Don’t be a Christian Zombie!

Here are the notes from the sermon Sunday 9/22.

I.  From Death to Life: Ephesians 2:1-10

And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.

But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

We were dead in our sins.  This is in the past tense.  We have been made alive in Christ.  God, by His grace, has reached out to us by the Holy Spirit.  For those who respond with faith to the grace of God, we become a new creation, born again by the Spirit of God.  This new life that we have in Christ should be marked by a new lifestyle.  Good works are a result of being saved, not the means of salvation.

It seems to me that some Christians want to accept the new life, but want to continue to cling to the sinful practices of the dead.  These are what I am calling Christian Zombies.  They are alive, sort of, but in appearance, by their acts, they are still dead in their sins.

Don’t be a Christian Zombie!

II.  From Darkness to Light:  Ephesians 5:8-11

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), 10 finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. 11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.

Walk as children of light.  It is a nice metaphor, but what does it mean?  We are told that the fruit of the Spirit is all goodness, righteousness and truth.  We can start there.  We go further when the Spirit guides us, and enables us to find out, to learn, what is acceptable to the Lord.  The point is that as we mature in Christ, our lives should be changing.  We should be involved in a process of becoming more like Christ, more like the people who God wants us to be.

A Zombie Christian stays in the dark.  Let us, as the people of God learn to walk in the light.

Don’t be a Zombie Christian!

III.  From Foolishness to Wisdom:  Ephesians 5:15-21

See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, 16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

17 Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, 20 giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21 submitting to one another in the fear of God

Walk circumspectly?  What is that??  It means carefully, or prudently, or wisely.  Don’t be foolish, but be wise.

Do not be drunk with wine.  The world uses wine both to celebrate, and to mourn.  As Christians we do not need alcohol to help us celebrate.  We have the Spirit of God which brings joy that this world cannot even understand.  Nor do we need alcohol to comfort us in a time of mourning.  Another name for the Holy Spirit is the comforter.  The Holy Spirit is able to bring us comfort, peace and strength in times of loss, or sadness.

We are to encourage one another, thinking of others and not just ourselves.  A love for one another is supposed to be the means by which the world recognizes us as the disciples of Christ.

We are to give thanks, recognizing the goodness of God in our lives. Knowing that God will give us the grace to deal with the problems that come our way.

A Christian Zombie would foolishly continue in the ways of the world, selfishly thinking only of themselves.  Complaining, and focusing on the bad, instead of giving thanks for all the good that God has given us.

Don’t be a Christian Zombie!

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