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Summary: Everything that God does through us begins on the inside

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Pastor Bud Martenn

Bethel Memorial Baptist Church

PO 673

LaFayette, GA 30728

THE INWARD PART

Jer.31:33; Ps.51:6; Jn.4:24

Spirituality

To stress the importance of the spiritual part of man

1. When God made man, He made man in his own image (Gen.1:26-27)

2. There is much confusion concerning exactly what this means

3. Some suggest that the meaning has to do with our physical appearance

4. Some believe it has to do with certain attributes

5. The best meaning is in regard to God existing as a triune being

6. When God made man, He made man a Triune being like Himself (I Thes.5:23)

7. God is a spirit (Jn.4:24) and man is made in his image

8. God desires to establish a relationship with us upon this basis (Ps.51:6)(Jn.4:23)

9. Our relationship with God can only be established spiritually and based upon truth (Jn.3:5-8)

10. The Bible lays great stress upon THE INWARD (Spiritual) PART of man

I THE INWARD PART IS THE PART THAT GOD LOOKS ON

A. Undeniably (I Sam.16:7)(Jer.17:9-10)(Mt.23:25-28)(Lk.11:39-40)

B. Unobstructed (Ps.33:13-14)(Heb.4:12-13)(Job 34:21-22)

C. Unlimited (Pr.5:21)(Pr.15:3)(Gen.6:5)(I Chr.28:9)(Job 28:10, 24)

D. Unceasingly (Zec.4:10)(II Chr.16:9)

II THE INWARD PART IS THE PART THAT GOD LIVES IN

A. By The Son

1. Because He wants to Fellowship with us (Jn.14:20-23)

2. Because He wants to bear Fruit through us (Jn.15:4-5)

3. Because He wants to Fortify us (Lk.17:21)(Col.1:27)

B. By The Spirit

1. As Proof (Rm.8:16)(Rm.8:9)(II Cor.13:5)

2. As Promised (Ezk.36:26-27)

3. Personally (I Cor.3:16)(I Cor.6:19)

4. Powerfully (I Jn.4:4)

5. Permanently (Jn.14:16)(Eph.1:13 & 4:30)

C. By The Scriptures (I Thes.2:13)

1. To Stir us (Lk.24:32)

2. To Strengthen us (I Jn.2:14)

3. To Supply us (Jn.15:7)

III THE INWARD PART IS THE PART GOD LABORS THROUGH

A. Where God Commences His work (Phil.1:6)

B. Where God Continues His work (Phil.2:13)

C. Where God Completes His work (Heb.13:21)

IV THE INWARD PART IS THE PART THAT GOD LOVES

(Heb.10:39)(Jas.1:21)(Jas.5:20)(I Pet.1:9)(Rev.6:9)

V THE INWARD PART IS THE PART THAT GOD LIFTS

(Ps.23:3)(Jn.15:11)(Ps.94:19)

VI THE INWARD PART IS THE PART THAT WILL LAST

(II Cor.4:16)

Preached BMBC 9-26-99 AM


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