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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 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”

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”

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