Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Christian Living or How to live in freedom

(Originally preached May 19, 2002 at Forest Glen Baptist Church)
Listen here: http://youtu.be/CSOafJq8iFw
Romans 14:1-23

1Cor 6:12  "Everything is permissible for me"--but not everything is beneficial. "Everything is permissible for me"--but I will not be mastered by anything
SIN IS NOT PERMISSIBLE

1Cor 10:23 All things are lawful, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful, but not all things edify.

  •  The Christian life is not to be a dichotomy (no separate Christian life here, secular life there)
  •  Are there grey areas in God's Word?  Not at all!
  •  Are there grey areas in life?  Speeding, (excuse- everybody else is going faster than me...) photocopying music or books, dubbing cassettes (excuse- I'm not selling it!...You not buying it either!!)
Proverbs 16:7 says "When a man's ways are pleasing to the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him."
  •  This is not to say we will not have times of trial or suffering, Jesus promised us that we will encounter persecution if we were His disciples. Yet this principle still stands.
  •  The only way Satan can attack is through sin.  When we sin we open the door to Satan and walk away from God.
Romans 14:23 But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith; and whatever is not from faith is sin.
  •  If you have doubts, God says this is sin to you! Resolve doubts to their conclusion and be the stronger one!
James 2:12  So speak and so act, as those who are to be judged by the law of liberty.
1 Cor. 10:31 Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
  •  Is what you're doing glorifying to God?
I Peter 1:1 - 4:19
And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you. (1 Pet. 5:10)
To whom was this letter written?
See 1:1-2, 3-9 -- especially vs. 8
  • How does Peter define Sanctification?
See 1:13-16; 17-21; 22-25; 2:1-2, 11-17; 3:8-9
  • How has Christ been an example for our sanctification?
See 1:15; 2:4-10, 21-25; 3:18; 4:1-2, 12-16, 19
  • What should our motivation be in all our life's pursuits?
To be more Christlike. 
  • What message does the world give as to living?
See 2:7-8; 4:3-5,
  • What message is the Christian world of our age giving?
 Unity in Christianity; Morality in Christianity; Righteousness in Church
  • What is the purpose of these messages?

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