Walk Worthy (pt. 4): Walk Wisely by the Spirit of Wisdom (Ephesians 5:15–21)

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Walk Worthy (pt. 4): Walk Wisely by the Spirit of Wisdom

What is a Spirit-filled church? What does it mean to walk in the Spirit? And if you feel empty of the Spirit, what sort of ‘magic’ does it take to feel full again?

On Sunday, I sought to answer that question from Ephesians 5:15–21, as we considered the last of Paul’s instructions to walk worthy. In some ways this is the pinnacle of his instructions, going back to Ephesians 4:1. In another way, it is the hinge passage that turns from the general instructions (Ephesians 4:1–5:15) to the specific applications (Ephesians 5:15–6:9). 

In any case, there are many helpful points of applications for us Ephesians 5:15–21. You can listen to the sermon online or read the sermon notes. Discussion questions and additional resources are below.

Ephesians 5:15–21

15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, 19 addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, 20 giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21 submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.

Discussion Questions

  1. In general, how comfortable are you talking about the Holy Spirit? In other words, what teaching have your received? What questions remain? If someone stopped you on the street and asked about the Holy Spirit, what would you say?
  2. What does Ephesians say about the Holy Spirit? (See Ephesians 1:13–14; 1:16–18; 2:19; 2:22; 3:16–17; 4:3; 4:30; 5:18; 6:19).
  3. What does Jesus say about the Holy Spirit? (Read John 14–16, esp. 14:26; 15:25–26; 16:13–14).
  4. How do these verses inform (or reform) the way you think about the Holy Spirit? What else should we consider about the Holy Spirit?
  5. What does it mean to be filled by the Spirit? See notes on Ephesians 5:18. Compare with Colossians 3:16.
  6. Look at Ephesians 5:15–21. What is the relationship between wisdom and the Holy Spirit? What is the relationship between the Holy Spirit and worship?
  7. What do we learn from Paul about walking in wisdom? What aspects of worship does the Holy Spirit prompt?
  8. What else would you add? What other questions remain?

Additional Resources

 

Books

On the Holy Spirit

On Decision Making

Articles

Soli Deo Gloria, ds

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