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A MAJOR REASON WHY WE’RE HAVING SUCH A LOW- EBB OF SPIRITUALITY IN OUR CHURCHES

14 Aug

 
 

CONVICTION + CONSISTENCY = CONTENTMENT

TEXT: John 13:12-17

INTRODUCTION:

 
A. NO TRUE HAPPINESS WITHOUT HARMONY OF FAITH AND DEEDS (vs. 17)
 
1. Faith without works is dead (James 2:17).
 
2. Works without faith is death (James 1:5-8).
 
B. CONTENTMENT IS ACHIEVED WHEN CONVICTION IS JOINED TO CONSISTENCY.
 
CONVICTION + CONSISTENCY = CONTENTMENT
 
1. Freedom from sin involves walking in the truth (John 8:31-32).
 
2. Peace and Joy derive from consistency (Phil. 4:4-9).
I. PLEASURE MUST BE CONSISTENT WITH PRINCIPLE.
 
A. ONE MIGHT BECOME A SERVANT OF PLEASURE RATHER THAN OF GOD
 
(Titus 3:3; 2 Tim. 3:4).
 
B. WHEN ONE SERVES WHAT SATISFIES THE FLESH, SIN RULES (Rom. 6:12).
 
C. THERE IS A CONSEQUENCE (vs. 16).
 
D. YOUNG PEOPLE! (Ecc. 11:9 – 12:1, 13-14).
II. OUR COMPANIONS WITH OUR CONVICTIONS.
 
A. Prov. 13:20. HE WHO LAYS DOWN WITH THE DOGS … (1 Cor. 15:33)
 
B. WHAT DO WE HAVE IN COMMON (2 Cor. 6:14 – 7:1).
 
C. HAPPINESS WELLS UP FROM GODLY ASSOCIATION (Phile. 4-7; 3 John 3-4).
III. WORSHIP MUST BE CONSISTENT WITH LIFESTYLE.
 
A. A PRACTICAL LESSON FROM THE PROPHET (Isa. 1:10-15).
 
B. IF OUR WORSHIP IS HYPOCRITICAL, THE ANSWER IS NOT TO QUIT, BUT
 
REPENT (Isa. 1:16-18).
 
C. NOTHING BRINGS MORE JOY THAN SINCERE WORSHIP (Psa. 122:1; 84:10).
IV. CONDUCT MUST BE CONSISTENT WITH CONSCIENCE.
 
A. GREAT MISERY RESULTS FROM DISOBEYING OUR CONSCIENCE (ie. King Saul).
 
B. TO VIOLATE THE CONSCIENCE IS DEATH (Rom. 14:23)
 
C. HOW DO WE ACQUIRE FAITH (Rom. 10:17).
 
D. EVIL MEN DESTROY THEIR OWN CONSCIENCE (1 Tim. 4:1-2)
 
E. A GOOD CONSCIENCE IS A BLESSING (1 Tim. 1:5).

CONCLUSION:

 
A. SALVATION IS IN KNOWLEDGE AND BELIEF OF THE TRUTH
 
(John 8:32; 2 Thess. 2:13).
 
B. BUT WE MUST OBEY THE TRUTH (2 John 4; 1 Pet. 1:22).
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