purpose of this presentation is to motivate alien sinners to
obey the gospel of Christ, and to stir brethren to continue to
faithfully live the Christian life.)
WE ARE TAUGHT IN THE NEW TESTAMENT HOW TO LIVE THE
CHRISTIAN LIFE (Titus 2:11-14).
There are some things that we are to deny ourselves.
We are to cease to walk according to the ways of the
(which is rebellion against God).
We are to resist lust
(which is uncontrolled physical desire.)
In a positive way we are to live in harmony with the Will
of the Lord.
The Christian life is not simply that which we give up,
but also by how we live.
To live soberly is
to discipline ourselves.
Cor. 9:27, “But
I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I
myself should be a castaway.”
To live righteously
is to carry out my responsibilities to my fellow man in all
areas of life.
In living a godly life
is to carry out my responsibilities unto God.
CHRISTIANITY IS DESIGNED FOR PEOPLE IN THIS PRESENT
us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live
soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;”
We can live the Christian life!
It is not too demanding, but what we can live as a
The Lord will enable us to overcome weakness and
temptations that would hinder us in remaining as a faithful
child of God.
1 Cor. 10:12-13, “Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.
There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common
to man, but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be
tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation
also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”
We must be motivated to live the Christian life.
MOST CHRISTIANS KNOW WHAT THEY SHOULD BE DOING, BUT OFTEN
LACK THE MOTIVATION TO DO SO.
Different things motivate different people to carry out a
Take for example: to
perform the responsibilities of a secular
job. Some carry
out their responsibilities of a secular job because of duty;
while others enjoy being
employed in carrying out their particular livelihood.
Some even look upon their occupation as being a means of creativity.
Tim. 5:8, “But
if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his
own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an
Why do people go
to school? Many
children attend a school of formal education simply because
their parents insist that they do so, and the laws of the land
require them to receive a secular education. However, many young people receive a higher education in
order to better prepare for the future.
What motivates children to obey their parents, their
teachers in school, school officials, etc.
Their motivations include:
rewards, threats, a
sense of responsibility, etc.
There may be different levels of motivation needed for us
to carry out our various responsibilities in life.
Not only is this true in the secular
realm, but is also true in the spiritual
THE GRACE OF GOD IS CERTAINLY AN INCENTIVE TO OBEY
THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST AND TO FAITHFULLY LIVE THE CHRISTIAN LIFE.
The grace of God is His unmerited favor bestowed upon
those who obey His Will.
We cannot save ourselves separate and apart from the
gospel of Christ.
by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves:
it is the gift of God.
Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save
yourselves from this untoward generation.”
the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all
ye in at the strait gate for
wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to
destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which
leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”
Most people are prone to respond to those who extend a
favor unto them.
We must never take God’s grace for granted!
Cor. 6:1-2, “We
then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye
receive not the grace of God in vain.
(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and
in the day of salvation have I helped thee:
behold, now is the accepted time:
behold, now is the day of salvation.)”
THE “SALVATION” IMPLICATION.
It is important that we realize the value that God places
upon you and me.
what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and
lose his own soul? Or
what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”
God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet
sinners, Christ died for us.”
God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that
whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have
All of us want to feel that we are needed and wanted.
Pet. 3:9, “The
Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count
slackness; but is longsuffering to usward, not willing that any
should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
Tim. 2:4, [It is God] “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of
First Peter 1:3-9 and place emphasis on the anticipated
salvation of our souls.)
JESUS DIED FOR YOU!
HE DIED FOR ME!
We naturally appreciate people who do things for us.
am crucified with Christ: nevertheless
I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me:
and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the
faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for
we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for
the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor; that he by
the grace of God should taste death for every man.”
The Son of God died a vicarious
death in that He suffered and died for us.
Jesus suffered and died in our place.
Jesus gave Himself so that we could be redeemed from
iniquity and to purify us spiritually by His shed blood.
for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great
God and our Savior Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that
he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a
peculiar people, zealous of good works.”
ANTICIPATING THE SECOND COMING OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR
JESUS CHRIST. (“…LOOKING FOR
THE BLESSED HOPE, AND THE GLORIOUS APPEARING OF THE GREAT GOD
AND OUR SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST.” (Titus 2:13).
as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the
judgment: So Christ
was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that
look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto
our conversation [manner of life] is
in heaven; from whence also we look for the Savior, the Lord
Jesus Christ: Who
shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto
his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able
even to subdue all things unto himself.”
THE REALITY OF THE CONSEQUENCES OF FAILING TO PREPARE FOR
Thess. 1:7-9, “And
to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall
be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire
taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not
the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:
Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from
the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power:”
Cor. 5:10, “For
we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that
every one may receive the things done in his body, according to
that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.”
25:41, 46, “Then
shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye
cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his
these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.”
A REASON FOR HAVING HOPE OF ETERNAL LIFE IN HEAVEN.
There are two essential elements for a person to have
reason for a hope of eternal life in Heaven.
There must be both a
desire and an
expectation in order to have a scriptural hope
of an eternal home in Heaven.
2 Tim. 4:6-8, “For
I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at
hand. I have fought
a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of
righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give
me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his
Rom. 8:24-25, “For we are saved by hope: but
hope that is seen is not hope:
for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?
But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with
patience wait for it.”
Heb. 6:19, “Which
hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast,
and which entereth into that within the veil;”
1 John 3:2-3, “Beloved,
now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we
shall be: but we
know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we
shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself,
even as he is pure.”
WE SHOULD BE MOTIVATED BY A DESIRE TO INFLUENCE OTHERS TO
OBEY THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST AND TO FAITHFULLY LIVE THE CHRISTIAN
are the salt of the earth:
but if the salt have lost his savor, wherewith shall it
be salted? It is
thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be
trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world.
A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but
on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the
house. Let your
light so shine before men, that they may see your good works,
and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
WHEN FAITHFUL CHRISTIANS (INCLUDING LOVED ONES) DEPART
THIS LIFE, IT IS AN INCENTIVE TO LIVE AS FAITHFUL CHRISTIANS SO
THAT WE MAY BE REUNITED WITH THEM.
in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints."
WE SHOULD CERTAINLY BE MOTIVATED TO PREPARE OUR LIVES FOR
A HOME IN HEAVEN.
Cor. 4:16-18, “For
which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet
the inward man is renewed day by day.
For our light affliction, which is but for a moment,
worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the
things which are not seen:
for the things which are seen are temporal; but the
things which are not seen are eternal.”
ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above,
where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
Set your affection on things above, not on things on the