THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE – 9-7-14

LESSON TITLE: “SEEKING TO BE A NEW MAN.”

WELCOME

TODAY WE ARE BLESSED WITH A WONDERFUL GIFT FROM GOD, THE BIBLE. THIS BOOK IS GOD'S LIVING WORD. IN ITS PAGES WE ARE TOLD “FOR THE WORD OF GOD IS LIVING AND POWERFUL AND SHARPER THAN ANY TWO-EDGED SWORD.” IT IS IN THIS BOOK OF BOOKS THAT WE FIND THE ANSWERS TO ALL OF MAN'S QUESTIONS AND NEEDS. THIS MORNING YOUR AREA CHURCHES OF CHRIST WELCOME YOU TO A PROGRAM COMMITTED TO THAT PERFECT LAW OF LIBERTY. AS WE PRESENT THE LIVING WORD. NOW HERE IS YOUR HOST RAY SULLINS.

“THIS IS THE DAY THE LORD HAS MADE; WE WILL REJOICE AND BE GLAD IN IT,” PSALMS 118:24! OH, HOW TRUE THESE WORDS SHOULD BE TO EVERY FOLLOWER OF GOD! THIS IS A GREAT DAY! WE SHOULD BE REJOICING! WE MUST BE GLAD! WHY - WE ARE BLESSED SERVANTS OF GOD ABLE TO ASSEMBLE BEFORE HIS THRONE ON THIS, THE LORD’S DAY!

I AM GLAD YOU ARE WITH US THIS MORNING AND THANK GOD YOU HAVE MADE THE RIGHT DECISION TO GIVE THIS TIME TO YOUR CREATOR. I LOOK FORWARD TO OUR TIME SPENT TOGETHER TODAY AS WE SING PRAISES TO THE ALMIGHTY AND AS WE STUDY FROM HIS MATCHLESS WORD! THIS MORNING, I KNOW WE WILL ALL BE EDIFIED THROUGH OUR TIME SPENT TOGETHER. SO LET’S ALL DO OUR PART TO MAKE THIS TIME PROFITABLE BEFORE GOD, AND FURTHERMORE MAY WE USE IT AS A GREAT ENCOURAGEMENT ONE TO ANOTHER! AT THIS TIME, LET’S APPROACH OUR FATHER’S THRONE IN PRAYER:

PRAYER: OUR GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN, WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS DAY AND THE MANY BLESSINGS OF LIFE. THE PRIVILEGE THAT WE HAVE TO SERVE YOU AND TO BE CALLED YOUR CHILDREN AND TO BE THOSE WHO SHINE AS LIGHTS IN THIS WORLD EVERY DAY. AND FATHER, WE KNOW THAT THE ONLY OPPORTUNITIES THAT WE HAVE ARE THROUGH YOUR SON JESUS AND WE THANK YOU FOR THAT GREAT SACRIFICE HE MADE WHICH NOT ONLY HELPS US TO BE FOUND JUSTIFIED TODAY BUT JUSTIFIED ETERNALLY THROUGH YOUR GRACE, MERCY, AND LOVE. THESE THINGS WE PRAY THROUGH JESUS' NAME, AMEN.

WELL, IT IS TIME TO JOIN IN OUR FIRST SONG OF THE MORNING. OUR FIRST HYMN OF THE DAY HELPS US TO FOCUS ON THE WONDROUS POWER OF THE PERFECT GOD WE SERVE. SO, WON’T YOU PARTICIPATE WITH THE CONGREGATION AT THIS TIME AS WE SING TOGETHER, “TO GOD BE THE GLORY!”

