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Readings for your counsel

The Scriptures contain much for our counsel in every situation that we go through. "All scriptures is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17). "For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intent of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12) As we go about in life during each day, we come across situations that may cause us to stumble and in need of help. But the Scriptures when read and known, we would be comforted through the Holy Spirit, and rebuked in other situations when we do that which is not in His Will for us. It is therefore essential you look through these Scriptures hereunder when dealing with and going through the mentioned situations of life as listed hereunder.

Adultery

1. Adultery is out of the heart Mathew 15:19
2. God will judge the Adulterers Hebrews 13:4
3. No Adulterers go to Heaven 1 Corinthians 6:9-10
4. Adultery can be avoided Proverbs 4:23, Proverbs 4:13-27. Proverbs 6:27-28
5. The adulteress' snare leads to misery. Proverbs 7:1-27
6. Nathan called David to repent of his adultery 2 Sam. 12:1-14
7. Looking on a woman lustfully is adultery. 1 Cor. 6:11
8. Adultery Forbidden. Exodus 20:14
9. When he was tempted by Potiphar's wife to commit adultery, Joseph refused to sin against God. Genesis 39:9-10
10. Abstain from sexual immorality Acts 15:20
11. Avoid sexually immoral people. 1 Cor. 5:9-11
12. Keep clear of sexual sins. Colossians 3:5, 1 Thes. 4:3
13. Watch out for immoral women. Proverbs 5:3-4

Alcohol, Drug Abuse

1. Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. 1 Cor. 6:15, 1 Cor. 6:19-20
2. Jesus warns against the abuse of Alcohol. Luke 21:34
3. Wine a mocker, beer a brawler. Prov. 20:1
4. Don't love wine. Prov.21:17
5. Heavy Drinking brings misery. Prov. 23:29-35.
6. Consider the sad picture of a drunkard. Prov. 23:32-35.
7. God's wrath was upon Israel for its sin of drunkenness. Isaiah 28:1-4.
8. Isaiah gives us a vivid picture of a drunk losing his moral judgement. Isa. 28:7-8
9. Paul gives us a timely warning and instruction. Eph. 5:15-18
10. Drunkenness breaks down morals. Gen. 9:20-23/Gen. 19:30-38
11. No drunkard shall enter heaven. 1 Cor. 6:9-10
12. One can be saved from drunkenness and set free. 1 Cor. 6:11
13. Don't associate with drunkards. 1 Cor. 5:11
14. Be wise! "Don't join those who abuse alcohol. Prov. 23:19-20

Anger

1. Anger is not in itself sinful. Ps. 7:11 1 Kings 11:9 2 Kings 17:18 Mark 3:5
2. Be slow to become angry. Prov. 14:17 Prov. 14:29 James 1:19-20
3. Love covers a multitude of sins and overlooks many offenses. Prov. 10:12 Prov. 12:16 Prov. 17:9 Prov. 19:11 1 Peter 4:8
4. Seek the way of love. 1 Cor. 13:4-5
5. Cain's anger turned into hate and murder. Gen. 4:3-8
6. Hot words stir up strife. Prov. 15:1
7. A hot-tempered man creates dissension. Prov. 15:18
8. Do not associate with a hot-tempered man. Prov. 22:24-25
9. Control yourself. Prov. 25:28 Prov. 29:22 Prov. 30:33
10. Fits of rage belong to our sinful nature, the way of sin. Gal. 5:19-21
11. Good news! Through the Spirit you can overcome the sin of a hot temper Gal. 5:22-25
12. Handle anger in a godly way. Do not let the sun go down on your anger. Eph. 4:26

Assurance of Salvation

1. Job had assurance. Job 19:25-27
2. The Spirit testifies with our spirit. Rom. 8:16-17
3. We know that we live in him; we know and rely on the love God has for us. 1 John 4:13-16
4. You may know that you have eternal life. 1 John 5:13
5. Paul had assurance of eternal life. 2 Tim. 1:12
6. Now we are the children of God, and we shall be like him. 1 John 3:1-3
7. A Christian has a living hope through Christ's resurrection. 1 Peter 1:3-5

Bitterness

1. Put away bitterness. Eph. 4:31
2. Quit biting and devouring each other. Gal. 5:15
3. Bitterness belongs to the sinful nature. Gal. 5:19
4. Let not bitter root grow. Heb. 12:15
5. Joseph's brothers allowed bitterness to grow into hatred and murder in the heart. Gen. 37
6. Cain's anger turned to bitterness, hatred, and murder in the heart. Gen. 4:3-8
7. Hatred is forbidden. Lev. 19:17
8. One who hates lives in darkness. 1 John 2:9-11
9. The way of a malicious man is deceitful. Prov. 26:24-26
10. Hatred is murder. 1 John 3:11-20/1 John 3:15

Blame shifting

1. Adam and Eve tried to shift blame. Gen. 3:12-13
2. Some try to blame God. Prov. 19:3
3. Do not judge others while you fail to acknowledge your own sin. Matt. 7:1-5

Change (To Please God)

1. A true Christian can change, for God makes it possible through a spiritual renewal. 2 Cor. 5:17 Ezek. 36:25-27
2. Believers are children of God, born again by the Spirit of God. John 1:13 Titus 3:4-6
3. Empowered by Christ, the vine, we can and must bear much fruit. John 15:1-5
4. God will enable you to change and you must. Phil. 2:12-13
5. God calls you to put off old sinful ways and to put on new and godly ways. Eph. 4:17-32 Eph. 4:22-24
6. Paul gives us specific instructions on what must be done. Eph. 5:1-21
7. The Bible gives us rules for holy living. Col. 3:1-17
8. Put to death the misdeeds of the body. Col. 3:5
9. Live by the power of the Holy Spirit. Rom. 8:1-14/Rom. 8:13-14
10. Train yourself toward godliness. 1 Tim. 4:7
11. Keep working at change; forget the things of the past and press on. Phil. 3:12-14
12. Put much effort into living a godly life. 2 Peter 3:14
13. Use the whole armor of God. Eph. 6:10-17
14. Resist the devil. James 4:7
15. No longer use your body to sin but to serve God. Rom. 6:10-23
16. Cast off all that hinders you. Heb. 12:1

Children

1. Children belong first to God and are his gift to us. Ps. 127:3-5/Ps. 127:3
2. Children of believers belong to God and are in his covenant. Gen. 17:7 Acts 2:39
3. God delights in the praise and worship of children. Ps. 8:2
4. Jesus accepted the praise of children. Matt. 21:15-16
5. Jesus loves little children; of such is God's kingdom. Matt 19:13-15
6. David was comforted by the knowledge that his infant son went to heaven when he died, and that he would see him there. 2 Sam. 12:18-23 2 Sam. 12:23

Church

1. The church is one. Eph. 4:3-6
2. The church is one body with many functions; each member has a purpose. Rom. 12:4-8
3. Together, Christians constitute God's household, in which he lives by his Spirit. Eph. 2:19-22
4. Keep the unity of believers' don't follow men, but Christ. 1 Cor. 1:10-17 1 Cor. 1:11-13
5. Gifts of the Spirit differ. Each member must use his or her gifts to serve others. Eph. 4:11-13 1 Cor. 12:1-11
6. Each member of the body is necessary. We need one another. 1 Cor. 12:12-31
7. Christ is the head of the church, his body. Eph. 1:20-23 Eph. 1:22-23 Eph. 5:23
8. Christ loves the church. Eph. 5:25
9. Attend worship services faithfully. Heb. 10:25
10. The psalmist longed for the house of God. Ps. 84
11. The meaning of the communion of the saints is beautifully taught in Paul's letter to Philemon. Philemon Vrs. 10-12,15-16
12. Elders are God's appointed shepherds placed over the flock of Jesus Christ. Acts 20:28
13. Office bearers must warn the wayward. Ezek. 33:7-9
14. God condemns and warns unfaithful shepherds. Ezek. 34:1-16
15. Jesus prays for the church. John 17:6-26
16. The church is a great multitude gathered from all nations and tribes. Rev. 7:9

