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Spiritual Conversation. Our Fellowship in Christ Should Result in Spiritual Conversations. Acts 2:42 (NKJV) And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship , in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.

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Our Fellowship in Christ Should Result in Spiritual Conversations.

Acts 2:42 (NKJV) And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.

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Spiritual conversation should be the result of Christians in fellowship with one another,yet sometimes in some cases this is not the result at all!
spiritual conversations can lead to many spiritual blessings
Spiritual conversations can lead to many spiritual blessings.
  • Spiritual growth and the strengthening of the church.
  • A spiritual atmosphere in the church in contrast with the world.
  • Needed encouragement is provided to help Christians remain faithful.
conversations that are not spiritual but carnal can be a curse
Conversations that are not spiritual, but carnal can be a curse!
  • The church does not grow spiritually as it should and remains weak.
  • A worldlyatmosphere is seen in which the church appears no different than a social club!
  • Over time, more brethren lose heart and become unfaithful.
colossians 2 8 nasb
Colossians 2:8 (NASB)

See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.

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In our conversations, what kind of advice do we give each other? Where does our instruction come from?
colossians 1 28 nasb
Colossians 1:28 (NASB)

And we proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, that we may present every man complete in Christ.

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Spiritual Conversations Among Christians is not About...
  • Worldly wisdom (Col. 2:8).
  • Worldly possessions (Mat. 6:19-21).
matthew 6 19 21 nasb
Matthew 6:19-21 (NASB)

19 "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 "But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; 21 for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. – cf. 1 Tim. 6:8; Mat. 6:33

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Spiritual Conversations Among Christians is not About...
  • Worldly wisdom (Col. 2:8).
  • Worldly possessions (Mat. 6:19-21).
  • Worldly activities (Rom. 12:2).
romans 12 2 nasb
Romans 12:2 (NASB)

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

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If we talk about the very same things that the world does, without emphasis on spiritual matters in our conversations with one another, what then sets us apart?
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Now some activities of the world are not sinful in and of themselves Yet, they can be! (1 Cor. 6:12)
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The conversations of Christians should be set apart in which a devotion toward God and doing His will takes precedence above all else.
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Spiritual Conversations Among Christians is not About...
  • Worldly wisdom (Col. 2:8).
  • Worldly possessions (Mat. 6:19-21).
  • Worldly activities (Rom. 12:2)
  • Gossip (1 Tim. 5:13)
1 timothy 5 13 nasb
1 Timothy 5:13 (NASB)

And at the same time they also learn to be idle, as they go around from house to house; and not merely idle, but also gossips and busybodies, talking about things not proper to mention.

t h i n k
T.H.I.N.K.
  • T -- is it True?
  • H -- is it Helpful?
  • I -- is it Inspiring?
  • N -- is it Necessary?
  • K -- is it Kind?
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Spiritual Conversations Among Christians is not About...
  • Worldly wisdom (Col. 2:8).
  • Worldly possessions (Mat. 6:19-21).
  • Worldly activities (Rom. 12:2)
  • Gossip (1 Tim. 5:13)
  • Corrupt speech (swearing, cursing, profanity, vulgarity, “near-swearing” – Eph. 4:29)
ephesians 4 29 nkjv
Ephesians 4:29 (NKJV)

Let no corrupt (unwholesome – NASB)wordproceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. – cf. Eph. 5:4; Col. 3:8

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Number of swear words in vocabulary of average American male: 58 Avg. female: 29
  • Brethren should not fit the national average or even come close!
why do people swear lack of knowledge creativity
Why do people swear? Lack of knowledge? Creativity?
  • Alternatives: Baloney, hogwash, ah nuts, oh man, oh dear, etc.
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We should avoid “near swearing” or euphemisms:“the use of a word or a phrase that is less expressive or direct but considered less distasteful, less offensive, etc. than another” (Webster).

(e.g., darn, heck, shoot, freaking, etc.)

corrupt speech
Corrupt Speech
  • Taking God’s name in vain (1 Tim. 6:1/ Ex. 20:7).
  • Avoid “near swearing” of God’s name using euphemisms (e.g., gosh, lordy, gee, dog gone it, etc.).
ephesians 4 29 nasb
Ephesians 4:29 (NASB)

Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, that it may give grace to those who hear.

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Spiritual Conversations Among Christians is not About...
  • Worldly wisdom (Col. 2:8).
  • Worldly possessions (Mat. 6:19-21).
  • Worldly activities (Rom. 12:2)
  • Gossip (1 Tim. 5:13)
  • Corrupt speech (Eph. 4:29)
  • Doctrines of men (2 Timothy 2:16-18).
2 timothy 2 16 18 nasb
2 Timothy 2:16-18 (NASB)

16 But avoid worldly and empty chatter, for it will lead to further ungodliness, 17 and their talk will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, 18 men who have gone astray from the truth saying that the resurrection has already taken place, and thus they upset the faith of some.

