1st Sunday in Epiphany
January 7, 2018.
THEME: LIVING TO PLEASE GOD
SUB-THEME /I: Introductory Studies
TOPIC: Introducing the Theme of the Series.
TEXTS: Eph. 5:1-15; 1Thess. 4:1-8.
i) to understand the theme and
ii) to get the right direction for the rest of the study.
Our theme – “Living to please God” – calls for a life that pleases God by fleeing from all manner of sin including evil associations and habits, and pursuing both righteousness and divine purposes. The text Eph. 5:1-15 tells how a Christian should live a life that pleases God. On the contrary, contemporary society is filled with all manner of corrupt and ungodly practices prone to bringing God’s anger on mankind, including His people. Therefore, Christians should be careful of the Satan’s deceits through ungodly teachings and corrupt associations (Eph.5:6-12).
1. What does “living to please God” mean to you? Eph. 5:1 &10
2. Discuss the following from our texts:
a. Living as God demands: It means living a sanctified life, 1Thess. 4:3; Eph.5:2-5;Self-control, 1Thess. 4:4-6; Purity, Matt.5:8; Living in the light and exposing the works of darkness, Eph. 5:8-11.
b. Serving God acceptably: It means developing the right attitudes; doing what God desires.
3. From the following scriptures, discuss the reasons why Christians should live to please God: 1Pet. 2:9; Tit.2:13-14.
4. Discuss the dangers/disadvantages of not living to please God, Gen 6:11- 13; Gen.13:13; 19:13; Eph.5:5-6.
5. Why then do some find it difficult to live lives that please God?
As Christians, let us always ask ourselves whether our present or intendedactions will please God or not. If yes, continue and if no, refrain.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT:
Happy are those whose ways please the Lord(Psa.1:1).