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The True Marks of a Christian: The Transformed Life Part II. Romans 12:14-19. Romans 12:9-21 is like a Laundry List for living out the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Pre-Romans 12 “ Marks of a True Christian ”. Acts 2:41
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for living out the Gospel of Jesus Christ
Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were addedunto them (the initial 120 believers) about three thousand souls.
Let’s Define Persecute
1 : to harass in a manner designed to injure, grieve, or afflict;
specifically : to cause to suffer because of belief
2 : to annoy with persistent or urgent approaches
On January 19, 1981, a group of terrorists called "M-19" broke into the S.I.L. residence in Bogotá, Columbia, and kidnapped Wycliffe translator Chet Bitterman. The communiqué from the terrorists read, "Chet Bitterman will be executed unless the Summer Institute of Linguistics and all its members leave Columbia by 6:00 PM February 19." Wycliffe did not budge. Brenda Bitterman and her two little children waited 48 days. On March 7 the terrorists shot Chet Bitterman through the heart and left his body on a bus in Bogota. More than one hundred Wycliffe members in Columbia were given the choice of a new field. None left. And two hundred candidates volunteered to take Chet Bitterman's place. And…
Sermon on the Mount
Jesus is correcting what the Jews had been taught.
What does it mean to “bless them?”
If God expects us to bless our enemies how do we feel justified in not ________ to other Christians in the body of Christ?
To wish anyone evil or ruin; it is just the opposite of to “speak well of”
Cursing Without Words
Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.
This is the complete opposite of indifference toward others.
Jesus wasn’t indifferent toward anyone.
What does indifference look like in the body of Christ?
Then “jealously” normally keeps us from rejoicing with those who rejoice.
Weep with those who weep.
1 John 3:17
But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?
Who are you not living in harmony with?
Is it you or them?
What is the difference in application between verse 16a and verse 18?
What did Jesus say?
The principle of non-retaliation for personal injury permeates the entire New Testament.
What are we saying when we step in in order to avenge for ourselves?
Our lack of faith/trust in God’s ability to take care of us (or our children).
Who do you need to do business with today?