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Discernment, “perception, not only by the senses but also by the intellect; cognition, discernment…Phil. 1:9, of moral discernment…” ( Thayer, p. 17). The need for this:. Lev. 10:1ff. SPIRITUAL DISCERNMENT. 1 Kgs. 3:9. 2 Kgs. 5:12. “One church is just as good as another.”.

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Discernment, “perception, not only by the senses but also by the intellect; cognition, discernment…Phil. 1:9, of moral discernment…” (Thayer, p. 17)

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The need for this:

Lev. 10:1ff

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1 Kgs. 3:9

2 Kgs. 5:12

“One church is just as good as another.”

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I. SPIRITUAL DISCERNMENT IS LEARNED FROM GOD’S WORD, Rom. 12:9; Heb. 5:11-14; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; Eph. 5:17; Acts 17:11-12; Prov. 16:25; 1 Thes. 5:21; Matt. 6:23

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Senses, “faculty of the mind for perceiving, understanding, judging” (Thayer, p. 17)

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II. SPIRITUAL DISCERNMENT CALLS FOR APPLICATION OF THE WORD TO SITUATIONS WE FACE

A. Examples from the O.T., Gen. 8: 20-21a; Deut. 13:1-5

B. In training children, Prov. 22:6; 7:7

C. In being different from the sinful world, Phil. 2:15; 1 Thes. 1:9; 1 Pet. 4:3

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Lasciviousness: "unbridled lust, excess, licentiousness, lasciviousness, wanton- ness, outrageousness, shamelessness, insolence…. wanton (acts or) manners, as filthy words, indecent bodily move- ments, unchaste handling of males and females, etc." (Thayer, pp. 79-80)

  • Sexually explicit literature and suggestive entertainment
  • Petting/unchaste touching
  • Dancing
  • Immodest Clothing
  • Cheerleading
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I PETER 4:3

1. "Excess of Wine"

a. "drunkenness" (Arndt & Gingrich, p. 562)

b. "drunkenness" (Thayer, p. 442)

c. "Old compound (word, sw)...for drunkenness ..." (A.T. Robinson, v.VI,p.122)

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I PETER 4:3

1. "Excess of Wine” - "drunkenness”

2. "Revelling"

a. "excessive feasting...carousing, revelry" (Arndt & Gingrich, p.461)

b. "...hence, used generally of feast and drinking parties that are protracted until late at night and indulge in revelry" (Thayer, p. 367)

c. "...rioting drinking parties..." (A. T. Robinson, ibid.)

d. NASV: "Carousing"

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I PETER 4:3

2. "Revelling"

a. "...carousing, revelry" (Arndt & Gingrich, p.461)

b. "...drinking parties... " (Thayer, p. 367)

c. "...drinking parties..." (A. T. Robinson, ibid.)

d. NASV: "Carousing"

3. "Banqueting”

a. "drinking,esp.adrinkingparty,carousalpl.”(A&G)

b. "a drinking, carousing" (Thayer, p. 533)

c. "Old word for drinking carousal....In light of these words it seems strange to find modern Christians justifying their `personal liberty' to drink and carouse..." (A.T. Robinson, op. cit.)

d. "not of necessity excessive (...), but giving the opportunity for excess" (R.C.Trench, Synonyms of the New Testament, p. 226)

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I PETER 4:3

2. "Revelling"

a. "...carousing, revelry" (Arndt & Gingrich, p.461)

b. "...drinking parties... " (Thayer, p. 367)

c. "...drinking parties..." (A. T. Robinson, ibid.)

d. NASV: "Carousing"

3. "Banqueting"

a. "drinking,esp.adrinkingparty,carousalpl.”(A&G)

b. "a drinking, carousing" (Thayer, p. 533)

c. "Old word for drinking carousal....In light of these words it seems strange to find modern Christians justifying their `personal liberty' to drink and carouse..." (A.T. Robinson, op. cit.)

