By Garry Knighton
Church of Christ/North - Shreveport, La.
BUILDING A STRONG CHURCH SERIES - Lesson 2
THE CHRISTIAN WALK
Context of chapter 4:
Attitudes - v. 2-3.
Reason - v. 4-6.
Authority of Christ Jesus - v. 7-10.
v. 11-16 - formula for a strong church.
Gifts given for maturity.
Each joint supplying.
Therefore - for that reason - v. 17.
DO NOT WALK AS THE GENTILES - 4:17-19.
How did the Gentiles walk?
According to the course of this world.
Darkened in their understanding.
Cut off from God.
Example: John 9 and the healing of the blind man.
"I once was blind but now I see..."
"I told you how and you will not hear..."
Because of the hardening of their hearts.
A calloused covering.
I Timothy 4:2 - "branded in their own conscience as with a hot iron..."
2 Peter 2:14 - "...cannot cease from sin..."
Gave themselves up.
James 1:14 - temptation.
Sin is self-willed.
THE WAY WE LEARNED CHRIST - 4:20-24.
Put away the old man.
Die to sin.
Be made alive to God.
Put on the new man.
When evil is emptied - good must take its place.
"Renewed in mind" - Repentance.
Put on Christ - Galatians 3:27.
New birth - created by God in holiness and righteousness of truth.
WHEREFORE - FOR WHAT REASON - (NEW BIRTH, HOLINESS, RIGHTEOUSNESS AND TRUTH - 4:25-32.
Put away falsehood - speak truth - v. 25
Be angry and sin not - v. 26.
Let not the sun go down on your wrath - do not hold a grudge.
Do not give the devil a place to climb into your life - v. 27.
Let him that stole steal no more - repentance.
Let no corrupt speech come out of your mouth - v. 28.
Edify - build up.
Give grade - someone might obtain salvation.
Some are turned off by corrupt speech.
Grieve not the Holy Spirit of God - v. 30.
By whom ye are sealed...
Ephesians 1:13 - sealed.
Ephesians 1:14 - earnest of our salvation.
I Corinthians 6:19-20 - our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit.
Let these be put away:
Clamor - loud noise, loud complaining - talking.
Malice - desire to do harm to others.
Love each other as God loved us.
Have you put off the old man and put on the new?
Does your life show evidence of the New Birth?
Make your life right with Him now.
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