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Introduction

  • Titus 2:4

God is real.

  • II Timothy 1:5; 3:14-15 – Lois and Eunice gave Timothy a boost in the right direction.
  • Every person must decide on their own.
  • II Chronicles 24:1, 17-19 – Joash served God while Jehoida was there but then fell away.
  • More and more young people are atheist.
  • Romans 10:17 – You need to hear the word of God in order to have faith.
  • Deuteronomy 6:6-9 – Teach your children about God!
  • Joshua 4:6 – God set up opportunities for them to teach their children.
  • “a warm relationship with the parents, and in particular the father, is the single most important factor in faith transmission”
  • John 20:30-31
  • Help your children by talking about possible objections to faith. Let them inquire and ask questions so you can address them.

You are valuable.

  • Genesis 1:26-27 – We are valuable because we are created in God’s image.
  • Our value comes from God.
  • Psalms 8:4-5
  • Psalms 148:1-8
  • John 4:23-24
  • I Peter 3:3
  • Acts 13:22
  • Colossians 1:10
  • We need to give wisdom and guidance on using social media.

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II Corinthians 1, continued:

  • II Corinthians 1:23-24 – Paul had more accusations than just fickleness to defend himself against. See II Corinthians 10:2; 12:16; 13:3.

II Corinthians 2

  • II Corinthians 2:1-2 – Paul wanted his next visit to be an uplifting one. See II Corinthians 12:20. Compare II Corinthians 13:20. Different translations give different ideas on how many times Pail had been to Corinth.
  • II Corinthians 2:3-4 – The book of I Corinthians was not an easy thing for Paul to write. He was in anguish when writing it. See II Corinthians 7:8-9; 13:5.
  • II Corinthians 2:5-8 – This is likely the incestuous fornicator from I Corinthians 5. This is a model for restoring a repentant sinner. See Galatians 6:1; Ephesians 4:32.
  • II Corinthians 2:9-11 – See II Corinthians 11:3; 12:7; I Peter 5:8 – The real enemy here is Satan – not the sinner.
  • II Corinthians 2:12-13 – See II Corinthians 7:5. We are going to be ignorant about why things happen, but we know that God is in control.
  • II Corinthians 2:14-17 – Paul was not peddling the word of God (just preaching for money).

Takeaway

  • Forgiven people are forgiving people (Matthew 18:21-35). Forgiven people are forgetful people.
  • Our forgiveness to others must model the way we had been forgiven by God (Ephesians 4:32).
  • Forgiveness is active, not passive, and requires effort on our part.

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Introduction

  • Luke 6:40

Focus on joy with God instead of conflict with people.

  • Acts 5:40-42
  • Acts 8:1
  • Acts 13:51
  • Acts 14:7, 19-21
  • How does the devil look at us? Are we easy to knock down or distract from serving God?
  • Acts 18:2
  • Acts 16:22-25 – Paul was not congratulated for freeing the girl from her condition. He was thrown in jail! Instead of being downcast, though, Paul and Silas rejoiced.
  • Acts 9:31
  • Acts 15:3

Maintain honor instead of “fighting fire with fire.”

  • Christians are tempted to lash out.
  • Sometimes we assume the worst about a situation. Acts 21:27-29
  • Sometimes we blame the wrong person. See Acts 16:27-34. Paul could have turned on the jailer, but helped him instead.
  • If something goes wrong, we can’t give up and act like the world.
  • We are trying to be like Jesus – not the world.
  • I Corinthians 6:1-8

Love people’s souls.

  • Acts 26:24
  • Acts 7:59-60 – This is a good attitude!
  • Matthew 5:44
  • I Corinthians 8:7-14

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Jesus, our hope – only hope

“That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby.” (Ephesians 2:12-16)

To be without Jesus is to be without hope. He is our all-sufficient savior.

He is our only sufficient sacrifice.

