The Specifics of Living Together as Christians (Ephesians 4:25-32)

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Can you remember the first time that you ever had a roommate? Maybe it’s when you were a child, you shared the bedroom with your brother or sister? Maybe, it’s when you went off to university and started living in a dormitory. Maybe, it’s when you got your first job and shared a flat with a co-worker. Maybe your first roommate was your spouse after you got married. Remember the first time you had to share the room? It didn’t always go so smoothly, did it? There were some complications. There was some conflict. There was disagreement. Sharing lives with other people is difficult. We do things differently. We have individual preferences. The way we eat is different. The kind of mess your roommate leaves is different than the kind of mess you leave. He snores. There are different ways we annoy each other. You know what I’m talking about, right? Living together as Christians, living together as a church is likewise challenging. We don’t always agree with each other. We get on each other’s nerves, we offend one another, and that makes some of us just want to kind of give up on the church and go off and live a solo type of Christianity. But in our study of Ephesians the last few months, we’ve just so clearly been learning that that’s not an option for a Christ follower. When we become followers of Jesus Christ, God adopts us and joins us, makes us a part of his family. And so, in the household of God, we’ve got lots of roommates, and we experience that when we’re a part of a local church when we belong to each other here at ICMK. We’re going to consider this morning from God’s word the specifics of living together as Christians.