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BIG IDEA:

KEEP YOURSELF PURE AS YOU WALK IN THE LIGHT AND EXPOSE DEEDS OF DARKNESS

INTRODUCTION:

Remember theme of Walk in Love (:1-2). This leads in to the discussion on abstaining from impurity = the perversion of love.

I. (:3-7) ABSTAIN FROM IMPURITY

A. (:3) Dirty Deeds (and Thoughts) Are Totally Inappropriate for Saints

1. List of Dirty Laundry

a. “immorality”

b. “impurity”

c. “greed”

2. Inappropriateness

let these vices not “even be named among you, as is proper among saints”

Does our speech in the body of Christ reflect only what is proper as befitting saints?

B. (:4) Dirty Talking Is Totally Inappropriate for Saints

1. List of Dirty Talking

a. “filthiness and silly talk”

b. “coarse jesting”

2. Inappropriateness — “which are not fitting”

These are good verses to help us address those awkward moments when we choose not to go along with the crowd and laugh at the dirty jokes and innuendos.

3. Thanksgiving is Appropriate

“but rather giving of thanks”

C. (:5-6) Such Impurity is Worthy of God’s Wrath

1. Make No Mistake — no mystery here

a. No Confusion on this Issue — “For this you know with certainty”

b. Guard Against Deception on this Issue — “Let no one deceive you with empty words”

There are many false prophets who make a good living by calling evil “good”. Look at how we have stripped away much of the language of sin and guilt from our vocabulary.

2. List of the Guilty Reviewed

a. “immoral”

b. “impure person”

c. “covetous man”

d. “idolater”

3. Exclusion from God’s Kingdom Blessings

no such person “has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God”

4. Inclusion in God’s Judgmental Curses

“for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience”

This passage clearly shows that hell is not for banishing sinful deeds, but for punishing sinful people. We hear the phrase: “God hates the sin, but loves the sinner” … we need to rethink that emphasis and make sure we are giving a balanced perspective from God’s point of view.

D. (:7) Abstain from Participation

“Therefore do not be partakers with them.”

II. (:8-10) WALK IN THE LIGHT

A. (:8a) Your Nature Has Been Transformed — The Radical Nature of our Conversion

1. From Darkness

“for you were formerly darkness”

2. To Light

“but now you are light”

3. Difference = Union with Christ

“in the Lord”

B. (:8b) Walk Consistent with Your New Nature

“walk as children of light”

C. (:9) Description of Walking in the Light

“for the fruit of the light consists in”:

1. “all goodness”

2. “righteousness”

3. “truth”

D. (:10) Walking in the Light Involves a Process of Growth

Key Determining Principle: “trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.”

III. (:11-14) EXPOSE DEEDS OF DARKNESS

A. (:11a) Don’t Follow the Crowd (in their dirty lifestyle)

“And do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness”

B. (:11b) Rather Expose Their Deeds of Darkness

“but instead even expose them”

C. (:12) Any Association with Deeds of Darkness Is Disgraceful

“for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret.”

D. (:13) The Nature of Light Is to Expose Darkness

“But all things become visible when they are exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light.”

E. (:14) Walking in the Light Requires Spiritual Alertness

“For this reason it says, ‘Awake, sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.'”