Church Discipline

1. Discipline begins with personal admonition. Rom. 15:14 Col. 3:16
2. Restore one who has fallen, with gentleness. Gal. 6:1
3. Seek to save an erring sinner. James 5:19-20
4. Forgive and restore one who repents; love him. 2 Cor. 2:7-8
5. Do not fellowship with on who will not repent. 1 Cor. 5:11
6. Jesus gives us the procedure for church discipline. Matt. 18:15-18
7. Christ has given the keys of the kingdom of the church. Matt. 16:19
8. Purge out the old leaven. 1 Cor. 5:1-13
9. Excommunication is sometimes necessary. 2 Thess. 3:14
10. Jesus commends the church for faithful discipline. Rev. 2:2
11. Jesus rebukes the church that does not discipline. Rev. 2:14-16

Comfort

1. The Lord is our shepherd, always leading us in the best way and protecting us. Ps. 23
2. As an eagle stirs up its nest and hovers over its young, so God cares for his own. Deut. 32:10-12
3. As a father cares for his children, so God cares for his own; his love is everlasting. Ps. 103:8-18
4. God always shelters those who put their trust in him. Ps. 91:1-2
5. God knows us most intimately; he holds and guides us by his hand. Ps. 139:1-12 Ps. 139:1-13 Ps. 139:9-10
6. The wicked appear to prosper for a time, while the righteous suffers; but actually God is always leading us in the best way; he comforts us with his presence. Ps. 73 Ps. 73:23-24
7. The sufferings of the present time are not worth comparing with the coming glory. Rom. 8:18
8. God works all things together for our good. Rom. 8:28
9. If God is for us, nothing can separate us from his love. Rom. 8:31-39
10. Jesus, the good shepherd, died for his sheep; he knows, leads, and protects each one; he gives us eternal security. John 10:11 John 10:14-15 John 10:27-29
11. God's grace is sufficient for every need. 2 Cor. 9:8
12. Paul had a thorn in the flesh; God's promise: My grace is sufficient for you. 2 Cor. 12:7-10
13. Jesus rebuked the disciples for their little faith and calmed the storm. Matt. 8:23-27
14. God directs all things by his infinite wisdom and his ways are beyond tracing out. Rom. 11:33-36 15. One day this life of suffering will be over and all will be made new. Rev. 21:1-4
16. Cast your concerns on the Lord, for he will support you. Ps. 55:22
17. God is the source of all comfort. 2 Cor. 1:3-4

Communication

1. The psalmist has given us a model prayer for good speech. Ps. 19:14
2. Commit yourself to speaking only what is right and true. Prov. 8:6-8
3. Do not speak harshly. Eph. 4:29
4. Avoid harsh words. Prov. 15:1
5. Be quick to listen, slow to speak. James 1:19
6. Listen before you speak. Prov. 18:13
7. God forbids us to lie; he wants us to speak the truth. Exod. 20:16 Eph. 4:25
8. The Lord detests lying. Prov. 12:22
9. All lying is of the devil, the father of all lies. John 8:44
10. Lying will be punished. Prov. 19:9
11. Do not hurt your neighbor by gossip or careless talk; control your tongue. Prov. 11:11-13 Prov. 12:18 Prov. 17:27-28 Prov. 29:19 Prov. 21:23
12. Tame the tongue; it can be very destructive. James 3:1-12
13. We must help stop gossip and strife. Prov. 26:20
14. Be careful. Don't speak rashly. Prov. 13:3

Conscience

1. Keep a clear conscience. 1 Peter 3:15-16
2. Keep a clear conscience before God and men. Acts 24:16
3. Hold to the truths of the faith. 1 Tim. 3:9
4. A conscience can be seared. 1 Tim. 4:2
5. You can have a clear conscience and rest in the heart. Prov. 3:21-26
6. Christ will give you a clear conscience. Heb. 9:14
7. A guilty conscience can be cleansed. Heb. 10:22

Contentment

1. Godliness with contentment is great gain. 1 Tim. 6:6
2. Learn contentment, for love of money brings misery. 1 Tim. 6:7-10
3. Keep free from love of money and be content. Heb. 13:5
4. Paul learned contentment even in the most difficult circumstances of life. Phil. 4:11-13
5. Contentment promotes peace. Prov. 17:1
6. Life does not consist of what possesses. Luke 12:15
7. The parable of the rich fool teaches that life is more than material riches. Luke 12:16-21
8. Do not allow the deceitfulness of wealth to crowd out the word. Mark 4:1-20
9. Put covetousness to death. Col. 3:5
10. Do not lay up earthly treasures, but heavenly treasures. Matt. 6:19-21
11. You can't serve tow masters at one time. Matt. 6:24
12. Seek first God's kingdom. Matt. 6:33
13. Don't seek status, as the disciples did. Luke 9:46-48
14. It's better to have a simple lifestyle than to have wealth with a lot of conflict in the home. Prov. 15:16-17
15. Don't wear yourself out to get rich. Prov. 23:4-5
16. Seek neither poverty nor riches. Prov. 30:8-9
17. It's better to have wisdom than to have wealth. Prov. 16:16-17
18. A good name is more desirable than great riches. Prov. 22:1
19. King Ahab's unchecked covetousness finally drove him to murder. 1 Kings 21:1-14
20. King Hezekiah had his priorities turned around. In pride he displayed earthly riches, and was judged for it. 2 Kings 20:12-19
21. Habakkuk was content with God's way and trusted him even when things looked very hard. Hab. 3:17-19
22. God chastised Gehazi severely for his covetousness. 2 Kings 5:19-27

Death

1. You can face death without fear. Ps. 23:4
2. The believer will dwell in God's house forever. Ps. 23:6
3. To live is Christ; to die is gain. Phil. 1:22-26
4. Paul wanted both to remain here, and to go home to be with the Lord, which is far better. Phil. 1:22-26
5. The death of the Lord's saints is precious. Ps. 116:15
6. Those who die in the Lord are blessed. Rev. 14:13
7. You can have comfort concerning those who have died and are asleep in Jesus. 1 Thess. 4:13-18
8. Believers who have died are absent form the body, but at home with the Lord. 2 Cor. 5:1-8
9. In life and death we are the Lord's. Rom. 14:8
10. Believers got to the Father's house to be with him. John 14:1-4
11. Jesus comforted Mary and Martha after Lazarus died. He is the resurrection and the life. John 11:17-26
12. The perishable will put on the imperishable; death will be swallowed up in victory. 1 Cor. 15:50-57 13. Believers are co-heirs with Christ. Rom. 8:16-17
14. Nothing-not even death-can separate us from the love of God. Rom. 8:35-39
15. When David's infant son died, he was comforted by the knowledge that one day he would go to him. 2 Sam. 12:18-23 2 Sam. 12:23
16. Jesus, the good shepherd, laid down his life for his sheep. John 10:14-15
17. Jesus' sheep hear his voice and follow him, and he gives them eternal life. No one can snatch them out of his hand. John 10:27-30
18. There will be a new heaven and a new earth in which there will be no more suffering or sorrowing. Rev. 21:1-4
19. Jesus died so that we may live forever with him. Encourage one another with this truth. 1 Thess. 5:9-11
20. All who believe in Jesus will have eternal life. John 3:14-15 John 3:16 John 3:36
21. When Jesus comes again, he will separate the sheep from the goats. Matt. 25:31-46

