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Taking Off and Putting On – Ephesians 4:17-32 | Out With The Old, In With The New (K)

For many people a new year represents a new start. We commit ourselves to changing things, we make resolutions, we set goals, and we tell ourselves: “this will be the year.” Yet, by the time February rolls around, many of us find ourselves in the same place we were when the last year ended. One of the things that frustrates so many of our good intentions is a focus on either stopping something or starting something. In Ephesians 4:17-32 Paul teaches the church that real change requires both stopping and starting. Real transformation looks like putting off AND simultaneously putting on. In fact, Salvation itself reflects this pattern of putting off and putting on where we not only repent of our sins, but we start a new life of walking with Jesus.