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Sometimes brethren will learn of some “new” and exciting teaching that they are attracted to and draw others into it.
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Conversations among Christians should not be centered on latest religious fads, but on what God declares in His book giving book, chapter, and verse!
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Spiritual Conversations Among Christians is not About...
  • Worldly wisdom (Col. 2:8).
  • Worldly possessions (Mat. 6:19-21).
  • Worldly activities (Rom. 12:2)
  • Gossip (1 Tim. 5:13)
  • Corrupt speech (Eph. 4:29)
  • Doctrines of men (2 Timothy 2:16-18).
  • Complaining (1 Cor. 10:10; James 5:9)
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The person who complains is a person who has chosen to have a bad attitude; Our circumstances in life does not force us to complain! (Phil. 4:11-13)
complaining is grumbling about things that are not wrong
Complaining is grumbling about things that are not wrong.

1 Cor. 10:10 (NKJV) nor complain, as some of them also complained, and were destroyed by the destroyer.

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Complaining involves things that we are doing nothing to correct, failing to take the needed action ourselves (Heb. 6:11-12).
complaining involves harsh judgment of others unwilling to forgive
Complaining involves harsh judgment of others, unwilling to forgive.

James 5:9 (NASB) Do not complain, brethren, against one another, that you yourselves may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing right at the door.

spiritual conversations among christians is about
Spiritual Conversations Among Christians is About...
  • Encouraging one another (Heb. 3:12-13)
hebrews 3 12 13 nasb
Hebrews 3:12-13 (NASB)

12 Take care, brethren, lest there should be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart, in falling away from the living God. 13 But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called "Today," lest any one of you be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.

no problem is ever as dark when you have a friend to face it with you
“No problem is ever as dark when you have a friend to face it with you.”
  • We can gain needed strength and be renewed by our encouragement of one another!
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Spiritual Conversations Among Christians is About...
  • Encouraging one another (Heb. 3:12-13)
  • Edifying (building up) one another with God’s word (Acts 20:32).
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Acts 20:32 (NASB)

“And now I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.”

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Beyond Bible class or sermons, Christians talk about God’s word with one another because the gospel has the power to build one another up and make us “grow”! (Eph. 4:15-16)
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Spiritual Conversations Among Christians is About...
  • Encouraging one another (Heb. 3:12-13)
  • Edifying (building up) one another with God’s word (Acts 20:32).
  • Admonishing (warning) one another (Rom. 15:14)
romans 15 14 nasb
Romans 15:14 (NASB)

And concerning you, my brethren, I myself also am convinced that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, and able also to admonish one another. – cf. 1 Thes. 5:14

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“I have asked three close friends to monitor me and tell me when I am allowing busyness to crowd out fellowship with God.” – C. John Miller
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Spiritual Conversations Among Christians is About...
  • Encouraging one another (Heb. 3:12-13)
  • Edifying (building up) one another with God’s word (Acts 20:32).
  • Admonishing (warning) one another (Rom. 15:14)
  • Correcting, reproving, or rebuking (James 5:19-20)
james 5 19 20 nasb
James 5:19-20 (NASB)

19 My brethren, if any among you strays from the truth, and one turns him back, 20 let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death, and will cover a multitude of sins. – cf. Titus 1:13; 2:15; 2 Tim. 4:2

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“My most painful experiences have been when I've had a problem and no one loved me enough to tell me about it.” -- Paul Cedar
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Spiritual Conversations Among Christians is About...
  • Encouraging one another (He 3:12-13)
  • Edifying (building up) one another with God’s word (Acts 20:32).
  • Admonishing (warning) one another (Rom. 15:14)
  • Correcting, reproving, or rebuking (James 5:19-20)
  • Confession (James 5:16).
james 5 16 nasb
James 5:16 (NASB)

Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.

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If we can’t be “real” with one another, who can we open up to?

(James 5:16; cf. Gal. 6:1-2)

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Spiritual Conversations Among Christians is About...
  • Encouraging one another (He 3:12-13)
  • Edifying (building up) one another with God’s word (Acts 20:32).
  • Admonishing (warning) one another (Rom. 15:14)
  • Correcting, reproving, or rebuking (James 5:19-20)
  • Confession (James 5:16).
  • Love (1 Pet. 1:22)
1 peter 1 22 nasb
1 Peter 1:22 (NASB)

Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart.

love is demonstrated in part by what we say
Love is demonstrated, in part, by what we say!
  • I pray for you (Phil. 1:3-7)
  • How can I help? (Gal. 5:13)
  • Words of compassion for the troubles of others, words of joy for their victories (1 Cor. 12:26)
  • Telling them how important and valuable they are to the Body (1 Cor. 12:12-26)
  • Expressed concern for their spiritual well-being (2 Cor. 2:4).
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Spiritual Conversations Among Christians is About...
  • Encouraging one another (He 3:12-13)
  • Edifying (building up) one another with God’s word (Acts 20:32).
  • Admonishing one another (Rom. 15:14)
  • Correcting, reproving, rebuking (James 5:19-20)
  • Confession (James 5:16).
  • Love (1 Pet. 1:22)
  • Forgiveness (Eph. 4:32)
ephesians 4 32 nasb
Ephesians 4:32 (NASB)

And be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.

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May We Always Strive as God’s Children to Have Spiritual Conversations with One Another.