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Eidololatria – idolatry

  • Colossians 3:5
  • Placing anyone or anything before God.
  • Ephesians 5:5
  • I Timothy 6:10-17
  • Greed causes us to fix our hope on things other than God.
  • Romans 1:21
  • James 4:4

Pharmakeia – sorcery, witchcraft

  • This includes magical incantations and drugs.
  • Acts 19:18
  • Acts 8:9-11

Echthra – hatred, enmities, hostilities

  • Romans 8:7
  • James 4:4

Eris – strife, variance, contentions

  • I Corinthians 1:11; 3:3
  • II Corinthians 12:20
  • When does a spirited discussion turn to strife?
  • I Timothy 6:3-5
  • Titus 3:9-11

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Introduction

We should praise God for the information He stored for us.

  • I Corinthians 15:36-38
  • Proverbs 8:22-31
  • I Peter 1:22-25 – What happens when you plant a spiritual seed in good soil? You get a Christian!

There’s nothing like the pure, original seed.

  • Galatians 1:11, 15-18, 6-8 – Paul got his message directly from Jesus. He didn’t consult the other apostles until years later.
  • In the Bible, we have the original, 2,000-year-old seed that will still bear fruit!
  • Jude 1:3

We still need good soil.

  • Luke 8:4-15
  • Is your Bible being used? What’s the point of having this great blessing if we don’t use it?

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Introduction

  • Philippians 1:3 – Paul in prison at Rome. This, no doubt, put a lot of stress on Paul, yet he writes to encourage others!
    • Acts 16:19 – Paul started the church in Philippi, and it started in the midst of persecution and difficulty.

Paul had stress from at least four areas:

  • A former life of persecuting the church – I Timothy 1:13; Philippians 3:6
  • The persecutors who followed him from place to place, as he preached the gospel – Philippians 3:2, 18; 1:15-17, 23
  • Responsibility to preach the gospel – I Corinthians 9:16; James 3:1
  • Concern for all the churches – II Corinthians 11:28

We want to learn from Paul’s example and go from stress to success in God’s eyes.

  • Paul says to think about others instead of self – Philippians 2:1-8; 1:23-24, 3-11
  • Paul says to forget – Philippians 3:4-15
  • Set the proper goal – Philippians 3:14-15; 1:20; Colossians 3:1-2; I Corinthians 9:24-27; 10:31
    • The goal is not the same thing as the prize. Don’t get them confused!
  • Paul says to rejoice – Philippians 4:4, 10; 2:17-18; 3:1; 1:18; Psalms 32:11; 33:1
  • Paul says to pray – Philippians 4:5-6; James 1:58; 4:2-3; I John 5:14-15
    • Pray with thanksgiving
  • Paul says to think (about proper things) – Philippians 4:8
  • Paul says to do – Philippians 4:9; 2:12-16; James 2:19-20
  • Paul says to have the peace of God – Philippians 4:7; I John 4:18; Hebrews 13:3-6; Philippians 4:9
  • Paul says to be satisfied – Philippians 4:11-12; 2:14
  • The success of Paul is “in Christ” – Philippians 4:13; 3:3, 14, 17-21; Ephesians 1:3

Conclusion

  • Will you turn stress into success as Paul did or will stress be your spiritual downfall?
    • I Corinthians 11:1; II Timothy 4:6-8

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Introduction

  • Acts 2

All of us have become guilty of sin.

  • Acts 2:22-23, 36-37
  • Romans 3:23
  • Romans 8:1
  • Romans 1:20, 29
  • Romans 2:1-3, 17-20 – Beware of hypocrisy. No matter who you are, a sin is a sin!
  • If you know better, but don’t do better, it is sin.
  • Romans 1:18

Jesus Christ died so we can be forgiven!

  • Luke 23:33-38, 44-49
  • Luke 24:1-9 – Jesus rose from the dead!
  • Luke 24:44-53 – Jesus ascended to heaven.
  • Acts 2:1-4, 14-17 – The Holy Spirit gave the apostles the message to speak, as was prophesied.
  • Acts 2:38-42 – The first people react to the gospel.

I need to do something!

  • Acts 2:41
  • We need to recognize our shortcomings and be prepared to deal with them.

Develop a heart that’s ready to learn and submit to God’s truth.

Develop a faith based on God’s word.

  • Acts 2:42
  • Acts 17:2, 11

Identify the sins in my life and repent.

  • Acts 2:38
  • Acts 17:30

Put my faith into action.

  • Acts 26:19-20
  • Romans 10:9-10

Be baptized into Christ.

  • Acts 2:38 – Baptism is for forgiveness of sins.
  • Romans 6:3-4
  • I Corinthians 12:13
  • I Peter 3:21
  • Galatians 3:27

Continually learn and grow and repent when necessary.

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Introduction

  • Galatians 5:13-24
  • Flesh vs. spirit
    • Romans 6:11-13
    • Whose slave will I be?

Sexual immorality; impurity; indecent behavior (Galatians 5:19)

  • II Corinthians 12:21
  • Porneia – sexual immorality, fornication, immorality
    • I Corinthians 5:1
    • Mark 7:14-23 – The body is involved, but the sin starts in the mind.
  • Akatharsia – impurity, uncleanness, moral impurity
    • Matthew 23:27
    • Ephesians 5:1-6
  • Aselgeia – sensuality, lasciviousness, licentiousness, depravity, promiscuity, debauchery
    • Lack of restraint
    • Romans 13:13-14 – Make no provision for the flesh.
    • Ephesians 4:17-19
    • Pornography works like a drug addiction – more and more is needed to get the same effect.

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