January 28, 2018.
SUB-THEME/2: How to live a God-pleasing life.
TOPIC: Living as light.
TEXTS: Eph. 5: 8-14; Matt. 5: 14-16.
i. To understand the concepts of “light” and “living as light” especially in a world full of darkness;
ii. To strive to live as light in this dark world;
iii. To realise that the thicker the darkness, the brighter the light should shine.
Light, as opposed to darkness, illuminates. Darkness exists only when light is absent. Light has the power to drive away darkness. Both don’t cohere. In our text (Eph. 5: 8-14), we see that the light of God’s presence and righteous activities represent truth, goodness and God’s redemptive work. Light symbolizes purity and divine revelation. As light is a force that transforms environments, so Christians by their lifestyles are expected to be beacons of light to the unbelievers around them.
1. In your own words, how would you describe ‘light’ physically, socially, mentally, psychologically, etc. Cf. Eph.5:8, 13b; John 1:4; 8:12.
2. What is the source of true light; what does this light do as in?John 1:4-5; 8: 12
3. What does it mean to live as children of light as in Eph. 5: 8-14?
4. Why must we walk in the light and what are the consequences of shunning the light? Psa. 9:17; Matt. 5: 14-16; Col. 1: 13; 2 Pet. 2:14-17.
5. How can one who has truly received the Light influence the world of darkness to the glory of the Father? Prov.6:23; Matt.5:16; Rom. 13: 12; I Peter 2:12.
The present age of darkness is passing; the new day of Christ’s return is dawning. Christians’ hope in the Lord’s return should motivate them to consistently live godly lives in order to expel the darkness around them.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT:
The more Christians shine, the faster darkness recedes and the more God is glorified.