“Were Or Are?”
Outline By: Brian A. Yeager
A. So many approach sin with a cavalier attitude (Proverbs 14:9).
1. Some have a childish fun relationship with sin (Proverbs 10:23).
2. Others have the “no one will know” thoughts about sin (Psalms 10:4-11), but someone is watching (Proverbs 15:3 and I John 3:20).
B. Some think that God will ultimately ignore our sins (Zephaniah 1:12).
1. WRONG ANSWER (Nahum 1:3)!
2. Everyone will answer to God for the things we think, say, and do (Romans 14:11-12 and II Corinthians 5:10).
II. Body: Would you say that you were in sin (Ephesians 2:5) or are in sin (Galatians 2:17)?
A. Some ignore the PAST TENSE of Romans 3:23 and always remain those who ARE in sin.
1. What does it mean to repent (Ezekiel 14:6 and Acts 26:18-20)?
2. If you ARE a sinner what does that mean about your spiritual state at this time (Romans 6:23 and Hebrews 10:26-31)?
B. If you’re a Christian, that statement MUST be that you WERE a servant of sin (Romans 6:17-19).
1. “Ye were” (I Corinthians 12:2).
2. “Who were… in times past” (Ephesians 2:1-3).
3. “Former conversation (Ephesians 4:17-32).
4. “Were sometimes darkness (Ephesians 5:8).
5. “Ye were as sheep going astray” (I Peter 2:25).
C. If you are now in Christ, sin MUST remain in the past (Romans 6:1-2).
1. If you’re a Christian, you’ve been washed and those things are in the past (I Corinthians 6:9-11).
2. We then have to arm ourselves with the right mind (I Peter 4:1-5).
3. Now, we have to be perfect (Matthew 5:48, II Corinthians 13:11, and Colossians 1:28), clean (II Corinthians 7:1), holy (I Thessalonians 4:7 and I Peter 1:13-16), and blameless (Ephesians 1:4).
III. Conclusion: If you “are”, then WAKE UP I Corinthians 15:34.
© 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