Summary: Are your convictions based on what the Bible teaches.
Short Lesson on Convictions
My purpose is not to make an exhaustive study of this subject but to get you thinking about your convictions, and whether or not they are based on what the Bible teaches.
What does the word conviction mean?
I was forty years old when Moses the servant of the Lord sent me from Kadesh Barnea to explore the land. And I brought him back a report according to my convictions,
“I am persuaded”
“I am Convinced”
How are our convictions formed?
As a Christian
we believe that we have been convicted by the Holy Spirit through gospel truth,
the law read
And from that experience we base our convictions
Are your Christian convictions holiness?
You are regularly called a "saint" or holy person in the Bible,
Holiness in this regard denotes the high ethical and spiritual meaning of the word it is used to signify the appropriate quality of your life and conduct.
Christian Convictions are not holiness, but Holy People have convictions based upon appropriate qualities of life and conduct..
What are these appropriate qualities of life and conduct?
Lets talk about some of our convictions we might hold to.
1. Telling the truth – Honesty -
2. Self Control
3. against Pride
4. Gossip and inappropriate speech
5. Sexual purity
6. Holiness in regard to entertainment
7. Pure thought life
8. Use of alcohol, tobacco, drugs
9. A strong work ethic
11. Credit and financial practices
14. Involvement in Lawsuits
15. Regular Church Attendance
16. Secret Societies
19. Reverence / respect
Now I want to take you to the scriptures to examine what the Bible says about the formation of our convictions
TEXT: I Cor. 10:23-33
1 Cor. 10:23
"Everything is permissible"--but not everything is beneficial. "Everything is permissible"--but not everything is constructive.
What’s he saying?
EVERYTHING IS ALLOWABLE TO YOU, BUT NOT EVERYTHING IS GOOD FOR YOU.
What kinds of things do you suppose were allowable to the disciple in the world they lived in?
Not a lot of pleasures
What sort of things are allowable for us today?
You could smoke cigarettes. There is not a place in the Bible that says not to.
BUT IS IT GOOD FOR YOU.
You could drink alcohol… there is not a place in the Bible that says not to.
BUT IS IT GOOD FOR YOU.
EVERYTHING IS ALLOWABLE TO YOU BUT NOT EVERYTHING YOU DO WILL BE CONSTRUCTIVE
Literally build you up…
In other words some things that are allowable will tear us down..
Or are destructive
What do we do with this truth…
Verse 24 gives us the overarching principle by which we should make decisions on what we should do or not do.
 Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others.
We are not to consider only ourselves, but we must be sensitive to others.
The big problem of the day was those who ate meat sacrificed to idols.
To the Jewish understanding this was a big sin…
But with a change in covenants there was a change in perspective about meat sacrificed to Idols