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Summary: Is our Life in Christ real or a facade? Our Life in Christ will be proven/exposed before others...But what are some proofs of life in Christ? 8 arenas in which life in Christ is proven. Part 2 of a 2-part sermon.

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Proof of Life-II—Luke 8:40-56

Exposing Life

Jesus gave life to a girl.

Life in Christ will be proven/exposed before others.

What are some proofs of life in Christ?

8 arenas in which life in Christ is proven.

5—Life is proven in

PRIVATE EXPERIENCE(:51)

—Explanation:(:51) Savor

“And when He had come to the house, He did not allow anyone to enter with Him, except Peter & John & James, & the girl’s father & mother.”

?What relation do Peter, John & James have with the girl’s parents & vice versa?

—Argumentation:

Jn. 14:11—“Believe Me that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me; otherwise believe on account of the works themselves.”

Prov. 9:7-8—“He who corrects a scoffer gets dishonor for himself, And he who reproves a wicked man gets insults for himself. Do not reprove a scoffer, lest he hate you, Reprove a wise man, & he will love you.”

—Illustration:

Church Covenant/ ‘Family & secret devotions/PRIVATE EXPERIENCE

—Application:

?PRIVATE EXPERIENCE prove/expose your Life in Christ?

?Your Life Proven/Exposed?

6—Life is proven in

THE LUDICROUS(:52-53)

—Explanation:(:52-53)

:52—“Now they were all weeping & lamenting for her; but He said, “Stop weeping, for she has not died, but is asleep.”

“Asleep”—

:53—“And they began laughing at Him, knowing that she had died.”

“Laughing at Him”—

“Knowing”—Certain/Convinced

—Argumentation:

1Cor. 1:18, 23-25—“For the word of the cross is to those who are perishing foolishness, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God....“but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block, & to Gentiles foolishness, but to those who are the called, both Jews & Greeks, Christ the power of God & the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.”

Rom. 1:16—“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first & also to the Greek.”

Rom. 9:32-33—“Why? Because they did not seek it by faith, but as it were, by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumbling stone. As it is written: “Behold, I lay in Zion a stumbling stone & rock of offense, And whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.”

Lk. 7:22-23—“Jesus answered & said to them, “Go & tell John the things you have seen & heard: that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have the gospel preached to them. “And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.”

—Illustration:

Oikopleura/ ‘Builds’ house—blowws it up like a baloon/So complicated it is LUDICROUS to think such a ’simple’ creature can produce such a complex ’house’

Mummy burial/Elaborate accessories for use in afterlife/LUDICROUS

—Application:

?THE LUDICROUS prove/expose your Life in Christ?

?Your Life Proven/Exposed?

7—Life is proven in

DETERMINATION(:54-55)

—Explanation:(:54-55)

:54—“He, however, took her by the hand & called, saying, “Child, arise!”

:55—“And her spirit returned, & she rose immediately; & He gave orders for something to be given her to eat.”

“To eat”—1)Alive; 2)Disorder removed & Appetite restored; 3)Raised not to an immortal life,but to a mortal life, supported by eating & drinking.

God’s Determination

—Argumentation:

Lk. 19:10—“For the Son of Man has come to seek & to save that which was lost.”

Jn. 3:14-17—“And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up; that whoever believes may in Him have eternal life. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. “For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through Him.”

Eph. 2:8-9—“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast.”

Lev. 20:26—“‘Thus you are to be holy to Me, for I the LORD am holy; and I have set you apart from the peoples to be Mine.”

1Pet. 1:15-16—“but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, “YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY.”

—Illustration:

Golden Silk Spider/Bad weather/Web ruined/Rebuilds/Only means of survival/DETERMINATION

Jesus’ determination to save your soul

—Application:

?Jesus’ DETERMINATION prove/expose your Life in Christ?

?Your Life Proven/Exposed?

8—Life is proven in

DISCRETION(:56)

—Explanation:(:56) Sincerity

:56—“And her parents were amazed; but He instructed them to tell no one what had happened.”

Not seeking fame but dedication to God!

The particulars of healing unimportant but the one who had done it was!

—Argumentation:

Mat. 7:6—“Do not give what is holy to dogs, & do not throw your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, & turn & tear you to pieces.”

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