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU WERE AFRAID? DID YOU KNOW THAT FEAR IS A HEALTHY PART OF THE CHRISTIAN LIFE? HOWEVER, LET ME CLARIFY THAT WE ARE NOT TALKING ABOUT AN UNCONTROLLABLE, UNFOUNDED OR IRRATIONAL FEAR, BUT RATHER A FEAR BASED ON LOVE, POWER AND RESPECT. WE FIND MANY VERSES IN GOD’S WORD WHICH HELP US TO SEE THE IMPORTANCE OF A HEALTHY FEAR. ONE SUCH VERSE IS FOUND IN HEBREWS 10:31. THERE IT SAYS, “IT IS A FEARFUL THING TO FALL INTO THE HANDS OF THE LIVING GOD.” YOU SEE, HERE FAITH IS BASED ON GOD’S POWER AND AWESOMENESS. BRETHREN AND FRIENDS WE MUST NEVER FORGET THE POWER AND MIGHT OF OUR GOD.

ANOTHER WRITER THAT HELPS US WITH THIS TOPIC IS SOLOMON. WHAT WAS IT THAT HE SAID AS A SUMMATION OF LIFE, NEAR THE END OF ALL THINGS. READ WITH ME FROM ECCLESIASTES 12:13, WERE IT SAYS, “LET US HEAR THE CONCLUSION OF THE WHOLE MATTER: FEAR GOD AND KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS, FOR THIS IS MAN'S ALL.” YOU SEE THE ALL OF MAN IS CENTERED AROUND KNOWING AND OBEYING GOD. AND WHY, BECAUSE GOD ALONE IS GOD - HE IS ALL POWERFUL - HE MUST BE OUR EVERYTHING.

FINALLY, LET’S CONSIDER WHY FEAR IS SO NECESSARY. HEAR WITH ME THE WORDS OF GOD IN GENESIS 22:12, THERE GOD PROCLAIMS TO ABRAHAM, “DO NOT LAY YOUR HAND ON THE LAD, OR DO ANYTHING TO HIM; FOR NOW I KNOW THAT YOU FEAR GOD, SINCE YOU HAVE NOT WITHHELD YOUR SON, YOUR ONLY SON, FROM ME.” DO YOU SEE HERE WHY FEAR IS SO IMPORTANT AND NECESSARY TO A CHILD OF GOD. IT IS THAT HEALTHY FEAR THAT MAKES US DO WHAT OUR GOD ASKS AND THAT CAUSES US TO ACHIEVE TRUE OBEDIENCE BEFORE OUR CREATOR. SO WHAT ABOUT IT? DO YOUR FEAR GOD AS YOU SHOULD AND THUS DO THAT WHICH IS PLEASING IN HIS SIGHT?

IN JUST A FEW MINUTES IT WILL BE TIME TO BEGIN OUR MAIN STUDY OF THE DAY. OUR TOPIC OF STUDY IS STILL FOCUSED ON, “EVERYONE WHO LOVES IS BORN OF GOD.” OUR SPECIFIC STUDY OF THE MORNING IS ENTITLED, “SEEKING TO BE A NEW MAN.” SO PLEASE STAY WITH US AND AFTER OUR NEXT SONG, WE WILL BE LEAD IN THIS STUDY FROM GOD’S WORD.

AS FAR AS OUR GUEST SPEAKER, WE ARE HAPPY TO HAVE BROTHER JERRY SULLINS WITH US AGAIN. BROTHER JERRY IS THE DIRECTOR OF THE BIBLE INSTITUTE OF MISSOURI HERE IN SPRINGFIELD. WE ARE GLAD HE IS WITH US AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO OUR STUDY TOGETHER IN JUST A FEW MINUTES. NOW LET’S JOIN TOGETHER IN OUR NEXT SONG OF THE DAY. THE NAME OF THIS HYMN, “THIS WORLD IS NOT MY HOME.”

