15 June 2020

1 Timothy 1:18-20

Stand true
B1 Paul reminds Timothy of the prophecies given when he was ordained.
C1 Timothy had a good reputation: Acts 16:2 NIV The believers at Lystra and Iconium spoke well of him.
C2 The prophecies made by the prophets/prophetesses are a source of motivation for Timothy to persevere.
C3 Spiritual warfare to continue in the faith. The prophecies we have are motives to practice the faith and to witness.
B2 One of Timothy’s ministries is to wage warfare. This
C1 Is not physical as in using the sword.
C2 Is spiritual by thinking, living, preaching as a Christian
C3 There are two paths.
D1 One leads to life. One leads to destruction (not annihilation). Matthew 7:13-14 NIV Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
D2 One is based on God’s ways namely truth, wisdom, love, and holiness. This way does not lead to destruction.
D3 The other is based on any other way, namely truth or lies (depending on the circumstances), foolishness, selfishness, and disregard for God’s rules.
B3 Keeping faith is being faithful to what he has been taught by Paul and others.
C1 This is based on reading and studying the Bible in its plain, normal sense. Otherwise it is one person’s opinion or other’s.
C2 We have been taught by Jesus and those who Jesus trained. These ways and teachings are already known. They have been sometimes written in a condensed form as a confession or creed.
B4 A blunted conscious is possible by ignoring or diminishing these teachings.
B5 Paul mentions 2 teachers who have sinned against God—Hymenaeus and Alexander. These 2
C1 Blasphemed God
D1 Taking His name in vain
D2 Lying about His character and His character traits
D3 Teaching lies, which are things not found in the teaching of Jesus Christ or His apostles.
C2 Disregarded the faith. They had THE faith but changed it into some other faith.
C3 Did not maintain a good conscience.
B6 Three things we all must do: fight spiritual warfare, hold tightly to the teaching of the New Testament, and keep a good conscience (the opposite of guilt).
C1 Truth
D1 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 NIV For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
D2 Adam Clarke writes: Reasonings or opinions. The Greek philosophers valued themselves especially on their ethic systems, in which their reasonings appeared to be very profound and conclusive; but they were obliged to assume principles which were either such as did not exist, or were false in themselves, as the whole of their mythologic system most evidently was: truly, from what remains of them we see that their metaphysics were generally bombast; and as to their philosophy, it was in general good for nothing.
C2 Life. How we live consistently with the rules of the New Testament (the rules of Jesus).
B1 Teach our children
B2 Remember what we are taught
B3 Be aware that there are false teachers. Some may not reveal themselves until after they have taught truth and have the trust of the congregation.
B4 We need to study the truth first then do apologetics.
B5 God will hold teachers responsible if they teach error.
B6 God wants people saved. So, we need to preach and live the Gospel.
B7 Be thankful for God’s love and mercy. We are not to take those things for granted.
B8 It is OK to name names.

14 June 2020

1 Timothy 1:12-17

Paul’s Testimony and Thankfulness
B1 Now, Paul rehearses his conversion. Paul considered himself to be blameless according to the Law’s standards (at least outwardly). See Philippians 3:6 NRSV as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless.
B2 Paul mentions some of his sins
C1 Blasphemer
C2 Persecutor
C3 Insolent
B3 Despite his sins, Paul thanks God for His great mercy in giving him understanding of the Gospel and the Gospel itself, which is of Jesus Christ.
C1 The Gospel is first the life and ministry of Jesus Christ including His death, burial, resurrection, and ascension.
C2 Secondly, it is the message that Jesus taught while on earth, which is primarily recorded by our 4 Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
B4 Notice that the Gospel starts with mercy. Mercy is receiving what we do not deserve. It is the initiation of God to free our sin addicted nature. Once our will has been freed, then we can resist or not resist.
B5 After mercy, God shows grace, then faith and love. Not only does the faith and love of God affect us, but we also show faith and love towards God. Repentance leads to faith, faith leads to love, and love leads to obey the rules of the Lord Jesus.
B6 He feels that he is one of the worst of sinners and God’s love showed its greatness towards him.
B7 We notice the greatness of God’s patience. God deals with each person individually.
B8 Paul, then, praises God for
C1 Being King (King of the universe for sure)
C2 Being eternal, immortal, invisible, God who alone is wise
B8 This is the opposite of Romans 1:21 WEB Because, knowing God, they didn’t glorify him as God, neither gave thanks, but became vain in their reasoning, and their senseless heart was darkened.
C1 The sinner does not give God credit for all that God has done and is doing.
C2 The believers does, which Paul is our example.
B9 Because of all these things, God is worthy of the highest honors and praise.