Decision Making

1. Joshua called the Israelites to make a decision. Josh. 24:14-27
2. Elijah called God's people to stop wavering. 1 Kings 18:16-39
3. Today, if you hear his voice, don't harden your hearts (a warning against unbelief and rebellion). Heb. 3:7-11
4. Moses' decision is a good example to follow. Heb. 11:24-26
5. Make a full commitment. Rom. 12:1-2

Depression

1. Cain's depression was due to guilt. Gen. 4:6-7
2. David was very depressed until he confessed his sin of adultery. Ps. 32:3-4
3. The way out of depression caused by guilt is confession and seeking God's forgiveness. Ps. 32:1-2, 5; 51-:1-19
4. Put our hope in God when you are downcast. Ps. 42 Ps. 42:5-6
5. Words of comfort were given to the faithful of Israel as they became depressed while in Babylon. They were called to put their faith into action in their dark hour. Isa. 40
6. We may experience some tough situations, but we can avoid deep depression. 2 Cor. 4:8-9 2 Cor. 4:16-18
7. Think of what Paul went through, without getting depressed, sustained by God's grace. 2 Cor. 11:23-28

Divorce

1. God rebuked the Israelites for the sin of divorce and commanded them to be faithful to their covenant vows. Mal. 2:13-16
2. God hates divorce. Mal. 2:16
3. Jesus says: No divorce, except in the case of adultery. Matt. 5:31-32 Matt. 19:3-9 Matt. 19:4-6
4. Husband and wife are bound together until death separates them. Rom. 7:1-3
5. Mosaic Law speaks of a bill divorcement. Deut. 24:1-4
6. A believer may not initiate a divorce from an unbelieving spouse. 1 Cor. 7:10-16
7. IF the unbelieving spouse wants to depart, he or she may do so. 1 Cor. 7:15
8. The believing spouse must seek reconciliation when trouble arises. Rom. 12:18 Matt. 5:23-24 Matt. 18:15-18

Example

1. Be a godly example for others to follow. 1 Tim. 4:12
2. Pastors and elders are to be good examples for the flock. 1 Peter 5:2-4
3. The apostle Paul set a godly example to teach other s how a Christian ought to live. 1 Cor. 4:15-16 1 Cor. 11:1 2 Thess. 3:7-8
4. Paul taught new Christians at Thessalonica by his godly example and so they soon became good examples for others. 1 Thess 1:5-7
5. Jesus warns us never to set a bad example and cause others to sin. Matt. 5:19 Matt. 18:6 Luke 17:1-3
6. Don't ever put a stumbling block in another person's way. Rom. 14:13
7. One must be ready to give up that which is in itself indifferent rather than to cause another to sin. Rom. 14:1-21 1 Cor. 8:1-13

False Prophets, Teachers

1. False prophets promise peace when there is no peace. They tell you that you can live in sin and God will not punish you. Jer. 14:11-16
2. God reveals the terrible damage false prophets do in the church and warns against them. Jer. 23:1-40
3. God warns against the false shepherds who destroy and scatter the flock. Jer. 23:1-4
4. God warns his people not to listen to the false prophets who say that he will not punish unrepentant sinners. Jer. 23:16-24 Ezek. 13:1-16
5. Jesus warns against false prophets who are wolves in sheep's clothing. Matt. 7:15
6. Paul warns that savage wolves will come, even from within the church, and will not spare the flock. Acts 29:29-31
7. Peter warns that false teachers will arise within the church and secretly introduce destructive heresies. 2 Peter 2:1-3
8. False teachers masquerade also as angels of light. 2 Cor. 11:1-15
9. Don't be like the Galatian Christians who were easily led away from the purity of the gospel by false teachers, the Judaizers. Gal. 3:1-9
10. Test the spirits (by the word of God) to see whether or not they are from God. 1 John 4:1-3
11. Be like the Berean Christians. Acts 17:11
12. Jesus commends the church that tests what it hears, and will not tolerate false teachers. Rev. 2:2-3

Fear

1. Believers need not be slaves to fear. Rom. 8:15 2 Tim. 1:7
2. You need not be afraid if God is your helper. Heb. 13:5-6
3. The Lord is the believer's light; he need not fear. Ps. 27:1
4. Trust in God casts out fear. Ps. 56:10-11
5. Do not fear those who can kill the body. Matt. 10:28
6. Don't be afraid; God cares for sparrows, and he will surely care for you. Matt. 10:29-30
7. Perfect love drives out fear. 1 John 4:18

Forgiveness of Sins (God's Forgiveness)

1. Believers are made as white as snow. Isa. 1:18
2. David sang joyfully after he repented of adultery and God forgave him. Ps. 32:1-2
3. David was depressed until he repented and was forgiven. Ps. 32:3-4
4. God readily forgave David when he repented and confessed his sin. Ps. 32:5
5. David's confession of sin and his cry for forgiveness occurred only by God's grace. Ps. 51:1-17
6. God will not despise a broken spirit and contrite heart. Ps. 51:17
7. How great is God's forgiveness! Ps. 103:12
8. The Lord is kind and forgiving. Ps. 86:4-7
9. God calls sinners to seek him and promises them forgiveness when they repent. Isa. 55:6-7
10. Jesus extends a loving invitation. Matt. 11:28-30
11. Jesus forgave the penitent woman. Luke 7:36-50 Luke 7:47-50
12. Jesus forgave the murderer on the cross (an example of one saved only by grace). Luke 23:43
13. Sinners are forgiven when they repent and believe in Jesus. Luke 15:11-32
14. Jesus tells us to pray for forgiveness. Matt. 6:12
15. We are justified (cleared of all guilt) by faith in Jesus; in him we find peace. Rom. 3:21-25 Rom. 5:1 Rom. 8:1, 4
16. In love Jesus died to make us holy; we are without blemish. Eph. 5:25-27 Heb. 10:10 Heb. 10:14 17. The blood of Jesus Christ cleanses from al sin. 1 John 1:7
18. God graciously forgives when we confess our sins before him. 1 John 1:9 Prov. 28:13-14
19. God forgives and saves all kinds of sinners, no matter how bad they are; he changes them. 1 Cor. 6:9-11
20. Zechariah had a vision of the high priest in filthy clothes, which were removed and replaced with pure white garments. Zech. 3:1-5
21. The Samaritan woman, an adulteress, was saved by Jesus; she received living water. John 4:4-26 22. Peter, who denied Jesus, was forgiven and reinstated in his office. John 21:15-19
23. Jesus gave us the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector. Luke 18:9-14 Luke 18:13-14
24. Troubled sinners cry out for mercy, and God graciously forgives; he restores us to his love and favor. Ps. 130:3-4
25. Believers are rescued from the dominion of darkness. They are brought into Jesus' eternal kingdom and are forgiven of al their sins. Col. 1:13-14
26. God has lavished his grace on us, choosing us forgiving us of all our sins through the shed blood of Christ. Eph. 1:3-10
27. The prayer for forgiveness must be accompanied by repentance. 1 Kings 8:33-36; 46-53
28. Nehemiah wept and confessed the sins of God's people. Neh. 1:6-7
29. God sweeps our sins away and wants us to sing for joy! Isa. 44:22-23

