99% Right Is Still Wrong
Outline By: Brian A. Yeager
A. Some people like to set the bar low and excuse their failures (Matthew 25:14-30).
1. We need to understand that God expects more than our best (Luke 9:23-24 and Colossians 1:10).
2. We should want to serve our God whole-heartedly (I Samuel 12:24).
B. God doesn’t accept us “just as we are” (Isaiah 1:10-20).
1. God closes His ears to unrepentant sinners (John 9:31 and I Peter 3:12).
2. In fact, when unrepentant sinners try to approach God their attempt is an abomination to Him (Proverbs 15:8 and Proverbs 28:9).
II. Body: All it takes is one error (James 2:10-12).
A. Sin has occurred in most [as discussed last week; not true of infants, children, etc. (James 4:17)] of our lives (I John 1:10).
1. Those sins separated you and I from God (Isaiah 59:1-2).
2. This required action on our parts (II Chronicles 7:14, Acts 26:20, and James 4:8).
a. Initially, you had to obey the Gospel and be converted to the Lord (Matthew 18:3, Matthew 28:19-20, Acts 18:8, etc.).
b. If you sinned after conversion, you had to come back to the Lord (Acts 8:13-24, I John 1:9, and Revelation 2:5).
3. Once converted to [or back to] the Lord, you have to keep the course (John 8:31 and Jude 21).
B. God does expect perfection and holiness from us (Matthew 5:48, II Corinthians 13:11, Ephesians 1:4, and I Peter 1:13-16).
1. That doesn’t mean we made ourselves perfect/holy (I Corinthians 6:9-11, Ephesians 4:24, I Peter 1:18-19, and Revelation 1:5).
2. Yet, as we’ve already discussed, we have the job of keeping ourselves the converted person Christ enabled us to be (II Corinthians 7:1).
C. Yes, that means we’re not supposed to sin any more (I Corinthians 15:34).
1. Yes, we still have an advocate “IF” we sin, but don’t have the mindset of “when” we sin (I John 2:1). *The command is “sin not”.
2. Don’t let us yourself think that God is expecting something out of you that is impossible either (I Peter 2:21-22; cf. Hebrews 4:14-16).
III. Conclusion: Galatians 2:17 and I Peter 4:1.
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© 2012 This material may not be used for sale or other means to have financial gain. Use this as a tool for your own studies if such is helpful! Preachers are welcome to this work, but please do not use my work so that you can be lazy and not do your own studies. – Brian A. Yeager