Showing posts with label sanctification. Show all posts
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01 August 2018

The Christian and Truth



Truth you can count on

Theme: Absolute truth

Scripture: Psalm 119:89, Psalm 119:142, Psalm 119:160, John 17:17, John 8:31-32

Objectives: (From the D6 Fusion Sunday School Lesson book)
Know: Absolute truth exists because God exists.
Think: I can live confidently, basing my life on the absolute truth of God’s Word.
Do: Read and study Scripture daily to learn what is true.

B1 Truth
C1 Simplistically, there are 4 theories of truth
D1 Correspondence = reality
E1 Facts = a thing that exists or happened
E2 Belief = acceptance of facts
D2 Coherence = agrees with a set of beliefs or concepts
D3 Pragmatic = truth is what works
D4 Narcissistic = what I believe is truth
C2 The correspondence theory in its simple form, that is, reality. Pain is reality. Some cheats us out of money is reality. Someone lies to us; it is reality. Though there are philosophical arguments against it, we live in reality. Words have meaning. Statements are typically taken in their plain, normal sense. Any book on philosophy will have a section on truth and will discuss other theories.
C3 The Bible is meant to be understood in its plain, normal sense in context.
D1 God is omnisapient, that is, perfectly and completely wise.
D2 God is omniscient, that is, perfectly and completely knowing everything.
D3 It can be reasonably believed that God knows how to communicate perfectly.
C4 Some verses on truth
D1 Psalms 119:89 NKJV Forever, O LORD, Your word is settled in heaven. In another translation: Psalms 119:89 GNB Your word, O LORD, will last forever; it is eternal in heaven.
E1 Whatever God says, thinks, or has written never changes.
E2 If God says adultery is wrong, it is always wrong.
E3 If God says murder is wrong, it is always wrong.
E4 If God says lying is wrong, it is always wrong.
E5 If God establishes a doctrine, then it does not change.
E6 Why is important to know God never changes?
E7 Why is it important to know God’s word never changes?
E8 How are we to explain the differences between the Old Testament and the New?
F1 God does not change:
G1 Malachi 3:6 WEB “For I, Yahweh, don’t change; therefore you, sons of Jacob, are not consumed.
G2 Isaiah 46:9-10 WEB Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me; declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done; saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure.
F2 A change in New Testament compared to Old
G1 Hebrews 7:12-14 NKJV For the priesthood being changed, of necessity there is also a change of the law. 13 For He of whom these things are spoken belongs to another tribe, from which no man has officiated at the altar. 14 For it is evident that our Lord arose from Judah, of which tribe Moses spoke nothing concerning priesthood.
G2 God explained why.
H1 Foretold. Note this priesthood was before the Law. Psalms 110:4 NKJV The LORD has sworn And will not relent, "You are a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek."
H2 Explained: Hebrews 7:15-21 GNB92 The matter becomes even plainer; a different priest has appeared, who is like Melchizedek. He was made a priest, not by human rules and regulations, but through the power of a life which has no end. For the scripture says, “You will be a priest forever, in the priestly order of Melchizedek.” The old rule, then, is set aside, because it was weak and useless. For the Law of Moses could not make anything perfect. And now a better hope has been provided through which we come near to God. In addition, there is also God's vow. There was no such vow when the others were made priests. But Jesus became a priest by means of a vow when God said to him, “The Lord has made a solemn promise and will not take it back: ‘You will be a priest forever.
B2 Psalms 119:142 NKJV Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, And Your law is truth.
C1 The law spoken of here in the Laws given at Mt. Sinai.
C2 It is conditional law.
D1 If you, Israel, do this, then I will bless you these ways. See Deuteronomy 28:1-14.
D2 If you, Israel, do not, then I will curse you these ways. See Deuteronomy 28:15-68.
C3 Why is God’s law truth?
D1 God is truth.
E1 God cannot lie. It is impossible for Him to lie. It is not His character. Titus 1:2 WPNT in hope of eternal life —which life God, who cannot lie, promised before the ages of time. See also Hebrews 6:18.