LESSON

BY JERRY SULLINS

WELCOME AGAIN TO THE LIVING WORD BROADCAST AND WE'RE SO THANKFUL THAT YOU HAVE CHOSEN THIS AS A TIME THIS SUNDAY MORNING TO VIEW THIS TELEVISION BROADCAST. WE HOPE AND PRAY THAT WHAT IS PRESENTED HERE TODAY WILL BRING US ALL CLOSER TO GOD AND ESPECIALLY GIVE YOU AN UNDERSTANDING MORE OF WHAT GOD'S WILL IS FOR YOU AS WELL AS US. WE'RE VERY THANKFUL THAT YOU HAVE AN INTEREST IN GOD'S WORD. IN OUR WORLD TODAY THERE'S SO FEW PEOPLE WHO ARE REALLY INTERESTED IN WANTING TO KNOW WHAT GOD'S WILL IS FOR THEM. SO FOR YOUR BEING INTERESTED IN VIEWING THIS TELEVISION PROGRAM THIS MORNING AND HEARING ANOTHER PORTION OF GOD'S WORD IT'S A GREAT ENCOURAGEMENT TO US. PLEASE LET US KNOW FROM TIME TO TIME AS YOU VIEW THIS PROGRAM AND WHEN YOU DO YOU THIS PROGRAM TO ENCOURAGE US IN THE WORK THAT WE'VE BEEN CARRYING ON THIS TELEVISION STATION FOR OVER 35 YEARS.

OUR PRESENT THEME OF DISCUSSION HAS BEEN AROUND THE PHRASE BEING BORN OF GOD. BEING BORN OF GOD IS SOMETHING THAT EVERY CHRISTIAN OR EVERY PERSON WHO DESIRES TO BECOME A CHRISTIAN MUST EXPERIENCE. IN JOHN 3:3-5, JESUS IS SPEAKING TO NICODEMUS WHEN NICODEMUS ASKS HIM THE QUESTION ABOUT ETERNAL LIFE. HE SAID EXCEPT A MAN BE BORN-AGAIN HOW CAN HE ENTER INTO THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN? AND NICODEMUS SAID SHALL I ENTER MY MOTHER'S WOMB? AND JESUS SAID NO. IN VERSE 5 HE SAID, “UNLESS ONE IS BORN OF WATER AND THE SPIRIT HE CANNOT ENTER KINGDOM OF GOD.” SO MY FRIEND, WE MUST BE BORN-AGAIN. THAT MEANS WE MUST BE TRANSFORMED BY THE RENEWING OF OUR MINDS, AS IS STATED IN ROMANS CHAPTER 12:2. A CHANGE HAS TO TAKE PLACE WHEN WE ARE BORN-AGAIN. THAT MEANS WE LEAVE THINGS THAT ARE BEHIND AND WE PUT ON NEW THINGS. THIS MORNING I'M GOING TO TAKE MY STUDY FROM THE BOOK OF COLOSSIANS 3. AND WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO DO TODAY IS TO CAUSE YOU TO UNDERSTAND THAT THIS NEW BIRTH, BEING BORN-AGAIN, BRINGS ABOUT SO MANY CHANGES IN OUR LIVES. AND IT CULMINATES WITH BASICALLY THE TOTALITY OF WHAT IS EXPECTED OF US BY GOD AS FOR THE FACT WE HAVE BEEN BORN-AGAIN.

