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Ephesians: Imitators of God (5:1-20)

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Don't be like the world around you. Instead, be imitators of God by living a life of love, living as a child of the light, and living with wisdom.

Entertaining an accusation against an elder

Handling an Accusation – 1 Timothy 5:19-20

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As members, or leaders, in a local church, how should we respond to an accusation of sin on the part of our leadership?

Training in godliness

Training in Godliness – 1 Timothy 4:7-8

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Paul advised Timothy to avoid things in this life that distract, and to focus on training in godliness. Training with value for eternity.

the doctrine of last things

The Doctrine of Last Things

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The doctrine of last things includes the global events preceding Christ's return, as well as the more personal aspects; what happens to me in the end.

put on the new self

Ephesians: Put on the New Self (4:17-32)

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How can I be an effective member of the body of Christ? Take off the old self and put on a new self. One made in the image of Christ.

Basic expectations for all believers

Basic Expectations for All Believers – 1 Timothy 3:2-3

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Is it only pastors whose expectations are to be above reproach, faithful in their marriage, and self-controlled? Or true of all believers?

importance of sound doctrine

The Importance of Sound Doctrine – 1 Timothy 1:5

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Guard against teachers who promote false doctrines. Never forget the importance of sound doctrine in promoting love and unity.

Ephesians: Growing a Mature Church (4:11-16)

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Christ provides his church with the necessary equippers to that we can be a mature church, fully equipped to do the work he has called us to.

walking worthy

Ephesians: Walking Worthy (4:1-6)

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What does walking worthy of our calling mean? In the context of Ephesians 4:1-6, it refers to our role in the body of Christ. Be the best member you can be.

Deep Truths of the faith

The Deep Truths of the Faith – 1 Timothy 3:9

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Holding to the deep truths of the faith is a stated qualification for being a deacon. It really should also be a goal for all believers.

prison ministry

Paul’s Prison Ministry – Acts 28:30-31

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Paul spent two years under Roman arrest. But his prison ministry was fruitful. Don't let your circumstances keep you from serving God.

rooted and established

Ephesians: Rooted and Established In Love (3:14-21)

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Paul prays that the Ephesians would be rooted and established in love, a suitable dwelling place for the Holy Spirit.