See text above. Also see Ephesians 1:7; Hebrews 9:15, 22; 2 Corinthians 5:21.

He is our king.

“And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, ‘KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.’” (Revelation 19:16)

It is His right to rule. He is the only guide to life.

He is our high priest.

“Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.” (Hebrews 7:25)

“Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.” (Romans 8:34)

He is our advocate, helper, comforter.

“My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: 2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.” (I John 2:1)

We need our advocate because we have problems, problems too big for us. Jesus stands besides us in our trials. He understands (Hebrews 4:15). He knows pain. A scourge lashed His back; He endured crucifixion. He can help. Jesus knows, even when we do not know “what to pray for as we ought,” when we cannot describe our problem, much less the solution, when our best expression is only “groanings which can be uttered” (Romans 8:26-27). He stands at our side. He “searches the hearts” and knows our agony. Then He makes “intercession for saints according to the will of God.” Men may not understand us; men may fail us. Not Jesus! Paul recalled in 2 Timothy 4:16, “At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge. 17 Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me.” Jesus is our helper in time of need (1 Peter 5:7). We need an advocate because we have an adversary – a fierce adversary (1 Peter 5:8). The name “Satan” means “adversary.” The devil is our enemy. He is determined to destroy us, and on our own, he would succeed. The cry of the conquered man – “who shall deliver us from this body of death” (Romans 7:23-24) is answered. “I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 7:25) Oh yes, we have an advocate in our battle with Satan. What an advocate!

We need an advocate because we are guilty of sin. There is no chance of a not guilty plea, we have no defense. We must have an advocate at our side to plead our case. Jesus is such a helper. We are guilty. We deserve to be punished, but Jesus paid the price for us. Jesus came to our aid and went to the cross so that we need not go to hell. Isaiah 53:5 - “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” For us, He paid the price – the absolutely necessary price for redemption. Isaiah 53:12 - “Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.”

We need an advocate because we are stained by sin, our guilt stands between us and God (Isaiah 59:1-2). How shall we be clean? What can wash away our sin? What sacrifice can atone for transgression? No animal sacrifice can atone. No man can atone for all are unqualified because all are sinners. We need help! But who can help us? Jesus, our advocate is the only answer. “…we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” (1 John 2:1) As He once cleansed us, He continues to be the source of cleansing for our faltering (1 John 1:7). It is through Jesus that we can stand spotless before God in the final day with robes washed “white in the blood of the Lamb.” (Revelation 7:14)

We need an advocate because we are faced with death; we are powerless in the face of death. One is called to our side, who broke the bars of death by His own resurrection, who banished the dread of death. “Oh death, where is your sting? Oh hades, where your victory? …thanks to Him who give us the victory through our Lord Jesus. (1 Corinthians 15:55,57)

Yes, we have an advocate; He is real. The question is, what will we do with our advocate? Honor Him and He will say, “Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.” Fail to honor Him and He will ultimately say, “depart from me ye that work iniquity.” (Matthew 7:23) Which answer we get depends on how we treat our Advocate. Yes, Jesus is our hope. And there is none other.

Jesse Jenkins

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Introduction

  • Colossians 1:9

Who?

  • All people! We are all still trying to learn and do better.
  • Ephesians 4:1-3, 13

What?

  • I Peter 1:14-16
  • We are truly to be holy – not like our old selves.
  • Ephesians 4:24-32

When?

  • When should we start working on these things? The matter is urgent!
  • Acts 22:16; 24:24-27
  • Luke 8:14 – There is never a time you won’t be busy. You can’t rely on an uncertain future.
  • Acts 16:30-34 – This man did not wait until he could serve God perfectly.

Where?

  • II Corinthians 7:1; 6:15-18
  • Every part of my life!

Why?

  • Ephesians 5:1-10
  • We are trying to make God happy.

How?

  • Romans 6:2-11 – We must consider ourselves dead to sin, never to return!
  • Psalms 97:10

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