FIRST OF ALL I WOULD NOTE WITH YOU AS YOU TURN IN YOUR BIBLES TO AND COLOSSIANS 3 BEGINNING WITH VERSE 1 IT SAYS, “ IF THEN YOU WERE RAISED WITH CHRIST, SEEK THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE ABOVE, WHERE CHRIST IS, SITTING AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD.” NOW IN ORDER TO DO THAT, THAT MEANS THAT WE MUST SET OUR MIND ON THINGS THAT ARE NOT ON THIS EARTH. WHAT HINDERS US FROM FULFILLING THE MANY THINGS THAT WE DISCUSSED A CHRISTIAN WHO IS BORN-AGAIN WILL DO. WHAT HINDERS US FROM PERFORMING THESE TASKS OR THIS GREAT WORK THAT JESUS HAS GIVEN US TO DO IS BECAUSE OUR MINDS ARE NOT SET IN THE RIGHT PLACE. YOU KNOW AS WELL AS I DO THE GREAT TEMPTATIONS THAT ARE BEFORE US HERE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. WE DO HAVE FREE TIME AND WE SPEND OUR FREE TIME SETTING OUR MINDS ON WHAT? I'LL LET YOU MAKE THAT DECISION BUT IT SEEMS TO ME, AND I BELIEVE I'M CORRECT IN THIS BY SAYING THAT MOST PEOPLE WHEN THEY ARE SITTING AROUND AND DESIRING TO OR THEY HAVE SOME FREE TIME, THAT BASICALLY THEIR MINDS ARE PROBABLY NOT SET ON THINGS THAT ARE ABOVE. WOULD THAT NOT BE TRUE? IF IT'S NOT TRUE IN YOUR LIFE, OKAY. I UNDERSTAND, BUT I BELIEVE AS WE LOOK AT THE WORLD TODAY AND EVEN SOME PEOPLE WHO CLAIM TO BE CHRISTIANS THAT THEIR DESIRE IS NOT NECESSARILY TO SET THEIR MIND ON THINGS ABOVE. NOT TO THINK ON SPIRITUAL THINGS.

NOW THERE ARE CAUSES FOR THAT. WHAT ARE THE CAUSES? WELL, IF YOU WATCH TELEVISION IS YOUR MIND SET ON THINGS THAT ARE ABOVE? NOT NORMALLY. WOULD YOU NOT SAY THAT? BECAUSE ON THE TELEVISION WE SEE SO MANY THINGS THAT DO NOT DIRECT US TO THINGS THAT ARE ABOVE BUT TO THOSE THINGS THAT ARE NOT FOR US TO DO THAT ARE UNDER THE CONTROL OF SATAN HIMSELF. AND SO WE MUST BE CAUTIOUS OF THE FACT AS TO WHAT WE ARE THINKING AND WHEN WE ARE THINKING THOSE THINGS. IF YOU READ IN PHILIPPIANS CHAPTER 4:8, PAUL SAID TO THE CHURCH AT PHILIPPI, HE SAID, “FINALLY BRETHREN, WHATEVER THINGS ARE TRUE, WHATEVER THINGS ARE NOBLE, WHATEVER THINGS ARE JUST, WHATEVER THINGS ARE PURE, WHATEVER THINGS ARE LOVELY, WHATEVER THINGS ARE OF GOOD REPORT, IF THERE IS ANY VIRTUE, AND IF THERE IS ANYTHING PRAISEWORTHY, MEDITATE ON THESE THINGS.” SO WE MUST DO WHAT? AS BEING THOSE WHO ARE BORN-AGAIN TO PUT OURSELVES IN THE POSITION OF ACTUALLY EXEMPLIFYING OR DEMONSTRATING THAT NEW BIRTH IN OUR LIVES, WE MUST CONSTANTLY KEEP OUR MINDS IN THE RIGHT PLACE.

WAS IT NOT THE WRITER OF PROVERBS SOLOMON HIMSELF AS HE SAID IN PROVERBS 23:7, “FOR AS HE THINKS IN HIS HEART SO IS HE.” SO AS WE THINK, THAT'S THE WAY THAT WE ARE. IF WE THINK ON THOSE THINGS THAT ARE NOT CORRECT, IF WE FILL OUR MINDS WITH UNHOLY THINGS, THEN WHEN WOULD WE EXPECT TO DO GOD'S WILL IN OUR LIVES? SO THEREFORE WE HAVE NOT TRULY BEEN BORN-AGAIN OR IF WE'VE BEEN TRULY BORN-AGAIN WE'VE FORGOTTEN THE VERY PURPOSE FOR WHICH WE RECEIVED THAT NEW BIRTH THROUGH CHRIST.

