weekly Family Faith Talks

6-4-17

LIVING THAT LEADS TO EMPTINESS

EPHESIANS 4: 17-21

WHAT KIND OF A LIFE DO YOU REALLY WANT?

THE THINKING OF A NON CHRISTIAN Ephesians 2:1-4

  • I want it my way.
  • I do what I want to do.
  • I want it now.
  • Galatians 5:19-21 gives the actions that result from this kind of mindset.

4:1 WALK IN A MANNER WORTHY OF YOUR CALLING

2:4 But God being rich in mercy loved us, made us alive by His grace and seated us with Him.

2:10 Made us his living masterpiece created in Christ Jesus for _________________________ which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

THE LIFE WE ARE CREATED FOR IS DIRECTLY LINKED TO WHO WE ARE CREATED BY. Romans 1:18-25

THERE IS A TENDENCY TO DO WHAT IS _________ INSTEAD OF WHAT IS MOST _____________. Romans 7:15-25

THE KINGDOM OF THIS WORLD IS DESIGNED TO DISTRACT YOU FROM WHAT IS MOST VALUABLE BY _________________ TO WHAT IS MOST NATURAL. I John 2:15-17

WALK AWAY FROM THIS KIND OF THINKING

  1. V 17 Their thinking is ___________________-the empty illusion that life is satisfying outside of God.
  2. V 18 They are darkened in their understanding. “The understanding becomes darkened by indulgence in sin.”
  3. V 18 Alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them which is a result of a Hardness of heart.
  4. V 19Become callous resulting in giving up which leads to giving in to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity.

Self -entered, non God-centered thinking ______________ leads to self destructive living (Phil 3:19).” John Piper

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by ___________________, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:1-2

Application

  1. In what ways have I been tricked into trading what is most natural for what is most meaningful?
  2. In my recent decision making Who did I hurt and what consequences did I suffer for doing what I wanted and wanting it now?
  3. Has my capacity of making wise decisions become darkened because I am indulging in sin.
  4. What is my next step in the process of renewing my mind in Jesus, the Truth?


5-28-17

THE MATURITY TEST

EPHESIANS 4: 13-16; MATTHEW 6:24-34

  • V 1 Walk in a manner worthy of your calling.
  • Vs 2-7 Work hard at building unity.
  • Vs 8-12 Engage in serving the body of Christ because God’s grace is so expensive.
  • Vs 13-16 Grow into _____________, not easily swayed by emotion, incorrect doctrine and deceitful individuals but living according to wisdom.

BEING A CHRISTIAN FOR A LONG TIME _______ MATURITY.

AS OUR WEALTH INCREASES THERE IS A MIGRATION OF OUR ________________ TO PLACE OUR HOPE IN RICHES.

THERE IS AN __________ THAT EVERYTHING I HAVE IS FOR MY _____________________.

As for the rich in this present age , charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share. I Timothy 6:17-18

I WILL NOT PLACE MY HOPE IN _______BUT IN THE __________ WHO RICHLY PROVIDES.

FINANCIAL PRIORITIES WHEN I START WITH ___________

  1. Live Me
  2. Pay Down debt Me
  3. Pay taxes America
  4. Save Me
  5. Give God and Others

No one can __________ two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. __________________________________…therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘what shall we eat?’ Or ‘what shall we drink?’ Or ‘what shall we wear?’ 32 for the gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly father knows that you need them all. 33 but seek FIRST the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:24-33

GOD _____________ PRIORITY IN MY FINANCES

  1. Give God and Others
  2. Save Me
  3. Pay taxes America
  4. Pay Down Debt Me
  5. Live Me

APPLICATION

  1. Looking at the two financial priority systems which on most reflects our bank statement? Will I by faith open a door to God and my maturity by giving to God first?
  2. Discuss with your family what percentages will I assign to the give, save , live system?
  3. Will I begin to stake this step of maturity immediately?


5-14-17

Unity in the Body Of Christ Ephesians 3:1-6

IN A WORLD INUNDATED WITH A DIVISIVE SPIRIT, A CULTURE CONSUMED WITH SELF AND WORLD FULL OF HATE , GOD HAS CALLED HIS CHILDREN INTO AN UNCOMMON FELLOWSHIP.

APPLICATION

1. Do I find myself comparing, complaining or critical of other Christians?

2.In what areas do I find myself most tempted to work hard at getting what I want instead of working hard at what God wants.

3.In what ways for the purpose of growing and maintaining unity have I demonstrated patience, humility and forbearance to another Christian?

4.As a child of God, looking overmy social media do I portray a spirit of divisiveness or unity?

5.In what ways can ourfamilybetter demonstrate unity in Christin our home and in our church?Unity in the Body Of Christ Ephesians 3:1-6


IN A WORLD INUNDATED WITH A DIVISIVE SPIRIT, A CULTURE CONSUMED WITH SELF AND WORLD FULL OF HATE , GOD HAS CALLED HIS CHILDREN INTO AN UNCOMMON FELLOWSHIP.


APPLICATION

1. Do I find myself comparing, complaining or critical of other Christians?

2.In what areas do I find myself most tempted to work hard at getting what I want instead of working hard at what God wants.

3.In what ways for the purpose of growing and maintaining unity have I demonstrated patience, humility and forbearance to another Christian?

4.As a child of God, looking overmy social media do I portray a spirit of divisiveness or unity?

5.In what ways can ourfamilybetter demonstrate unity in Christin our home and in our church?


5-7-17

PAUL’S PRAYER

EPHESIANS 3:14-4:1

PAUL WAS WORRIED THAT AS THE EPHESIAN CHRISTIANS FOLLOWED JESUS AND EXPERIENCED PAIN THAT THEY WOULD LOSE HEART (3:14).

PAUL WANTED GOD’S BEST FOR THEM (4:1) WHICH WAS TO WALK IN A MANNER WORTHY OF THE CALLING TO WHICH YOU HAVE BEEN CALLED.

