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Morality and Wisdom

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Scripture: Revelation 1:1-2
Topics: Personal Holiness, Wisdom & Discernment, Contributor: Sean Kinnally

“The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John: Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.”

- Revelation 1:1-2 KJV

The book of Revelation is a revelation of Jesus Christ, which he mediates to the apostle John. So John testifies to us of the testimony of Christ. This shows us a dual witness of Jesus and John in the testimony we receive in Revelation. John is able participate in this witness as God’s instrument because he has been conformed into Christ’s image.

THE IMPORTANCE OF CHARACTER

Serving God faithfully, in whatever he has called you to, will never be apart from character. The Bible knows of no separation between true wisdom and good character (1 Tim 3:1-7, Tit 1:7-9). Wisdom and character are, in fact, intimately and inseparably linked. We see the opposite side of this coin playing out in Romans 1. People with dishonorable passions and corrupt desires being darkened in their minds and hardened in their hearts so that they are left in further darkness as to what is good, true, and beautiful.

Moral failure actually leads people away from true knowledge. On the other hand, moral goodness, which must involve faith, actually leads to true understanding. It is the fear of the Lord that is the beginning of wisdom.

If a man wants to be a pastor because he loves doctrine but he is still mastered by sexual sin and regularly acting on those desires, God doesn’t want him as a pastor in His church and he isn’t fit for the duty. Not only would he be a hypocrite, but this man actually won’t have for his congregation what they need. As one who is mastered by sin, he will lack even sufficient knowledge and wisdom on how to properly help his people.

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding
have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.”

-Psalm 111:10

This is applicable to more than just a pastor, as I hope is plain. Mom’s will fail in what should be their proper understanding of motherhood and being a wife if they care more about play dates, watching tv shows, and comparing their kids to the other kids in the church than they do about keeping God’s commandments and saturating themselves and their children in God’s Word. Women generally will fail to know what it is to honor God as a woman if they spend there time as busybodies and gossips rather than devoting themselves to serving others and being mothers broadly in the church in the way they help families and disciple others.

COMMON GRACE VS WALKING WITH GOD

Obviously there can be a basic understanding of God’s truth simply by reading or hearing, even in the midst of sin. To tell someone that murder is something God hates will still resonate with an impenitent sinner, though they may try to push it out of their mind. The point I am trying to make is that there is a greater maturity and wisdom that comes with walking with God for longer. Walking with God is not simply a question of how long it has been since someone prayed a prayer during an alter call, but walking with God implies actually walking with Him. Walking with God is only done when we, by faith, are keeping His commandments. And it is that kind of walking with God that he blesses with greater wisdom and knowledge of His will and greater understanding in His Word.

This may not often the way we think through these things, but we actually need to believe God in order to understand, and we will come to greater knowledge as we grow in our obedience to his commandments. Sin has tainted our understanding. We must be conformed into Christ’s image if we are to be faithful servants of Him. This is who John was, and therefore He, though a sinner, by Christ’s appointment serves as a faithful messenger of a precious message from the King of all that he saw from the heavenly throne room of God.

 

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The Lordship of Christ

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Scripture: 1 Timothy 6:3-5
Topics: Personal Holiness, Wisdom & Discernment, Personal Holiness, Wisdom & Discernment, Humility, Mortification of Sin, Personal Holiness, Personal Holiness, Christian Contentment, Personal Holiness, Mortification of Sin, Personal Holiness, Resisting Temptation, Contributor: Joel Webbon

Christians, do not forget that Christ is not only our Savior, he is also our Lord. And this Lordship is not merely confined to the realm of our hearts. Jesus is the Lord of all things!

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Isolated But Not Alone

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Scripture: 2 Timothy 1:7
Topics: Personal Holiness, Wisdom & Discernment, Personal Holiness, Wisdom & Discernment, Humility, Mortification of Sin, Personal Holiness, Personal Holiness, Christian Contentment, Personal Holiness, Mortification of Sin, Personal Holiness, Resisting Temptation, Christian Contentment, Faith & Hope, Personal Holiness, Contributor: Domonique Lucio

We are in a time of uncertainty. Daily news updates are becoming more and more concerning as COVID-19 spreads rapidly. We have slowly started to distance ourselves from friends and family trying to do our parts in stopping this virus from spreading. As I talk to friends, family, and coworkers, I continue to hear the same struggles from those around …

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Responding to Injustice

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Scripture: 1 Timothy 6:1-2
Topics: Personal Holiness, Wisdom & Discernment, Personal Holiness, Wisdom & Discernment, Humility, Mortification of Sin, Personal Holiness, Personal Holiness, Christian Contentment, Personal Holiness, Mortification of Sin, Personal Holiness, Resisting Temptation, Christian Contentment, Faith & Hope, Personal Holiness, Justice, Personal Holiness, Contributor: Joel Webbon

Many in our culture wrongfully claim to be victims when they are not and yet, there are still many in our culture who truly have been oppressed. In this sermon clip, Pastor Joel offers biblical and practical wisdom to those who are experiencing injustice.

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How to Be Rich in Godly Character

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Scripture: 1 Timothy 6:1-2
Topics: Personal Holiness, Wisdom & Discernment, Personal Holiness, Wisdom & Discernment, Humility, Mortification of Sin, Personal Holiness, Personal Holiness, Christian Contentment, Personal Holiness, Mortification of Sin, Personal Holiness, Resisting Temptation, Christian Contentment, Faith & Hope, Personal Holiness, Justice, Personal Holiness, Personal Holiness, Suffering & Persecution, Contributor: Joel Webbon

The Bible teaches that suffering is the slave of every true believer, sent by God to produce spiritual wealth for those who choose to suffer well.

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One Treasure, One Master

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Scripture: Matthew 6:19-24
Topics: Personal Holiness, Wisdom & Discernment, Personal Holiness, Wisdom & Discernment, Humility, Mortification of Sin, Personal Holiness, Personal Holiness, Christian Contentment, Personal Holiness, Mortification of Sin, Personal Holiness, Resisting Temptation, Christian Contentment, Faith & Hope, Personal Holiness, Justice, Personal Holiness, Personal Holiness, Suffering & Persecution, Personal Holiness, Resisting Temptation, Worldliness, Contributor: Paul Pitts

This week Paul Pitts III from Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, CA teaches on Romans Matthew 6:19-24. His focus was on storing up for ourselves treasures in heaven “where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal”, rather than the fleeting treasures of this earth.

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God Cares Greatly About Purity

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Scripture: 1 Timothy 5:1-2
Topics: Personal Holiness, Wisdom & Discernment, Personal Holiness, Wisdom & Discernment, Humility, Mortification of Sin, Personal Holiness, Personal Holiness, Christian Contentment, Personal Holiness, Mortification of Sin, Personal Holiness, Resisting Temptation, Christian Contentment, Faith & Hope, Personal Holiness, Justice, Personal Holiness, Personal Holiness, Suffering & Persecution, Personal Holiness, Resisting Temptation, Worldliness, Mortification of Sin, Personal Holiness, Contributor: Zack Gilman

Purity is a constant theme in Scripture. If we truly love God, we will strive to do whatever it takes to model a life of purity.