Forgiving Others

1. We must forgive our debtors. Matt. 6:12
2. Forgiving others is an absolute neccessity. Matt. 6:14-15
3. Jesus says we must forgive often. Matt. 18:21-22 Luke 17:3-4
4. The parable of the unmerciful servant shows how sinful it is not to forgive; God sends judgement on this sin. Matt. 18:23-25
5. Put away bitterness and anger; forgive as God forgives. Eph. 4:31-32
6. Be imitators of God. Eph. 5:1-2
7. The father of the prodigal son forgave him an accepted him as completely as if he had not sinned. This father represents God. Thus Jesus reveals how God treats repentant sinners. Luke 15:20-24
8. Jesus commands us to forgive others. Mark 11:25
9. Love keeps no record of wrongs. 1 Cor. 13:5
10. Love covers (overlooks) a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8
11. Restore with gentleness one who has fallen into sin. Gal. 6:1
12. Paul tells us we must forgive and restore one who has sinned against us. 2 Cor. 2:5-11
13. Forgive a repentant sinner and affirm your love. 2 Cor. 2:7-8
14. When we forgive others. We outwit Satan. 2 Cor. 2:10-11
15. Joseph forgave his brothers for selling him into slavery and treated them kindly. Gen. 45 Gen. 50:15-21

Friendships

1. Bad company corrupts good morals. 1 Cor. 15:33
2. Friends affect us for better or for worse. Prov. 13:20
3. A true friend favors us by a kind rebuke when it is needed. Prov. 28:23
4. Stay away from a foolish man. Prov. 14:7
5. Don't make friends with a hot-tempered man. Prov. 22:24
6. A true friend is one who may hurt you at times for your good. Prov. 27:6
7. A godly friend can be of great help. Prov. 27:9
8. Jonathan and David had an ideal friendship. 1 Sam. 20 1 Sam. 23:16
9. Friendship with the world is hatred toward God. James 4:4 1 John 2:15-17

Giving

1. Jesus heartily approved of the widow's small gift. Luke 21:1-4
2. The Lord wants us to give generously and cheerfully. 2 Cor. 8:1-9 2 Cor. 8:11-12 2 Cor. 9:6-7
3. Those who are rich must give accordingly. 1 Tim. 6:17-19
4. Each Christian must give as the Lord has blessed. 1 Cor. 16:1-2
5. Do not rob God of his tithes and offerings. Mal. 3:7-10
6. Seek first the kingdom of God. Matt. 6:33
7. Don't give to be seen of men. Matt. 6:1-4
8. God requires us to be merciful and give to the poor. Prov. 14:21 Prov. 19:17 Prov. 22:9 Matt. 5:7 Gal. 6:9-10
9. To give to God's children is to give to Christ. Matt. 24:34-46 Matt. 25:35, 40
10. Be merciful and do good even to your enemies. Follow God's example. Luke 6:27-36
11. Mere talk is not enough. 1 John 3:16-18
12. We see a good example in giving as King David, the leaders of Israel, and others gave willingly and liberally for the building of the house and God. 1 Chron. 29:1-9
13. A generous giver will be blessed, but one who fails to give will suffer for it. Prov. 11:24-25
14. It is more blessed to give than to receive. Acts 20:35
15. Put first things first. Don't put off giving until you have what you want. Hag. 1

Homosexuality

1. God condemned Sodom and Gomorrah for their homosexuality. It is sin. Gen. 18:20-21
2. Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed on account of their unrepentant homosexuality. Gen. 19
3. The example of Sodom and Gomorrah is given as a warning for people of all ages. God holds homosexuals fully accountable for their sin. 2 Peter 2:4-10 Jude 6-7
4. God's wrath is revealed against all of the godlessness and wickedness of men-including homosexuality. Rom. 1:18-32
5. Paul describes homosexuality as a wicked perversion of God's gift. Rom. 1:26-27
6. The wicked-including homosexuals-will not inherit the kingdom of God. 1 Cor. 6:9-10
7. There is hope for homosexuals-God forgives and cleanses persons of this sin. 1 Cor. 6:11

Hope

1. God has solution to our problems. 1 Cor. 10:13
2. God's grace is sufficient for every need. 2 Cor. 9:8
3. God is able to do more than we ask or imagine. Eph. 3:20
4. God is always faithful. Lam. 3:32
5. Hope is an anchor for the soul. Heb. 6:19-20
6. Put your hope in God. Ps. 42
7. Put your hope in a faithful and almighty God. Ps. 146:3-10
8. Hope produces endurance and perseverance. 1 Thess. 1:3
9. Believers have a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 1:3

Imitating Jesus

1. Every Christian is predestined and called to become Christ-like. Rom. 8:29-30
2. Christians are renewed in the image of God and are being transformed more and more into the likeness of Christ. 2 Cor. 3:18 Col. 3:9-10 Eph. 4:22-24
3. We must imitate Jesus; we must walk as he walked. 1 John 2:6
4. Jesus calls us to become more like he is by imitating him. John 13:2-11
5. Jesus tells us to imitate him in loving one another, so that we may become more Christ-like. John 13:34-35 John 15:12 Matt. 16:24
6. Paul instructs us to imitate Jesus in order to be a blessing to others. Rom. 15:1-3 Eph. 5:1-2
7. Christians are to have a humble, self-sacrificing attitude. In this we must imitate Jesus. Phil. 2:3-8 1 John 3:16-18
8. When someone wrongs us, we must imitate Jesus and not retaliate or get revenge in any way. He set an example for us to follow. 1 Peter 2:18-23
9. Paul imitated Jesus so that he could be a good example for other Christians. 1 Cor. 11:1
10. Thessalonian Christians soon became good models for others, partly by imitating Jesus and his disciples. 1 Thess. 1:6-7
11. Christ-like obedience is the way to a Christ-like enjoyment of divine love, and the way to have your joy made complete. John 15:9-11
12. The hope (certainty) of one day seeing Jesus face to face and being perfectly conformed to his image should motivate us to seek to be pure, even as he is pure. 1 John 3:2-3
13. The risen Savior lives to God. We who have died and risen with Christ must do the same. Rom. 6:10-14

Loving and Serving Others

1. Love one another in response to God's love for us. 1 John 4:9-21 1 John 4:21
2. Love one another deeply. 1 Peter 1:22 1 Peter 4:8
3. Genuine love is serving others. 1 Peter 4:9-10
4. Love is absolutely essential; one is nothing without it. 1 Cor. 13:1-3
5. Paul describes what love really is. 1 Cor. 13:4-7
6. To love is to be devoted to one another. Rom. 12:9-10
7. By washing the disciples' feet, Jesus modeled for us, showing us how we must love one another. John 13:2-17
8. Jesus commands us to love others in the manner in which he loved us, to imitate him. John 13:34
9. Don't be self-centered, but look out for others' in this imitate Jesus. Phil. 2:3-5
10. Jesus gave his all for us. Phil. 2:6-8
11. Do not seek honor and prestige but, like Jesus, be ready to serve others. Matt. 20:20-28
12. Attending to the needs of others is doing it for Christ. Matt. 25:34-40
13. Don't become weary in doing good. Gal. 6:9
14. Do good to al, especially to members of God's family. Gal. 6:10
15. Follow the golden rule. Matt. 7:12
16. Don't be self-centered, but please others. Rom. 15:1-2
17. Imitate Jesus. Rom. 15:3
18. Devote yourself to doing good. Titus 3:14
19. You can find your life by doing good. Matt. 10:39
20. Love your enemies and those who persecute you. Matt. 5:43-48 Rom. 12:20-21
21. As members of Christ's body, we al need one another; each member must use his or her gifts to serve others. 1 Cor. 12:1-31 1 Peter 4:10-11
22. True freedom is to serve one another in love. Gal. 5:13-15 1 Thess. 4:9-11