13 June 2020

A Few Thoughts on Micah 7:1-6

Micah 7:1-6 NLT How miserable I am! I feel like the fruit picker after the harvest who can find nothing to eat. Not a cluster of grapes or a single early fig can be found to satisfy my hunger. 2 The godly people have all disappeared; not one honest person is left on the earth. They are all murderers, setting traps even for their own brothers. 3 Both their hands are equally skilled at doing evil! Officials and judges alike demand bribes. The people with influence get what they want, and together they scheme to twist justice. 4 Even the best of them is like a brier; the most honest is as dangerous as a hedge of thorns. But your judgment day is coming swiftly now. Your time of punishment is here, a time of confusion. 5 Don't trust anyonenot your best friend or even your wife! 6 For the son despises his father. The daughter defies her mother. The daughter-in-law defies her mother-in-law. Your enemies are right in your own household!

The background
B1 Micah prophesied to Israel (the northern kingdom) and to Judah (the southern kingdom).
B2 Both are corrupt and evil. So evil that Samaria, the capital of Israel, is captured and destroyed. Later, Jerusalem, the capital of Judah will also be captured.

Micah is concerned with the amount and type of evil.
B1 The religious leaders are corrupt and evil.
B2 The political leaders are corrupt and evil.
B3 Just about everyone else is also corrupt and evil.

God warns people of their evil to convict people of their sins which will lead to repentance, and trusting in God for salvation. It is the same today.

In our passage above, the prophet laments the evil.
B1 Evil is stressful.
B2 Evil is overwhelming.
B3 Evil brings disorder.
B4 Evil brings panic which leads to loss of freedom and increasingly stupid decisions.
B5 Evil brings judgment.

The specific evils that Micah notes are
B1 Dishonesty
B2 Murder
B3 Bribery
B4 Injustice (described as twisting justice)
B5 Distrust
B6 Truth has all but disappeared

B1 Verse 1, the prophet describes his misery at the evil he sees.
C1 He is miserable, depressed, and experiencing loss of joy.
C2 He describes it as being hungry but harvest has finished. He cannot find any fruit to eat that he so enjoys.
C3 Hunger especially for one’s favorite foods is difficult.
B2 Verse 2, note how godly and honest are joined.
C1 The Hebrew word for godly is חָסִיד châçîyd. It means
D1 Referring to God as merciful and gracious.
D2 Referring to those who believe and trust in God as worshipers sharing those character traits with God.
D3 Referring to people: Psalm 12:1 NLT For the choir director: A psalm of David, to be accompanied by an eight-stringed instrument. Help, O LORD, for the godly are fast disappearing! The faithful have vanished from the earth!
D4 Referring to God: Psalm 145:17 NLT The LORD is righteous in everything he does; he is filled with kindness.
D5 We are to have these character traits, too.
C2 The Hebrew word for honest is יָשָׁר yâshâr. It means something straight. In this case straight as on the narrow road that God himself travels. We are to be in the image of God as converted people. Romans 8:29 NIV For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.
C3 Note that all are described as murderers. Pride leads to jealousy which leads to hate which leads to murder.
B3 Verse 3:
C1 Note how their evil is described as skilled. They have spent much time perfecting and practicing evil. God has a low opinion of these people: Deuteronomy 29:19-20 NLT Those who hear the warnings of this curse should not congratulate themselves, thinking, 'I am safe, even though I am following the desires of my own stubborn heart.' This would lead to utter ruin! 20 The LORD will never pardon such people. Instead his anger and jealousy will burn against them. All the curses written in this book will come down on them, and the LORD will erase their names from under heaven.
C2 These evil people, who have influence (politics, money, lust for control) make sure they have control by abuse and power.
C3 Justice gets twisted.
D1 Truth becomes whatever those in power claim it to be.
D2 Truth as reality is discarded.
D3 Truth is suppressed. Lying is exalted.
E1 2 Peter 3:16 NLT speaking of these things in all of his letters. Some of his comments are hard to understand, and those who are ignorant and unstable have twisted his letters to mean something quite different, just as they do with other parts of Scripture. And this will result in their destruction.
E2 Colossians 3:9-11 NLT Don't lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds. 10 Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him. 11 In this new life, it doesn't matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us.
B4 Verse 4:
C1 These people hurt others just like briers and thorns.
C2 Their actions will be punished. God sees and God revenges.
C3 Compare this prophecy about the anti-Christ: Daniel 7:25 NLT He will defy the Most High and oppress the holy people of the Most High. He will try to change their sacred festivals and laws, and they will be placed under his control for a time, times, and half a time.
B5 Verse 5-6
C1 Be skeptical of everyone, even your family.
C2 Be careful. Be wary.
C3 Contrast that with God who is trustworthy and the Counselor of all counselors.
D1 God hears. God listens. When He answers is future. We don’t know when. Psalm 116:1-2 NIV I love the LORD, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. 2 Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live.
D2 1 Peter 3:12 NIV For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.
D3 Proverbs 15:29 NIV The LORD is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous.

