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Walking Worthy of the Calling – Ephesians 4:1 Outline

The following is the outline that our church body used on June 9, 2019 in our Sunday morning service. I pray it is a help to you as you study God’s Word!

Bill Whittington, the slave of Christ Jesus

I. The Apostle’s Circumstance – a Prisoner in the Lord

A. A Prisoner belonging to Jesus Christ

B. A Prisoner on behalf of Jesus Christ

II. The Apostle’s Appeal – I urge (parakaleo) you to walk worthy of the calling to which you have been called (passive)

A. Urge – exhort; call to one’s side; beg; “beseech” (KJV)

B. Walk – “live a life” (NIV)

C. Worthy of the Calling To Which We Have Been Called

III. The Apostle’s Basis for His Appeal – The Calling God Has Called Us To

– Notice – the passive voice – We have been called by God to this calling; we are not saints by our merit, choice, or desires. God has called us to be saints.

– Ephesians 1-3 explains this calling

– Ephesians 4-6 explains the walk that matches this calling

Ephesians 4:1 is the verse that the letter to the Ephesians swings upon. It is the verse that connects doctrine and application. Paul has given doctrinal truth in chapters 1-3 and chapters 4-6 are the way this doctrine is to be applied.

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