1- Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you. Ephesians 4:29-32
All of your words should be good and ____________________, so your words will be an _________________________ for those who hear them.
What 6 things are we told to get rid of?
Instead, how are we to act?__________________________________________
2- Don’t grumble about each other, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged. For look—the Judge is standing at the door! James 5:9
Have you grumbled or complained about someone? Maybe a friend? Stop and tell the Lord you are sorry. If they have hurt you, forgive them and pray for them.
Lord, forgive me for talking bad about ____________________. I am sorry. Please help me so I will not to grumble, complain or gossip about others. Please forgive my friend for _________________________. Teach me to love others the same way you love me. In Jesus name, Amen.
3- Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:2
What are we not to copy?_____________________________________
Give examples of things the world does that we are not to copy______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
God wants to transform us into a __________________ person by the way we _________.
4- Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Phil 4:8
The thought test– Name 7 descriptions of what our thoughts should be?
Think about some of your thoughts today? Do your thoughts line up with the thoughts the Lord wants for you?_______________________________________________________ How can I change?
5-Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him. Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people. Hold firmly to the word of life; then, on the day of Christ’s return, I will be proud that I did not run the race in vain and that my work was not useless. Phil 2:12-16
We are told to do everything without ___________________ and ___________________. Who is working in you, giving you the desire and power to do this?_________________. We are told to live clean and innocent lives in a world full of ____________ and ____________ people.
6- Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. James 1:2-4
When things don’t seem to be going right and your mind is troubles, the bible tells us this is an opportunity for ____________________________.
7- We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. 4 And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. 5 And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love. Romans 5:3-4
When we run into difficult times and problems, we can ________________________.
- What did the people complain about in Exodus 17:1-3?
- In Numbers 11:1-3, the people began to complain. What happened to those who complained?
- In Numbers 11:4-6- What did the people complain about?
- In Numbers 11:31:35, what happens to the people and what did the Lord send?
- In Numbers 14, the people complain again; they want to go back to Egypt. What did the Lord want to do to the people in verse 12? Moses begs the Lord to forgive them and not to destroy the people. The Lord hears Moses prayer and does not kill all the people. What was their punishment for complaining? –see verses 20-23.
- List complaints and repercussions of this sin in:
Numbers 16: 11
- Philippians 2:14 Do everything without ____________ and arguing
- Read Jude 1:16-18. “These people are grumblers and complainers, living only to satisfy their desires. They brag loudly about themselves, and they flatter others to get what they want. But you, my dear friends, must remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ said. They told you that in the last times there would be scoffers whose purpose in life is to satisfy their ungodly desires. These people are the ones who are creating divisions among you. They follow their natural instincts because they do not have God’s Spirit in them.” How does this verse describe the people that will be with us in the last days?__________________________________________________________
- Read Jude 1: 22-23 And you must show mercy to those whose faith is wavering. Rescue others by snatching them from the flames of judgment. Show mercy to still others, but do so with great caution, hating the sins that contaminate their lives.
What 3 commands are we given, when we live among the wicked?