Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide SA
SUN 08-AUG-2021 - 11 AM Sermon
Rev Sandy Boyce
Pentecost 11 – In the 2021 Australian Census, the number identifying themselves as Christian will probably be less than 50%; but Christian faith often attracts media attention from spokespersons who don't represent the breadth of Christian faith in Australia. The epistle passage from Ephesians could be read as a guide to how Christians should be living, and the failure of professed Christians to live according to the guidelines often leads to the label of 'hypocrite'. In the Ephesus community there were plenty of cultural and religious differences to detract from the way they lived out the gospel of Jesus; and they were being urged to imitate God, for whom Jesus was the fullest revelation. So how should they live? The author said to put aside lies and deception and hateful speech; to be careful with difficult conversations; to be honest and articulate. Be respectful, realising that there are many views of reality, and each view has part of the truth. It's not easy. When thieves are told to stop stealing, they're being asked to be gainfully occupied helping their neighbours and the community. "Tell the truth." "Be kind to one another." "Share." You are living differently, so be prepared to have a conversation about it one day.
Ephesians 4:25 - 5:2

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