Loving God

1. The believer responds to god's love and favor. Deut. 6:4-7
2. Jesus calls us to love God above all else. He summarizes the Law as a matter of love. Matt. 22:37-39
3. Christ's love for us must compel us to love and serve him. 2 Cor. 5:14-15
4. Hold fast to the Lord and out of love keep his commandments. Josh. 22:5
5. To love Jesus is to obey his teaching. John 14;23-24
6. Solomon tells us to respond to God's favor by serving him from the heart. 1 Kings 8:56-61
7. David's charge to his son Solomon, to serve God with wholehearted devotion, is good for all of us. 1 Chron. 28:9
8. Motivated by love, reject partying and all sinful pleasures. Instead, put on Christ. Rom. 13:13-14
9. God's love for us should move us to strive for purity. 2 Cor. 7:1

Lust, Evil Desires

1. Eve's sin began with lusting. Gen. 3:6
2. Don't covet. Exod. 20:17
3. Don't think about how to gratify the sinful nature. Rom. 13:14
4. Say no to ungodly passions. Titus 2:11-12
5. Those who fulfill evil desires are objects of God's wrath. Eph. 2:3
6. Christ came to save us from lust and evil desires. Eph. 2:4-5
7. Don't conform to evil desires, but be holy. 1 Peter 1:14-16 1 Peter 2:11
8. Live by the Spirit to overcome the lusts of the flesh. Gal. 5:16
9. Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires. Rom. 8:5-8

Marriage, Husband/Wife Relationships

1. Marriage was instituted and designed by God. Gen. 2:18-25
2. At the heart of marriage is companionship and intimacy, which both husband and wife must promote. Gen. 2:18, 24
3. The relationship between husband and wife is similar to that between Christ and the church. Eph. 5:23 Eph. 5:31-32
4. The husband is the head of the wife and the home. Eph 5:23
5. Husbands must love their wives as Christ loved the church. Eph 5:25
6. Husbands must exercise headship in love. Eph. 5:25-33 Col. 3:19
7. Husbands must treat their wives with respect and as equal heirs of God's gifts. 1 Peter 3:7
8. The husband must manage his own home well; he is the manager. 1 Tim. 3:4
9. The husband and father is primarily responsible for training the children. Eph. 6:4
10. God's design for the wife is that of a helper suitable for man. Gen. 2:18
11. Both husband and wife must seek to reflect the relationship between Christ and his church. Eph. 5:25, 32
12. A wife is to submit to her husband, as the church submits to Christ. Eph. 5:22-24 Col. 3:18 1 Peter 3:1-2
13. A woman is not to exercise authority over a man. 1 Tim. 2:11-14
14. The Bible gives a description of a wife of noble character, who uses her gifts faithfully. Prov. 31:10-31
15. The fear of the Lord is more important than physical beauty. Prov. 31:30 1 Peter 3:3-4
16. Husbands and wives must not fight and destroy each other. Gal. 5:15
17. Both husband and wife must quickly pursue peace when trouble arises. Matt. 5:23-24 Rom. 12:18 18. A house divided against itself cannot stand. Matt. 12:25 19. Keep loving those who are wayward. 2 Sam. 18:33

Mixed Marriages

1. Don't be yoked with an unbeliever. 2 Cor. 6:14-16
2. Two cannot walk together unless they are agreed. Amos 3:3
3. There were sad results of mixed marriages prior to the flood. Gen. 6:1-4
4. God's people are warned against mixed marriages; unbelievers will lead them to sin. Exod. 34:16
5. God will reveal his anger if and when his people marry unbelievers. Josh. 23:12-13
6. In Ezra's time many did intermarry. This led to much sin, and Ezra confessed the guilt of God's people. Ezra 9:1-15 Ezra 9:2
7. Men of Judah intermarried and were led into deep sin. God was angry with them. Neh. 13:23-27

Obedience, Keeping the Commandments

1. Jesus requires obedience. John 14:15
2. Keeping the commandments of Jesus brings joy; you will remain in his love. John 15:10-17
3. Stay on the straight and narrow path that leads to life; the broad path leads to death. Matt. 7:13-14 4. Not all who say, "Lord, Lord," will enter God's kingdom. Matt. 7:21
5. Jesus gave us the parable of the wise and foolish builders. Matt. 7:24-27
6. God rewards obedience. Prov. 13:13
7. To obey is better than sacrifice. 1 Sam. 15:22-23
8. Listen to God's Word and do what it says. Luke 11:28 James 1:22-25; 2:14-26
9. To love God is to keep his commandments. 1 John 5:2-3
10. God's blessing and favor rest on those who obey him; obedience is the way to joy and peace. Ps. 1 Ps. 19:7-14 Ps. 119:1-8
11. If you truly know and love the Lord, you will want to keep his commands. 1 John 2:3-6 1 John 5:2-4 2 John 6
12. God teaches you the way to go, what is best for you, they to peace. Isa. 48:17-19
13. God's promises should motivate us to live a life of purity and holiness. 2 Cor. 7:1

Overcoming Evil (How to handle it when others wrong you)

1. Seek to communicate privately with the person who has wronged you. Matt. 18:15
2. If you can't get the matter settled, take one or two with you. Matt. 18:16
3. If that doesn't work, tell it to the church; seek help there. Matt. 18:17
4. Bless those who persecute you. Rom. 12:14
5. Paul tells how to overcome evil and how to react when someone wrongs you. Rom. 12:17-21
6. Do not seek revenge. Rom. 12:17 Rom. 12:19
7. Pursue peace with everyone. Rom. 12:18
8. Overcome evil with good. Ro. 12:21
9. Imitate Jesus by suffering wrongfully, if need be; in no way should you try to get even. 1 Peter 2:18-23 1 Peter 3:8-9
10. Love your enemies and do good to them. Matt. 5:43-47 Rom. 12:20
11. Turn the other cheek; be kind to the person who has wronged you. Matt. 5:38-42 1 Thess. 5:15 12. Do not testify against your neighbor, nor seek revenge. Prov. 24:28-29
13. Moses gives a practical example of what to do after someone has wronged you. Exod. 23:4-5

Overcoming Sin

1. The truth sets us free. John 8:32
2. By nature we are all slaves to sin, but Jesus sets us free. John 8:34-36
3. A believer can overcome sin because he is a new creature. 2 Cor. 5:17
4. God has given us all we need for life and godliness. 2 Peter 1:3
5. God requires you to work out your salvation in every area of life. Phil. 2:12
6. God enables you to do so; you need not go it on your own. Phil. 2:13
7. God is able to make all grace abound to you, to enable you to overcome any specific sin. 2 Cor. 9:8 8. We are being transformed more and more into the likeness of Jesus. 2 Cor. 3:18
9. You must keep working at breaking sinful habits and developing new and godly ways. Eph. 4:22-24 Col. 3:9-10
10. Like a runner in a race, keep pressing on until you have gained the victory. Phil. 3:12-14
11. Don't keep dwelling on past failures; nor should you get discouraged and give up after you have failed. Hang in there! Phil. 3:13-14
12. Get rid of everything, which might hinder you. Persevere! Heb. 12:1
13. One who is saved by grace must no longer serve sin. Keep working at overcoming it, using your body to serve only the Lord. Rom. 6:11-22
14. Don't be mastered by any sin. 1 Cor. 6:12
15. Christ, dwelling in us enables us to overcome sin. Gal. 2:20
16. Drunkards, homosexuals, idolaters, and others caught up in wickedness can overcome sin by God's power and grace. 1 Cor. 6:11
17. Paul, Titus, and others were set free from the power of sin. God gave them victory through the Holy Spirit. Titus 3:3-7
18. Use the infallible Word of God. 2 Tim. 3:16-17
19. A true Christian will not live in sin. 1 John 3:6 1 John 3:9
20. Jude mentions three things that are necessary to remain faithful to God. Jude 20-21