ANOTHER THING THAT IS MENTIONED HERE TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE TRULY BORN OF GOD IS THAT WE PUT OFF THOSE THINGS OF THIS WORLD. NOW LET'S LOOK AT CHAPTER 3 AGAIN, BACK TO COLOSSIANS CHAPTER 3, AND LET'S LOOK AT VERSES 5-9. WE MAY NOT READ ALL OF THESE VERSES BUT LET'S LOOK AT WHAT PAUL SAYS HERE TO THE CHRISTIANS. “THEREFORE PUT TO DEATH YOUR MEMBERS WHICH ARE ON THE EARTH; FORNICATION, UNCLEANNESS, PASSION, EVIL DESIRE, AND COVETOUSNESS, WHICH IS IDOLATRY.” ALL FIVE OF THESE ARE SEXUAL IN NATURE. SO TO BE PROPERLY BORN-AGAIN WE MUST PUT THESE THINGS AWAY FROM OURSELVES. BECAUSE OF THESE THINGS, IN VERSE 6 IT SAYS, THE WRATH OF GOD IS COMING UPON THE SONS OF DISOBEDIENCE. YOU WERE ONCE THAT WAY, “BUT NOW YOURSELVES,” IT SAYS IN VERSE 8, “ARE TO PUT OFF ALL THESE: ANGER, WRATH, MALICE, BLASPHEMY, FILTHY LANGUAGE OUT OF YOUR MOUTH. DO NOT LIE TO ONE ANOTHER, SINCE YOU HAVE PUT OFF THE OLD MAN WITH HIS DEEDS.” YES, WE PUT OFF THE OLD MAN WITH HIS DEEDS.

SOMETHING THAT EVERY PERSON MUST DO IN ORDER THAT WE KEEP OUR MINDS IN THE RIGHT PLACE AND WE KEEP PERFORMING OR WE KEEP IN OUR DEMONSTRATION OR THE DEMONSTRATION OF OUR LIFE AS GOD WOULD HAVE US TO LIVE BEFORE OTHER PEOPLE. WHAT PERSON WANTS TO DO GOOD IF THEY HAVE FILLED THEIR LIVES WITH ALL OF THESE THINGS? AND PAUL SAID WHEN WE WERE BORN-AGAIN, WHEN WE BECAME CHILDREN OF GOD, WE BECOME NEW CREATURES AND WE HAVE PUT AWAY ALL OF THESE THINGS. WE NO LONGER PARTICIPATE IN THOSE OLD SINS. WE HAVE COMPLETELY FOCUSED UPON THOSE THINGS THAT ARE SPIRITUAL AND WHAT A TRUTH IT IS FOR US TO UNDERSTAND, THAT IN ORDER FOR US TO DEMONSTRATE CHRIST IN OUR LIVES, WE MUST PUT OFF THAT OLD MAN. OTHERWISE WHY WOULD PEOPLE WANT TO FOLLOW US? WHY WOULD PEOPLE WANT TO LISTEN TO US IF WE ARE GUILTY OF THE VERY THINGS THAT WE'RE TRYING TO TEACH THEM THAT THEY SHOULD AVOID? AND SO BEING BORN-AGAIN, DOING THOSE THINGS THAT GOD WANTS US TO DO, MAKES US TO UNDERSTAND OR CAUSES US TO UNDERSTAND THAT WE HAVE TO NOT LIVE ANYMORE ACCORDING TO THE WORLD.