d. "not of necessity excessive (...), but giving the opportunity for excess" (R.C.Trench, Synonyms of the New Testament, p. 226)

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I PETER 4:3

2. "Revelling"

a. "...carousing, revelry" (Arndt & Gingrich, p.461)

b. "...drinking parties... " (Thayer, p. 367)

c. "...drinking parties..." (A. T. Robinson, ibid.)

d. NASV: "Carousing"

3. "Banqueting"

a. "drinking, esp....carousal pl." (A&G, p. 696)

b. "a drinking, carousing" (Thayer, p. 533)

c. "Old word for drinking carousal....In light of these words it seems strange to find modern Christians justifying their `personal liberty' to drink and carouse..." (A.T. Robinson, op. cit.)

d. "not of necessity excessive (...), but giving the opportunity for excess" (R.C.Trench, Synonyms of the New Testament, p. 226)

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I PETER 4:3

1. "Excess of Wine” - "drunkenness”

2. "Revelling"

a. "...carousing, revelry" (Arndt & Gingrich, p.461)

b. "...drinking parties... " (Thayer, p. 367)

c. "...drinking parties..." (A. T. Robinson, ibid.)

d. NASV: "Carousing"

3. "Banqueting"

a. "drinking…” (Arndt & Gingrich, p. 696)

b. "a drinking…” (Thayer, p. 533)

c. "Old word for…” (A.T. Robinson, op. cit.)

d. "not of necessity excessive (...), but giving the opportunity for excess" (R.C.Trench, Synonyms of the New Testament, p. 226)

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I PETER 4:3

1. "Excess of Wine” - "drunkenness” -- We have no idea what God considers drunkenness!

2. "Revelling” - This is not drunkenness.

3. "Banqueting” - This is also notdrunkenness.

How can anyone argue their “right” to drink in light of these facts?

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II. SPIRITUAL DISCERNMENT CALLS FOR APPLICATION OF THE WORD TO SITUATIONS WE FACE

D. In inviting a preacher to preach for us, 2 Jno. 9-11

E. In who we recognize as faithful Christians, Gal. 2:9; 2 Jn. 4; 1 Cor. 5:1; 2 Thes. 3:14-15; Gal. 6:1; Prov. 28:9; Isa. 1:15

F. In recognizing a church as faithful, 2 Tim. 2:19; Rev. 2:20-21; 2:14; Eph. 1:22-23; 1 Thes. 1:7; Isa. 5:20

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DISCERNMENT

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I. SPIRITUAL DISCERNMENT IS LEARNED FROM GOD’S WORD, Rom. 12:9; Heb. 5:11-14; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; Eph. 5:17; Acts 17:11-12; Prov. 16:25; 1 Thes. 5:21; Matt. 6:23

SPIRITUAL

DISCERNMENT

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II. SPIRITUAL DISCERNMENT CALLS FOR APPLICATION OF THE WORD TO SITUATIONS WE FACE

A. Examples from the O.T., Gen. 8: 20-21a; Deut. 13:1-5

B. In training children, Prov. 22:6; 7:7

C. In being different from the sinful world, Phil. 2:15; 1 Thes. 1:9; 1 Pet. 4:3

SPIRITUAL

DISCERNMENT

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II. SPIRITUAL DISCERNMENT CALLS FOR APPLICATION OF THE WORD TO SITUATIONS WE FACE

D. In inviting a preacher to preach for us, 2 Jno. 9-11

E. In who we recognize as faithful Christians, Gal. 2:9; 2 Jn. 4; 1 Cor. 5:1; 2 Thes. 3:14-15; Gal. 6:1; Prov. 28:9; Isa. 1:15

F. In recognizing a church as faithful, 2 Tim. 2:19; Rev. 2:20-21; 2:14; Eph. 1:22-23; 1 Thes. 1:7; Isa. 5:20

SPIRITUAL

DISCERNMENT