According to the Bible, the decisions we make and the actions or values we portray should be a direct result of our love for Christ and his Word. Not only should we reflect the virtues of the Lord, but the church should be the leader in the search for holiness. Is Christ your virtuous counselor in a world that demands conformity? And to what extent have you allowed the truth of the gospel to transform and mold your character?
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SCRIPTURE: Matthew 5:14–16; 13:31–33; 21:42; Romans 6:4–6; 2 Corinthians 13:5; Galatians 5:22–23; Colossians 3:12–14, 17; James 1:22–25; 1 John 4:2–6
• The Issue
What is the difference between how the church responds to history and how the world responds to history?
How might a person who lives his faith approach a moral dilemma?
• The Scriptures
Read the following verses: Matthew 13:31–33, Matthew 21:42, and Romans 6:4–6. How is Christ the foundation of the Christian faith?
Read James 1:22–25: What must be the basis of Christian decision making?
• The Application
Sample application questions:
How have the accounts of Israel, Jesus, and the apostles affected your spiritual life and growth?
Think of a moral issue confronting us today that you have a strong opinion about. Why do you believe as you do?
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