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lifestyle   Memory Verse: Luke 3:8

 

Life Application: I am to bear fruits of repentance.

 

Bible Text

Luke 3:8

Ephesians 5:1-13

Luke 3:3

Joshua 24:14-15

Romans 3:23

Romans 5:8

Romans 6:23

Luke 3:8 NKJV

“Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance…”

Your lifestyle will tell (show) if you have a personal relationship with God and Jesus or not. If you do not have a personal relationship with Jesus you are not saved and you will spend an eternity in the lake of fire. The choices YOU make while YOU are alive determine where You will spend eternity.

Lifestyle : manner of living: the way of life characteristic of a particular person, group, or culture.

Manner: way something is done, way in which somebody behaves , social behavior, customs and practices

These are not fruits of repentance and according to Ephesians 5:1-13, it is not fitting for children of God to participate in:…

profane language (profanity) or behavior.

cussing

vulgar talk rude or obscene, particularly with regard to sex or bodily functions and behavior

language or behavior that shows disrespect for God

profane word or phrase that shows disrespect for God

coarse joking or jesting

 

Ephesians 5:1-13 NKJV
“Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not be partakers with them. For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light.”

A few fruits of repentance are: love, goodness, righteousness, and truth. Children of God must strive to do what is acceptable in the Lord’s sight, not what is acceptable to society. Remember, what is right in God’s eyes is not always popular, and what is popular is not always right in God’s sight.

 

Luke 3:3 NKJV

“And he went into all the region around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins”

After accepting Jesus as your Savior (remission of sins / salvation) , you must make Him the Lord of your life. Part of making Jesus your Lord is following Him. We must walk as children of light. We must choose each and every day if we are going to truly serve Him or not.

 

Joshua 24:14-15 NKJV

““Now therefore, fear the Lord, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord! And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

People that participate in the following do not have an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God:

Fornication – sex between two people who are not married to each other.

Filthiness – morally objectionable (according to God’s standards) or obscene.

Cussing

Uncleanness – sexual immorality / vulgar.

Foolish talking – a lack of good sense or judgment, seeming ridiculous, unimportant.

Covetousness – greed.

coarse jesting – vulgar or obscene joking.

Vulgarity – crude or obscene, particularly with regard to sex or bodily functions

Idolatry – putting things or people before God / not worshipping the true God.

 

Sin is disobeying God in any way and it separates man from God. Everyone has sinned and needs the forgiveness that is offered to us through Jesus.

Romans 3:23 NKJV

“ for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”

Romans 5:8 NKJV

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Romans 6:23 NKJV

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Review

1. I am to bear _________________ of repentance.

2. What does repent mean?

3. What does your lifestyle show?

4. What happens to the person that does not have a personal relationship with Jesus?

5. Who decides if you will go to heaven to be with Jesus or if you are cast into the lake of fire?

6. List a few things that are not fruits of repentance.

7. List a few fruits of repentance.

8. Children of God must strive to do what is acceptable in the __________ sight.

9. What is right in God’s eyes is not always popular, and what is popular is not always right in God’s sight. What does that mean?

10. We must __________ each and every day if we are going to truly serve God or not.

11. Who will not have an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God?

12. Sin is disobeying God in any way and it _______________________ man from God.

13. Everyone has sinned and needs the forgiveness that is offered to us through ________________.

14. God demonstrated His love toward us. How?

15. The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is __________________ _____________ in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

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Accepting and Preparing

ACCEPTING AND PREPARINGMemory Verse: 1 Peter 1:15

Life Application: We are to be holy in all our conduct.

Bible Text:

1 Peter 1:15

Esther 4:7-8

1 John 1:8

Romans 3:23

Romans 6:23

Esther 4:16

John 14:6

Romans 10:9

Acts 16:31

Esther 4:13

Matthew 27:51

Hebrews 10:19-20

1 John 1:9

2 Peter 3:11-13

Luke 3:8

1 Peter 1:13-15

Philippians 1:27

 

Realize The Danger

Esther was made aware of the fact that the Jews lives were in danger. A plot had been made to kill them.

Esther 4:7-8 NKJV

“And Mordecai told him all that had happened to him, and the sum of money that Haman had promised to pay into the king’s treasuries to destroy the Jews. He also gave him a copy of the written decree for their destruction, which was given at Shushan, that he might show it to Esther and explain it to her, and that he might command her to go in to the king to make supplication to him and plead before him for her people.”

Every person born is in danger of separation from God because of sin. Every person has sinned. Every person has an enemy that would love to see them thrown in the Lake of Fire (away from God’s presence.) You must realize and admit that you have sinned.

1 John 1:8 NKJV

“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”

Romans 3:23 NKJV

“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”

Romans 6:23 NKJV

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Know Who Can Save

Esther knew who could save her and her people. She knew that the king held the power to save them.