E2 Humans are liars; God does not. Romans 3:4 GW That would be unthinkable! God is honest, and everyone else is a liar, as Scripture says, "So you hand down justice when you speak, and you win your case in court." See Numbers 23:19.
D2 Because God is true, His words are true. John 17:17 WPNT Sanctify them by Your truth; Your word is truth.
D3 Righteousness and truth are related in that any lie or even mistake would indicate unrighteousness. Psalms 145:17 GNB92 The LORD is righteous in all he does, merciful in all his acts.
C4 Truth is very important to God, He demands truth from us.
D1 Zechariah 8:16 GNB92 These are the things you should do: Speak the truth to one another. In the courts give real justice—the kind that brings peace.
D2 Ephesians 4:25 GNB92 No more lying, then! Each of you must tell the truth to the other believer, because we are all members together in the body of Christ.
D3 God hates liars, and remember a person can lie in thoughts, desires, words, and deeds: Proverbs 12:22 GNB92 The LORD hates liars, but is pleased with those who keep their word.
B3 Psalms 119:160 NKJV The entirety of Your word [is] truth, And every one of Your righteous judgments [endures] forever.
C1 Everything God does in thoughts, desires, words, and deeds are true.
C2 They never change. Never changing is part of true.
C3 Remember prophecy is true, promises are true, judgment is true, blessing is true, God’s warning is true, God’s comfort is true, God’s love is true.
C4 How does knowing this verse help us in our Christian walk?
B4 John 17:17 WPNT Sanctify them by Your truth; Your word is truth.
C1 Sanctification is a separation from what is not approved by God to something approved by God. Righteousness is approved by God. Truth is approved by God. Obedience to God’s rules is approved by God. Holiness is sanctification.
D1 God sanctifies.
E1 God the Father: Jude 1:1 NKJV Jude, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, To those who are called, sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ.
E2 God the Son: Hebrews 10:10 WEL By that will we have been sanctified from the guilt of sin through the one time sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ.
E3 God the Holy Spirit: 2 Thessalonians 2:13 NKJV But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth.
C2 We cannot do and be sanctified on our own self or actions.
C3 Sanctification has three parts.
D1 Complete and instant sanctification. When we are born again, we are a new creation. This is a result of justification. 1 Corinthians 1:2 NRSV To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, together with all those who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours.
D2 A lifelong process for the Christian in this life. This is the subject of Romans 6. For example: Romans 6:19 NRSV I am speaking in human terms because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to greater and greater iniquity, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness for sanctification.
D3 Final, which is glorification. 1 Thessalonians 5:23 NRSV May the God of peace himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be kept sound and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
C4 How does truth sanctify?
D1 This is God’s truth, so it is complete in every way.
D2 Truth crowds out the lies and other sins in our life. That is why we must read and study the Bible, the only source of 100% truth. That is why the pastor must preach Bible truth. The more truth we know and practice, the more sanctified we become, thus, we become more and more Christ-like and less like the world. The lifestyle that God wants is more and more consistent, and the lifestyle of the world fades.
B5 John 8:31-32 WPNT So Jesus said to those Jews who had believed Him: “If you abide in my word, you really are my disciples; and you will know the Truth, and the Truth will make you free.”
C1 This is somewhat related to John 17:17.
C2 How to we abide in His word?
D1 We have to know it, believe it, and live it.
D2 We have to be taught it and teach it.
C3 How does truth set us free?
D1 We are set free from lies.
D2 We are set free from heresy.
D3 We are set free from wrong life choices.
D4 We are set free from our sinful self.
D5 We are set free to serve God better.
C4 What is my and your motivation?
B6 Next week:
C1 Truth given by God
C2 Theme: Divine truth
C3 Scriptures: Romans 1:20, Hebrews 1:1-2, Jeremiah 29:12-14, 2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:21, Hebrews 4:12, and John 10:27