Peace, Rest

1. Christ gives peace and rest to all who come to him in faith. Matt. 11:28-30
2. Peace comes through justification by faith in Jesus. Rom. 5:1
3. Jesus gives us peace. John 14:27
4. Jesus was punished for our sins so that we may have peace. Isa. 53:5
5. The penitent woman, who wept at Jesus' feet, found peace through him. Luke 7:36-50
6. Humble trust in the Lord gives peace. Ps. 4:8
7. God promises peace to his people. Ps. 85:8
8. Peace is the result of being controlled by the Spirit. Rom. 8:6
9. Peace is the fruit of the Spirit. Gal. 5:22-23
10. God gives peace to those whose minds are fixed on him. Isa. 26:3-4
11. The peace of God comes through praying in faith. Phil. 4:6-7
12. Jesus is the Prince of Peace. Isa. 9:6
13. Those who walk up rightly enter into peace. Isa. 57:2
14. God revives, heals, and gives peace to those who are contrite. Isa. 57:14-21
15. There is no peace for the wicked. Isa. 57:21
16. False prophets will say, "peace, peace," when there is no peace. Jer. 8:11-12

Persecution

1. Why do people persecute Christians, even when they are doing good? John 15:18-21 2 Tim. 3:10-14 1 John 3:1
2. Cain persecuted his brother Abel because his own works were evil, while Abel's were righteous. 1 John 3:12-14
3. Do good to and pray for those who persecute you. Love your enemies. Matt. 5:38-42 Matt. 5:43-48
4. Imitate Stephen, who prayed for his persecutors as they were stoning him. Acts 7:60
5. In dealing with your persecutors be wise and innocent. Matt. 10:16
6. IF and when you are falsely accused, trust God to lead you. Matt. 10:17-20
7. One need not get depressed due to severe persecution. Paul testifies to that. 2 Cor. 4:8-9 2 Cor. 11:23-29
8. Those who suffer for the sake of Christ will be blessed and should count it an honor to do so. 1 Peter 4:12-16
9. Never be ashamed to be identified with those who are being persecuted. Rather, suffer with them, if need be. 2 Tim. 1:8-9
10. Do not be ashamed of the gospel. Testify boldly and be ready to suffer persecution. 2 Tim. 2:3 2 Tim. 2:8-10
11. Do not be unsettled or let the devil lead you away from the faith through persecution. 1 Thess. 3:2-4
12. Jesus says that some do fall away when they are persecuted. Matt. 13:1-9 Matt. 13:18-23
13. Some compromise the gospel to avoid persecution. Don't be like that. Gal. 6:12
14. Believers can keep God's Word when they are persecuted. David did. Ps. 119:61
15. If persecutors threaten you, obey God rather than man, as did Peter and John. Acts 4:18-20 Acts 5:17-32 Acts 5:29 Acts 5:41-42
16. Paul and Silas sang hymns while they were imprisoned. Acts 16:25
17. Paul was willing to die for the sake of Christ. Acts 21:12-13
18. Those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake will be blessed. Matt. 5:10-12 2 Tim. 4:6-8 Rev. 2:9-10
19. Hebrew Christians stood their ground under persecution and were rewarded for it. Heb. 10:32-39 20. Be willing to suffer even for doing good. 1 Peter 3:13-22 1 Peter 3:17
21. Unconverted sinners will at times heap abuse on you because you no longer join them in their sin. 1 Peter 4:3-5

Prayer, waiting on the Lord

1. The Lord's Prayer is our model. Matt. 6:9-13
2. Pray "Our Father." Matt. 6:9
3. Pray for daily needs. Matt. 6:11
4. Pray daily for the forgiveness of sins. Matt. 6:12
5. We can approach God boldly through Jesus, our high priest, who understands our needs. Heb. 4:14-16
6. Cast all our anxiety on the Lord. 1 Peter 5:6-7
7. Pray about everything instead of worrying. Phil. 4:6-7
8. Pray continually and give thanks in all circumstances. 1 Thess. 5:17-18
9. Pray in faith. James 1:6
10. In time of sickness, pray. James 5:14-16
11. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful. James 5:16
12. Dare to pray for great things, as did Elijah. James 5:17-18
13. God hears and answers prayer; he is near to his children. Ps. 34:15-18
14. Pray and work, using the means available to you. Neh. 4:9
16. In al your ways acknowledge the Lord. Prov. 3:5-6
17. Seek the Lord while he may be found. Isa. 55:6
18. Thank God for his grace and mercy, praise him, and keep seeking his mercy. Ps. 105:1-4 18. Praise and thank God for answered prayer. Ps. 66:13-20
19. Pray for the forgiveness of sins. Ps. 32 and 51 Jer. 29:12-13 Matt. 11:28-30 Rom. 10:13 1 John 1:7-9
20. Call on the Lord in time of trouble. Ps. 50:15
21. Because Jesus was tried, as we are, he is able to help us. Heb. 2:18 Heb. 3:1
22. God answers intercessory prayer. Acts 12:1-17 Acts 12:5 Acts 12:12

Providence of God

1. God sovereignly works all things according to his will. Eph. 1:11
2. God's sovereign rule extends over all things. Ps. 103:19 Acts 17:28
3. God cares for the birds and the flowers and certainly will, then, care for his children. Matt. 6:25-34 Matt. 6:26 Matt. 6:30
4. God controls all the forces of nature and provides for all his creatures, especially his children. Ps. 104; Ps. 145; Ps. 147
5. God used ravens to care for Elijah. 1 Kings 17:1-6
6. By sending his people manna from heaven each day, God revealed his faithfulness, power and love. Exod. 16
7. God is the potter, we are the clay. Be submissive to him. Jer. 18:1-10 Isa. 45:9-13
8. God uses wicked rulers to fulfill his purposes for his children. Isa. 45:12-13 Ezra 7:1-10
9. God blesses those who by faith take refuge in him. Ruth 2:12, 20
10. Not one of God's promises goes unfulfilled. Josh. 23:14
11. God will also carry out his threats. Josh. 23:15-16
12. God used Gideon's small band to defeat Israel's enemies. Judges 7:1-25
13. God promises to go with those to whom he gives a difficult task. Deut. 31:7-8
14. Joseph acknowledged God's providence in being sold into slavery. Gen. 45:1-14 Gen. 50:15-21
15. The Lord brings grief at times, but he also shows mercy. Lam. 3:31-33
16. God decrees and brings both hardship and good times. Lam. 3:37-42
17. God faithfully cares for us as a shepherd cares for his sheep. Ps. 23
19. When we please the Lord, he makes even our enemies to be at peace with us. Prov. 21:1
20. God has sovereignly planned what shall come to pass and he sovereignly carries out his plans. Isa. 46:10-13
21. It is God who gives rain. Pray for rain in time of need. Zech. 10:1
22. The story of Jonah strikingly reveals God's providence. Jonah 1:4 Jonah 1:17 Jonah 2:10 Jonah 4:6-8
23. God chose Jeremiah to be a prophet even before he was born. Jer. 1:4-5

