“…those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.”
1John 4:1, Acts 17:11
1.) Avoiding the Cost = Vs.11-13.
They wanted others to look at them and consider them holy.
You cannot keep your feet in both worlds.
John 16:33, 2Timothy 3:12
No Christian gets a pain free life.
2.) Keep the Main Thing the Main Thing = Vs.14.
Paul’s boast will always be in Jesus and His finished work on the Cross.
1Corinthians 1:31, Jeremiah 9:23-24, 1Corinthians 2:2
3.) Reconciliation, Not Religion = Vs.15.
1Corinthians 7:18-19, 2Corinthians 5:17, John 3:3
What does this world have to offer besides temptation?
Did anything change when you were saved?
When we are reconciled to God, everything changes.
4.) There Will Always Be a Cost = Vs.16-18.
There is peace and mercy for all who walk according to the new birth, but that does not mean an absence of suffering.
Is your life “marked” by your relationship with Jesus?
Acts 4:13, 1Peter 4:16, Hebrews 4:12, Philippians 1:9
Christ crucified, and us born again by His Spirit.