We learn about character traits
B1 God’s
B2 Devil’s

B1 Why is society experiencing so many troubles?
B2 Why does racism exist?
B3 What is the cause/motive for these issues?
B4 What rules would make a safer society?
B5 Whose character traits should we emulate?
B6 Why is society falling apart?

1 Timothy 1:3-11

Oppose false teachers

B1 There are always false teachers.
B2 We must always be aware of the fact that there are false teachers. 2 Peter 2:1 NRSV But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive opinions. They will even deny the Master who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves.
B3 Often false teachers appear to be the holiest people in the congregation.
C1 They have a fake holiness.
C2 They have a fake love.
C3 They have charisma in their presence, teaching, and leading.
C4 They have and love control over people.
C5 They can bully and shame people.
C6 They usually have secret lives.
C7 A few Bible examples
D1 2 Corinthians 11:3 CSB But I fear that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your minds may be seduced from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.
D2 2 Timothy 2:16-18 CSB Avoid irreverent and empty speech, since those who engage in it will produce even more godlessness, 17 and their teaching will spread like gangrene. Hymenaeus and Philetus are among them. 18 They have departed from the truth, saying that the resurrection has already taken place, and are ruining the faith of some.
D3 Revelation 2:20 NRSV But I have this against you: you tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophet and is teaching and beguiling my servants to practice fornication and to eat food sacrificed to idols.
B4 If we have studied, know, and believe the truth, we will spot them much more quickly.
C1 John 8:32 CSB "You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
C2 It is part of God’s armor: Ephesians 6:14 CSB Stand, therefore, with truth like a belt around your waist, righteousness like armor on your chest.
C3 1 Thessalonians 5:21 CSB but test all things. Hold on to what is good.
B4 It is important and a responsibility of the pastor to know what other ,people believe and are teaching, so to warn the brothers and sisters.
B5 False teachers will
C1 Teach something false. Sometimes it is very subtle, so we must clarify at times. They may even change the common definition to what they want it to mean.
C2 Teach things that are speculation to be an important doctrine/s.
C3 Teach the Law (Torah) without even understanding what it really means and/or how it applies to the Christian. Compare the controversy in Acts 15:1-35.
C4 Use every method of Bible interpretation except the plain, normal sense consistently.
B6 This false teaching has an effect on the people leading to discussions, debates, disagreements, etc. so in effect diverting the people from what is important to what is not important.
B7 Paul teaches that the Law is useful for convicting a person of their sins by showing God’s holy standard of thoughts, desires, words, and deeds.