Esther 4:16 NKJV

““Go, gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will fast likewise. And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!”

We must know who can save us. Jesus is the only way we can be saved. It is only through His blood that our sins are washed away.

John 14:6 NKJV

“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

Romans 10:9 NKJV

“that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

Acts 16:31 NKJV

“So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.”

Go To The Person Save

Esther went directly to the king to tell him about the plot to destroy the Jewish people. She did not send a message to him by someone else. She went personally to the king.

Esther knew her life would be put in danger by going to the king personally. At first Esther was not willing to do what she knew that she had to do. She did not go to the king. Then Esther realize that if she did not go to the king that she would be separated from His presence forever by death.

Esther 4:13 NKJV

“And Mordecai told them to answer Esther: “Do not think in your heart that you will escape in the king’s palace any more than all the other Jews.”

Many times we are like Esther. When the Holy Spirit tries to draw us to the King (God) for salvation, we think of excuses not to go. We are afraid of loosing our own life. But the truth is, if we don’t go to the King (God) for salvation we will be separated from His presence forever.

At Jesus’ death the veil in the temple was torn into, from the top to the bottom, by God.

Matthew 27:51 NKJV

“Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split”

Today you are to go directly to God (in prayer) to receive salvation through the blood of Jesus. There is no man, church, or religion that has the power, or authority, to save you. You can’t send word by someone else that you want salvation. Salvation is a personal thing. You must go directly to the King (God) yourself.

Hebrews 10:19-20 NKJV

“Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh”

1 John 1:9 NKJV

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Prepare To Go Before The King

2 Peter 3:11-13 NKJV

Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.”

Luke 3:8 NKJV

“Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance…”

When we accept Christ as our Savior we must prepare to be His bride. Just like Esther there is a preparation period. Our preparation period is from the moment that we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior to the moment that we stand before Him.

1 Peter 1:13-15 NKJV

“Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance;
but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct”

Philippians 1:27 NKJV

“Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel”

How are you preparing yourself to stand before your King? What are you putting on? A few things that we should put on, just to name a few, are: love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, longsuffering, kindness, meekness, self-control, obedience, humility, brokenness.

 

Review

1. Esther was made aware of the fact that the _________ lives were in danger.

2. Every person born is in danger of _______________________ from God because of sin.

3. Every person has sinned. What is sin?

4. Esther knew that the king held the __________________ to save them.

5. It is only through _____________ blood that our sins are washed away.

6. Esther went directly to the ____________ to tell him about the plot to destroy the Jewish people.

7. The ___________ __________ draws us to the King (God) for salvation.

8. At Jesus’ death the __________ in the temple was torn into, from the top to the bottom, by God.

9. Does religion have the power or authority to save you?

10. When we accept Christ as our Savior we must prepare to be His ____________.

11. How are you preparing yourself to stand before your King?

 

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Fruits Worthy of Repentance

  Luke 3:8  NKJV

“Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance…”

     Your lifestyle will tell (show) if you have a personal relationship with God and Jesus or not. If you do not have a personal relationship with Jesus you are not saved and you will spend an eternity in hell. The choices YOU make while YOU are alive determine where You will  spend eternity.

 

Lifestyle : manner of living: the way of life characteristic of a particular person, group, or culture.

Manner: way something is done, way in which somebody behaves , social behavior, customs and practices

Luke 3:3 NKJV

“And he went into all the region around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins”

These are NOT fruits of repentance…

profane language (profanity) or  behavior.

cussing

vulgar talk rude or obscene, particularly with regard to sex or bodily functions and behavior

language or behavior that shows disrespect for God

profane word or phrase that shows disrespect for God

coarse joking or jesting

 

Ephesians 5:1-13  NKJV
“Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not be partakers with them. For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light.”

Where will you spend eternity? God has given each of us a choice- the choice is ours and ours alone to make.

 

Joshua 24: 14-15 NKJV

“Now therefore, fear the Lord, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord!  And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

 

God loves everyone and wants us to choose Him and become members of His family.

John 3:16 NKJV

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

Sin separates us from God. Everyone has sinned and needs forgiveness. Sin is disobeying God in any way.

Romans 3:23 NKJV

“ for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”

 

James 4:17 NKJV

“Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.”

The punishment for sin is separation from God. But through Jesus our relationship with God can be restored.

 

Romans 5:8 NKJV

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

1 Peter 2:24 NKJV

“who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.”

Salvation is free, a gift; we cannot buy it. We simply ask forgiveness for our sins and receive the gift of salvation.

Romans 6:23 NKJV

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Have you made your choice?

Romans 3:23

“All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”

Acts 16:31

“Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved”

1 John 1:9

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins.”

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