How to Live a Holy Life In a Pagan World


We live in society that celebrates immorality
10 year old girl in Memphis public school
assigned to write about idol – rejected when chose God
then chose Michael Jackson – accepted

I. You Are Valuable
A. V. 6 choice, precious stone — Jesus
1. V. 7 precious value for you who believe
2. V. 9 chosen race, royal priesthood, holy nation
3. Ez 24:18 priests wear linen to avoid sweat
a. 20 no long hair or shaved heads
b. 21 no wine in court
c. 22 marry only virgins or widow of priest
d. 25 shall not touch dead person
e. They are special and treat selves special
B. Old pair of shoes – work shoes, creek shoes
1. Sunday shoes, gym shoes
2. People treat their minds and bodies like old shoes or worn out rags Girls who highlight sexuality lower their value
3. Children need to be taught they’re precious
4. Matt 10:29-31 Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. 30 “But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 “So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.

II. Abstain From Fleshly Lusts v. 11
A. Aliens and strangers
B. You’re supposed to be different
1. Not supposed to fit in – be like everyone else
2. Rom 12:2 do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. C. So important that we bond w/ one another
1. Makes us stronger to be different from world
2. Need to be part of group is powerful
3. V. 4 Living stones – you have a place
a. important, special, contributing
4. Eph 2:19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household,
D. Fleshly lusts wage war against the soul
1. Gal 5:16-17 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. 17 For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.
E. Lusts cause division in body – loss of community
1. James 4:1 What is the source of quarrels and conflicts among you? Is not the source your pleasures that wage war in your members?
2. Giving in to fleshly lusts weakens and destroys your spiritual outlook and commitment
F. Keep your behavior excellent v. 12
1. Good scientist keeps lab clean all time
2. Good athlete eats healthy food all time
3. Good store keeper keeps shelves organized
4. Follower of Jesus keeps behavior Godly
5. Rom 6:12-13 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts, 13 and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.

Mountain Creek Church of Christ

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4 Comments

  1. Mailen Rocha says:

    Amen!

  2. The Real Church says:

    THANK YOU FOR THIS PERFECT & BIBLICAL SUBJECT

  3. kenmorgan5 says:

    you are blessed because God is using you for a royal work. protect this heart / mind of God. God bless you brother..

  4. kenmorgan5 says:

    Ezeekiel 44 : not 24…….honest mistake . God bless brother morgan amen