DISTRUST TRUST

CHANGE OF CIRCUMSTANCES

EXPLANATION OF WHY

A SIGN

PAUL’S PRAYER FOR THEM

  • 1.A DIVINE ________________ BY THE HOLY SPIRIT.
  • 2.A DIVINE __________________ OF GOD’S LOVE.
  • 3.A DIVINE __________________OF GOD’S LOVE.
  • 4.A DIVINE ______________ OF A LOST AND CONFUSED HEART FOR A HEART FILLED WITH THE FULLNESS OF GOD.

Vs 16 That he may grant you to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in your inner being.

Vs 17 That you be rooted and grounded in love.

Vs 18 that you may have strength to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth and to know the love of God that surpasses all knowledge.

Vs 19 That you may be filled with the fullness of God.

WHO HAS THE ABILITY TO DO THIS? GOD Vs 20 Now to Him Who is able to do far more than we ask or think according to the power that He is working in us.

WHY WOULD HE DO THIS? FOR HIS GLORY Vs 21 To Him be Glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever amen.

How Can I Be Filled With The Fullness of God? Romans 8:37-38 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate me from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

APPLICATION

  1. When we lose heart, we distrust God and begin to lose hope that we can ever be okay again. According to Romans 8:37-38 can anything ever come between us and God’s love?
  2. When we lose heart we look to a lot of different things to help deal with our discouragement. What things have you looked to help your discouraged heart? Has it helped?
  3. Paul says the key to moving from distrust to trust in God is a divine act that happens through prayer. This week I would encourage you to pray the prayer of Ephesians 3: 19-21 over you and your family and see how God answers your prayers


4-23-17

PAUL’S REASON WHY

EPHESIANS 3:1-6

INTRODUCTION

Like Paul we too are faced with the temptation to abandon, avoid or even attempt to customize God’s revealed plan for our life in order to make our lives easier and more convenient. Read Ephesians 3:1-6 and discuss the following questions to help you recognize areas that you may be tempted to abandon God’s purpose for your life in order to avoid the struggle that accompanies obedience to God.

  1. Read Luke 22:39-42. What was Jesus asking God permission to avoid? Why did Jesus follow through with the crucifixion? What did it cost Jesus? What did we gain from his sacrifice?
  2. Paul was given a specific task by God to take the Gospel to the gentiles in Acts 9:16-17. Do you think at any point Paul was tempted to quit? What do you think kept Paul from quitting his God’s assigned task?
  3. Discuss a time when you chose to abandon God’s purpose for your life in order to avoid the pain of obedience? How did it make you feel? How did this decision impact you?
  4. Read II Timothy 4:6-8. As Paul is nearing the end of his life do you sense that Paul was grateful that he chose to endure suffering instead of abandoning God’s purpose for his life?

APPLICATION

Think about whom God has made you responsible for? Ask yourself this honest question, “ Have I been a good the example of not abandoning God’s purpose for my life in order to avoid the pain of obedience to those I am responsible for?”


4-16-17

THE GOOD NEWS OF THE RESURRECTION-THE GOSPEL

  • I AM BORN FLAWED WITH SIN (ROMANS 5:12). BECAUSE I AM BORN THIS WAY I AM SEPARATED FROM GOD AND DESERVING OF GOD’S RIGHTEOUS JUDGMENT (ROMANS 1:18-23; ROM 6:23).
  • GOD LOVES ME ENOUGH TO SEND HIS SINLESS SON JESUS TO BE THE SACRIFICE FOR MY SIN. ROMANS 5:8
  • GOD INVITES ME TO ENTER INTO A RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM THROUGH FAITH AND TRUST IN HIS SON JESUS CHRIST. BY DOING THIS MY SINS ARE COMPLETELY AND ENTIRELY FORGIVEN AND I AM GIVEN A NEW LIFE IN CHRIST (EPHESIANS 2:8-9).
  • TODAY CAN BE THE DAY THAT CHANGES EVERYTHING IN MY LIFE BY ENTRUSTING MY LIFE TO JESUS WHO PAID THE DEBT OF MY SIN. BY TALKING WITH GOD THROUGH PRAYER AND BELIEVING IN WHAT JESUS HAS DONE FOR ME I CAN BE SAVED, RESCUED FROM MY SIN AND BECOME A SON/DAUGHTER OF GOD. THROUGH FAITH IN JESUS, MY LIFE ON EARTH IS CHANGED( II COR 5:12) AND HEAVEN NOW BECOMES MY ETERNAL DESTINATION. (ROMANS 10:9-10).
  • THE QUESTION I MUST ANSWER IS WILL I BEGIN A NEW RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD TODAY BY ENTRUSTING MY LIFE TO THE RESURRECTED SON OF GOD JESUS CHRIST?


3-19-17

A LIFE REPURPOSED BY GRACE/ EPHESIANS 2:10

RESCUED FROM V1 SIN

RESCUED BY V4 GOD

RESCUED HOW V5 MADE US ALIVE WITH CHRIST

RESCUED FOR V9 GOOD WORKS

RESCUED TO V7 BRING GLORY TO GOD

Repurposing-To change, to transform so that the object can fulfill a new purpose.

Upcycling- Transform discarded materials to create a product of higher quality and value than the original.

  • YOU ARE GOD’S MASTERPIECE- POIEMA
    • II Cor 5:17 If anyone is in Christ you are new creation the old has passed, the new has come.
  • YOU WILL LIVE LIFE IN A DIRECTION CHARACTERIZED BY GOOD WORKS.
    • Rescuing grace inevitably produces a life characterized by good works.
    • Good works are the vital signs of a living soul.
  • SO THAT YOU MAY GLORIFY GOD.

-James 1:26 …your religion is in vain.

-James 2:17 faith without works is dead.

  • Matthew 6:16 …so that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
  • I Cor 10:33 Whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all for the glory of God.

MAIN POINT: RESCUING GRACE INEVITABLY REPURPOSES EVERY ASPECT OF OUR LIVES, PRODUCING A DISTINCT LIFE THAT POINTS ALL PEOPLE TO CHRIST AS LORD.

  • MASTERPIECE LIVING –A life centered on Jesus where every element of my life is progressively being repurposed by God’s grace resulting in obedience to God for the purpose of bringing glory to God.
  • CENTERPIECE LIVING-A life centered on self that uses God and people to get what I want, do what I want to do and be who I want to be.
  • Paul warned in Romans 6:1-4 of the peril of a person with a soul “made alive in Christ” mispurposing grace to justify sin.
  • Paul further warned in Romans 6:13 that centerpiece choices vandalize the masterpiece soul that god’s grace is progressively creating thus devaluing the masterpiece, defaming the creator and decaying the soul.

QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER:

Is grace repurposing your life leading to good works which glorify god or are you living selfishly mispurposing grace to justify your sin?

How is grace repurposing my marriage, my schedule, my finances, my purity, how I handle past hurts and the words I speak to bring glory to God?


3-12-17

RESCUED BY GRACE

EPHESIANS 2:4-9

RESCUED FROM WHAT? V1 ______

SIN ALWAYS BRINGS _________

PAST RESCUED FROM THE _______OF SIN I Pet 3:18

PRESENT RESCUED FROM THE ______ OF SIN Rom 6:14

FUTURE RESCUE FORM THE _________ OF SIN Rev 21:4

RESCUED BY WHOM? V4 ________

RICH IN MERCY.

GREAT IN _________ FOR US.

RESCUED HOW? V5 MADE US ________ WITH CHRIST

GRACE IS ____________ FAVOR.

GOD, BECAUSE OF HIS MERCY AND LOVE FOR ME, HAS CHOSEN BY HIS GRACE TO MAKE ME ALIVE IN CHRIST, RESCUING ME FROM THE SIN DEBT I OWE, THE SELFISHNESS THAT ENSLAVES ME AND THE ETERNAL DAMNATION I DESERVE. GOD’S RESCUE OF ME WAS DECIDED BY GOD, PAID FOR BY JESUS AND ACCOMPLISHED BY HIS HOLY SPIRIT.

WHAT STANDARD WILL YOU USE TO DETERMINE WHETHER YOU ARE ALIVE OR DEAD IN RELATION TO GOD?

  • YOUR BEHAVIOR?
  • GOD’S GRACE?

WHAT STANDARD WILL YOU USE TO DETERMINE WHETHER YOU ARE ALIVE OR DEAD IN RELATION TO GOD?

  • WHAT YOU DO FOR YOU?
  • WHAT GOD HAS DONE FOR YOU?

CAN A DEAD PERSON DO ANYTHING TO BRING THEMSELVES BACK TO LIFE?

EVERYONE HAS A DECISION TO MAKE ABOUT THEIR SOUL

  • TRY TO NEGOTIATE WITH GOD BY DOING GOOD THINGS TO COMPENSATE FOR MY DEAD SOUL-WORKS.
  • EMBRACE AND SURRENDER TO GODS AMAZING GRACE.

RESCUED FOR WHAT? V9 GOOD WORKS

DEUTERONOMY 30:19 I CALL HEAVEN AND EARTH TO WITNESS AGAINST YOU TODAY THAT I HAVE SET BEFORE YOU LIFE AND DEATH BLESSING AND CURSE THEREFORE CHOOSE LIFE….


3-5-17

THE LIVING DEAD

EPHESIANS 2:1-4

YOU ARE ONLY AS WELL AS YOUR __________.

V1 YOU WERE ____________IN TRESPASSES AND SINS.

IN TERMS OF GOD YOUR SOUL IS IN ONE OF TWO STATES: ___________ or ___________.

HOW DID I BECOME DEAD IN SIN?- ROMANS 5:12 WE WERE _________________ THAT WAY.

WHAT BEING SPIRITUALLY DEAD MEANS:

“No one who is morally evil can choose good, no man who is a slave can set himself free, no woman who is blind can give herself sight, no one who is an object of wrath can appease that wrath, and no person who is dead can cause himself to come to life. “

WE ARE NOT IN THE DOGHOUSE WITH GOD IN RELATION TO OUR SOUL WE ARE IN THE _______________________.

A SOUL WITHOUT JESUS IS _______________.

HOW DO I KNOW MY SOUL IS DEAD?

  • A SPIRITUALLY DEAD SOUL LOVES _______THE WORLD LOVES AND LOVES ____________ THE WORLD LOVES.
  • A SPIRITUALLY DEAD SOUL IS UNDER THE CONTROL AND INFLUENCE of ____________________.
  • A PERSON WITH A DEAD SOUL BY THEIR VERY NATURE MAKES ______________ ________ CHOICES THAT LEADS TO A DEAD END ___________________.

EXPLAINS TWO THINGS:

  • WHY WE DO __________ THINGS.
  • WHY WE CANNOT _____________ OURSELVES.

Romans 8:6-8 Paul contrast the spiritually dead with the living. 6 For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. 7 For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God's law; indeed, it cannot. 8 Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

IS IT POSSIBLE FOR A SPIRITUALLY DEAD PERSON TO PURSUE GOD? _____

WHAT ARE THE CONSEQUENCES OF BEING SPIRITUALLY DEAD TO GOD?

  • A DEAD SOUL PRODUCES DEAD LIVING WHICH RESULTS IN THE ________OF HEALTHY THINGS. GALATIANS 5:19
  • THE JUST WRATH OF GOD. ROMANS 1:18

HOW WELL IS YOUR SOUL?

4 BUT GOD….God doesn’t take a dead person and make him better he takes a dead person and makes him alive. You don’t just need Jesus to help you, YOU need Jesus to save you.

John 5:24 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.


2-26-17

THE CHURCH; THE HOPE OF THE WORLD

EPHESIANS 1:19-23

  • OBSERVATION -A ONCE PERFECT CREATION IS NOW A WORLD THAT IS _______, DIVIDED AND FULL OF ______.
  • EXPLANATION -THE WORLD IS BROKEN BECAUSE OF ______. THIS SIN PROBLEM IS SYSTEMIC AND ______________ ROMANS 8:22-23.
  • GOD’S PLAN - GOD’S PLAN FOR HIS BROKEN CREATION IS TO ___________ ALL THINGS THAT ARE BROKEN.
  • GOD’S LOVE -THIS PLAN OF REDEMPTION IS THROUGH ____________, THE SON OF GOD.
  • JESUS VISABLE -ACCORDING TO EPHESIANS 1:19-23 THE LIVING ORGANISM THAT GOD WILL REDEEM THIS BROKEN WORLD THROUGH IS ______________________.
  • US -BECAUSE THE CHURCH IS THE _________ OF THE ______________, HOW ARE WE AS A FAMILY PARTICIPATING IN GOD’S RESUE OF THIS WORLD?

