We looked atconduct that leads to a united church
, andlight that emanates from a pure church
The gospel that was preached to the Ephesians made clear the need for change (4.20), for a fundamental turnaround, and so evangelism must call for a new self. Not like the rent-a-car contract with its miniscule small print!
Conversation afterwards hit on 5.6-10 – and the command to not associate with those who decieve with empty words, for now we are of the light, so need to live like it. And thus, we expose unfruitful works of darkness. I realised that over the last year the significance I place on the local church has grown considerably. When the question of joining a church that you knew dealt in empty words, in the hope you could help it, came up, my natural response was ‘that’s stupidity!’ Surely that would be spiritual suicide?But maybe I could help change it?
But if the power and life of the church comes from the preached word, then being part of a lifeless, powerless church would be no spiritual gain, in fact it would have negative effect, such is the importance of the preached word in one’s own life.
Praise God that he transforms us. Praise God that our lives in the light are invitations for others to wake-up.