Today Pastor Mike begins a new series taken from Ephesians, chapter 5 called, “Redeeming the Time.”  In part one of this series we are reminded that our lives should imitate God.  

Follow along with us as we learn why we should be imitators of God and what that looks like in a follower of Christ.

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See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
Ephesians 5:15-16 NKJV

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma. Ephesians 5:1-2 NASB

“Imitators”— (to mimic)

Walk in Love

3 Reasons Why             

1. (I am a child of God).

Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.

For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust. 2 Peter 1:2-4 NASB

2. (I am loved by God).

“I am in them and You are in Me, so that they may be made completely one, that the world may know You have sent Me and have loved them as You have loved Me.” John 17:23 CSB

3. (I have been purchased by God)

For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation. Romans 5:10-11 NKJV

2 Distinguishing Marks

  1. (Forgiveness)

Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each another, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. Ephesians 4:32 NASB

2. (Sacrifice)

He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth; like a lamb that is led to slaughter, and like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, so He did not open His mouth. Isaiah 53:7 NASB

Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Philippians 2:3-4

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