YOU CAN COUNT ON THIS 2 Corinthians 6:17
2 Corinthians 6:17
"Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you."
People who know us ought to be able to count on us.
If you are a disciple of Christ you are to be “decidedly and distinctly different” from the people around you.
As a church of believers we take this seriously. We are to live covenant lives.
There are certain standards and goals that you ought to live by and strive for. You will not be perfect in achievement but you can certainly be perfect in pursuit.
What will we do to show the people around us what it means to live by the scriptures, to live in a covenant relationship with God?
1. WE WILL FOLLOW THE BIBLE IN THE FOLLOWING MANNER.
A. We will love the Lord with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength and our neighbor as oneself.
28 One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, "Of all the commandments, which is the most important?"
29 "The most important one," answered Jesus, "is this: 'Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one.
30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.'
31 The second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these."
8 Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law.
9 The commandments, "Do not commit adultery," "Do not murder," "Do not steal," "Do not covet," and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this one rule: "Love your neighbor as yourself."
10 Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
B. We will share the truth of the gospel about sin and salvation.
14 I am obligated both to Greeks and non-Greeks, both to the wise and the foolish.
15 That is why I am so eager to preach the gospel also to you who are at Rome.
16 I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.
It is the gospel, the story of salvation from sin that sets the Church and Christianity apart from all other faith and belief systems.
C. We will be courteous to all men.
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
D. We will be a blessing to others especially those who believe as we do.
12 Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
13 Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
E. We will seek to do good to all humankind including those in need, the hungry, the imprisoned and the needy.
15 Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food.
16 If one of you says to him, "Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?
F. We will support the work of the church by tithing and giving in offerings.
Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this," says the LORD Almighty, "and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.
Very, very, few people in America actually tithe. God blesses the tither because it is an act of obedience and a mark of spiritual maturity.
G. We will support the public work of the Church.
Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another--and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.
6 These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts.
7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
These are 7 biblical directives that everyone who knows us, or meets us should be able to count on from us.
2. WE WILL AVOID CERTAIN THINGS AND SUPPORT OTHERS.
H. We will be careful of our language including using the Lords name improperly.
"You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.
I. We will take seriously the Lord’s Day / Sabbath.
13 "If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath and from doing as you please on my holy day, if you call the Sabbath a delight and the LORD's holy day honorable, and if you honor it by not going your own way and not doing as you please or speaking idle words,
14 then you will find your joy in the LORD, and I will cause you to ride on the heights of the land and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob." The mouth of the LORD has spoken.
We really need to protect our time with the Lord.
J. We will avoid all types of sexual immorality.
Sex is the exclusive right and blessing of the married man and woman.
K. We will avoid all types of destructive behavior that weakens our bodies.
2 Corinthians 7:1
Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.
L. We will be honest in our relationships avoiding quarrels and gossip, slander and libel. Our word will be our word.
1 Peter 3:9
Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.
If you really want to be separate work hard to gain a reputation of keeping your word.
M. We will be honest in all matters. This should be a given.
N. We will dress modestly. This too should be a given.
O. We will be careful in the entertainment we choose.
You adulterous people, don't you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.
3. WE WILL SEEK TO BE AN ACTIVE PART OF THE CHURCH BODY AND SUPPORT THE BELIEFS OF THE CHURCH LOCALLY AND AROUND THE WORLD.
P. We will be diligent in our worship.
Q. We will be supportive of the beliefs of the Church.
R. We will love and look out for one another.
18 For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.
19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God's people and members of God's household,
20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.
21 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord.
22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.
These 19 statements of beliefs form a covenant that we are to have with the Lord. These things separate us out from those around us.
We are pursuing the holiness of the Lord because pleasing him is more important than fitting in.
This is who we are and this is what we believe.
These are the things that people ought to be able to count on from us.