WHAT IS CHURCH? ACCORDING TO ACTS 2 THE CHURCH ESTABLISHED BY JESUS IN MATTHEW 16:18, IS A CALLED OUT GROUP OF BELIEVERS FULL DEVOTED TO CHRIST AND SACRIFICIALLY DEDICATED TO ONE ANOTHER. THE CHURCH IS NOT A BUILDING RATHER A LIVING BODY OF JESUS FOLLOWERS FILLED WITH WONDER AND AWE WHO HAVE CENTERED THEIR LIVES AROUND GOD’S MISSION OF REDEEMING THE WORLD BY LIVING AS JESUS AND SHARING THE TRANSFORMING MESSAGE OF THE GOSPEL. THE CHURCH ARE SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF GOD WHO OUT OF GRATITUDE TO JESUS CHOOSE TO LIVE IN SUCH A WAY THAT DISPLAYS THE UNEXPLAINABLE AND YET UNDENIABLE POWER OF GOD.

ARE WE SIMPLY GOING TO CHURCH

OR

ARE WE BEING THE CHURCH?

  • IS GATHERING FOR WORSHIP A PRIORITY IN OUR FAMILY?
  • IS PARTICIPATING IN THE BODY OF LIFE OF CHURCH BY SERVING ONE ANOTHER AND OUR COMMUNITY THROUGH THE CHURCH A CONSISTENT PART OF OUR FAMILY LIFE?
  • HOW ARE WE ENGAGING IN KOINOIA WITH FELLOWS BELIEVERS FOR THE PURPOSE OF THE GROWTH OF OUR UNDERSTANDING OF WHO GOD IS AND THE APPLICATION OF THAT TRUTH IN OUR DAILY LIVES?
  • ARE WE COMMITTED TO AND ACTIVE IN IN REACHING OUR NEIGHBORS WITH THE MESSAGE OF THE JESUS?
  • WHAT IS OUR NEXT STEP TO INVEST AND INVOLVE OUR FAMILY IS THE ONE THING THAT JESUS IS DOING , BUILDING HIS KINGDOM THROUGH THE CHURCH?


2-19-17

WHAT CAN I DO? WHERE CAN I START?

Pray this prayer for the next six days with your spouse, over your children, for loved ones and lets see what God does.

EPHESIANS 1:17-19

ASKING GOD, THE GLORIOUS FATHER OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, TO GIVE YOU SPIRITUAL WISDOM AND INSIGHT SO THAT YOU MIGHT GROW IN YOUR KNOWLEDGE OF GOD. 18 I PRAY THAT YOUR HEARTS WILL BE FLOODED WITH LIGHT SO THAT YOU CAN UNDERSTAND THE CONFIDENT HOPE HE HAS GIVEN TO THOSE HE CALLED HIS HOLY PEOPLE WHO ARE HIS RICH AND GLORIOUS INHERITANCE. 19 I ALSO PRAY THAT YOU WILL UNDERSTAND THE INCREDIBLE GREATNESS OF GOD’S POWER FOR US WHO BELIEVE HIM. -ESV

I ASK—ASK THE GOD OF OUR MASTER, JESUS CHRIST, THE GOD OF GLORY—TO MAKE YOU INTELLIGENT AND DISCERNING IN KNOWING HIM PERSONALLY, YOUR EYES FOCUSED AND CLEAR, SO THAT YOU CAN SEE EXACTLY WHAT IT IS HE IS CALLING YOU TO DO, GRASP THE IMMENSITY OF THIS GLORIOUS WAY OF LIFE HE HAS FOR HIS FOLLOWERS. -THE MESSAGE


1-29-17

SALT AND LIGHT

MATTHEW 5:1-16

INTRODUCTION Jesus came to reveal Who God is, to recue mankind and to restore the world the way it was designed to be. Jesus, in Matthew 5-7 begins to reveal how He would change the world. It would be through humility, truth, peacemaking, living according to truth and mercy. This way of changing the world seems foolish since the world was ruled by force and right was decided by might. Jesus called His followers to entrust their lives to Him and to allow the person of Christ to influence their culture while at the same time not allowing the darkness of culture to influence them.

QUESTIONS

  1. Jesus said you are the salt of the earth and have a redeeming purpose. We are called to preserve what is right and to prevent the inertia of sin’s influence in our world. God is different than the world and because Christ lives in us we are to be different. In what areas do you find it really hard to be different than the culture you live in?
  2. Jesus said You are the light of the world- the obvious purpose of light is to shine. Light shows the way. How can how I impact and influence how and what people think of God?
  3. The church at large and Christians in general have a credibility problem with the world. In verses 13 and 15 Jesus said salt that has lost its flavor is useless and light hidden is purposeless. Discuss this statement To diminish the differences of a transformed life (The effects of the gospel) undermines the believability of the Gospel.
  4. Discuss with your family in what ways is your family different by what values you live by as opposed to a non-Christ followers life.
  5. Discuss with your family things you do not engage in that are different than a non-Christ following family?

APPLICATION Because God has called us to a specific purpose and God has placed us in unique places and connected with specific people, discuss practical ways we can be salt and light and reflect the nature and character of God.


1-22-17

SALT AND LIGHT

MATTHEW 5:1-16

INTRODUCTION Jesus came to reveal Who God is, to recue mankind and to restore the world the way it was designed to be. Jesus, in Matthew 5-7 begins to reveal how He would change the world. It would be through humility, truth, peacemaking, living according to truth and mercy. This way of changing the world seems foolish since the world was ruled by force and right was decided by might. Jesus called His followers to entrust their lives to Him and to allow the person of Christ to influence theirculture while at the same time not allowing the darkness of culture to influence them.

QUESTIONS

1. Jesus said you are the salt of the earth and have a redeeming purpose. We are called to preserve what is right and to prevent the inertia of sin’s influence in our world. God is different than the world. Discuss how a Christian’s lifestyle can reflect the distinctiveness of God in our sinful culture.

