Using the book with the same title that is focused on Paul’s letter to the Ephesian Church, our Sit Walk Stand series is based on the spoken ministry of evangelist and church planter Watchman Nee (1903-1972). Nee’s words published first in 1957 were spoken in China just prior to the Japanese war, during which time Nee planted 200 churches.
Sit - Our position in Christ. - Ephesians 1:1 - 3:21
Walk - Our life in the world. - Ephesians 4:1 - 6:9
Stand - Our attitude toward Satan. - Ephesians 6:10-24
Nee uses these three key words to show us the way to growing in Godand a victorious Christian life.
(1) SIT: Sunday August 5th
At the very outset of our journey in following Jesus we are instructed by Paul in his letter to the Ephesians to sit down and enjoy what God has already done for us and not to set out and attempt to attain anything for ourselves. Following Jesus and the Christian life does not commence with something to DO but rather with something that has been DONE.
“And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this is not from yourselves it is the gift of God.” - Ephesians 2:6 & 8 NIV
(2) WALK: Sunday August 12th
Following Jesus begins with finding our strength, being seated in what Christ accomplished on the cross and his victory over sin and death, but it does not end there. Once we discover how to sit we are challenged to walk out our heavenly position in Christ here on earth.
Eight times in Paul’s letter to the Ephesians we are challenged to "walk.” We are called to “walk worthy,” “walk in love”, and “walk as children of light.” - Ephesians 4:1; 5:2 & 5:8.
(3) STAND: Sunday August 19th
Every Christian must not only learn to sit and to walk, but finally must learn to stand. In Ephesians 6 Paul teaches us how to put on the full armor which God has provided us with and to stand in the conflict against Satan and his attacks.
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” - Ephesians 6:10-11