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Don’t Trip: A C.R.I.P. Walk Tutorial – Part 2
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Don’t Trip: A C.R.I.P. Walk Tutorial – Part 2

February 14, 2021


  • Last week we continued our series on Paul’s letter to the Ephesians.
  • We will continue with the second half of Ephesians today in a series titled: Don’t Trip: A C.R.I.P. Walk Tutorial.
  • For our purposes C.R.I.P. stands for Christ In
  • This lesson is about how drawing close to Jesus affects our .
  • In Ephesians and much of the rest of the Bible, walking is a metaphor for life.
  • Your walk refers to how you .
  • The first three chapters focus of Ephesians focus on what we , but the second three chapters focus on how we .

Ephesians 4:17-24



Ephesians 4:17

  • If the 21st century has taught us anything, it’s this: How you identify is a .
  • How you identify is completely separate from how you feel on the inside or look on the outside.
  • God says this: I don’t care how you feel or how you look. If you’re a follower of Christ, you with Christ.
  • is linked to identification.
  • Actors know this.
  • Good acting (or action) comes from sources.
  • In the Roman world, adoptees had to stop identifying with their birth families and begin identifying with their adopted families.

Spiritual Heart Disease

Ephesians 4:18

  • A heart produces spiritual blindness, isolation and ignorance.
  • Spiritually speaking, a hardened heart is analogous to clogged arteries.

Ephesians 4:19

  • To be callous means to lose feeling.
  • If your body loses feeling, it is because your nerve endings are no longer communicating with you.
  • Nerve endings tell us if something is too hot, cold or sharp enough to hurt us.
  • When we are spiritually callous, our spiritual nerve endings are not working.
  • When we are spiritually callous, we can sin without sensing danger.

“A place for everything and everything in its place” –Benjamin Franklin

Ephesians 4:20

  • Mark 12:17 

Ephesians 4:21

  • The teachings of the Bible do not make sense if you do hold a few basic assumptions:
    • , goodness, beauty and truth are connected (Genesis 3:6)
      • To find one is to find the other.
      • They are all located in the same place.
      • That place is Jesus.
    • Biblical scripture is the only text with the authority and accuracy to reveal who is.
  • Identification with Christ means holding these assumptions.
  • Once you hold these assumptions, you are willing to disidentify with anything contrary to Christ.
  • Identifying with means disidentifying with ourselves.
  • Identifying with God’s truth means disidentifying with our truth.

Ephesians 4:22-23

  • Identification is about renewal
  • The ancient world believed the mind was in the heart, not the brain.
  • You become a new person by changing your .
  • Who you are in your heart is who you are.
  • If your heart is changeable, changeable.
  • The world says that you are what your body and mind says you are; God says you are what He says you are.
  • We become like God when our heart becomes to God’s Word.

Old Testament Rules Made Simple

Ephesians 4:25-32

Ephesians 5:1-5

In Sum,

To C.R.I.P. Walk is to follow the of the Ten Commandments:

Love Principle

10 Commandments


Love God

1. You shall have no other Gods but me.

Ephesians 4:30 

Ephesians 5:5 

2. You shall not make for yourself any idol, nor bow down to it or worship it.

Ephesians 4:30

Ephesians 5:5

3. You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God.

Ephesians 4:29

Ephesians 5:4 

4. You shall remember and keep the Sabbath day holy.

Ephesians 2:6

Love Your Neighbor

5. Respect your father and mother.

Ephesians 6:1-3

6. You must not commit murder.

Ephesians 4:26

Ephesians 4:31

7. You must not commit adultery.

Ephesians 5:3

Ephesians 5:5

8. You must not steal.

Ephesians 4:28

9. You must not give false evidence against your neighbor.

Ephesians 4:25

10. You must not be envious of your neighbor’s goods. You shall not be envious of his house nor his wife, nor anything that belongs to your neighbor.

Ephesians 5:3

Ephesians 5:5 

  • I Corinthians 6:9-11
  • “The apostle Paul, in writing here about the ‘unrighteous,’ is addressing a body of believers living in a city known for its gross sexual immorality.
  • He lists a catalog of sins characterizing sexual impurity and says that those who commit them will be disinherited from the Kingdom.
  • Does this mean that people who engage in sexual sin will lose their salvation?
  • No, Rather, what the Word of God is saying is that sex sins obliterate the confidence, authority and power and blessings of the Kingdom. . . .
  • Sex sins tend to dull our souls to the God-given joy of our salvation, robbing us of the strength that joy is designed to sustain” (Jack Hayford, Fatal Attractions: Why Sex Sins Are Worse Than Others, Regal:2004, p.61)
  • Psalm 51:12


© Joshua D. Smith, Ph.D., 2021


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