My New Identity

At the end of chapter four Paul describes a “divine wardrobe” that will change one’s life. He describes “clothing” that will never go out of date, and it wears increasingly better with time. Paul tells us what we need to put off and what we need to put on to be properly dressed. If we take his recommendations to heart, we’ll be dressed for any occasion life may bring.

May God help us to put on our new identity and walk in a manner worthy of Him.

Stop living as ______________ (Ephesians 4:17-19)

Remember who you are (Ephesians 4:20-24)

How do we put off the old life and put on the new one? (Ephesians 4:25-32)

  • Put off _________ and put on ____________ (4:25)
  • Put off ____________ and put on ________________ (4:26-27)
  • Put off ______________ and put on _______________ (4:28)
  • Put off ____________ and put on ______________ (4:29)
  • Put off _________ the Spirit and put on ___________ and _____________ (4:30-32)

Main Idea: Be who you are.

CONNECTING

In Ephesians 4 we learn of things to “put off” and to “put on.” Think about your wardrobe with the coming of spring. What clothes will you put away? What clothes will you begin wearing?

Read Ephesians 4:17-32. Review the three main divisions (4:17-19, 20-24, 25-32). What big idea is Paul trying to make in each section?

UNDERSTANDING

In Ephesians 4:17-19, Paul describes the life of someone who does not love God. How does this description compare with Ephesians 2:1-3? Why does Paul tell us not to live this way? How do the mind, heart and conscience influence the actions of those who do not follow Christ?

In Ephesians 4:20-24, Paul reminds us of our identity in Christ. What helps us live differently than non-Christians live (4:20-21)? What three things are we to do because of our identity in Jesus (4:22-24)? Can these things happen without the heart being transformed (2 Cor. 5:17)?

According to Paul, what five sins does Paul name in Ephesians 4:25-32? Why are we to “put off” these things? What are we to do instead? What is the reason he gives for each positive action?

LIVING:

What experience this week has tempted you to compromise your walk with Christ? How has God worked through it? How have you seen the contrast between the “old” and the “new” through this situation?

In what ways are you putting off the old life, being renewed in your mind and putting on the new self (identity) God has created in you (Eph. 4:22-24)? How does “learning Christ” aid you in your spiritual growth (Eph. 4:20-21)?

ASSIGNMENT: As a group, share positive and negative motivations which prompt you to live the way Jesus called you to live. Where do you feel you are making progress at the moment? Memorize Ephesians 4:31-32 together. How does our bitterness and lack of forgiveness grieve God the Spirit, God the Son, and God the Father? Which of Paul’s “issues” (4:25-32) needs concentration for you this week? Pray together with your group and ask for God’s help.

Please Note: Due to an overwhelming number of orders from churches across the nation, the Saturate warehouse was not able to ship our materials this week. Therefore, the Saturate bag assembly on March 23 has been postponed. This will likely affect the neighborhood canvasing on March 30 as well. We will post updates on rescheduled dates as we learn more.

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Join us for the upcoming showing of the movie “The Pilgrims Progress” brought to you by the Stonebridge Missions Support Team, Wednesday, April 3 at 6: 30 PM