Off With the Old – On With the New


Sermon Notes & Group Questions

2 Corinthians 5:17 - “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”

Question – if I am the old man and the old man is gone, then why do I still struggle with sin?  

Romans 7:15-17 - “For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.”

The Old Man vs. New Man

Ephesians 4:17 - “Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do.”

What does the old man look like?

  • Hopelessly confused

Ephesians 4:17-18 - “...in the futility of their minds. They are darkened in their understanding.”

  • Closed-minded to the truth

Ephesians 4:18 - “...alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart.”

2 Corinthians 4:4 - “In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”

  • Spiritually and morally calloused

Ephesians 4:19 - “They have become callous…”

  • Depraved mind

Ephesians 4:19 - “...greedy to practice every kind of impurity.”

Ephesians 4:20 - “But that is not the way you learned Christ!— assuming that you have heard about Him and were taught in Him, as the truth is in Jesus...”

What does the Bible say to do with the old man?

Put Off the Old Man

Ephesians 4:22 - “...to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires...”

What does the Bible say to do with the new man?

Put On the New Man

Ephesians 4:24 - “...and to put on the new self…”

How?

Ephesians 4:23 - “...and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds...”

Romans 12:2 - “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

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What does the new man look like?

Ephesians 4:24 - “…created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.”

Colossians 3:1-17

How should we walk like a new man?

  • Stop lying and start telling the truth.

Ephesians 4:25 - “Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor...”

Reason - for we are members one of another.

  • Stop being sinful in anger and start being righteous in anger

Ephesians 4:26-27 - “Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger...”

Reason - and give no opportunity to the devil.

  • Stop stealing and start working

Ephesians 4:28 - “Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands...”

Reason - so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.

  • Stop talking trash talk and start talking wholesome talk

Ephesians 4:29 - “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion...”

Reason - that it may give grace to those who hear.

Ephesians 4:30 - “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.”

  • Stop with the bitter, unforgiving attitude and start with kind, loving, forgiving attitude

Ephesians 4:31 - “Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another...”

Reason - as God in Christ forgave you.

Group Questions:

Begin your study time reading the fourth chapter of Ephesians.

Q1: In Paul’s letter to the Ephesian believers he desperately wants them to know all the blessings they have been given as followers of Christ (chapters 1-3). In chapter 4 Paul begins to change gears and teaches them (in light of all that you have and are in Christ) live differently. But this isn’t always easy. Why do you think it’s hard to live up to the blessings we have been given? Explain your answer.

Read Ephesians 4:17-19 again

Q2: Paul is contrasting the “old man” (the way we were before salvation) and the “new man” (the life that is possible for us as God’s children). Do any of the behaviors or attitudes of the old man Paul is describing seem to describe your life before you were saved? If so, in what way?

Read Romans 4:20-24

Q3: What do you think Paul is saying is the key to living up to the great potential we have as new people in Christ? Explain your thoughts (there may be more than one right answer!)

Read Ephesian 4:25-29

Q4: In these verses Paul gives several issues that people sometimes struggle with in their lives even as believers. And he also gives a purpose for changing that behavior. Read each verse and identify the things Paul is challenging us to change and the purpose he gives for each one. Do any of these strike a chord with you?

Read Ephesians 4:30-31

Q5: Paul challenges us not to grieve (or quench, or ignore) the Holy Spirit. Then he reminds us that it is the Spirit who seals us until the day of redemption (when we will see Jesus face to face!). In light of that fact (that our salvation is sealed) does it make sense to be consumed by anger, malice, bitterness, etc? Explain your thoughts.

Read Ephesians 4:32

Q6: Each of us in on a faith journey to grow deeper in our understanding and surrender to God’s will. Do you think it’s important for us to be longsuffering with each other as we each try to live out the gospel in our individual lives? Why do you think this is important?

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