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Summary: Are your convictions based on what the Bible teaches.

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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?

Joshua 14:7

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?

Culture

Knowledge

fears

As a Christian

we believe that we have been convicted by the Holy Spirit through gospel truth,

the law read

or heard,

reflection,

affliction,

calamity…

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

10. Materialism

11. Credit and financial practices

12. Gambling

13. Dancing

14. Involvement in Lawsuits

15. Regular Church Attendance

16. Secret Societies

17. Astrology

18. Modesty

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?

Hedonistic world

Not a lot of pleasures

Sex

Food

Drink

Entertainment

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.

[24] 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.

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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


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