Summary: Paul tells us that the Christian who has been sanctified by Jesus will live by a strict holy code of conduct in their lives. They will act Christ like and therefore honor God and make Him look good.
“The Christian Code of Conduct”
1 Corinthians 6 - pt 6
Opening Video Illustration: From “Horton Hears a Who.” In this clip Horton reaffirms that he will stay 100% faithful to the who’s - despite danger to himself. He will do this because his code of conduct has always been “100% faithfulness” to things he commits to. He said “I meant what I said and said what I meant!”
I have sometimes wondered if Christians meant what they said when they accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior? I mean some have said the prayer of faith – repented of their sin only to return to it time and time again. Some as Paul points out in 1 Corinthians are even proud of their sins and they think – they believe God is okay with it!
Opening Illustration: In the book, No Bad Dogs, by British dog trainer Barbara Woodhouse, she says dogs understand love better than we do. She writes, “In a dog’s mind, a master or a mistress to love, honor, and obey is an absolute necessity. The love is dormant in the dog until brought into full bloom by an understanding owner. Thousands of dogs appear to love their owners, they welcome them home with enthusiastic wagging of the tail and jumping up, they follow them about their houses happily and, to the normal person seeing the dog, the affection is true and deep. But to the experienced dog trainer this outward show is not enough. The true test of love takes place when the dog has got the opportunity to go out on its own as soon as the door is left open by mistake and it goes off and often doesn’t return home for hours. That dog loves only its home comforts and the attention it gets from its family; it doesn’t truly love the master or mistress as they fondly think. True love in dogs is apparent when a door is left open and the dog still stays happily within earshot of its owner. For the owner must be the be-all and end-all of a dog’s life.” The real test of our walk of Faith isn’t seen in our work or activity, or even in our theological purity. It’s found in this: when we have an opportunity to wander away, to disobey, to leave His presence, do we choose instead to stay close to Him, to abide in Christ, to obey? Contributed to sermon central by: Greg Yount
Many say the prayer of faith but the real test of their faithfulness comes down to obeying the Word of God and living a holy and committed lifestyle that honors God.
Thesis: Paul tells us that the Christian who has been sanctified by Jesus will live by a strict holy code of conduct in their lives. They will act Christ like and therefore honor God and make Him look good.
Scripture Text: 1 Corinthians 6:1-20
1If any of you has a dispute with another, dare he take it before the ungodly for judgment instead of before the saints? 2Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if you are to judge the world, are you not competent to judge trivial cases? 3Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life! 4Therefore, if you have disputes about such matters, appoint as judges even men of little account in the church! 5I say this to shame you. Is it possible that there is nobody among you wise enough to judge a dispute between believers? 6But instead, one brother goes to law against another—and this in front of unbelievers!