WELL, WHAT DOES HE SAY THEN ABOUT THE NEW MAN? IF WE HAVE BEEN BORN-AGAIN WE HAVE SET OUR MIND ON THINGS THAT ARE ABOVE AND WE HAVE DETERMINED THAT WE HAVE PUT OFF THE OLD MAN OF SIN, THEN WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? THAT MEANS THAT WE WILL SEEK TO DO THIS. LOOK AT VERSE 10 - BEGINNING WITH VERSE 10 IN CHAPTER 3 OF THE BOOK OF COLOSSIANS, “AND HAVE PUT ON THE NEW MAN WHO IS RENEWED IN KNOWLEDGE ACCORDING TO THE IMAGE OF HIM WHO CREATED HIM.” AND THEN IN VERSE 12, BEGINNING WITH VERSE 12-15, IT SAYS, “THEREFORE, AS THE ELECT OF GOD, HOLY AND BELOVED, PUT ON TENDER MERCIES, KINDNESS, HUMILITY, MEEKNESS, LONG-SUFFERING,” AND IT GOES ON TO SAY, “BEARING WITH ONE ANOTHER, AND FORGIVING ONE ANOTHER. IF ANYONE HAS A COMPLAINT AGAINST ANOTHER; EVEN AS CHRIST FORGAVE YOU, SO YOU ALSO MUST DO. BUT ABOVE ALL THESE THINGS PUT ON LOVE, WHICH IS THE BOND OF PERFECTION, AND LET THE PEACE OF GOD RULE IN YOUR HEARTS, TO WHICH ALSO YOU WERE CALLED IN ONE BODY; AND BE THANKFUL.” WE WERE CALLED BY THE GOSPEL TO WHAT? TO BE A PART OF THE ONE BODY OF CHRIST OUR LIVES.

THAT MEANS OUR ATTITUDE IS THE ATTITUDE THAT JESUS HAD AND WOULD HAVE US TO HAVE. IT INVOLVES TENDER MERCIES AND HOW MANY OF US REALLY HAVE COMPASSION ON THIS WORLD? SOME DO NOT EVEN HAVE THE TIME ANYMORE TO ACT COMPASSIONATELY UPON ANYONE. COMPASSION IS SHOWN WHEN SOMEONE WEEPS WITH THOSE WHO WEEP. COMPASSION IS SHOWN WHEN SOMEONE TAKES CARE OF THE NEEDS OF SOMEONE ELSE WHO IS IN NEED. WHEN JESUS LOOKED AT THE MULTITUDES, HE HAD COMPASSION UPON THEM BECAUSE HE SAW THEM AS SHEEP WITHOUT A SHEPHERD. HE WAS WILLING TO BECOME THAT SHEPHERD. THAT ONE WHO WOULD LEAD THEM TO ETERNAL LIFE. WHEN HE LOOKED AT THE MULTITUDES SOMETIMES HE SAW THEM HUNGRY. AND WHAT DO HE DO? HE HAD COMPASSION UPON THEM AND HE CAUSED HIS DISCIPLES TO COLLECT UP A FEW FISH AND A FEW LOAVES AND HE MULTIPLIED THOSE THINGS AND AT ONE TIME FED 5000 AND ANOTHER TIME HE FED 4000. HE EXTENDED TENDER MERCIES TO THEM. THINGS THAT THEY DID NOT SOMETIMES EVEN DESERVE. FOR HE WAS TRYING TO LEAD THEM TO DESIRE TO WANT TO BE BORN OF GOD. TO LIVE THE SAME LIFE THAT HE LIVED AND TO ACT THE SAME WAY THAT HE WOULD ACT.

ANOTHER THING WAS HUMILITY. JESUS HUMBLED HIMSELF, PHILIPPIANS CHAPTER 2, EVEN TO THE DEATH ON THE CROSS. HE SUBMITTED TO GOD THAT I WILL DO YOUR WILL NO MATTER WHAT. AND IT WAS BECAUSE OF THIS THAT HE SAID IF I MUST GO TO THE CROSS THEN I WILL GO TO THE CROSS. THIS WAS HIS FEELING. THIS WAS HIS DESIRE. HE SAID TO THE FATHER IF IT BE POSSIBLE LET THIS CUP PASS FROM ME BUT NEVERTHELESS NOT MY WILL BUT YOURS BE DONE. HE HUMBLED HIMSELF EVEN TO THE DEATH ON THE CROSS. THAT'S THE TYPE OF SPIRIT THAT WE WILL HAVE. HUMBLING OURSELVES, UNDERSTANDING WHO GOD IS AND WHO WE ARE, AND DESIRING TO BE LIKE GOD. THIS MAKES US TO EXPERIENCE AND OTHERS TO EXPERIENCE WITHIN US THE TRUE BIRTH OF BEING A SON OF GOD.

