Imitators of Christ
April 8, 2015 Series: Ephesians - Click sermon title for sermon notes
Topic: Spiritual Growth Passage: Ephesians 4:25–5:2
Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. (Ephesians 5:1 ESV)
Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil. Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need. Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. (Ephesians 4:25-32)
Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. (Ephesians 5:1-2 ESV)
-In other words, as a Christian, realize you are called to pursue:
Being truthful, putting away sinful anger, being generous with others when it comes to your possessions and money, using your words for good and not evil, allowing the Holy Spirit to control your life, and offering forgiveness to others as God has offered it to you!
-How are you imitating God these days?
- …put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires,  and … be renewed in the spirit of your minds,  and … put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
(Ephesians 4:22-24 ESV)
-the point of the Christian life is to realize that only by the grace of God can you be saved—and only by the power of God can you become who God wants you to be.
-we are called to imitate God out of a deeply rooted knowledge that God loves and accepts us not because of anything we have done—but because what Jesus has done for us.