Summary: God’s Word certainly points out for us what sin is and names it clearly, but God’s Word also helps us to make right decisions about life.

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Week before last we started our series of messages called “Raising the Standard.”

The first message was entitled “What’s Your Standard.”

We found out that things like lying, living together, stealing, murder, abortion, hatred, and all sorts of other things that the Bible condemns are all right for most people so long as they think it to be so.

The Bible has taken a back seat to some other standards.

You can call sin what you want to call it, renaming it does not change the fact that it is sin.

God’s Word certainly points out for us what sin is and names it clearly, but God’s Word also helps us to make right decisions about life.

God’s Word teaches us how to live our lives pleasing to God.

The problem is that there are so many accepted standards in our world today for making decisions and for deciding what is right and wrong that it is up to you to decide what standards you are going to follow.

We found out that there are basically, three standards that all of us face in our lives.

1. The Standard of Popular Opinion

The standard of popular opinion preaches to believers “just go with the flow.”

2. The Standard of Feeling and Emotion

The standard of feeling and emotion says; “It just feels right!”

3. The Standard of God’s Word

The standard of God’s Word is found in 2 Timothy 3:16-17 says, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,

Then Sunday night we found out how to “Finding the Standard in a Nonstandard World.”

We found that within the Ten Commandments. God’s Standards for a nonstandard world.

In every persons life there is always areas that could use improvement.

If we would just pause for a few moments and reflect upon our lives we would begin to see those areas that need improvement.

Those improvements come only when we are willing to “Raise the Standard” in our lives.

It doesn’t matter weather you’re a bookkeeper, carpenter, house- wife, lawyer, or doctor, all of us could make improvements in our lives.

Isn’t it so true that all of us could stand a little “Raising the Standard” in our lives, weather it is our loyalty, integrity, obedience, attitude, or our health?

So for the next several weeks we will be going through a series of messages entitled “Raising the Standard” in hopes of understanding God and what God really desires of us.

Last week we entered into our second week of our series of messages “Raising the Standard” our message was “When We’re Tested.”

We found out that in every person’s life there comes a time when we’re tested. We considering five steps of understanding concerning testing.

1. The Testing

2. Who Does the Testing?

3. Joy in the Midst of Testing.

4. Patience through the Testing

5. The Rewards

We are assured that when we come through the testing in our lives, we will receive the “Crown of Life.”

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