Gregory Magruder        Parkview Baptist     Gainesville, FL      06/16/19
“Walk in the Spirit"
Ephesians 5:18 – 6:9
INTRODUCTION: Today is Father’s Day. We honor our fathers for their sacrifices and their direction. We also recognize and honor godly men who lead Christ’s church whether they are fathers or not. Men have a unique role in representing Christ. They are challenged to love their wives, serve like Christ, and prepare their children for life. Godly men are to lead their homes and their church in the Spirit of Christ. How are we to walk in the Spirit? Paul gives guidelines in Ephesians 5 and 6 for men, women, children, and society. We will focus on men today and challenge all men to walk in the Spirit.
*It takes spiritual power to live a life of grace and love. Let the Holy Spirit stimulate your life and actions. Avoid competing stimulants.  And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit (5:18).
*A person of praise and joy encourages people to have hope.Be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart (5:18-19).
*Thanksgiving is an attitude of gratitude that always looks for the good in others. “giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (5:20).
*Respect and cooperation build bridges to strong relationships.
The practice of “mutual submission” leads to good relationships. “submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ” (5:21).
*A marriage built on mutual love and respect endures. “Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord… Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her… because we are members of his body. Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband” (5:22-33).
*Followers of Jesus develop good relationships in their marriages, home lives, work demands, and daily contacts.
  • The responsibility of parents especially fathers:Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord” (6:4).
  • The responsibility of workers:obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ, not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man, knowing that whatever good anyone does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether he is a bondservant or is free” (6:5-8).
The challenge today for all of us:
Be filled with the Spirit, treat others with love and respect, and serve Jesus with all your heart.