2. Jesus said You are the light of the world- the obvious purpose of light is to shine. Light shows the way. How can how I impact and influence how and what people think of God?

3. The church at large and Christians in general have a credibility problem with the world. In verses 13 and 15 Jesus said salt that has lost its flavor is useless and light hidden is purposeless. Discuss this statement To diminish the differences of a transformed life (The effects of the gospel) undermines the believability of the Gospel.

4. People are forming conclusions about God. People form their conclusions about God in part based upon the actions and lifestyle of Christians they work with, go to school with and play on teams with. Based upon how you livewhat conclusions about God do you believe people are forming ?

5. My being salt and light is for the purpose of connecting people with God. Are you prepared to share a simple Gospel explanation of why you live the way you do? Take some time and share it your family?

APPLICATION Because God has called us to a specific purpose and God has placed us in unique places and connected with specific people, discuss practical ways we can be salt and light and reflect the nature and character of God.


1-15-17

FOLLOW ME

MARK 8:34-38

Salvation is free, Jesus paid for it in full. It is a gift and costs us nothing. Following Jesus will eventually cost you something. Your soul is worth more than whatever following Jesus costs you. One day you’ll look back on the price you had to pay, the things you had to give up and you’ll be so thankful you chose to follow Jesus.

1.Have you ever seen someone else pay a price for his or her decision to follow Jesus? How did that person’s experiences influence your own faith?

2.Has your faith ever cost you anything? If so, how has paying that cost changed your relationship with God?

3.Is there an areas that you know God’s wants you to change, a relationship to give up and habit to stop, an attitude to alter that you have been resisting God on? How has this resistance impacted your soul? In light of what Jesus says in Mark 8:34-36 what are you now going to do about it?

4.Jesus invested his primary time in a group of 12 people to help them become followers. What group are you in that is helping you to properly care for you soul and keep your commitment to follow Jesus?

THIS WEEK I WILL COMMIT TO THREE THINGS AS I FOLLOW JESUS

1. I will read the Bible and pray every day.

2.I will confess my sin to God and take steps to free myself from sin’s control over me.

3.I will decide ahead of time to obey God even when I don’t feel like it and even if it cost me something.


10-16-16

A New View of You

Romans 12:3-9

  • Paul states in Romans 12:1-2 that a transformed life is the result of a renewed mind. Paul in verse 3 states that we are not to think too highly of ourselves. The world’s mindset about the individual and my old way of thinking about me is to think what about myself?
  • Read Proverbs 16:18. How can a prideful view of an individual bring destruction to an individual and to teams and organizations that they are part of?
  • A prideful view of ourselves produces an ungodly view of others. Read Luke 18:9-14. Why did the Pharisee have such an unGodly view of the tax collector? How can we guard ourselves from this kind of dangerous thinking?
  • Discuss how pride can destroy a church from working together, businesses working together and teams winning together?
  • In what area are we as family guilty of thinking we are better than someone else? What can we do to correct our thinking? A New View of You


8-7-16

GOD’S SOVERIGNTY

ROMANS 9:1-13

INTRODUCTION

Paul, in chapter 8, gives powerful assurances that address a dilemma Paul was experiencing in Romans 7- a frustration over his inability to stop sinning. IN chapter 8:1 Paul says there is no condemnation for this in Christ Jesus. Secondly, Paul assures us in Romans 8:28-29 that all things work together for the good to those who know God to those who are called according to his purpose. Thirdly, Paul gives an assurance in verses 31-39 that nothing can separate us from the love of God. No evil within me can dislodge God’s love and no evil that is done to me can hinder God’s love for me. These three assurances lead to a big question. Can God really keep these promises? How can be confident that God has not overpromised and undelivered. The answer to this question is found in Romans 9-God sovereignty.

  1. Paul in verses 1-5 is very upset over what?
  2. In verse 6 Paul clarifies that Israel’s rejection of Jesus is not due to the failure of God’s word Why is the answer to this question so pivotal in regards to the three assurances made in chapter 8?
  3. Paul clarifies the meaning of “Israel”. Mainly that not all racial descendants of Israel are not necessarily God’s children and that there are those who are God’s children who are not racial descendants of Abraham. Paul alluded to this in chapter 4:9-13. Why then according to verses 10-13 did God chose Jacob over Esau.
  4. Read Deuteronomy 7:6-9. Why did God choose Israel?
  5. Read Ephesians 1: 3-6 tells us God did what before the foundations of the world?
  6. Does man have a free will to choose? Does man’s free will determine the future? Is God completely sovereign? Discuss how the answers to these three questions are so crucial to our confidence in the assurances that God gives us In Romans 8.

APPLICATION

Either God is completely sovereign or man’s free will determines the future. If God is completely sovereign then He can truly keep the assurances he has given to us in Romans 8. If sinful man’s choices determine the future then we cannot believe the assurances that God gives to us in Romans 8. Thank God He is sovereign.


7-10-16

WHAT IS THE PROMISE OF GOD IN SUFFERING

ROMANS 8:31-39

INTRODUCTION

God has promised that we can know that all things really do for those who love God work together for good. We can have confident assurance of this because God loved u before the foundations of the world predestinated us to be conformed to the image of Christ. God has called us, Jesus has Justified us and is now glorifying us (romans 8:28-30). What about right now, when our world seems to unraveling before our eyes just how confident can we really be? Is there anything that circumvent the eternal outworking of God’s plan in this present sin cursed world? Paul answers this question and at the same culminates the first half of the book of Romans with a triumphant truth that gives us an assurance nothing, no one can separate us from the love of God.

  1. Paul asks what shall we say to these things? What things was Paul referring to? He was referring to the truth that before the foundation of the world God set his love on you, predestinated you, called you, justified you and is glorifying you. How does the reality that God’s plan for you is an eternal plan instead of a” plan as you go” process give us confidence as we face such uncertainty in our lives?
  2. God says there is no opposition that can win, no condemnation that can stick and no separation that divide you from God’s love? Paul could confidently say that about without knowing who we are? How could Paul make such a bold statement? Did Paul make this statement based upon our ability to love God or God’s character in loving us?
  3. Paul was convinced that nothing and no one could separate Paul or anyone who is justified form God’s love? How could Paul say this while at the time of his writing he was imprisoned and physically suffering?
  4. How do we know that Paul was convinced that nothing could separate him from the love of God?

