Text: Ephesians 5:1-5 (NIV)
1 Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children 2 and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
3 But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. 4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. 5 For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a man is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
II. Follow God’s Pattern Of Love: Sacrificial Love
A. Imitate The Love Expressed By God
1. God’s Love Experienced
2. God’s Love Imitated
B. Illustrate The Love Exemplified By Christ
1. A Costly Sacrifice Of Self
2. A Loving Sacrifice For Others
3. A Pleasing Sacrifice To God
III. Forsake Man’s Perversion Of Love: Sensual Love
A. Exploring A Shameful Sexuality
B. Expressing A Shameful Vulgarity
C. Exacting A Shameful Penalty