Repentance

1. Jesus calls sinners to repentance. Luke 5:27
2. Jesus calls needy sinners to repentance that leads to salvation. Matt. 4:17
3. Repentance must be from the heart, genuine. Mark 7:20-23 Jer. 4:3-4 Joel 2:12-13
4. Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation. 2 Cor. 7:8-11
5. There is joy in haven over one sinner who repents. Luke 15
6. God calls sinners to seek him, to forsake their evil ways, and promises to forgive them. Isa. 55:6-7
7. God calls to repentance those who have set up idols in their hearts and practice evil. Ezek. 14:1-11
8. When a wayward sinner repents and turns back to Go, he will live. Ezek. 18:21-22
9. God takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked. Ezek. 18:23
10. The Lord urgently calls sinners to turn form their evil ways. Ezek. 18:30-32
11. Jesus pronounced his judgment on those who refused to repent. Matt. 11:20-24
12. Out of his kindness, God keeps calling sinners to repentance. Rom. 2:4
13. If you stubbornly refuse to repent, God will punish you. If you do repent, he will forgive you and grant you eternal life. Rom. 2:5-11
14. Calamity comes to those who do not give heed to God's call to repentance. Prov. 1:24-33
15. An adulterous woman repented and turned to Christ and was forgiven. Luke 7:36-50 Luke 7:37-38
16. God poured out his anger on unrepentant Israelites. Isa. 42:23-25
17. Return to the Lord and he will return to you. Mal. 3:7
18. Those who mourn on account of their sin are blessed. Matt. 5:4
20. If and when God's people turn from their wicked ways, he will forgive them. 2 Chron. 7:14

Salvation (Leading a person to Christ)

I. Apart from Christ, we are helpless and sinful.

A. We are all sinners.

1. We are all born in sin. Ps. 51:5
2. We all, like sheep, have gone astray. Isa. 53:6
3. All have sinned through Adam. Rom. 5:12 Rom. 5:19
4. Jews and Gentiles alike are sinners. Rom. 3:9-12 Rom. 3:22-24
5. We are like lost sheep whom Jesus goes out to seek. Luke 15:3-7
6. We are like the prodigal son. Luke 15:11-24
7. Even our righteous acts are as filthy rags. Isa. 64:6

B. We are in spiritual bondage.

1. By nature all are in sin's bondage. Christ set us free. John 8:31-36
2. To continue to live in sin is bondage. 2 Peter 2:19
3. Jesus sets us free. Rom. 6:16-18

C. We are alienated from God.

1. Outside of Christ we are at odds with God. Col. 1:21-22
2. Without Christ we are without hope. Eph. 2:12-13

D. Knowledge of sin comes by the Law of God.

1. Through knowledge of the law we become conscious of sin. Rom. 3:20
2. The Law helps us understand sin. Rom. 7:7
3. Jesus gave us his summary of the Law. Matt. 22:37-40
4. God has given us the Ten Commandments. Exod. 20:1-17

E. God in his justice punishes sinners.

1. God first revealed his justice to Adam. Gen. 2:16-17
2. The result of sin is death. Rom. 5:12 Rom. 6:23
3. By nature we are all under the curse of God. Ga. 3:10

F. We cannot save ourselves in any way.

1. By nature we are at enmity with God. Rom. 8:7-8
2. By nature we are dead in sin and are objects of God's wrath. Eph. 2:1-5
3. We are saved only by grace, through faith. Eph. 2:8-9
4. God saves through a rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit. Titus 3:4-7

II. Jesus saves us by grace, through faith.

A. Jesus suffered and died for sinners; those who believe in him will be saved.

1. Isaiah depicts the suffering servant of Jehovah. Isa. 53:1-11
2. All who receive Christ by faith are saved. John 1:12
3. As was prophesied, God gave his only Son so that those who believe in him may have eternal life. John 3:14-16
4. Jesus died for his sheep. John 10:11, 14-15
5. His sheep hear Jesus' voice and follow him and receive eternal life. John 10:27-28
6. We are redeemed through the blood of Christ. 1 Peter 1:18-19
7. Christ loved the church and gave himself for her. Eph. 5:25-27
8. Jesus is the only mediator. 1 Tim. 2:5-6
9. Christ died for undeserving sinners, for many gracious purposes. Rom. 5:8 Phil. 2:8 2 Cor. 5:21 John 1:29 1 John 4:9-10 Gal. 3:13 1 Peter 2:24 1 Peter 3:18 Eph. 5:25-27 Heb. 9:14
10. We are forgiven, justified, and cleared of all guilt and condemnation by faith in Jesus Christ. Rom. 3:21-24 Rom. 5:1 Rom. 8:1 Rom. 10:9-13

B. Examples of those saved by grace, through faith.

1. Levi, the tax collector. Luke 5:27-32
2. Zacchaeus, the tax collector. Luke 19:9-10
3. The penitent woman who wept at Jesus' feet. Luke 7:48, 50
4. Many notorious sinners represented in Jesus' parables. Luke 15:3-7 Luke 15:8-10 Luke 15:11-31
5. The Samaritan woman at Jacob's well. John 4:1-26
6. The murderer on the cross. Luke 23:39-43
7. Saul, the persecutor of the church, who became Paul, the great missionary. Acts 9:1-19 1 Tim. 1:13-16
8. The Philippian jailer. Acts 16:25-26 Acts 16:30-31

III. The Lord calls sinner like you and me.

1. God calls those who are spiritually hungry and thirsty. Isa. 55:1-3
2. Jesus is the bread of life and the living water, and he calls sinners to come to him. John 6:35 John 7:37-38 Rev. 22:17
3. Jesus calls those who are weary and burdened. Matt. 11:28-30
4. He calls us to enter through the narrow gate. Matt. 7:13-14
5. He call us to repent and believe the gospel. Mark 1:14-15
6. Seek the Lord while he may be found. Isa. 55:6-7
7. Today, if you hear his voice, don't harden you heart. Heb. 3:7-19
8. The Lord will never turn a sinner away. John 6:37 Rom. 10:13

IV. We are saved to joyfully obey and serve the Lord.

1. Offer yourself as a living sacrifice unto God. Rom. 12:1-2
2. We are saved to bear much fruit, through Jesus Christ, the vine. John 15:1-8
3. We are saved to be dead to sin, alive to God, and slaves to righteousness. Rom. 6:1-23
4. We are called to live a new life through the power of the Holy Spirit. Rom. 8:1-14 Eph. 5:1-21
5. The Holy Spirit helps us to bear fruit. Gal. 5:13-26

Self-Centeredness

1. Love is not self-seeking. 1 Cor. 13:5
2. Selfish ambitions brings its bitter fruit. James 3:14-16
3. Jesus condemned James and John for their self-seeking attitude and he calls us all to humble service. Matt 20:20-28
4. Jesus calls us to self-denial. Luke 9:23-25
5. Don't be self-centered, but think of others. 1 Cor. 10:24
6. Follow Jesus' example by thinking of how to please others. Rom. 15:2-3

Self-Control, Self-Discipline

1. Lack of self-control brings misery. Prov. 25:28
2. One who gives full vent to his anger acts like a fool; one who keeps himself under control is wise. Prov. 29:11
3. Every Christian can be self-controlled; it's a fruit of the Spirit. Gal. 5:22-23
4. Self-discipline is a gift of God. 2 Tim. 1:7
5. We are commanded to be self-controlled. 1 Peter:13
6. One can and must develop self-control-put a lot of effort into it. 2 Peter 1:5-6
7. Both old and young alike must learn self-control. Titus 2:2-6
8. There is a time for everything. To be self-controlled is to do everything in its time. Eccles. 3:1-8
9. We can control our thinking. 2 Cor. 10:5
10. Exercising self-control is walking in the light. 1 Thess. 5:4-8
11. Be self-controlled in your talking; control your tongue. Prov. 20:19
12. Exercise self-control and say no to all ungodliness. Titus 2:11-12
13. Be motivated by Christ's redeeming love. Titus 2:13-14
14. Be neither wishy-washy, nor easily moved by others. 1 Cor. 15:58

