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Living in accordance with Scripture

December 14, 2007

In 1 Corinthians Paul lays out several questions we can use to help determine if our actions are in accordance with scripture and if we are living in a way that would be pleasing to God. (These are gathered from several other web sites and compiled together.)

1. Will this edify me and/or others? Will it benefit us spiritually?
a. If a thing we do does not benefit us spiritually it is dangerous
b. 1 Corinthians 10:23 says, “All things are lawful, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful, but not all things edify.”
c. Galatians 5:22-23 / Ephesians 4:29 / 1 Peter 4:10-11 / 2 Timothy 4:9-12 / 1 Timothy 6:6-10

2. Will it put me in bondage?
a. Questionable practice that can be habit forming is not wise to pursue
b. 1 Corinthians 6:12 says, “All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything.”
c. Ephesians 4:27 / Romans 13:14 / 2 Peter 2:19 / Titus 1:15-16, 2:11-12

3. Will it defile God’s temple?
a. We should not do anything with our bodies that would dishonor the Lord
b. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 says, “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.”
c. Psalm 101:3 / 2 Corinthians 7:1 / 2 Corinthians 10:12

4. Will it cause others to stumble?
a. True character is shown through the willingness to refrain from enjoying freedom if it might cause others to sin
b. 1 Corinthians 8:8‑9 says, “Food will not commend us to God; we are neither the worse if we do not eat, nor the better if we do eat. But take care lest this liberty of yours somehow become a stumbling block to the weak.”
c. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 / Psalm 101:3 / 2 Corinthians 7:1 / 2 Corinthians 10:12 / John 17:23 / Romans 15:5-6 / Ephesians 4:3-6

5. Will it this hurt my witness?
a. We must think of the effect any practice might have on our testimony to the lost.
b. 1 Corinthians 10:32-33 says, “Give no offense either to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God; just as I also please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit, but the profit of the many, that they may be saved.”
c. Matthew 5:16 / 1 Thessalonians 5:22 / Ephesians 5:3-8 / Philippians 2:15 / Colossians 4:5

6. Will it violate my conscience?
a. If we are not sure whether an action is pleasing to God, we should not do it. God gives us a conscience through the Holy Spirit to be our guide.
b. 1 Corinthians 10:25‑29 contains three references to abstaining from a certain practice “for conscience’ sake.”
c. Romans 14:23 / James 4:17 / 1 Peter 3:15-16 / Hebrews 13:18-19

7. Will it bring glory to God?
a. One’s unwillingness to live this life to bring glory to God is a sign of immaturity at the best and rebellion at the worst
b. 1 Corinthians 10:31 summarizes all these principles by saying, “Therefore, whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
c. Ephesians 5:15-20 / Colossians 3:17,23 / 1 Timothy 4:4-5

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