Getting to the Heart of Unity – Growth in Christ

Aaron Birk June 9, 2024 Ephesians 4:22-24

3 intentional actions required for our growth into Christlikeness that enables unity

Though on the surface these three actions that Paul mentions here seem simple, these actions require you to understand the following…

1. Your recognition of two different ways of life/identities and two different heart motivations

2. Your need to make intentional decisions regarding your manner of life

3. Your need for prayerful, persistent ongoing Holy Spirit – empowered efforts to repent

4. Your need for a spiritual community to help you

I. Turn from the Futile Way of Life Driven by Deceitful Desires (v. 22)

Ephesians 4:22 - …that, in reference to your former manner of life you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit.

“dead in your trespasses and sins in which you walked” - Ephesians 2:1-2

“formerly lived in the lust of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh” - Ephesians 2:3

“given themselves over to sensuality” - Ephesians 4:17

Two characteristics of our former, natural way of life…

A. “Being corrupted” - A way of conduct that ruins and destroys

B. “Lusts of deceit” - A way of conduct motivated by pleasures perceived to be more delightful than God

II. Turn to the Blessed Way of Life Driven by True Beauty (v. 24)

Ephesians 4:24 - …and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.

Two characteristics of the believer’s new life

A. “in the likeness of God” – restoring humanity to God’s original purpose

B. “in righteousness and holiness of the truth” – truly beneficial and unique conduct for mankind

Ephesians 4:20-21 - But you did not learn Christ in this way, if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught in Him, just as truth is in Jesus.

III. Receive and Rehearse God’s Vivid Truth to Captivate Your Mind (v. 23)

Ephesians 4:23 - …and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind.

“Christians overcome the world by seeing the beauty and excellence of Christ. They overcome the world by seeing something more attractive than the world: Christ.” (Thomas Chalmers)


Aaron Birk


Pastor of Faith West Ministries - Faith Church

Pastor of International Ministries - Faith Church


B.S. – Accounting and Management, Purdue University
M.Div. – Faith Bible Seminary

Aaron is married to Tirzah and has four children: Zemirah, Boaz, Keziah, and Isaiah. Aaron is the Pastor Global Missions for Faith Church and Pastor of Faith West Ministries. Aaron oversees Faith Church West, international student and family ministries, missionaries, and short-term missions. He teaches in Faith’s Biblical Counseling Ministries and is certified as a biblical counselor through the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC).