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Enduring Grief For Conscience Toward God | Sermon Outline By Brian A. Yeager

Enduring Grief For Conscience Toward God
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I. Introduction:

A. Timothy was instructed to have a good; pure conscience (I Timothy 1:5; 3:9).

  1. Some erred because they had put away their consciences (I Timothy 1:19-20).
  2. Some erred because their consciences had become seared (I Timothy 4:1-5).
  3. We don’t want to err. We want to be able to rejoice in that our consciences should testify for us that we have lived with godly sincerity in this world (II Corinthians 1:12).
B. We, who are in Christ, are blessed to have our consciences cleared (Hebrews 9:14; 10:22).
  1. That allows us to see things with purity (Titus 1:15).
  2. Think about purity, innocence, and humility as it relates to one’s conscience (Matthew 18:1-4 and I Corinthians 14:20).

II. Body: I Peter 2:19-20

A. The Greek word “συνείδησις” that is translated conscience in a context we are going to look at is about one’s “moral consciousness” (Strong’s # 4893). I.E. Romans 2:12-16
  1. You can be convicted by your conscience (John 8:1-11).
  2. You can live in good conscience (Acts 23:1; 24:16), but still be wrong with God (I Corinthians 15:9 and Galatians 1:13).
  3. The conscience can be defiled, misled, wounded, etc. (I Corinthians 8:1-13).
  4. In matters of authorized liberty, there are times wherein it is best not to know something for the sake of your conscience (I Corinthians 10:25-27).
  5. Sadly, some get to the point wherein they are “past feeling” (Ephesians 4:17-19).
B. Grief and suffering wrongly because of a conscience toward God (I Peter 3:14-18).
  1. Some people mistakenly trust that their conscience is guided by God and they err thinking they’re doing service to God (John 16:1-3).
  2. Our sense of right and wrong needs to be rooted in God’s will and not our own (I Thessalonians 4:1-2).
  3. Recognize that your actions are in the sight of God (II Corinthians 4:2).
C. There are attributes of being a Christian, with a good conscience, that can get us into situations wherein we suffer wrongly or are caused grief. Put some thought into that…
  1. Conscientious saints speak the truth (Ephesians 4:25). How could that possibly get you in trouble with the world that may be trying to catch you in your words (Mark 12:13)?
  2. Conscientious saints won’t take a brother to court (I Corinthians 6:1-8). Couldn’t that put us in situations with those professing to be our brethren wherein someone could err and take advantage of that? They could get away with it carnally - until the Judgment Day (I Thessalonians 4:6).
  3. Conscientious saints are peacemakers (Matthew 5:9 and Hebrews 12:14). How could that get in you into trouble with people of the world?
  4. Conscientious Christians are not vengeful (Proverbs 24:29, Matthew 5:43-46, and Romans 12:19-21). How could that get you into trouble with people of the world?
  5. Disciples of the Lord with a good conscience will be merciful and Biblically forgiving (Matthew 5:7, Matthew 18:15-35, and Luke 17:1-5). How could that put you in a vulnerable spot with others in the world and the body of Christ?
  6. A conscience towards God will have us obey the laws of men (Romans 13:1-7) unless they would cause us to err (Acts 5:29). Think about how that can cause us grief.
  7. Think about ways in which a weak conscience (Romans 14:1-2) could cause unnecessary grief. I.E. someone could give up job security because they believe they are erring in some way in which they are not.

III. Conclusion: Remember the example of Jesus in suffering (I Peter 4:1-2). Even when mistreated He lived with a conscience toward God (I Peter 2:21-25).



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