Tuesday, June 29, 2010

More Biblical Concepts to Build On

In a recent survey, 99% of those people stated that a loving family is the most important relationship in their lives.

Prov. 14:1 "build"

The Family Series this year has been: major doctrines to build on... Family relationships must be built, considering we live in a sinful, fallen world.
We've discussed sin, sanctification, edification, and forgiving

Today: not necessarily major doctrines, but they are natural Biblical concepts to build on.

The Concept of:
#1. Moral Law - says, that rules of right and wrong:
A. exist
B. are established (determined) by God
C. are revealed by God - through nature, reason, logic, conscience, AND special revelation
Heb. 1:1-2 John 1:18 2 Pet. 1:21 therefore: 2 Tim 3:16
Christ came to reveal God's will.

#2. Sufficient light - ie. God gives enough light for each one to know:
right and wrong exist
B. to know basic right and wrong
C. grants enough knowledge for me to discover more light

This doesn't mean that it is easy to find the right answer to all moral dilemmas,
BUT there is enough light to do right. Rom. 1:18-20
(our primary problem is not lack of knowledge BUT acting on the knowledge that we do have!!
Which leads to:

#3. Free Will - ie. the freedom to decide and choose
This is more than an option. It is a necessity!! Example: Adam & Eve - Gen.2:15-17
We are daily and repeatedly confronted with moral choices and ....... we must choose!! We are without excuse.

#4. Natural Consequence.
A. choices have consequences
B. Moral choices have natural, physical, emotional, relational consequences!
Example: Adam and Eve - their choice affected everything - individual, couple, creation, offspring...
Gal. 6:7-9
Deut. 30:19-20
This does not mean that if you choose right your life will always be right. It means that if you choose right, ultimately you'll be blessed.

#5, Joint Venture. Point being: A. the family has multiple members
B. you get the best results when your work as a team!!
Gen. 1:28 Couple equals partners. Family equals team.
On one hand, you can't make the others cooperate, but you CAN attempt and address the concept!!

#6. Active Faith - ie: effective faith which is more than intellectual and/or sentimental concept. It is: head, heart, and hands. James 2:14-18
This doesn't mean you'll always do right!! But it does mean an honest/active effort to do so.

#7. Common Lord.
Means - accepting Christ
- enthroning Christ
- (actively) serving Christ

Prov. 24:3-4

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