12 June 2020

1 Timothy 1:1-2

Chapter 1

1 Timothy 1:1-2

B1 Paul identifies himself as Apostle writing to Timothy.
C1 Note that Paul’s call and commission came from God the Father and God the Son.
C2 The Father ordered it, and the Son called and commissioned Paul. Acts 22:7-10 EMTV And I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, 'Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?' 8 "So I answered, 'Who are You, Lord?' And He said to me, 'I am Jesus the Nazarene, whom you are persecuting.' 9 "And those who were with me observed the light and became terrified, but they did not hear the voice of the *One* speaking to me. 10 So I said, 'What shall I do, Lord?' And the Lord said to me, 'Arise and go into Damascus, and it will be told to you about all the things which it has been appointed for you to do.'
C3 Jesus Christ is our hope.
D1 Hope is confidence.
D2 Confidence in salvation, forgiveness of sins, heaven after death, fellowship with God, holy angels, and believers.
D3 We can die in peace and rest in suffering.
B2 Timothy is identified as my true son in the faith.
C1 Son/child carries the idea of a young convert.
C2 We preach. God convicts. The individual responds.
C3 True son refers to the confidence Paul has in Timothy’s conversion and calling.
C4 The faith refers to the faith that Jesus taught. Jesus taught the Gospel, a belief system (doctrine), and a lifestyle (worldview). His way is always best.
D1 His wisdom is superior.
D2 His decisions are perfect and fair.
D3 His motives are pure, in truth, and with love.
B3 Grace, mercy, and peace.
C1 Grace is receiving what we do not deserve.
C2 Mercy is a grace of God that we do not deserve.
C3 Peace is another grace that flows out of God’s mercy.
C4 Grace leads to mercy which results in peace.
B4 Paul had preached the Gospel to Timothy.
B4 Timothy had been prepared from birth by his grandmother and mother.
B5 We can learn that grandparents and parents can have a great influence in the spiritual life of a child by reading and teaching the Scriptures.
B6 We can learn, too, that by memorizing Scripture as a child will be used later by the Holy Spirit to open their mind and heart to the Gospel.

11 June 2020

A Few Thoughts About Racism

B1 the theory or opinion that a certain race or races of people, usu. one's own, are superior to others because of certain inborn characteristics. (Source)
B2 Prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against a person or people on the basis of their membership of a particular racial or ethnic group, typically one that is a minority or marginalized. (Source)

What the Bible teaches
B1 One race
C1 Acts 17:26 WPNT And from one blood He made every ethnic nation of men to dwell on all the surface of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings.
D1 Wilbur Pickering adds: Modern medicine has discovered this to be true; blood transfusions across racial boundaries are perfectly possible. Some 4.5% of the Greek manuscripts omit ‘blood’ (as in NIV, NASB, LB, TEV, etc.). (Source See note 3 on Acts 17:26. This is a pdf download).
D2 Jamieson, Faussett, Brown notes: Holding with the Old Testament teaching, that in the blood is the life (Genesis 9:4; Leviticus 17:11; Deuteronomy 12:23), the apostle sees this life stream of the whole human race to be one, flowing from one source [Baumgarten]. (Source. Scroll down).
C2 Genesis 10:32 GNB All these peoples are the descendants of Noah, nation by nation, according to their different lines of descent. After the flood all the nations of the earth were descended from the sons of Noah.
C3 ISBE: The solidarity of the race may be said to be as distinctly a doctrine of science as it is of Scripture. It is implied in the account of the Creation and of the Deluge. It is strongly affirmed by Paul in his address to the Athenians (Acts 17:26), and is the foundation of the Biblical scheme of redemption (John 3:16). The human race in the Old Testament is described as "sons of Adam" (Deut 32:8 the King James Version), as derived from one pair (Genesis 1:27; 3:20), as having its origin in one individual (2:18; cf, 1 Corinthians 11:8, where woman is described as derived 'from man'). Hence the term "Adam" is applied to the race as well as to the individual (Genesis 1:26; 2:5, 7; 3:22, 24; 5:2); while in the New Testament this doctrine is applied to the history of redemption - Christ as the "second Adam" restoring what was lost in the "first Adam" (1 Corinthians 15:21-22, 47-49).
B2 One attitude
C1 God wants all saved:
D1 John 3:16 WPNT Because God loved the world so much that He gave His only begotten Son, so that everyone who believes into Him should not be wasted but should have eternal life.
D2 Acts 10:34-35 NRSV Then Peter began to speak to them: "I truly understand that God shows no partiality, 35 but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him.
C2 God wants all. Compare the Christian family. Acts 2:43-47 NLT A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. 44 And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. 45 They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. 46 They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord's Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity—47 all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.
B3 One Law
C1 Love neighbor as one’s self
D1 Leviticus 19:18 NRSV You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against any of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD.
D2 Matthew 5:43-45 NRSV You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' 44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous.
D3 Romans 13:10 NRSV Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law.
D4 How? Jesus answers with the illustration of the Good Samaritan.
E1 We learn that those who know the Mosaic Law best, frequently practice it the least.
E2 Those who are very religious are often only religious in words only, not in what they do.
E3 Those who are despised for their origins or family history by governments and society usually do help those in need.
E4 These are examples/principles for us to follow.
E5 Jesus lived the same as He taught. Compare Syrophoenician Woman (Mark 7:24ff), Roman officer (Luke 7:1ff), Gentile region of the Gadarenes (Mark 5:1ff), and a Samaritan city Sychar (John 4:1ff).
C2 Fair
D1 Treating all equally.
D2 Leviticus 19:15 NLT Do not twist justice in legal matters by favoring the poor or being partial to the rich and powerful. Always judge people fairly.
D3 Deuteronomy 24:17 NLT True justice must be given to foreigners living among you and to orphans, and you must never accept a widow's garment as security for her debt.
D4 Deuteronomy 27:19 NLT Cursed is anyone who denies justice to foreigners, orphans, or widows.' And all the people will reply, 'Amen.'
D5 Proverbs 18:5 NLT It is not right to acquit the guilty or deny justice to the innocent.
D6 Isaiah 61:11 NLT The Sovereign LORD will show his justice to the nations of the world. Everyone will praise him! His righteousness will be like a garden in early spring, with plants springing up everywhere.
D7 James 2:1-4 NRSV My brothers and sisters, do you with your acts of favoritism really believe in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ? 2 For if a person with gold rings and in fine clothes comes into your assembly, and if a poor person in dirty clothes also comes in, 3 and if you take notice of the one wearing the fine clothes and say, "Have a seat here, please," while to the one who is poor you say, "Stand there," or, "Sit at my feet," 4 have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts?
D8 God does treat those who love God and keep His rules more than those who hate God and rebel against His rules.
C3 Treat all well
D1 Luke 6:31 NRSV Do to others as you would have them do to you.
D2 Proverbs 16:11 GNB The LORD wants weights and measures to be honest and every sale to be fair.

