Holiness, Godliness, Usefulness
03/17/2015, by John Kincaid
Lesson 543: The Goal
Faith requires us to confess Jesus is Lord, believing His resurrection. Rom.10:9-10
True saving faith will obey God and work through love. James 2:14-26; Gal.5:6
The problem is when we try to find security in something we can measure: a date, a place.
When we are suffering, we want to look for God to see if He is still there. But we walk by faith not by sight. 2 Cor.5:7 We believe God’s Word; no airtight guarantee allows us to bypass faith.
1 Cor.1:22, 24 Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom… Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God.
What is the most important goal in life? Finding security and protection? Unbelievers work long hours, so that they can make enough money to buy security systems to protect their valuables.
If safety and comfort is our goal, we will use God as a vehicle to reach our real god. At least until God leaves us stranded on the side of that road.
God is welcome until He threatens our real god. Then we grumble and pull away from Him.
Jesus was concerned about more than protection. He loved us enough to die for us.
About This Series
The goal of this series is to become more useful in serving the Lord Jesus Christ, as an instrument in the Redeemer's hand. The theme verses for the series are Ephesians 4:22-24, Philemon 11, 2 Timothy 2:21
- to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds,
- and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
- Formerly he was useless to you, but now he is indeed useful to you and to me.
- Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.