Summary: a bible study outline on walking the walk.
If you talk the talk, do you walk the walk?
Bible Study Outline
The bible has a lot to say about the way we walk and talk. It is in so many ways how we conduct ourselves as Christians.
It is our conversation and our lifestyle.
Using the phrase, “Talking the talk” we are in essence saying, “Is your conversation, or the way you communicate yourself, or the way you express, or verbalize yourself in consistence with what you profess to be?”
In using the phrase “walking the walk” we are saying, “Is your lifestyle, the way you live or behave yourself consistent with the way you profess it to be?
The bible has a lot to say with the way we are supposed to walk; not a physical walk, but a spiritual walk. Or the way we behave ourselves as Christians. In other words, our behavioral attributes.
As Christians we are expected to live a different lifestyle than that of the world. Our actions and reactions are distinctly different than the worldly crowd.
So, what are some of the behavioral traits God expects from us as Christians?
1. 3 John 1:4 “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.”
What is this truth John is writing about? First of all John writes that he is joyful to hear that the saints of God are walking in truth. The gospel is called the truth. Jesus said He was the truth. You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.
John was happy to hear that these Christians were not entangled again with the yoke of bondage, the old ceremonial laws, which still declared that the way to God was by observing and keeping these laws.
But the truth is the gospel of Jesus Christ. The truth is that Jesus and his blood saves from sin. The truth is that we are to follow His ways and trust in Him.
Are you walking in truth today? There are many false doctrines out there. Many doctrines that say they teach the truth but do not.
2 Timothy 4:3 “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
Verse 4 “And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”
What is truth today? God’s word in it’s absolute, pure form.
Jesus Christ, as the only salvation
Jesus Christ as the only mediator between man and God.
Jesus Christ as our supreme example.
2. Secondly, we are to walk in love.
Ephesians 5:2 “And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savour.”
Let your behavior be of a loving nature. In your actions and reactions, let there be love demonstrated.
Let love be a part of your life’s attributes or characteristics.
Let every act of life be dictated by love to God and man.
That is, let your lives be characterized by love; let that be evinced in all your deportment and conversation.
“As Christ also hath loved us.” We are to evince the same love for one another which he has done for us. He showed his love by giving himself to die for us, and we should evince similar love to one another.
Paul spoke about the importance of love.
1Cor 13:1 ¶ Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
1Cor 13:2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
1Cor 13:3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
1Cor 13:13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
1Cor 16:14 Let all your things be done with charity.
Col 3:14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. (completeness)
3. Thirdly, we are to walk after His commandments
2 John 1:6 And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.
In other words, we are to walk, or live in obedience to His commandments. Then, our love is shown and proved by our walking according to the commandments of God; for love is the principle of obedience.
Are you living a life in obedience to God’s commandments? Or, is your lifestyle in consistency with the commandments of God? Are you walking in a harmonious uniformity to God’s laws?