Ephesians Bible Study Part 6: Identity Determines Activity

by Dale Partridge

In Matthew 7:16-17, Jesus teaches us that identity determines activity. He says, “You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes, nor figs from thistles, are they? So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit.”

Listen to Ephesians Bible Study Part 5 – Finding Unity in our Identity

Who we are will determine how we will behave. If you are of the world, you will walk like the world. If you are of Christ, you will walk like Christ.

In this session, pastor Dale Partridge covers Ephesians 4:17-24 and explains how the Apostle Paul demonstrates this same truth in a different way. In short, as Christians, we are to walk in a manner that represents our identity and our activities should reveal our identity. We are to “put off the old self” and “put on the new self.” We are to crucify the flesh and put on Christ. We are to walk as who we are.

Takeaway Lesson: Saint, do not walk as who you were, walk as who you are. 

Individual and Small Group Questions

  1. Is your identity seen through your activity? Can people look at your life and clearly see that you are not of the world? If so, how? Give 2-3 examples of how Christ can be seen in your life.
  2. We all have parts of our old self that we struggle to remove. What are those parts for you? List 2-3 old-self attributes that need to be sanctified from your life.
  3. When it comes to putting on the new self (a life that reflects Christ) where do you need help? List 2-3 new self attributes you need the Lord to help you put on.

Block Diagram of Ephesians 4:17-24

After watching or listening to this episode, what is your opinion? Do you have any questions or comments? Maybe you have something to add to the discussion? If so, let us know in the comments below.

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