Next, Part 4 “We Are Love in Action”

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S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”

Describe your reaction when someone you just met says, “I know your parents!”


Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.

Let there be no sexual immorality, impurity, or greed among you. Such sins have no place among God’s people. Obscene stories, foolish talk, and coarse jokes—these are not for you. Instead, let there be thankfulness to God. You can be sure that no immoral, impure, or greedy person will inherit the Kingdom of Christ and of God. For a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world.

Don’t be fooled by those who try to excuse these sins, for the anger of God will fall on all who disobey him. Don’t participate in the things these people do. For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light! For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true.

Carefully determine what pleases the Lord. Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them. It is shameful even to talk about the things that ungodly people do in secret. But their evil intentions will be exposed when the light shines on them, for the light makes everything visible. This is why it is said, “Awake, O sleeper, rise up from the dead, and Christ will give you light.” Ephesians 5:1–14 NLT

Sermon Insights:

NEXT is building kingdom legacy in Eastern Iowa and around the world!

Consider personalizing this Scripture by speaking out loud to yourself. For example, you might start with, “I need to imitate God in everything I do because I am his dear child…”

Imagine five years from now when we have built towards “kingdom legacy” in Eastern Iowa and around the world. Who has heard the good news of Jesus by then? Who has experienced life transformation? How are the communities impacted by Jesus through Antioch in all campuses?

Lord, help me focus on your love for me. Help me be careful to live a life that pleases you. Thank you for your power and presence in my life!