Some Challenges We Face – Notes/Study Sheet

(Phil. 2:15-16)

 

Introduction:

   * Today’s world extremely sinful. Filled with distractions.

   * Distractions (including exhaustion; toys, etc.) often keep us from study & worship.

   * I Thess. 5:22 – Abstain from all evil. I Tim. 5:22 – Don’t share in other peoples’ sin. Remain pure.

   * Matt. 16:26 – Your soul not worth the whole world!

 

1. Living Godly in an un-Godly world.

   * Rom. 12:2 – Don’t conform to the world.

   * Col. 1:12-14 – We’ve been delivered from the world.

   * II Cor. 5:17 – Christians are new creatures in Christ.

   * Even so, we sin & come short (Rom. 3:23). Must pray/repent (Acts 8:22; I Jn. 1:7).

   * Must live righteously (Titus 2:11).

   * Christians will be persecuted (I Jn. 3:13; Acts 16:25; II Tim. 3:12), but that lifestyle is worth it!

   * We can do it! (Phil. 4:13).

   * God will help His faithful & punish the un-Godly (II Peter 2:9).

   * Ungodly, impenitent apostates, all outside the body of Christ will be lost (I Peter 4:17).

   * There’s always a way out (I Cor. 10:13).

   * Sin is serious! (Heb. 6:6).

   * Dying Godly leads to Heaven (I Peter 1:3).

 

2. Preaching an unchanging Gospel in a changing world.

   * The world has changed continually since Creation.

   * The Gospel addresses the sins of any age! Is for the whole world (Mk. 16:15-16).

   * Only one church, one Gospel (Matt. 16:18; Mk. 16:15-16).

   * People have been turning away for centuries & perverting the Gospel (II Tim. 4:3).

   * Contend for the faith (Jude 3). The faith (Acts 6:7; Gal. 1:23; I Tim. 4:1; 5:8; Eph. 4:5; I Cor. 1:10).

   *  “The Faith” was delivered, not invented by man. It came from/was delivered by God (Gal. 1:11-12).

   * “Once delivered.” No need for further revelations. Christ offered “once” (Heb. 9:28; I Peter 3:18).

   * No ongoing revelation/spiritual gifts (I Cor. 13:8-10; Eph. 4:11-16).

   * The one Gospel is the power to save (Rom. 1:16). Nothing else is!

   * Must never deviate from the one Gospel (Gal. 1:8-9).

   * Lev. 10:2 –

   * Word of God complete (II Tim. 3:16&17).

 

3. Remaining undenominational in a denominational world.

   * Denominations use all sorts of gimmickry to lure in the masses.

   * Drama groups, instrumental music, choirs, praise teams, gyms, contemporary services; etc., excite but don’t save!

   * Many religious groups claim “unity” when they have merely formed a union of diverse people & ideas.

   * Paul warns against following men instead of following God (I Cor. 1:10-13).

   * Today’s preaching mirrors that of many denominational preachers: self-help, counseling, jokes, etc.

   * Jesus was concerned enough to pray for unity (John 17:20-22).

   * The faithful must strengthen & edify each other (I Thess. 5:11).

   * We must help bear each other’s burdens (Gal. 6:2).

 

 

                                                                                                                        R.W. McAlister  7/19/09 a.m.