29 June 2017

Pleasing God



Theme: Walking in Godliness

Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12

Objectives (from the D6 Fusion Sunday School Lesson Book)
Know: Paul instructed the Thessalonians to be a contrast to their self-serving sinful culture by living godly lives.
Think: Be so focused on pleasing God that it guides everything I do.
Do: Seek to please God by controlling my bodily appetites, loving others, and living a quiet and productive life.

Notes and questions
B1 Background
C1 Map
C2 Main road
C3 Paul
D1 Preached there on second missionary journey (Acts 17:1)
D2 Went to synagogue and preached for three consecutive Sabbaths
D3 The Jews became jealous and attacked Jason’s house.
D4 Because of the opposition, Paul and his companions went to Berea.
B2 Main point: We are Christians. Christians want to please God. Obedience to God is one way to please God. God requires, commands, us to live our life to please Him.
B3 God’s rules in our passage:
C1 Do not be sexual immoral.
C2 Love one another.
C3 Live without butting into everyone’s life.
B4 Translation note
C1 In 1 Thessalonians 4:4, the word body is sometimes translated wife.
D1 Mopsuestia, Augustine, rabbinical usage, and others understood this to be wife. They would point to 1 Peter 3:7, where the wife is described as the weaker vessel. The word for wife in 1 Peter 3:7 is γυναικεῖος gunaikeios (wife).
D2 Tertullian and Chrysostom and others understood this to be body. They would point to the context of our passage.
C2 The Greek word is σκεῦος skeuos. This means vessel. It is translated in 5 main ways.
D1 Belongings (as in Matthew 12:29)
D2 Container (as in John 19:29)
D3 Body (as in 2 Corinthians 4:7, 2 Timothy 2:21)
D4 Useful tool (as in Acts 9:15, speaking of Paul)
D5 Objects (as in Romans 9:21-23, speaking of people)
C3 The wife is not being discussed.
C4 If it is wife, how can a Christian woman obey this command?
C5 Possess (acquire, get) has the idea of having a mastery over, control of.
C6 In this passage we are not told to get a wife, but to control our body desires.
C7 Ray Stedman writes: At puberty, new hormones pour into the bloodstream and we experience sexual changes, along with which come very powerful drives that urge us, and almost seem to compel us, to certain sexual activities. Society tells us that those urges that boys and girls feel in their bodies are natural and therefore ought to be satisfied whenever opportunity affords. They argue that the sexual appetite should be satisfied just like the urge to hunger, thirst, sleep, or any other natural function. By extension, this argument says that there is nothing wrong with the fulfilling of sexual desires.
C8 But Stedman and Emerson tell us that God has a different opinion.
B5 1 Thessalonians 4:1-2,
C1 The choice of rules to follow
D1 God’s rules
E1 For Israel
E2 For the Church. The church is not a particular denomination. It is the group of all believers and is called the body of Christ.
F1 So we, [being] many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. (Romans 12:5, NKJV)
F2 For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also [is] Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body–whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free–and have all been made to drink into one Spirit. For in fact the body is not one member but many. (1 Corinthians 12:12-14, NKJV)
F3 Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually. (1 Corinthians 12:27, NKJV)
F4 A list of a few as an example. Do not be
G1 Conformed to the world (Romans 12:2)
G2 Slothful in business (Romans 12:11)
G3 Conceited (Romans 12:16)
G4 Overcome with evil (Romans 12:21)
G5 Mere servants of men (1 Corinthians 7:23)
G6 Children in understanding (1 Corinthians 14:20)
G7 Deceived by evil companions (1 Corinthians 15:33)
G8 Unequally yoked together with unbelievers (2 Corinthians 6:14-15)
G9 Entangled again with law keeping (Galatians  5:1)
G10 Deceived, because we will reap what we sow (Galatians 6:7-8)
D2 Anything else
C2 What does the word walk mean? Consider: Finally, our friends, you learned from us how you should live in order to please God. This is, of course, the way you have been living. And now we beg and urge you in the name of the Lord Jesus to do even more. (1 Thessalonians 4:1, GNB92)
B6 1 Thessalonians 4:3-8,
C1 What is sanctification?
D1 It deals with holiness. Holiness is to be compared to a scale.
E1 Light--from 100% to 0%. 0% is absolute darkness.
E2 Heat--from 100% to 0%. 0% is absolute zero, cold.
E3 Good--from 100% to 0%. 0% is absolute evil.
E4 Holiness--from 100% to 0%. 0% is no holiness.
E5 Thus, whatever is 100% God’s way, thoughts, desires, words, and deeds is holiness. Anything less, no matter how small a difference is not holiness. Only 100% is holiness. No one is holy except God.
D2 The standard to measure what is holy or not is God Himself. But as He who called you [is] holy, you also be holy in all [your] conduct, (1 Peter 1:15, NKJV)
D3 Jesus’s life was and is holy. And the angel answered and said to her, “[The] Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God. (Luke 1:35, NKJV)
D4 Sanctify is to separate, not to make holy. “And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth. (John 17:19, NKJV). The more we live, know, and accept truth, the more we are sanctified. God is the only source of 100% truth.
C2 We become sanctified by
D1 Truth--“Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. (John 17:17, NKJV)
D2 A work of God--Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thessalonians 5:23, NKJV). This is wholly of grace and as long as we do not resist God. An example of resisting the Holy Spirit: Now as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, disapproved concerning the faith; (2 Timothy 3:8, NKJV)