APPLICATION: Are you convinced that nothing can separate you from the Love of God? How is your life reflecting this convinced faith?


7-3-16

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF SUFFERING

ROMANS 8:26-30

INTRODUCTION

Last week we learned that creation is under the bondage of corruption and like us awaits a deliverance from the corruption of sin. Paul explains that everyone is born in Adam rendering them sinful and everything about creation because of the fall in Genesis 3 is under the bondage of corruption. Paul is going to continue on in our study to explain that there is God-ordained purpose to our suffering and a confidence in God that enables us to know that for those who love God all things work together for the good for those who are called according to His purpose.

  1. Paul shares in verse 25 that in the midst of trial and suffering we hope in God and await the redemption of our bodies and freedom from a disordered creation patiently. The question is how in the middle of chaos do we wait patiently? Paul gives us the answer in verses 26-27.
  2. Paul says that we can know that God is sovereignly making all things work together for the good for those who love God. To fulfill a specific purpose? What is that purpose found in verse 29?
  3. In verse 29 Paul says the ultimate outcome of our becoming like Christ is in the last half of verse 29 that he Jesus might become the firstborn among many brethren. Ultimately God loves us, saves us changes us to bring glory to God. Read I Cor 10:31 we are to live like Jesus ultimately for what reason?
  4. Paul says we can be confident in God and his purpose because God loved us. According to Ephesians 1:3-5 when did God choose to set his love on us?
  5. God Foreknew us, predestinated us, called us, justified us and is glorifying us. When did this process begin and when will it end? Who is in charge of this entire process?

APPLICATION: Because a sovereign God Set his affection on me before the foundation of the world, predestinated me to be conformed to His image, that He called me and justified me and is currently shaping me into christ-likeness I can be completely confident that God even in overwhelming circumstances God is in control.


6-26-16

HOPE IN HOPELESSLY BROKEN WORLD

ROMANS 8:18-39

INTRODUCTION

Paul has just given the Roman Christians a key truth in defeating sin. Victory does not lie in our trying harder but sharing in the victory Jesus has already won over sin. Now Paul introduces how a justified follower of Jesus deals with suffering. Paul gives to us the reality of suffering, why we suffer and ultimately the God-ordained purpose for our suffering.

  1. Paul states that suffering is an inevitable part of our relationship with Jesus because we live in a world that is filled with sinners and a world itself that is in bondage to corruption. When did the world come under this bondage? Discuss examples of how we know the world is in bondage to corruption.
  2. Hope is the thing or person that our expectations are centered. Why is it futile for a justified follower of Jesus to place their hope in anything or anyone other than Christ?
  3. Read II Cor 12:1-10. Why did God allow the Paul’s thorn in the flesh? Read Rom 8:28-29 what is the ultimate reason for God-ordained suffering? Discuss how adversity and trial really is an essential part of our faith development.
  4. When overwhelming circumstances are spiral out of control why do we tend to think God has lost control? When we believe God has lost control what is our response toward Him?
  5. Functionally what or whom I am trusting in is revealed by my response to adversity. Read Job 2:9 why di Job’s wife respond this way? How do you think you would respond?

APPLICATION: It is impossible for me to know that all things work together for good and be convinced that nothing has diverted, delayed and disconnected God’s love for me if I do not put my hope in God alone. By placing my hope in something or someone that is under the bondage of corruption I am only setting myself for huge disappointment and a skewed view of God. What is it that I am functionally placing my hope in? if it is not completely Christ then move your ladder of hope to Jesus.


6-19-16

THERE IS NOW NO CONDEMNATION

ROMANS 8:1-17

INTRODUCTION

On the heels of Paul’s personal confession of his inability to do what He wants to do and the desperate questions he asks “who will deliver me from this body of death?” in Romans 7 Paul gives us a huge encouragement that there is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus. Against the backdrop of a law that exposes our sinfulness, God’s grace through Jesus makes us “white as snow.” With an understanding of my secured relationship with God even with my inconsistency, Paul now in Verses 2-17 will explain how can become more Christ-like in our everyday living.

  1. If those in Christ are no condemned by God, then why do we feel guilt and shame for the sins of our past? Discuss how freedom in God’s eyes from our past sins free us to live righteously.
  2. According to verse 5-7 Paul says to live according to the flesh indicates I have set my mind on the flesh. Describe what this process looks like.
  3. Paul contrast this with living according to the Spirit. Discuss what Paul is saying in verse 13 if we live according to the Spirit we will put to death the deeds of the Spirit.
  4. We are chosen by God to be part of His family and our relationship now is shifted from a purely legal standing to familial intimacy. We literally have the Spirit of God within us. Describe How the Spirit of God operates in us as God’s children.
  5. We do not win the war the sin, rather we share in the victory over sin already won by Christ. This means defeating sin is not a matter of trying harder, it means according to Galatians 5:16 we walk in the Spirit. Discuss practically what it look like to “walk in the Spirit.”

APPLICATION: Instead of allowing your past failure to discourage and defeat you. Share in the victory already won over sin through Christ. I do this by reminding myself of my identity in Christ and living according to the Spirit of God. Then I will watch those sins which seemed to be ruling over me become replaced with choices and actions that please my heavenly father.


6-12-16

In Romans 7 and the poast two weeks we have learned that we are dead to sin and alive to God and that we are dead to the law. In christ we realte to God not based upon our performance but on the basis of our relationship with Christ. I have been justified made completely rightoues before God. Now Paul is talking how we preactically live out in grace our holiness. Paul reveals that even though we have a new nature we still possess our sinful flesh and that because we are dead to sin we can say to the flesh no sin you cannot have my eyes and you cannot have my mouth Because I am in christ.

Becoming a Christian was not God giving you a set of rules for the old you to follow. God literally gave you a new you, A new identity, a new desire, a new outlook, but living rightnext door to the new you is the old you. Your flesh and everyday the flesh comes over and wants to play and you have have to choose not to yield your memebrs as instruments of unrighteousness but as servants to God. Every day is series of subsequent decisions that affirm your identity in christt.

