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“Addressing Our Chameleon-Like Convictions”

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Sermon Outline

Conviction Defined:
1) a strong persuasion or belief
2) the state of being convinced

Why is it so hard to live out your convictions?

  • They are "other" centered. (You just want to fit in.)
  • They are "approval" centered. (You work to appease the wrath of God or others)
  • They are "comfort" centered. (Sticking to your convictions is really hard.)

How can we more consistently stick to our convictions?

Three keys to forming and keeping your convictions:

1. Live without looking to control others or be controlled by others.

Christian liberty meets brotherly compassion:

Romans 14:1-4 NKJV Receive one who is weak in the faith, but not to disputes over doubtful things. 2 For one believes he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats only vegetables. 3 Let not him who eats despise him who does not eat, and let not him who does not eat judge him who eats; for God has received him. 4 Who are you to judge another's servant? To his own master he stands or falls. Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand.

2. Embrace your utter dependence on God and the Gospel.

God's sovereignty meets personal responsibility:

Romans 14:5-9 NKJV One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind. 6 He who observes the day, observes it to the Lord; and he who does not observe the day, to the Lord he does not observe it. He who eats, eats to the Lord, for he gives God thanks; and he who does not eat, to the Lord he does not eat, and gives God thanks. 7 For none of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself. 8 For if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord's. 9 For to this end Christ died and rose and lived again, that He might be Lord of both the dead and the living.

1 Corinthians 4:7 NKJV For who makes you differ from another? And what do you have that you did not receive? Now if you did indeed receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?

3. Remember that the best convictions are forged, not forced.

Forced morality meets individual accountability:

Romans 14:10-12 NKJV But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you show contempt for your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. 11 For it is written: "As I live, says the Lord, Every knee shall bow to Me, And every tongue shall confess to God." 12 So then each of us shall give account of himself to God.

Romans 14:22-23 NKJV Do you have faith? Have it to yourself before God. Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves. 23 But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because he does not eat from faith; for whatever is not from faith is sin.

Condemn =
to decide, distinguish
(mentally or judicially)

Approves =
to test, to approve

Are your convictions "other" centered, "approval" centered, "comfort" centered or God and Gospel centered?

Galatians 4:19 NKJV My little children, for whom I labor in birth again until Christ is formed in you,

It is time to step up or step it up!

Where will you start?