D3 The blood of Jesus Christ crucified. Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered outside the gate. (Hebrews 13:12, NKJV)
D4 Not sinning with our body. For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; (1 Thessalonians 4:3, NKJV)
C3 Dangers of lust
D1 Choke the word, that is, the conviction of the Holy Spirit on our thoughts, desires, words, and deeds. “...and the cares of this age, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.”  (Mark 4:19 WEB)
D2  Leads to many sins. Now these things took place as examples for us, in order that we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.  Nor be idolaters, just as some of them; as it is written, "THE PEOPLE SAT DOWN TO EAT AND DRINK, AND ROSE UP TO PLAY."  Nor let us commit fornication, just as some of them fornicated, and in one day twenty-three thousand fell;  nor let us tempt Christ, just as also some of them tempted Him, and were destroyed by serpents;  nor murmur, just as also some of them murmured, and were destroyed by the destroyer.  Now all these things happened to those people as examples, and they were written for our instruction, to whom the ends of the ages have come.  So then, let him who thinks he stands take heed, lest he should fall!  No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not permit you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation, He will also make the way out, so as for you to be able to bear it.  Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry. (I Corinthians 10:6-14 [EMTV])
D3 Leads to a return to our unconverted mind and life. That you put off, concerning your former way of life, the old man which is being corrupted according to the deceitful lusts, (Ephesians 4:22 [EMTV])
D4 Leads to destruction and perdition. These two words show the loss of Christian life and testimony. But those desiring to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and many senseless and harmful lusts which sink men into destruction and perdition. (I Timothy 6:9 [EMTV])
D5 Leads to a loss of wanting truth and godly teachers who teach truth. Because the time will come when they will not tolerate the sound doctrine; rather, they will accumulate for themselves a great many teachers who will tickle their ears according to their lusts (2 Timothy 4:3, WPNT)
D6 Leads to fighting. Where do fights and quarrels among you [come] from? [Don't they come] from your lusts that are at war in your bodies. You set your heart on something and do not get [it], so you kill. You long [for things] but cannot obtain it, so you quarrel and fight. You do not get things, because you do not ask. You ask, and do not receive, because you ask with wicked motives, in order to squander it on your lusts. (James 4:1-6, WEL)
D7 Leads to injury of our souls. Beloved, I beg [you] as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, (1 Peter 2:11, NKJV)
D8 Losing God’s helpful restraint. “But my people would not listen to me; Israel would not obey me. So I let them go their stubborn ways and do whatever they wanted. (Psalms 81:11-12, GNB92)
C4 How do we “control our bodily lusts?”
D1 Know and do the will of God. Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that [is] in the world–the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life–is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever. (1 John 2:15-17, NKJV). How and where do we know the will of God?
D2 Be serious about self discipline. We need to avoid sin. Surely you know that many runners take part in a race, but only one of them wins the prize. Run, then, in such a way as to win the prize. Every athlete in training submits to strict discipline, in order to be crowned with a wreath that will not last; but we do it for one that will last forever. That is why I run straight for the finish line; that is why I am like a boxer who does not waste his punches. I harden my body with blows and bring it under complete control, to keep myself from being disqualified after having called others to the contest. (1 Corinthians 9:24-27, GNB92)
D3 How does reading and studying the Bible help us?
D4 How does our prayer and the prayer of others help us?
D5 How does God’s chastening help us?
D6 How does self discipline help us? But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to [fulfill its] lusts. (Romans 13:14, NKJV). Putting on the Lord Jesus refers to The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. (Romans 13:12, NKJV)
D7 How do we build ourselves up in the faith? How do we keep ourselves in the love of God? But you, my friends, keep on building yourselves up on your most sacred faith. Pray in the power of the Holy Spirit, and keep yourselves in the love of God, as you wait for our Lord Jesus Christ in his mercy to give you eternal life. (Jude 1:20-21, GNB92)
D8 How do we give up ungodly things? For God has revealed his grace for the salvation of all people. That grace instructs us to give up ungodly living and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in this world, (Titus 2:11-12, GNB92)
D9 What else can we do?
B7 1 Thessalonians 4:9-12,
C1 How has God taught us to love one another?
C2 Why are living a quiet life, minding our own business, and working to earn our own living important? How do we do this?
C3 What are 2 good reasons for doing so? See 1 Thessalonians 4:12
B8 How to avoid being deceived.
C1 Know the truth.
C2 Be honest.
C3 Be humble.
C4 Be aware, that is, be alert for deception.
C5 Be aware of statistics. See 5 Ways to Avoid Being Fooled by Statistics.
C6 Be a little skeptical.
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B9 Next week
C1 He is coming
C2 Theme: Waiting in faithfulness
C3 Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11