The heart is what is important not the characteristics of one’s body.
B1 1 Samuel 16:7 NLT But the LORD said to Samuel, "Don't judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The LORD doesn't see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.
B2 Proverbs 21:2 NLT People may be right in their own eyes, but the LORD examines their heart.
B3 1 Chronicles 28:9 NLT And Solomon, my son, learn to know the God of your ancestors intimately. Worship and serve him with your whole heart and a willing mind. For the LORD sees every heart and knows every plan and thought. If you seek him, you will find him. But if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.
Jeremiah 17:10 NLT But I, the LORD, search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve.

There is only one race.
Outward character traits mean nothing.
We are to show love and kindness to all.
We are to think and live God’s ways.

26 May 2020

A Few Thoughts About Evidences That One is a Christian

A1 Outline
B1 Changed life
B2 Changed attitude
B3 Changed actions
B4 Changed habits
B5 Changed motivations
B6 Changed love
B7 Changed talk
B8 Changed reading
B9 Changed studying
B10 Changed friends
B11 Changed fellowship
B12 Changed family

A2 Changed life
B1 Before
C1 Self and sinful pleasure
C2 2 Timothy 3:2-4 EMTV For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, not loving what is good, 4 traitors, headstrong, having been puffed up, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,
B2 After
C1 God and pleasing Him
C2 Hebrews 11:5-6 EMTV By faith Enoch was translated [so as] not to see death, "and he was not found, because God translated him"; for before his translation he had obtained witness that he was pleasing to God. And without faith it is impossible to please [God], for it is necessary [for] the [one] approaching God to believe that He is, and that He becomes a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
A4 Changed actions
B1 Before
C1 Seeks their own self.
C2 Romans 2:8 NIV But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger.
C3 Also read Psalm 10.
B2 After
C1 Seeks God.
C2 Psalms 63:1 BSB A Psalm of David, when he was in the Wilderness of Judah. O God, You are my God, earnestly I seek You; my soul thirsts for You; my body yearns for You in a dry and weary land without water.
A5 Changed habits
B1 Before
C1 Habits of thoughts, desires, words, and deeds that displease God.
C2 Proverbs 12:22 NIV The LORD detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy.
C3 Proverbs 6:16-19 NLT There are six things the LORD hatesno, seven things he detests: 17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that kill the innocent, 18 a heart that plots evil, feet that race to do wrong, 19 a false witness who pours out lies, a person who sows discord in a family.
C4 1 Kings 21:25 CSB Still, there was no one like Ahab, who devoted himself to do what was evil in the LORD's sight, because his wife Jezebel incited him.
B2 After
C1 Habits of thoughts, desires, words, and deeds that please God.
C2 Psalms 15:2 BSB He who walks with integrity and practices righteousness, who speaks the truth from his heart.
C3 Romans 14:17-18 NLT For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. 18 If you serve Christ with this attitude, you will please God, and others will approve of you, too.
A6 Changed motivations
B1 Before
C1 This is desiring what is evil. The motive is to satisfy evil desire. Sometimes the motive is because they hate God and want to spite Him.
C2 Proverbs 21:2 NET All of a person's ways seem right in his own opinion, but the LORD evaluates the motives.
C3 Romans 1:30 BSB slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant, and boastful. They invent new forms of evil; they disobey their parents.
B2 After
C1 Now desiring to do what is holy. They want fellowship with Him, want to serve Him, want to be with those who also want to work for Him.
C2 1 Corinthians 10:31 NLT So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
A7 Changed love
B1 Before
C1 No love for God. Have love for anything else, especially themselves.
C2 John 5:42 GW But I know what kind of people you are. You don't have any love for God.
