1. The theme of Ephesians is "the glorious church." 2. In ch.1-3 we are able to learn a number of more "doctrinal" matters that relate to the church. 3. In ch.4-6 we are able to learn a number of more "practical" responsibilities that relate to members of the church. 4. Our lesson is based on the responsibility given in 4:23 to "be renewed." 5. The first point we need to make is that . . . Discussion: I. RENEWAL BEGINS WHEN WE ARE BAPTIZED INTO CHRIST
A. According to 2 Corinthians 5:17, those who are in Christ have been renewed. B. The Bible teaches us how to get into Christ so we can be renewed in: 1. Galatians 3:26-29 2. Romans 6:3-7 3. Titus 3:3-7. C. This is how the people in Ephesus had been renewed (Acts 19:5). II. RENEWAL CONTINUES AFTER WE ARE BAPTIZED INTO CHRIST
A. The instruction in Ephesians 4:23 is for Christians. B. Notice 2 activities mentioned in connection with renewal. 1. First, Ephesians 4:22 teaches us to "put off" the old man. a. To be more specific, we are to "put away" the sinful activities listed in Ephesians 4:25-31. b. Also, see Colossians 3:5-9. 2. Second, Ephesians 4:24 teaches us to "put on" the new man. a. To be more specific, we are to "put on" the good activities listed in Ephesians 4:32. b. Also, see Colossians 3:12-14. III. ADDITIONAL MATTERS THAT RELATE TO RENEWAL
A. Renewal is available to those who "wait upon the Lord" (Isaiah 40:31). B. We are to ask God for renewal (Psalm 51:10). C. The "renewing of our minds" is a key to being transformed (Romans 12:1-2). D. Inward renewal deserves our daily attention (2 Corinthians 4:16). Conclusion:
1. Have you begun your renewal process by being baptized into Christ? 2. Are you continuing to be renewed?