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Is Your Religion a Matter of Convenience Or Conviction?. Convenience or Conviction?. It takes conviction to seek out truth. It takes conviction to do what is right. It takes conviction to stand for what is right. It takes conviction to stand against what is wrong. Convenience or Conviction?.

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convenience or conviction
Convenience or Conviction?
  • It takes conviction to seek out truth.
  • It takes conviction to do what is right.
  • It takes conviction to stand for what is right.
  • It takes conviction to stand against what is wrong.
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Convenience or Conviction?

Some Examples of Both

  • Joseph – Genesis 39:7-12
  • Moses – Hebrews 11:24-28
  • Joshua and Caleb – Numbers 13:30; 14:6-9
  • Nadab and Abihu – Leviticus 10:1,2
  • Jeroboam – 1 Kings 12:25-30
  • Peter – Matthew 26:69-75
  • Felix – Acts 24:25
modern examples of convenience in religion
Modern Examples of Convenience in Religion

Convenience or Conviction?

  • Salvation by Faith Only
    • James 2:14-24
  • Once Saved Always Saved
    • 2 Peter 1:5-10
  • Not willing to Search for Truth
    • Acts 17:11,12
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Modern Examples of Convenience in Religion

Convenience or Conviction?

  • Standards for choosing a church
    • 1 Timothy 3:15
  • A focus on recreation and entertainment, rather than doctrine and holiness
    • Romans 14:17
  • Second-generation Christianity
    • Jude 7-10
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Convenience or Conviction?

Making Application

It Is More Convenient to:

  • Be conformed than transformed – Romans 12:1,2
  • Stay at home than assemble with the saints – Hebrews 10:24,25
  • Watch TV than read and study God’s word – 1 Peter 2:1,2; Psalm 119:97-104
  • Neglect prayer – Ephesians 6:18
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Convenience or Conviction?

Making Application

It Is More Convenient to:

  • Spend than to give to the Lord’s work – 2 Corinthians 9:6,7
  • Be lazy than zealous in serving the Lord – Titus 2:14
  • Quit than overcome sin, conflicts, and problems – 1 John 5:4
  • Procrastinate – Acts 24:25
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Convenience or Conviction?

Conclusion

  • The convenient path has always been the most popular path. However, the convenient path is rarely the path to success - Matthew 7:13,14.
  • Our faith and actions must be based on what is true, right, good, and holy, rather than what is easy – Matthew 16:24; Romans 12:1,2.
  • Commitment to the Lord, to His church, and to the local work requires CONVICTION – not convenience.
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Convenience or Conviction?

Conclusion

  • Becoming a Christian requires conviction.
    • Turning away from sin –
    • Confessing Christ –
    • Being baptized -
  • Living as a Christian requires conviction.
    • Serving in His kingdom –
    • Living holy lives –