BIBLE STUDY PREPARATORY CLASS WITH PASTOR CHRIS
CHRISTIAN CONDUCT AND CHARACTER
Friday 10th March, 2017
Ephesians 4:1-32 “…And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” (see also TLB)
2 Corinthians 5:14-15 “For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: 5:15 And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.”
We are called to live for Christ not to live for ourselves. Now that you’re a Christian, you cannot live to please yourself. Jesus died for us, we must now live for Him; because we are supposed to be dead – that’s Christianity.
When you live for Christ, your standard of life and choices will be different. You had to proclaim Jesus Christ as Master of your life (Romans 10:9-10).
God’s Word contains His will. And we can’t please Him until we know His Word. The more you know His Word, the more you know His will and please Him.
Ephesians 4 are instructions from God and not just godly advise. If this was in the Old Testament, these would have been laws. However, God’s instructions in the New Testament are actually revelations of your person in Christ. God is telling us that this is our live and we should act accordingly. Christianity gives us the ability to act according to the Word.
When people say things they do that aren’t in conformity with the Word, that’s not the Christian life. You could have experiences but they don’t make your life. At all times, the Word of God should be the mirror of your life. Always remind yourself that you’re like Jesus.
The Word has been given to us, make a decision to live by it daily. We have been called into one glorious future.
Ephesians 4:13b (KJV) tells us of the maturity God expects us to get to, where we are like Christ without a doubt.
I’ve been lifted in Christ!
No need to go deep.
I live from the top!
Grow up in Christ. A true leader must be a soul winner. If you’re not a soul winner, what you have is just a title.
I’m part of the body of Christ and I’m helpful to the other parts, so we can all grow!
Lust is an unrestrained desire for something that’s forbidden.
Sham means fake, pretentious, deceptive.
The more you study the Word, the more you’re changed. If you study the Word of God well enough, you wouldn’t need to strive to changed because the Word would have already changed you.
Ephesians 4:24 (TLB)
The life you have inside you should be what is seen on the outside. Let Christ inside you dominate your outside. Be dressed by the Christianity that’s in your Spirit.
Ephesians 4:25 (TLB)
Stop the lying to each other; tell the truth.
THINGS THE LORD HATE
Proverbs 6:16-19 “These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: 6:17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, 6:18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, 6:19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.”
A proud look is the way you carry yourself proudly. The heart of such person may not really be proud but the outward look of pride could be disadvantageous.
When you tell lies you’re in the same league as the murders, mischief makers, false witness and a discord sower. These acts are abomination unto the Lord.
Revelation 21:8 “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Notice here it said all lairs shall be part in the lake of fire and brimstone.
Ephesians 4:26-27 (TLB)
Don’t sin by nursing your grudge. Anger can give a lot of power and Satan is the source. Unrestrained anger can deadly and lead you into more trouble. Anger can destroy your life. If you could just laugh instead of being angry, that migraine would go. Anger can cost you everything. Let anger go!
When you come to a place in your life when you understand that nothing and no one is a factor in your joy, there’s nothing that anyone could do that would get you angry.
No matter what it is, recover yourself and think solution. Never get angry at those who offended you, rather you get angry at those who use their positions to hurt others.
Ephesians 4:28 (TLB)
Stop stealing. Use your hands for honest work. Nobody steals and begins to prosper. You’d never get there.
Ephesians 4:29 (TLB)
Don’t use bad language. Let your communication be edifying and a blessing.
Ephesians 4:30 (KJV)
The salvation from sin was complete when Jesus said on the cross that it is finished. However, the “b” talks about the purchase that was made upon you life.
Ephesians 4:31 (TLB) “Stop being mean, bad-tempered and angry. Quarreling, harsh words, and dislike of others should have no place in your lives.”
Speak words of blessing that people would never forget. Jesus was a Master of good words. In Christ Jesus we build others, and make them special. Practice using good and kind words.
Who are you to dislike another made in the image of God? This is the height of pride. When you live by the Spirit, you cannot dislike another cause your nature in Christ will not allow it. There’s a beauty about every human being.
I like everybody. If I ever meet you, I like you!
Ephesians 4:32 (TLB)
Forgive all just as God in Christ forgave you.
DOING THE RIGHT THING.
If you don’t take the right actions when you should as a corrective measures, you’d be multiplying evil and encouraging corruption.
How can we work without clear policies and rules?
There should be precise disciplinary measures to ensure the system works otherwise it would fail.
If you don’t take actions against the ones doing the wrong things, you’re indirectly punishing the ones that do the right thing. Don’t feel guilty for doing the right thing and don’t act out of malice or a grudge.