Come Live The Church's Vision As A Godly Man

Series: Come Live The Church's Vision

Come Live The Church's Vision As A Godly Man

June 21, 2020 | Jim Gillespie

Passage: Galatians 5:16-23

Scripture Passages: Galatians 5:16-23 | 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 | 2 Corinthians 5:17 | John 17:17 | John 14:15 | Ephesians 5:25 | James 1:3-4, 21-25 | Psalm 139:23-24 | Luke 14:26-27 | John 15:1-11 | 1 Corinthians 13 | 1 Peter 3:15 | Ephesians 6:4

What does the Bible teach us to do to become godly men? We are given tools from God’s Word that help us grow in sanctification. The discipleship goals (tools) that Dr Ewart has been walking us through them these last few weeks are ways we can grow in our walk with the Lord. Let me quickly recap all 8 Discipleship Goals:
• Bible Study - Matthew 4:4
• Prayer - 1 Thessalonians 5:17, Philippians 4:4-7
• Worship - John 4:24
• Ministry Service - 1 Corinthians 12:7
• Generosity - 2 Corinthians 9:7
• Witness, Evangelism - 1Peter 2:9
• Accountable Community - Proverbs 27:17
• Mission Minded - Matthew 28:18-20
Remember these are just tools to become spiritually mature not spiritual maturity itself. OBEDIENCE IS THE OVERFLOW OF LOVE! We must remember that we are obeying the Holy Spirit not out of fear that we would lose our salvation, that is impossible, nor should we obey to somehow earn our salvation, that is just as impossible. We are obeying the Spirit out of our overflowing love for the God who loved us so much He died for us. When we understand who God is, what He has done, and what He is doing now, our normal response is to follow Him in everything. John 14:15

Ephesians 5:25 gives us an example:
• How do I learn to love my wife like Christ loved the Church? How do I accomplish this?
• Salvation – sanctification – discipleship (8 goals) - obedience to the spirit.

Ground work:
What is a godly man?
• How is this accomplished?
• How is this tested?
A godly man (general definition):
Someone whose thoughts, desires, words and actions reflect those of Jesus. What would Jesus do right now? What would bring God the most glory, honor and praise right now? How does this work? How do you become a godly man?
1. Salvation
The first step is realizing you are a sinner and Jesus is the only Savior. You place your faith in His finished work and immediately you are in-dwelt by the Holy Spirit.
2. Sanctification
The process where we obey the leading of the Holy Spirit as He transforms us into the likeness of Christ.
Another way to say this is spiritual maturity or to be
godly.
• The Holy Spirit is leading and guiding us to put off the old man, to put off sin and put on righteousness.
• What does not reflect Jesus is to be stopped and what does reflect Jesus is to be repeated.
• This happens in every circumstance of life, at every moment.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 | 2 Corinthians 5:17
3. Discipleship
Jesus speaks to the sanctification of believers and says in John 17:17 “Sanctify them in truth, Your Word is truth.”

4. Testing
Definition: Testing is when God uses the everyday circumstances of life to reveal to us, where we do or do not reflect Jesus.
James 1:3-4, 21-25 | Psalm 139:23-24
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Our Text: Galatians 5:16-23
Definition of Walk: Present tense, continuous, and habitual way of life
Three General Areas: Sex | Religion | Human relationships
1. Sex
Immorality- where we get our word pornography
Impurity- unclean, unable to approach God
Sensuality - unrestrained sexual indulgence
The desire of the flesh is for all illicit sexual activity driven by the lust of our own heart. This includes all things pornographic, fornication, adultery, homosexuality, and prostitution.

2. Religion
Idolatry- The worship of false gods, man-made gods, anything you love more than Jesus. Luke 14:26-27
Sorcery- Witchcraft, pharmaceuticals
The desire of the flesh is to make our own god and worship him as we see fit.
3. Human Relationships
• Enmities - having a hateful attitude
• Strife - bitter conflicts
• Jealousy - hateful resentment for what others have
• Outbursts of anger - unrestrained expressions of hostility
• Disputes - selfish ambition
• Dissensions - using people, manipulating people for your selfish gain
• Factions - to split people into groups of right and wrong based on your opinion
• Envying - ill will toward others for who they are, for what they represent - I can do a better job than my boss, so I desire that he gets fired
• Drunkenness and Carousing - to seek fellowship with sinners, orgies

Back to verse 21: Definition of Practice: habitual, ongoing, abiding
1 Corinthians 6:9-11
Verse 22-23:
Fruit of the Spirit: All 9 manifestations are commanded elsewhere in Scripture. Jesus is the Supreme Example of all 9 Manifestations of the Fruit of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit is their only source. See John 15:1-11
1. Love - Agape, personal choice not emotion. 1 Corinthians 13
2. Joy - having a deep sense of wellbeing beyond circumstance knowing God is sovereign and good
3. Peace - A calmness of mind not based on circumstance but on God’s character. It is the opposite of worry/anxiety
4. Patience - long suffering, someone who endures hardship, someone who endures being wronged without complaint
5. Kindness - Tender concern for others - Goodness- generosity in all things = the desire to treat others in the same way Jesus treats us
6. Faithfulness - trustworthy = That what you say is what you mean, honest and you fulfill your word
7. Gentleness - meek, not weakness, a humble attitude that is patiently submissive to an offense, free from any desire for revenge. 1 Peter 3:15
8. Self-control - restraining our passions. Being tempted but without sin
Bucket of Milk Analogy (Dr. Bill Bennett)
Ephesians 5:25 gives us examples: I want you to think about the last 3 times you had a conflict with your wife. Take your time. In the mist of that conflict what poured out of you? The deeds of the flesh or the fruit of the Spirit? ASK HER
Ephesians 6:4 Same

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