AND WHAT ABOUT KINDNESS? TODAY WE SEE VERY LITTLE KINDNESS GOING ON IN OUR SOCIETY. THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE WHO TRY TO BE KIND TO OTHER PEOPLE BUT AS YOU MAY HAVE NOTICED IN OUR AREA AND OTHER AREAS OF THE UNITED STATES AND WITHIN THIS WORLD, THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO REALLY SEEM TO BE UNABLE TO ACCEPT KINDNESS FROM OTHER PEOPLE. AND IN TURN THEY SHOW NO KINDNESS. WHAT'S WRONG WITH US? WHY DO WE NOT DEMONSTRATE KINDNESS TO ONE ANOTHER? WHAT EFFORT DOES IT REALLY TAKE TO SAY THANK YOU? WHAT EFFORT DOES IT REALLY TAKE TO DO SOME SIMPLE THING FOR SOMEONE TO MAKE LIFE A LITTLE BIT EASIER? WHAT EFFORT DOES IT TAKE TO SPEAK WORDS OF LOVE VERSUS WORDS OF HATE AND WORDS OF DESPAIR TO OTHER PEOPLE? THIS IS A SICKNESS IN OUR SOCIETY BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE NOT FOLLOWING WHAT CHRIST WOULD WANT THEM TO FOLLOW. THEY ARE NOT TRULY BORN OF GOD EVEN THOUGH THEY WEAR THE NAME CHRISTIAN. A CHRISTIAN IS ONE WHO ACTS KINDLY TO OTHER PEOPLE.

AND WHAT ABOUT MEEKNESS? THAT IS ALSO A SPIRIT OF HUMILITY THAT CAUSES ONE TO DO THIS; THEY HAVE STRENGTH TO KNOW GOD'S WILL BUT THEY ARE WILLING TO SHARE GOD'S WILL WITH OTHER PEOPLE WITHOUT INSULTING THEM AND WITHOUT DOWNGRADING THEM. BUT YET THEY ARE NOT AFRAID. THEY ARE STRONG ENOUGH TO MAKE THOSE STATEMENTS THAT WILL HELP LEAD SOMEONE TO CHRIST AND LEAD SOMEONE TO HAVE THE HOPE OF ETERNAL LIFE. SO WE AS CHILDREN OF GOD, IF WE ARE TRULY BORN AGAIN, WE WILL HELP PEOPLE IN THAT WAY.

WHAT ABOUT LONG-SUFFERING? WE NEED TO BE LONG-SUFFERING. SOMETIMES PEOPLE DON'T REACT JUST EXACTLY AS FAST AS WE WANT THEM TO REACT. SOME PEOPLE ARE NOT WILLING ALL THE SUDDEN TO JUST SAY I'M SORRY FOR WHAT I DID. BUT IT TAKES TIME SOMETIMES FOR SOMEONE TO COME TO THESE DECISIONS AND TO DO WHAT GOD WANTS THEM TO DO.

AND NOW ALL OF THESE THINGS THAT I'VE MENTIONED AND YOU NOTICE THERE ARE OTHER THINGS THAT ARE MENTIONED IN PUTTING ON THE NEW MAN. THAT IS BEARING WITH ONE ANOTHER AND FORGIVING ONE ANOTHER, WHICH IS A GREAT ASSET THAT EVERYONE MUST HAVE. WE NEED TO BE WILLING TO FORGIVE WHEN SOMEONE ASKS FOR FORGIVENESS AND NO LONGER HOLD THAT MATTER AGAINST THEM ANYMORE. THAT WAS GOD'S ATTITUDE AND THAT IS GOD'S SPIRIT.

