Walk in Humility

Jon Opgenorth

Read: Ephesians 5:21-33 . . . as Christ loved the church . . . (v. 25) Our youth group was once pressed into service for an extravagant wedding feast. We did it as a mission fundraiser. The celebration exceeded any wedding I have ever attended. More than 300 people enjoyed a night of hors d’oeuvres, a sit-down meal, and festivities for all. It has stayed in my memory as the perfect example of a great wedding. While a great wedding …

Walk in Wisdom

Jon Opgenorth

Read: Ephesians 5:15-21 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise. (v. 15) James Holzhouer captured the attention of North American TVs last spring. For six weeks he dominated the game show Jeopardy!, wowing people with his ability to recall knowledge of history, arts, literature, and more. He amassed nearly $2 million in winnings. His profession? Professional gambler. How did this gambler gain so much knowledge? He perused the children’s nonfiction section in his local library. …

Walk in Light

Jon Opgenorth

Read: Ephesians 5:3-14 You were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. (v. 8) After beginning chapter 5 with the broad instruction to be “imitators of God” (v. 1), Paul becomes increasingly specific for how to walk like Christ in our day-to-day lives. He begins with our sexual lives and then progresses to teachings on marriage, parenting, working, and spiritual practices that weave the fabric of a godly life. Each section lays out a stark example from the …

Walk in Love

Jon Opgenorth

Read: Ephesians 5:1-2 Be imitators of God . . . (v. 1) Celebrity impersonators pretend to be well-known stars, mimicking phrases and mannerisms of the famous. We laugh, but everyone knows it is an act. There is a profound difference between impersonating and imitating. Impersonating someone involves fooling others into thinking you are that person. Imitating someone involves actually doing what that person does. And what God primarily does is love. To imitate God is only possible because the command …

To God Be the Glory

Megan Nollet

Read: 1 Corinthians 3:6-9 So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. (v. 7 NIV) Around the world today, there are 4.7 billion people who have never met Jesus. As Christians, it is both our joy and our responsibility to introduce others to Christ. Each time we share God’s love, we are planting seeds of the gospel. But planting seeds can become discouraging. We want to see the …

The Reason for Hope

Megan Nollet

Read: 1 Peter 3:13-22 Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. (v. 15 NIV) Some news is just too good to keep to ourselves. With beaming faces, we tell complete strangers why we are happy: a new baby, a promotion, a clean bill of health after a long bout with disease. Our belief in Christ ought to be like that, too. Christians should radiate a …