Today we reach on the summits of the book of Romans as Paul shares what it means to be a Christian what it means to be human and how we can understand ourselves. Truth is we are a mystery to ourselves. Why would I do that, where in the world did that come from.

Before we dive into this complex passage we need in verse 13-14 is the law good? Because when the law came sin was revealed and when sin came death followed. So in simpe terms if the net result of the law brings death is the law good? Paul would say yes because the law

  1. Teaches what sin is—Paul said he thought he weas good and when he heard the law thou shalt not covet he learned not only what sin was but that sin was alive within him. Romans 3:20
  2. The law also teaches us what is positive about God-what God intends for us, what brings glory to God and what is good for us.

So the law is certainly good because it exposes us to sin which reveals our need for a savior. We leanred last week the law ushers our to the solution of our sin which is christ.

V13 did the law kill me no again the law revealed what was killing me my sin. Romans 8:3 for God has done what the law weakened by the flesh could not do by sending his own son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin.

V14 we know the law is spiritual and I am of the flesh sold under sin. Law is perfect it is holy it is god given. My flesh is selfish brings death.

Is this Paul preconversion of this Pual sharing his experience as a Christian.

It is paul sharing his Christian experience. But I do not believe this is normative intention of God of how our walk should be.

Grace is empathetic to our struggle with the flesh. Grace is not content with our yielding to the flesh.

V15 I do not understand my own actions; for I do not do what I want but I do the very thing that I hate. Paul is frustrated that he does not live up to his own expectations. If I cannot live up to my own expectations how can we live up to God’s Utter futility to think you can keep enough to Gods laws to beaccepted by him you are an absolute fool.

Romans 2 we have a conscience conscience is affected by sin I measure my conscience against the law of God. Because the law of God is good because it reveals God intentions for us what is good for us.

Pauls honesty is even as a justified person I know I sin and I hate that I do it.

V17 it is the flesh that lives in me—

V18 I desire to obey but not the ability to carry it out. Paul gives us hughe insight awareness that Paul is incapable of defeating his flesh on his own. Paul does not say that his flesh cannot be defeated but he readily admits I cannot.

V20 the Flesh in me was not redeemed. Willingness to do the right thing but a failure to fulfill the right purpose.

What was it specifically in Paul we don’t know but we each have our sin profile.

What paul is not saying is because it is my flesh and my sinful flesh is not who I am not responsible for it or accountable rather Paul says I am very responsible and accountable to God for it. There is this operationl principle within me that makes it very difficult to do wat is right.

Sanctification is not a one time decision like sanctification but rather thousands of subsequent decisions that affirm my position in christ.

Everyday I decision multiple times over to live out what is already true.

Paul would say I am two men in one and the person I am in Christ has a constant .

Englsih writer Robert louis Stevenson wrote a classic novel Dr jekyl and mr hyde and take this potion that during the day fine upstanding doctor during night this murderer and rapist. Walks by a mirror and sees the body of My hyde and the soul of Dr Jekyl

Romans 7 is Paul’s this too is myself moment. You are not a body with a soul you are a soul with a body and your redeemed soul is housed by flesh that has not yet been redeemed and there is this real war that is constant Paul cries out.

Wrethched man that I am who will deliver me form this body of death. This overwhelming tidal wave of appetites and selfishness. Thes craving and perverse longings. Because I had tried to fight it and I feel like I am losing.

V25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord. I myself serve the law of God with my mind but with my flesh I serve the law of sin. Two completeing entities comes down to which one Is the real me.

Romans 5:1 If I have been justified by Faith I have peace with God. I am placed in christ and what was true of christ is true of me That means I am dead to sin no longer does my flesh control me. That means I no longer related to God based upon the law God loves me because I am in christ. I do not have to obey my fleshs passions Onve I was a lsave to sin now I am a servant of God.

Grace understands my struggle with sin but grace will not be content to let me say yes to my flesh.

How do I move out of Romans 7 existence-Romans 8. George Jefferson of Romans we are moving up to the deluxe apartment in the sky!

We think that our one time decision to entrust our lives to Jesus and we are justified that decision to not sin anymore


5-29-16

DEAD TO THE LAW

ROMANS 7:1-6

INTRODUCTION

The Apostle Paul is writing to Roman Christians giving them foundational truths that help them to live out their justification in a completely pagan society. Paul in Chapter 6 warned them to not misuse God’s grace by choosing to yield themselves as instruments of unrighteousness. Paul in 6:11 reminds them that they are dead to sin but alive to God. Though the penalty and power of sin have been defeated, Paul informs us that we still feel the sinful pull of our flesh. Therefore, everyday with the Word of God and by the Spirit of God we say no to sin and yes to God. Paul now is going to share the folly of trying to related to God based upon the law.

  1. According to Galatians 3:24-25 the Law has a special purpose, what is it?
  2. Jesus never said the law was irrelevant or didn’t matter, rather, Jesus said he came to fulfill the law (Matthew 5:17-20). According to Galatians 3:10-14 How Did Jesus fulfill the law?
  3. Paul in Romans 7:1-3 marriage to illustrate who is under the law and who is not. Discuss the example of the death of a spouse and how they are no longer under God’s law bound to their spouse applies to how we live out our faith.
  4. Paul says being dead to the law v4 we relate to God differently. No longer is God;’ acceptance of us based upon obedience of God’s law. Rather according to Romans 5 and 6 God’s acceptance of us is based upon what?
  5. What dangers patterns can we develop in our walk with God if we think we have to perform well to be accepted and loved by God?
  6. Paul warns that even though we are dead to the law, grace does not give us the freedom to live lawlessly. Read Matthew 5:17-47. In this passage highlight how the expectation of grace exceeds the requirements of the law in regard to anger, lust, retaliation and loving your enemies.

APPLICATION: There is a big difference in living our faith in God from a law based relationship and a grace based relationship. One exists in an environment of fear of constant rejection. One is secure in an assurance of love and acceptance. Paul says we are dead to the performance based, list keeping relationship with God. Now we serve and obey out of love. Welcome to Grace.


