
  • Refusing to speak or communicate.
  • Name calling.
  • Refusing to listen.
  • Belittling, put downs and sarcasm.

ANGER

a man s wisdom gives him patience it is to his glory to overlook an offense
A man’s wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense.

Proverbs 19:11

ANGER!!

an untrue proverb

ANGER!!

An Untrue Proverb
  • Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.
  • "Careful with fire" is good advice we know. "Careful with words" is ten times doubly so. ---William Carleton
the power of words

ANGER!!

The Power of Words
  • Words can be like baseball bats when used maliciously. ------Sidney Madwed
  • Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind. -----Rudyard Kipling
statement three stealing
Statement Three: Stealing
  • Prohibition: 4:28 He who has been stealing must steal no longer,
  • Positive: but must work, doing something useful with his own hands,
  • Rationale: that he may have something to share with those in need.
statement four unwholesome talk
Statement Four: Unwholesome Talk
  • Prohibition: 4:29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths,
  • Positive: but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs,
  • Rationale: that it may benefit those who listen.
summary statement
Summary Statement
  • 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God,
  • with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
  • The Holy Spirit is grieved by our evil words!
statement five bitterness
Statement Five: Bitterness
  • 4:31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.
  • 4:32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other,
  • just as in Christ God forgave you.
statement six love
Statement Six: Love
  • Positive: 5:1 Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children
  • Positive: 5:2 and live a life of love, (Literally: Walk in love)
  • Rationale: just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
statement seven purity
Statement Seven: Purity
  • Prohibition: 5:3 But among you there must not be even a hint of
    • sexual immorality,
    • or of any kind of impurity,
    • or of greed,
  • Rationale: because these are improper for God’s holy people.
statement eight evil talk
Statement Eight: Evil Talk
  • Prohibition: 5:4 Nor should there be
    • obscenity,
    • foolish talk
    • or coarse joking,
  • Rationale: which are out of place,
  • Positive: but rather thanksgiving.
statement nine
Statement Nine
  • 5:5 For of this you can be sure:
  • Prohibition:
    • No immoral,
    • impure
    • or greedy person—
    • such a man is an idolater—
  • Rationale: has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
summary
Summary
  • 5:8 For you were once darkness, (Past, negative)
  • but now you are light in the Lord. (Rationale)
  • Live as children of light (Exhortation)
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