Why do we need a lesson like this? Majority of people do not go to church, but many are looking for truth and the meaning of life. The moment they hear that we are a Christian their eyes are on us watching our conduct and their ears attentive to the words we speak.
Ephesians 2: 1-3
And you hath he (Jesus) quickened (made alive) who were dead in trespasses and sins.
Romans 12: 1-2
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of the world but having our minds changed by the word of God.
1 John 2:15-17
Ecclesiastes 1:1-4, 9-11
Vanity (excessive pride in or admiration of one’s own appearance or achievements
Genesis 4:17, 20-22
Luke 4: 1, 5-7
John 17: 17
Sanctify/set them apart by thy truth, they word is truth
John 15: 8-17
As a Christian which means to be Christlike, we are to be bearing fruit, is the Lord talking bananas and mangoes?
Galatians 5: 22-23, 24
The fruits are Love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance, (Meekness submissive to Godliness) temperance (moderate drinking)
(love is not some warm fuzzy feeling you get when you fancy someone)
1 Corinthians 13: 1-8, 11 (charity = love)
Let us see what makes us men/women
1 Kings 2: 1-3
Keeping the charge of the Lord thy God, to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes/law and his commandments which are also laws
Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God
Deuteronomy 8: 1-3
How are we to deal with a dispute with a brother or sister?
Matthew 18: 15-17, 20
It is the law
Let us look at the works of the flesh or carnal mind and see the fruit that it bears
Galatians 5: 19-21
Adultery, fornication, uncleanness (morally/spiritual) lasciviousness (sexual lust) Idolatry, witchcraft (practice of magic/Obeah / using spells/black magic) hatred, variance (inconsistent) emulations (pretentious/falsehood) seditions (inciting rebellion) heresies (belief or opinion contrary to the truth
The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked who can know it
Be honest, when people examine us even if they don’t like us, what do they see? Is it the fruits of the spirit or the fruits of the carnal mind? There is no hiding place! Even if we can hide from men let’s look what the word of God says
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword.
Your attitude is what describes you, what you want to be, may just not be what the people see!
Galatians 6: 1-3
Ye which are spiritual are to restore someone who has fallen but to watch ourselves lest we get tempted the same way.
What is the origin of the church? Most people believe that what they call the old testament has got nothing to do with the new and that Jesus started a new faith or church when he came on the scene. The first thing it is not the Old Testament but the first covenant which was made upon the law of animal sacrifices, Jesus changed that with the offering of himself.
Exodus 19: 1, 3-6
Israel waa chosen to be the priest nation to bring all mankind back to God, teaching them his laws.
Exodus 12:37-38, 49
A mixed multitude came up with Israel because they believed in the God of Israel and wanted to serve him, and God allowed this and stated one law for all.
Numbers 15: 14-16
Confirms, no distinction between Israelites and non-Israelites once they come into the covenants. Let us see under the new covenant what Stephen calls Israel and this mixed multitude.
Acts 7: 37-38
The church in the wilderness.
Daniel 9:1, 3-7, 10-11 (Deuteronomy 28)
The church/Israel sinned
Hosea 4:1, 6
Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 5-9
They are destroyed because they lacked knowledge of how to serve God because they have forgotten the law of thy God
Do we make void the law through faith under the new covenant?
Romans 3: 28-31
Both Israelites and non-Israelites are justified by faith/belief and obeying the words of God and they establish the law. Let us see why the world is so messed up
Isaiah 24:1, 4-6
The earth also is defiled under its inhabitants thereof because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance (authoritative orders) broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore, hath the curse devoureth the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate. Therefore, the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left.
Ecclesiastes 12: 13-14
The whole duty of man is to fear God and keep his commandments
Romans 2: 24-25
Gentiles here is twofold-Genesis 10 European/Caucasian peoples or nations
Ezekiel’s calling and commission to the Israel the church
Ezekiel 2: 1-10
Ezekiel was given the task to go and speak to his rebellious people whether they listen or not.
Digest the words in your mind then go and speak.
Ezekiel 36: 17-20
Israel defiled themselves and continued polluting the Lord’s name Israel wherever they were scattered.
Romans 2: 8-13
Not the hearers of the law but the doers shall be justified.
Does God listen to the prayer of lawbreakers
Proverbs 28:4, 7, 9
Those who won’t hear the law, even their prayers are an abomination/disgust
Romans 11: 1-4
God hath not cast away his people.
To Israel belongs everything/God even came through their lineage. There are those who teach God is done with Israel and the church at Pentecost is a new church and they are the Israel now.
Romans 11:13, 17-22, 25-29
Who was Jesus sent to
Matthew 15: 21-24
Only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel-they are still the priest nation who fell apart, so he has to get them back on their job.
What fruits are we bearing?