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The Ultimate Priority - Worship . . . Part 2

WORSHIP AS A WAY OF LIFE          Page 4

Next let's look at the Inward Dimension of our worship.

THE INWARD DIMENSION - Ephesians 5:7-10

V. 7 ** If our worship is to be genuine, acceptable to God, in the Inward Dimension, what must we avoid?

Becoming "partakers with them..."

** Who are they?

The individuals of verse five who continually live a God forsaken life, in complete disregard of Jesus Christ and God.

** Did you notice how this chapter began? What is the contrast provided in the first four verses?

Imitators of God, beloved children, walking in love

vs.

Immorality, impurity, greed, filthiness, silly talk or coarse jesting

V. 8 ** So, if we are not partakers with the world's corrupt system around us, what is going to be the impact on our Inward Dimension, as we are truly pursuing The Ultimate Priority - Worship?

Our light shines bright...from the inside out! Remember what Jesus said in the Sermon on the Mount about our light shinning? (See Matthew 5:14-16)

V. 9 ** What is the fruit of that light?

"...all goodness and righteousness and truth..."
goodness - agathosune, "that which is willingly and sacrificially done for the good of others."
cf. 1Thessalonians 5:15

righteousness - this is how we relate to God. He has granted us His righteousness, but we must present ourselves to Him in a righteous lifestyle. cf. Romans 6:12-13

truth - this speaks of the personal integrity of the believer before God. It has to do with honesty, reliability, trustworthiness and integrity--in contrast to the hypocritical, deceptive, and false ways of the old life of darkness. cf. Ephesians 5:8

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