5-22-16

SERVANT OF GOD/ SLAVE TO SIN

ROMANS 6:15-23

INTRODUCTION

When were placed in Christ and it changed your relationship with God you became righteous before God and also your relationship with sin changed while in Adam you could not help but sin but now in Christ the bible says you are dead to sin. Simply sin does not have power over you. V 11 dead to sin but alive to God. Because this is true of you—you are free from sin and its control –there is the potential and in fact the expectation of grace for you to live your life in obedience to Christ. However we feel this ever present tension in our faith walk-- if I am free from the control of sin, why does it feel like sin still has control over me? Why functionally am I living as though I am still a slave to sin when I have been set free by being justified? Paul gives us in these verses motivation and practical steps to live out functionally what is true of us actually-- that we are righteous.

  1. We present ourselves as instruments of unrighteousness when we allow sin to “borrow” our members. If we have been freed from the demands of sin why do we so easily give permission?
  2. No one operates independently. Paul states we are either a servant of God or a slave to sin. Discuss how saying “no” to God makes us servants of sin even when we have been justified before God.
  3. We have tendency to feel that when we sin it is us against God. However Paul begins to explain to us that it is not Me and Sin against God but rather it is me and Christ against sin. The power of sin within me is not me, it is my flesh. How does this truth help us in killing the sin within.
  4. Paul asks why would we continue to sin and experience the pain and regret that it brings when we are free from it? Why do you think a person chooses to sin when they know the consequences of their choices?
  5. It is easy to deal with our sin by mowing over it instead of uprooting the sin embedded in our flesh. Discuss how a Christ-follower can effectively deal with the root of their sin.

APPLICATION: Our lifelong reality is that we will be powerfully and constantly tempted to sin. The allure of sin will never go away but our response can be very different form the way we handled our sin before. What is the member that you are most vulnerable to allow sin to borrow? How will you address it?



5-15-16

RECAP FROM LAST WEEK

Grace is more powerful than sin. Grace wins every time. When I was justified the power of sin over me was completely and permanently defeated. However there still exist the power of sin within in me and daily by God’s grace I can choose to say no to sin.

Reason I continue to sin is not because I have to but because I choose to sin. Paul would say I choose to sin by missing grace because I misunderstand what happened when I was justified the power of sin over me was completely and permanently killed. Paul would say you are dead to that—the power of sin over me was permanently and completely defeated. When I misuse grace fueled by misunderstanding I lived with a mistaken identity. I am righteous in Christ and yet misuse grace to justify my sin not kill it. Or worse I am not in christ. I have gone through the motions but I have not truly been justified. Paul would say you don’t have to sin. Using a quote form Ted Williams” I am a hitter who ocassionaly strikes out not a striker outer who ocassionaly gets a hit.” As a justified person I am not a sinner who is saved by grace. I am a son of God who struggles with sin.

Paul says That I sin because I choose to and now Paul by eliminating the excuse of I cant help it -- you can has cornered sin and is going to give insight on how to kill the sin that lives within.

Power and determination of sin not only separate you form God, destroys you Gen 4:7 if you do not do what is right sin is crouching at the door and its desire is to rule over you and to master you. The capacity of sin to rule over you was destoyed when you were justified the practical reality of that is a daily decision you make when you choose by God’s grace to kill the sin within.

Read Romans 6:12-14

Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. 13 Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. 14 For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.

BIG IDEA-- How you by God’s grace control your appetites will determine the direction and quality of life that you live. How you by the power of God’s grace control your appetites will determine the direction and quality of life. Another way of stating is your appetites will control you or you by God’s grace can control your appetites.

God created appetites and sin distorted them. Genesis 3. Because the very good things created by God have been tarnished by sin and because of adam we are sinners as well as the appetites that we have.

The power of the appetites over us has been permanently and completely defeated so that we do not have to be slaves to them. But the power of our appetited are still very alive within us.

Why you can walk out of an awesome service worship was good Spirit of God is present and you are convicted about a particular sin and you walk out determined I am done acting this way thinkning this way harboring this unforgiveness.

The power of your sinful appetite within you can be more powerful than your ability to resist, they can distort reality and they override reason.

Go to Genesis 25:29-34

Jacob for a bowl of stew is going to barter away his birthright. It is the right and priviledges of the firstborn son. Include assuming the authority of the father when he passes as the partirarch of the family. He received twice the inheritance of the other sons. A double portion.

V 31 jacob takes advantage sell me your birthright Esau reply is I am about to die what use is the birthright to me. Sin within cannot be reason with when the sinful appetites within you are activated. Sin says now rather than later and the truth is sinful appetites can never be fully and completely satisfied.

Dangerous reality is the power of the sin within us our distorted appetites that some decisions can have permanent consequence. Hebrews 12:17 That no one is sexually immoral or unholy like Esau who sold his birthright for a single meal for you know that afterward when he desired the blessing he was rejected for he found no chance to repent though he sought it with tears.

Who would trade their birthright for a bowl of stew? The answer we would. Some of us are. Some us grew up in homes where the sinful appetites within your parents caused them to choose a substance over you. Why would they do that? Because they had to-no because they choose to.

Paul is going to say Let not sin reign in your mortal bodies that you should obey its passions. Do not present your bodies as tools of unrighteousness.

Sin is more powerful that your willpower and the momentum sin is not more powerful than grace.

Paul would say you by the power of Grace need to pick a fight the sin that lives within.

Colossians 3:5-8

Put to death therefore what is earthly in you sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6 On account of these the wrath of God is coming. 7 In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. 8 But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.

KILLING THE SIN THAT LIVES WITHIN

  • 1.Say no with scripture. Psalm 119:11 I have stored up Gods word in my heart so that I might not sin against thee. Jesus refuted the temptation of satan by quoting form the Old testament.
  • 2.Find a place to Go. Sometimes the allure of sin is so enticing that I need to distance my proximity to the temptation. I Cor 6:18 flee from sexuality immorality
  • 3.Find a person you know. Sometimes the allure of my sinful appetite is so strong I need to make my sinful temptation I need to flee to visibility. Often the quickest way to douse a hot desire is to tell someone else about it. The power of a brother or sister that prays with you in the stronghold of temptation reminds us that I am dead to that.
  • 4.Activate God’s grace and grow. Romans 6:13 Present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life and your members to God as instruments for righteousness.