This week, Paul writes about putting off our old selves, like an old stinky outfit, and putting on our new selves, like a brand new set of clothes. Much like trying to stop a bad habit, we will never be successful unless we replace it with a good, new habit. For every bad thing we take off of our old selves, we must replace it with something good and new.
Read: Ephesians 4:17-5:20. Memorize: Therefore be imitators of God as beloved children.
Discuss: Paul gives several specific examples of what to stop doing and what to do instead. (Stop lying and speak truth. Stop stealing and work.) Can you think of other examples of things we, as Christians, shouldn’t do, and what we should replace it with. Paul mentions speech a lot in this passage. He talks about lying, clamor, slander, corrupting or foolish talk, crude joking. Why do you think he focus so much on this specifically? Talk about what power words have. God created the world with words. Jesus is called the Word. Our words matter.
Pray: Review the Lord’s prayer again. Ask your children if they can tell YOU what each line means. Go line by line to review what exactly we pray each Sunday together and hopefully each day at home.
Sing: O Worship the King – Hymn #104. O worship the King, all glorious above,and gratefully sing His wondrous love; Our shield and defender the Ancient of Days, pavilioned in splendor and girded with praise.
Family Activity: If you have young children have a dress up party. Put on frilly dresses or hero suits. Let them primp by doing their hair or putting on lipgloss. Talk about how first they had to take off their old, plain clothes to put on the fancy clothes. Be sure to share picture on the Facebook Group! If your children are too old for dress up, take time during your back-to-school shopping to talk about that new “first day of school” outfit they probably picked out. Help them make the connection between clearing out old things in their closet to make room for their new clothes and Paul’s letter to the Ephesians.