Preaching: Ephesians 5:1-16 Are you running with the wrong crowd?

running with right crowdSummary: A verse by verse examination of what the book of Ephesians in the Bible teaches. This message covers Ephesians 5:1-15 discussion of the company we keep.

Speaker: Dr. Michael Williams
Date Presented: July 30, 2014

Related message: Galatians 5:14-26 Are you leading or following?

Bible References:

Ephesians 5:1-16 1Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;  2And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour. 3But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;  4Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.  5For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.  6Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.  7Be not ye therefore partakers with them.  8For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:  9(For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)  10Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.  11And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them12For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.  13But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.  14Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.  15See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,  16Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Romans 12:1-2 1I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.  2And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

John 8:28-29 28Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.  29And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.

2 Corinthians 2:12-17 12Furthermore, when I came to Troas to preach Christ’s gospel, and a door was opened unto me of the Lord,  13I had no rest in my spirit, because I found not Titus my brother: but taking my leave of them, I went from thence into Macedonia.  14Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.  15For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish:  16To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things?  17For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.

Galatians 5:17-21 17For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.  18But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.  19Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,  20Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,  21Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 16All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:  17That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

Dr. Michael Williams

Dr. Michael Williams is a pastor, author, Christian educator and Biblical counselor who has served in ministry since March of 2000. Dr. Mike holds under-graduate through post graduate degrees in Christian Education. Dr. Mike is the Senior Pastor of Selah Mountain Ministries, which he founded in March of 2010 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA (selahmountain.org). In addition to counseling, he teaches how to overcome life issues Biblically on topics such as anger management, marriage, addictions, and other subjects typically referred to as mental illnesses. Dr. Mike lives with his wife Pamela Rose and adult daughter Hollie Rose. He and Pamela have other adult children and several grandchildren as well. Visit the About page to learn more about Dr. Mike.

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