Self-Pity, Brooding

1. Elijah yielded to self-pity for a time and fled to Horeb. 1 Kings 19
2. God confronted Elijah. 1 Kings 19:9
3. Listen to Elijah's self-pity. 1 Kings 19:10
4. God dealt with Elijah's problem. 1 Kings 19:11-18
5. Asaph, the psalmist also fell into the sin of self-pity for a time. Ps. 73
6. Listen to Asaph's self-pity. Ps. 73:13-14
7. Asaph recovered form his self-pity. Ps. 73:15-28
8. The Lord directs us to a cure for self-pity. Ps. 37
9. Turn from self-pity. Prov. 15:13
10. Jonah became angry and was filled with self-pity, for which God rebuked him. Jonah 4:1-4

Sex Life

1. Sex is God-given. Heb. 13:4
2. Fulfill you duty to your spouse. 1 Cor. 7:3
3. Your body also belongs to your spouse. 1 Cor. 7:4
4. Refrain only by mutual consent; for refraining can lead to temptation. 1 Cor. 7:5
5. Find satisfaction in your spouse. Prov. 5:18-20

Sexual Immorality

1. Looking on a woman lustfully is adulterous. Matt. 5:27-28
2. Spiritual surgery may be needed to avoid immorality. Matt. 5:29-30
3. Put to death sexual immorality. Col. 3:5-7
4. You can overcome sins of sexual immorality. Prov. 4:23
5. Sexual sins come from the heart. Matt. 15:19-20
6. Sexual immorality, including premarital sex (fornication), is described in detail as sin against God and your body, the temple of the Holy Spirit. 1 Cor. 6:12-20
7. The sexually immoral will not inherit the kingdom of God. 1 Cor. 6:9-10
8. God can cleanse you from the sin of sexual immorality. 1 Cor. 6:11
9. You can overcome sexual immorality through the Holy Spirit. Gal. 5:16-18
10. All immorality is forbidden. Walk as children of light. Be very careful how you live. Eph. 5:3-17
11. Jesus can set you free. John 8:31-36
12. Purify yourself out of reverence for God. 2 Cor. 7:1
13. Christians must no longer use parts of the body for sin; one can and must change. Rom. 6:15-23
14. The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah is a warning for all sexually immoral people. 2 Peter 2:4-10 Jude 6-7
15. God wants all of us to avoid sexual immorality, including premarital sex, and to learn to control our own bodies. 1 Thess. 4:3-6

Temptation

1. Satan subtly tempted Eve. Gen. 3:1-4
2. The devil still prowls around like a lion, seeking whom he may devour. 1 Peter 5:8-9
3. Satan at times comes as an angel light. 2 Cor. 11:14-15
4. At times, Satan uses others to entice us. Prov. 1:10
5. God tempts no one. Each one is tempted when, by his own desire, he is dragged away and enticed. James 1:13-15
6. Resist the devil. James 4:7
7. Jesus was tempted by the devil Matt. 4:1-11
8. Jesus won by using the sword of the Spirit, God's Word, each time. Matt. 4:4, 7, 10
9. Jesus tells us to watch and pray, lest we should yield to temptation. Matt. 6:13
10. Every Christian should take heed, lest he or she should fall. 1 Cor. 10:12
11. Put on the whole armor of God to fight against the devil's schemes. Eph. 6:10-18
12. When he was tempted by Potiphar's wife to commit adultery, Joseph refused to sin against God. Gen. 39:6-20

Training Children

1. God requires parent to train their children in a God-centered way. Deut. 6:6-7
2. The father is primarily responsible for child training. Eph 6:4
3. The chief goal must be to train children in the fear of the Lord. Eph 6:4
4. Do no exasperate them, be unfair to them, or abuse them. Col. 3:21
5. The father must manage his family well and see that his children obey and respect him. 1 Tim. 3:4
6. Love requires faithful discipline. Prov. 13:24 Prov. 22:15 Prov. 23:13-14 Prov. 29:15 Prov. 29:17
7. Follow God's pattern for the lovingly disciplines us, for our good. Heb. 12:5-11
8. The Lord condemned Eli for being an indulgent parent. 1 Sam. 3:1-18
9. Train a child in the way he should go. Prov. 22:6
10. Unless the Lord builds the house. Ps. 127:1-2
11. Children are a heritage from the Lord. Ps. 127:3

Trust, Faith in God

1. Trust in the Lord. Prov. 3:5-6
2. Nothing is too hard for God. Jer. 32:17, 26-27
3. See the glory and power of God. 1 Chron. 29:10-13
4. The Lord is your shepherd. Ps. 23
5. The Lord is the believer's light and his salvation. Ps. 27
6. The Lord is the believer's refuge and strength. Ps. 91:1-2
7. God's purposes prevail. Prov. 19:21
8. A person's steps are directed by God. Prov. 20:24
9. God sovereignly works out his plan. Prov. 16:4, 7, 33; 21:30-31
10. Lift our eyes to the hills. Ps. 121
11. Jesus calmed the storm and rebuked the disciples for their little faith. Matt. 8:23-27
12. Jesus rebuked Peter for his little faith. Matt. 14:22-31
13. God is faithful; his mercies are new every morning. Lam. 3:22-24
14. God is always faithful. Lam. 3:32
15. Trust and delight in the Lord; wait patiently for him. Ps. 37:1-7
16. Why are you downcast? Hope in God! Ps. 42
17. God is our refuge and strength. Ps. 46
18. God knows us intimately; he is always leading us. Ps. 139:1-11
19. God holds and guides us. Ps. 73:23-24
20. Be near to God, you refuge. Ps. 73:28
21. God gives comfort to his people. Isa. 40
22. Do not fear; you are the Lord's child. Isa. 43:1-3
23. Do not fear; the Lord is with you. Isa. 41:10
24. Call upon the Lord in the day of trouble. Ps. 50:15
25. Take refuge in the Lord. Ps. 57:1
26. Trust your heavenly Father to take care of you. Think of how God cares even for the birds and the flowers. You are of much more value than they. Matt. 6:25-34
27. God's servant Joshua is given a difficult task. The Lord counsels him to be strong and courageous. Josh. 1:1-9
28. Trust in the Lord brings peace to the heart. Trust in his unfailing love. Isa. 26:3-4 Ps. 9:9 Ps. 28:7-8 Ps. 33:18-22 Ps. 36:5-9
29. God cares for those who trust in him. Nah. 1:7
30. Do not trust in worldly power or wicked men. Isa. 31:1
31. God cannot forget us. Isa. 49:14-16

Warnings, Calls to Repentance and Obedience

1. The way of sin leads to death; the way of obedience to life. Matt. 7:13-14
2. Only those who hear and do God's Word will have life. Matt. 7:21-23
3. Jesus gave us the parable of the wise and the foolish builders. Matt. 7:24-27
4. You will reap what you sow. Prov. 22:5 Prov. 11:19-21 Gal. 6:7-8
5. No one can serve two masters-God will not accept a double life. Matt. 6:24
6. God rejects the worship of one who is living in sin. Prov. 15:8 Prov. 15:29 Prov. 21:27 Prov. 28:9
7. If you keep ignoring God's call to repentance, he will laugh at your calamity. Prov. 1:24-33
8. The Lord curses the wicked, but he blesses the righteous. Prov. 3:33
9. The wages of sin is death. Rom. 6:23
10. We are warned not to drift away from the Lord. Heb. 2:1-3
11. We are warned not to fall away. Heb. 6:4-6
12.Those who have known the way but go on sinning are warned of the consequences. Heb. 10:26-31
13. Don't harden your heart; listen to his voice today. Heb. 3:7-15
14. On the judgement day Jesus will separate the sheep from the goats. Matt. 25:31-46


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