SO HOW WE HELP ONE ANOTHER -SOMETIMES WE SAY OKAY. WE HELP ONE ANOTHER BY SAYING OKAY, HERE'S A HUNGRY PERSON AND WE GIVE THEM A HAMBURGER OR WE BUY THEM SOMETHING. HERE IS A PERSON WHO NEEDS SOMETHING TO DRINK - WE GIVE THEM SOMETHING TO DRINK. WE THINK IT'S JUST IN THE PHYSICAL ACT BUT IT IS MUCH MORE THAN THAT. THOSE THINGS OF A PHYSICAL NATURE THAT JESUS MENTIONED WILL DETERMINE WHERE WE SPEND AN ETERNITY - MATTHEW CHAPTER 25 WHEN HE GATHERED ALL THE NATIONS OF EUROPE BEFORE HIM. THOSE THINGS OF A PHYSICAL NATURE WILL COME IF WE HAVE PUT THE PROPER SPIRIT IN OUR MINDS AND IN OUR HEARTS.

AND SO TODAY THE LESSON HAS BEEN LEARNED THAT CONCLUDES IN COLOSSIANS 3:16-17. AND IT SAYS THIS. OKAY, YOU WANT TO BE BORN OF GOD. THEN LET WHAT? “LET THE WORD OF CHRIST DWELL IN YOU RICHLY IN ALL WISDOM.” AND THEN LOOK AT VERSE 17, “IN WHATEVER YOU DO IN WORD OR DEED DO ALL IN THE NAME” OF OR BY THE AUTHORITY, “OF JESUS CHRIST.” NOW MY FRIEND, MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN CHRIST, IT DOESN'T TAKE A LOT OF EFFORT TO BE THE RIGHT PERSON THAT YOU NEED TO BE. IT TAKES A DESIRE. BUT ONCE YOU BECOME THAT PERSON YOU MUST DEVELOP THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST WITHIN YOURSELF THAT WILL CAUSE YOU TO DO AND TO SAY AND TO ACT THE WAY THAT CHRIST WOULD ACT TOWARD EVERYONE ELSE ON THE FACE OF THIS EARTH. AND WE ENCOURAGE YOU TODAY TO NOT ONLY CLAIM TO BE A CHRISTIAN BUT DO WHAT CHRIST WOULD HAVE YOU DO. LIVE THE LIFE THAT CHRIST WOULD HAVE YOU LIVE. FORSAKE ALL OF THE THINGS OF THIS WORLD AND PUT JESUS CHRIST ON IN BAPTISM FOR THE REMISSION OF YOUR SINS AND YOU'LL HAVE HOPE OF ETERNAL LIFE.

CLOSING COMMENTS

LET ME THANK YOU AGAIN FOR CHOOSING TO BE WITH US TODAY. I HOPE OUR TIME TOGETHER HAS BEEN AN ENCOURAGEMENT AND BLESSING TO US ALL. WE INVITE YOU TO JOIN US EVERY FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK, AT 7:30, AS WE COMMIT OURSELVES TO THIS TIME OF WORSHIP BEFORE GOD!

BUT FOR NOW, LET ME ASK IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS ABOUT TODAY’S LESSON? MAYBE, YOU WOULD LIKE A FREE TRANSCRIPT OR A CASSETTE TAPE OF THIS PROGRAM? POSSIBLY, WE COULD ASSIST YOU WITH FREE BIBLE MATERIALS OR CORRESPONDENCE COURSES? NO MATTER WHAT YOUR NEED IS, PLEASE CONTACT US AT THE FOLLOWING ADDRESS:

The Living Word 2540 N. Kansas Expressway Springfield, Mo. 65803

Many of these materials are also available on our website: That address is: www.thelivingwordprogram.com

Or if you prefer, you may call us at: (417)869-2284

HOW GREAT IT IS TO KNOW THAT GOD HAS GIVEN US THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE A NEW CREATION! MAY WE EACH LIVE EVERY DAY IN SUCH A WAY AS TO SHOW OURSELVES WORTHY OF SUCH A PRIVILEGE FROM OUR CREATOR!