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We Cannot Lower God’s Standard | Sermon Outline By Brian A. Yeager

We Cannot Lower God’s Standard

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I. Introduction: A common worldly concept is: “When all else fails, lower your standards”.

A. False teachers have long quoted Romans 3:23, completely ignoring the context (Romans 3:9-24).

  1. Jesus never sinned (Hebrews 4:14-16).
  2. Children are not sinners (Matthew 18:1-4).
B. Others teach a doctrine of continual cleansing by perverting I John 1:7.
  1. Read the context (I John 1:3-2:6).
  2. Did Jesus die and provide for us the means of salvation for us to continue to sin (Romans 6:1-23)?

II. Body: The Standard Is For Saints NOT To Sin (I Corinthians 15:34 and II Timothy 2:19).

A. What differentiates the children of God from the children of Satan (I John 3:1-10)?
  1. What are saints created in Christ to do (Ephesians 2:1-10)?
  2. In Christ, what are we to put off and put on (Ephesians 4:17-27)?
B. The bar is not too high (I John 5:1-3).
  1. The bar is set to present every man perfect in Christ (Colossians 1:23-28 and II Timothy 3:14-17).
  2. This bar includes plenty of liberty (James 1:25; 2:12) so long as we do not desire to use such liberties for the satisfaction of sinful fleshly desires (Galatians 5:13).
C. The path of sinlessness is set before us (Titus 2:11-14).
  1. Have your desires in the right place (Hebrews 11:8-16).
  2. Avoid what is tempting to you (Mark 14:38).
  3. Don’t provide things in your life that satisfy sinful, fleshly desires (Romans 13:12-14).
  4. We have patterns to follow (Matthew 5:48, I Corinthians 11:1, and I Peter 2:21-22) and NOT to follow (I Corinthians 10:1-13).
D. If one of us err, we have a path back to our Lord, our brethren, the fellowship of the faithful (Psalms 32:5, Ezekiel 33:14-16, Luke 13:1-5, and II Timothy 2:24-26).
  1. This process means to go and sin no more (John 8:1-11).
  2. Depart from the wrong and be clean (II Corinthians 6:14-7:1).
  3. Thankfully, as we have consider in this lesson already, the saint that sins has an advocate in Christ (I John 1:7-2:1; cf. Romans 8:34).

III. Conclusion: Do NOT Err (James 1:13-16).

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