Living to Please God Part 8

Ethics Moral principles governing behavior established by an outside source. Necessity for Ethical Standards Our focus is on behavior consistent with living life to please God. Behavior flows from thoughts and emotions. Discipline is necessary for success in living life to please God. For discipline to be effective, discipline must be based on a standardContinue reading “Living to Please God Part 8”

Living to Please God Part 7

Introduction  Consider the world around us. Everywhere we see a mixture of good and evil. We understand the good from the revealed moral character of God. That which deviates from God’s moral goodness is evil. Evil can be a minor deviation from God’s goodness, or a major deviation.  The mixture of good and evil canContinue reading “Living to Please God Part 7”

Living to Please God Part 6

Becoming Christ-Like in Moral Character Becoming Christ-like requires “putting off” inappropriate behavior,  and “putting on” righteous behavior. “Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.“ ColossiansContinue reading “Living to Please God Part 6”

Living to Please God Part 5

Paul’s Appeal to Believers to Live Lives Consistent With God’s Will This lesson deals primarily with Romans 12:1-2. What is the context of these verses? Chapter 12 begins Paul’s appeal that believers live their lives consistent with God’s will. The appeal continues for several chapters. Focus is on relationships: (1.) 12:1-2, Believers relationship to God,Continue reading “Living to Please God Part 5”

Living to Please God Part 4

Interlinked Meanings of Purpose When we say God is a God of purpose, what do we mean? Purpose actually has at least three interlinked meanings. All three categories are pertinent to God and His activities. Purpose can be (1.) the reason for something’s existence, e.g., smallpox vaccinations exist to protect people from getting the disease. Continue reading “Living to Please God Part 4”

Living to Please God Part 3

Brief Review In part 3 we continue the discussion of faith begun in Part 2. You may wonder why am I spending two lessons on faith and its role in Christian life. The first reason is the importance that Scripture places on faith. Hebrews 11:6a says, “And without faith it is impossible to please him.”Continue reading “Living to Please God Part 3”

Living to Please God Part 2

The Importance of Faith Without Faith It is Impossible to Please God The author of Hebrews says in chapter 11 verse 6, “And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” Our goal is “LivingContinue reading “Living to Please God Part 2”

1st Peter Part 6

Introduction to Part 6 Verse 4:7 begins with “the end of all things is at hand.”  Part 5 considered three reasonable possibilities for what Peter means, but concluded that, most likely, he was referring to the end of the world. The remainder of Chapter 4 consists of 2 sets of 4 instructions based on acknowledgingContinue reading “1st Peter Part 6”

1st Peter Part 5

Introduction to Part 5 Peter has been dealing with believers’ attitudes and actions and how they affect interactions with one another, with the government, and the impact on our life “in Christ “as members of His church. Peter sums up his teaching on attitudes and actions by giving a list of virtues that should beContinue reading “1st Peter Part 5”

1st Peter Part 4

Introduction to Part 4 God has a strategic goal to call, regenerate, sanctify, gather to Himself, and glorify a holy nation composed of people of every tribe and tongue. Every person in that holy nation undergoes a transformation of character to become a character likeness of Christ. This step-by-step process included election, regeneration, sanctification, andContinue reading “1st Peter Part 4”