116 Disciple Up Show Notes
The Essential Art of Application, Pt. 2
By Louie Marsh, 7-10-2019
Brief Overview of part of last week:
WHY is application so important?
- This is how to do what the Bible teaches us to do.
How Life Change Happens
1, My beliefs must change before anything else can,
2, My mind changes when I repent. Metanoia = change of mind, turn around, about face.
3, I don’t change minds, but God Word can and will!
4, Changing the way I act is the RESULT of repentance.
HOW CAN I APPLY THE WORD TO MYSELF?
- Study the text – CAREFULLY!
- Discover the timeless truths in the text.
- Carefully compare those truths to your life situation. Find the implications for today.
- Develop a plan to implement those truths in your life today.
In other words – use the Application Bridge.
Then – Now – Timeless Principles
Interpretation – Implication – Personalization
Example: The Trinity (episode 114)
- Understanding the Trinity deepens my love and worship of Jesus as God in Human Flesh.
- Understanding the Trinity should help me to see how God works and moves in my life more clearly.
- Understanding the Trinity should radically change how I look at fellowship. If God is a Community (and He is) then that has to have a huge impact upon how I look at and participate in, community.
Example: Romans 14
- Gentile Christians bought cheap, discounted meat from pagan temples, Jewish Christians wouldn’t touch them and believed they were tainted because of the idols.
- Inline with this apparently some believers shunned meat all together but most didn’t so there was a divide there.
- Many Jewish Christians believed Saturday was still the Sabbath Day and should be the day believers gathered to worship. Many if not most Gentile Christians felt any day would do.
- We have freedom in matters of Opinion, NOT Gospel.
1 As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. Romans 14:1 (ESV)
- Don’t judge your brothers and sisters.
4 Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand. Romans 14:4 (ESV)
10 Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God; Romans 14:10 (ESV)
- Understand they are trying to honor God by what they do even though you disagree with it.
6 The one who observes the day, observes it in honor of the Lord. The one who eats, eats in honor of the Lord, since he gives thanks to God, while the one who abstains, abstains in honor of the Lord and gives thanks to God. 7 For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. 8 For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. Romans 14:6-8 (ESV)
- Do your research and be fully convinced that you are right, while not condemning others.
5 One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. Romans 14:5 (ESV)
- We will all be held accountable.
12 So then each of us will give an account of himself to God. Romans 14:12 (ESV)
- Instead of judging focus on helping your brothers and sisters by not putting stumbling blocks in front of them.
13 Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother. Romans 14:13 (ESV)
- Nothing in and of itself is unclean.
14 I know and am persuaded in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself, but it is unclean for anyone who thinks it unclean. 15 For if your brother is grieved by what you eat, you are no longer walking in love. By what you eat, do not destroy the one for whom Christ died. 16 So do not let what you regard as good be spoken of as evil. 17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. 18 Whoever thus serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men. 19 So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding. Romans 14:14-19 (ESV)
- Live by faith – honor your conscience.
22 The faith that you have, keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who has no reason to pass judgment on himself for what he approves. 23 But whoever has doubts is condemned if he eats, because the eating is not from faith. For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin. Romans 14:22-23 (ESV)
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