And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. (Rom 5:3-6)

Let not those who hope in you be put to shame through me, O Lord GOD of hosts; let not those who seek you be brought to dishonor through me, O God of Israel. (Psalm 69:6)

Sunday, April 12, 2015

7 Steps for Putting off the Old Man and Putting on the New Ephesians 4:17-24

Saints and Friends,

Here are the notes from today's sermon.  Please remember, these are rough notes and have not been extensively edited.  An audio copy of the sermon can be obtained by contacting the church offices at 270-828-3454.

7 Steps for Putting off the Old Man and Putting on the New
Ephesians 4:17-24

Our need to change should be evident from even the most casual reading of the Bible.  Even the world acknowledges that Christians are to be different.  The last time we were in Ephesians we covered these save verses to understand the doctrine of change.  Today, I wish to take that doctrine and walk through a practical application.

Change is hard.  Change, when it comes to sin is even harder.  Because sin is so powerful, you cannot change on your own.  The reason Christians are to stand out as changed people is that the change is unattainable through secular means.  The Holy Spirit is required to be the strength for our change.  He is our conscience, our motivator, our giver of wisdom.

1. Spirit led
            Make your change a matter of worship.  Not a matter of pride, health, or performance)
            Give glory unto God. Romans 8:1- 14, 1 Corinthians 10:31

2. Scriptural Based
            Ask God to lead you to corresponding scriptures, and make them real in your life.  Your change needs a doctrine behind it. PS 119:11, Matthew 13:18-24

3. Prayer
            Prayer confronts the inner man.  Use your verses as a means of prayer. Psalm 66:18, James 5:16-18, 1 Peter 3:12

4. Form a new habit in place of the old.
            Replace sensuality with self-control, thieves must now work to help others. Romans 12:1-2, Ephesians 4:28

5. Consistency
            Plan to keep a covenant with God.  Know your heart and weaknesses. Be prepared. James 1:14-15, 1 Corinthians 10:112-14

6. Repent-work-repent as necessary
            Have a plan for when you fail to get up again and not quit. Matthew 4:17, 1 John 1:9

7. Accountability
            We need a brother’s keeper.  This is part of church covenant membership. 2 Thessalonians 3:13-16, James 5:19-20