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Centered on Christ

Key Scripture: Ephesians 4:14-19


14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. 15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.


The New Life

17 Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. 18 They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. 19 They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity.(ESV)


Summary:  The biggest question of the Holy Life is one of direction. Are you moving toward Christ or are you moving toward you?  Sociologists classify groups in lots of different ways. Two ways they classify groups is according to Bounded and Centered Sets.

Bounded and Centered Sets

A Bounded Set is known by who is in and who is out. It is grouped by those who share the same opinions, beliefs, codes and rules by which one stays in the group.


A Centered Set is known by ones direction in relationship to the center. You are either moving toward or away from the center. 


When it comes to Holiness…


A Bounded Set is a group of individuals who have experienced sanctification and share a common set of rules for those who live the holy life…don’t smoke, don’t drink, don’t swear, etc.


A Centered Set is a group of individuals who have experienced sanctification and are solely committed to having a life centered on and shaped by Jesus Christ. Each day is an opportunity to move closer to Jesus, who is at the center.

Key Scripture: Ephesians 4:14-19


14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. 15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.


The New Life

17 Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. 18 They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. 19 They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity. (ESV)

There are two questions for us today

First, have you made the conscious decision to repent of your desire to be centered on self and to have Christ as the center?

Second, are you now moving closer to Christ at the center?