So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles (unbelievers) do, in the futility of their thinking. – Ephesians 4:17
What does it mean for a Christian to live like someone that doesn’t believe in Jesus?
Why do you think Christians live that way?
Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more. – Ephesians 4:19
How can we lose sensitivity to a sin where it doesn’t even bother us anymore?
Have you struggled with that in an area?
Old and New
You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires. – Ephesians 4:22
What does it mean to put off your old self?
How is that a difficult thing to do?
Are there any “old self” behaviors or attitudes that you have struggled to let go of?
and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. – Ephesians 4:24
We don’t only take off old things; we put on a new. Below are some old self behaviors that we should be cast off. What would the new self put on instead?
Why is it important that we don’t only cast off old ways but put on new ones?
Make it personal
In what ways have you allowed the old self to remain?
What would it look like for you to put on a new self?