C3 Isaiah 5:20 NLT What sorrow for those who say that evil is good and good is evil, that dark is light and light is dark, that bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter.
B2 After
C1 Love God. This is seen in their actions in public and private.
C2 Ephesians 4:22-24 NIV You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
C3 1 Peter 1:8-9 NLT You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy. 9 The reward for trusting him will be the salvation of your souls.
A8 Changed talk
B1 Before
C1 Evil speaking in all forms. It includes deception in all forms.
C2 Psalm 52:3-4 NIV You love evil rather than good, falsehood rather than speaking the truth. 4 You love every harmful word, you deceitful tongue!
C3 Romans 3:13-14 NIV Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit." "The poison of vipers is on their lips. 14 Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.
B2 After
C1 Now we want godly speaking in truth and kindness.
C2 Psalm 37:30-31 NET The godly speak wise words and promote justice. 31 The law of their God controls their thinking; their feet do not slip.
A9 Changed reading
B1 Before
C1 The eyes and mind want to see evil.
C2 Matthew 6:23 LEB But if your eye is evil, your whole body will be dark. Therefore if the light in you is darkness, how great [is] the darkness!
B2 After
C1 Now the desire is to see goodness and the other godly character traits.
C2 Psalms 119:37 GW Turn my eyes away from worthless things. Give me a new life in your ways.
A10 Changed studying
B1 Before
C1 Many study how to be evil.
C2 Micah 2:1 NLT What sorrow awaits you who lie awake at night, thinking up evil plans. You rise at dawn and hurry to carry them out, simply because you have the power to do so.
B2 After
C1 Now we want to study God’s ways, thoughts, character traits, worldview, lifestyle, etc.
C2 Psalms 119:15 GW I want to reflect on your guiding principles and study your ways.
A11 Changed friends
B1 Before
C1 They want friends just like them.
C2 Psalms 50:18 GW When you see a thief, you want to make friends with him. You keep company with people who commit adultery.
B2 After
C1 We want friends just like the Lord.
C2 Malachi 3:16 GW Then those who feared the LORD spoke to one another, and the LORD paid attention and listened. A book was written in his presence to be a reminder to those who feared the LORD and respected his name.
A12 Changed fellowship
B1 Before
C1 A desire to be companions with evil people who hate God and His ways.
C2 Isaiah 1:23 NKJV Your princes are rebellious, And companions of thieves; Everyone loves bribes, And follows after rewards. They do not defend the fatherless, Nor does the cause of the widow come before them.
B2 After
C1 A desire to be with those like-minded people who love God and His ways.
C2 Psalm 119:63 NIV I am a friend to all who fear you, to all who follow your precepts.
A13 Changed family
B1 Before
C1 Following evil examples and fellowships. Also in the Kingdom of Darkness.
C2 2 Kings 8:27 NLT Ahaziah followed the evil example of King Ahab's family. He did what was evil in the LORD's sight, just as Ahab's family had done, for he was related by marriage to the family of Ahab.
C3 Matthew 12:25-26 NIV Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, "Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand. 26 If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then can his kingdom stand?
B2 After
C1 Following good examples and fellowships. Also in the Kingdom of God.
C2 Mark 10:28-30 NIV Then Peter spoke up, "We have left everything to follow you!" 29 "Truly I tell you," Jesus replied, "no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel 30 will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age: homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields--along with persecutions--and in the age to come eternal life.
C3 1 John 3:1-2 NIV See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2 Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.

2 Corinthians 5:17 EMTV Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, [he is] a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.