Pine Island Bible Church
“Our Worthy Walk with Spirit-Filled Ministry Mindedness” (Part 2)
July 26, 2020
Main Scripture Reference(s)
Ephesians 5:19, 20, 21

“Our Worthy Walk with Spirit-Filled Ministry Mindedness” (Part 2)

July 26, 2020 / Ephesians 5:19, 20, 21


  • QUIET your mind and soul before the LORD — “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10)
  • COMMIT to obedience: Commit to doing whatever God will say to you in this message — “to obey is better than sacrifice” (1 Samuel 15:22)

I.  The Wealth of the Believer (Ephesians 1:1-3:21)

II.  The Walk of the Believer (Ephesians 4:1-6:9)

A.  Walk WorthyVertically before God (Ephesians 4:1-32)

B.  Walk WorthyHorizontally toward Others (Ephesians 5:1-6:9)

The message of Paul’s letter to the saints in Ephesus can be simplified as look up, look in, and look out. The first 3 chapters directs us to look upward and see God for Who He is and what He has done. Here in chapter 5 we are directed to look outward and see others as God sees them.

1.  Walk in Ministry Fulfilling Christ’s Purpose for You (Ephesians 4:11-12)

2.  Walk in Love, DISPLAYING Christ’s Love for You (Ephesians 5:1-2)

3.  Walk in Light, REFLECTING Christ’s Light in You (Ephesians 5:3-14)

It is imperative that we step forward in faith with a UNIFIED, LOVING JERUSALEM ministry mindedness yielded to the Spirit’s moving.

4.  Walk in Step with the Spirit, SUBMITTING to Christ’s Spirit in You (Ephesians 5:18-21)

The law of love is to determine our attitude (Galatians 5:13).

a.  The Command to Walk in the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18)

a)  The command calls for a Deliberate choice

b)  Our condition calls for diligent cooperation

Galatians 5:16 This I say then, “Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.”

c)  The challenge calls for a saturating concentration

Colossians 3:16 Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

James 1:25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

d)  Our cooperation brings a delightful change

2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with open face [unobstructed view] beholding as in a glass [a mirror] the glory of the Lord, are changed [metamorphosis] into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

b. The characteristics of a Spirit-filled walk (Ephesians 5:19-21)

There is a Spirit-filled Demonstration in Ephesians 5:18-6:9 and A Word-filled Demonstration in Colossians 3:16-4:1.

i. Grace on your lips (Ephesians 5:19)

a)  The focus is others

b)  The attitude is joy

ii.  Gratitude in your heart (Ephesians 5:20)

1 Thessalonians 5:18 In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

iii.  Gentleness in your relationships (Ephesians 5:21)

Colossians 3:17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him. (cf. Colossians 3:23)

a)  Serving others (21a)

Biblical submission does not refer to equality but hierarchy. It carries the idea of willingly placing yourself under. This command is for a willing submission. This is the same idea as the quality of meekness—A humility in submission toward God which results in gentleness toward others.

Biblical submission fights against pride. Pride demands one’s own way while humility gives way—it does not demand its own rights (James 4:6).

Proverbs 13:10 Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is Wisdom.

b)  Submitting to God (21b)

Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise Wisdom and instruction.

POINT OF ACTION: Our worthy walk is marked by Spirit-filled ministry mindedness. We are to walk in Step with the Spirit, submitting to Christ’s Spirit in You. The characteristics of a Spirit-filled walk are evidenced as grace on your lips, gratitude in your heart, and gentleness toward your relationships as you serve others in submission to God.

What Is My Next Step?

Hearing — Giving attention to God’s Word with the intent to obey it – James 1:21-25

Doing Making application of God’s Word to be more like Christ – Ephesians 4:22-24

  1. What did God show me that I must confess and forsake because it does not reflect Christ and hurts my relationship with Him and others? (Put OFF SIN)
  1. What did God show me about Himself in this text? (Renew your mind)
    1. What is He like?
    2. What does He like?
    3. What does He dislike?
  1. What does God say to me in this text? (Renew your mind)
    1. What command to obey?
    2. What promise to claim?
    3. What principle to apply (If I do ____, then God will do ___)?
    4. What example to follow?
  1. What verse(s) should I memorize and meditate upon through-out this week to help make my change lasting? (Renew your mind)
  1. In light of what I have heard from God, … (Put ON CHRIST)
    1. What character quality of Jesus must I demonstrate with God’s help this week?
    2. In what situ­ations will I most likely be tempted not to respond in a Christ-like way?
    3. How can I get ready for those situations? (If I don’t have a plan for change, it probably won’t happen.)

OUR MISSION:  Supremely love GOD, Sacrificially love others—ALL to the GLORY of GOD!

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