10-Minute Version

In Ephesians 5 we are called to live lives of love:

Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

In Ephesians 5:3-4 Paul goes on to say that this life of love is to be one marked by thankfulness:

But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a person is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God  .

How curious! Why is thanksgiving in this verse a replacement for (or the opposite of) sexual immorality, impurity, greed, foolish talk and idolatry? And why is thanksgiving the mark of a loving life?

Discuss these questions with your partner. Then spend a few minutes talking about how you might be more thankful and loving.

15-Minute Version

Read Ephesians 5:1-20


What does this passage teach us about God, who he is and what he does?

What does this passage teach us about humanity/yourself?

What does God expect us to do in light of this passage?

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30-Minute Version

Read Ephesians 5:1-20

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