We took a 2 question open book “mid-term” exam last night.
- What are the key characteristics of irresistible people and the Scripture to support it?
- John 1:14 Full of grace and truth
- Authentic 1 Peter 1:22
- Love, patient… 1 Cor 13
- Humility Prov 3:7
- Listen James 1:19
- How does a person succeed at sustaining an irresistible life?
- Gospel based and driven life Titus 2:11-14; 3:4-8
- Consistently grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ 2 Peter 3:18
We listened to a testimony of a young gay Christian woman. We had a good and tense discussion on this topic and how to think about it and work through difficult issues as Christ would. A couple of lessons surfaced: again, work to be full of grace and truth; there is no grading scale for sin, sin is sin if the Bible calls it sin; nothing is too difficult for God to help us with whether we’re struggling with a sin or in need of God’s equipping and wisdom as we relate to others; there are often no easy answers to hard realities; relation building is key to having impact on others.
Several other topics surfaced that are rough areas to navigate through in the Body of Christ. Divorce and remarriage. The lists in Scripture that contain both sexual sin and sins of the tongue like slander and gossip all indicate a person who continues to practice these things are not heading for life in the Kingdom now or in eternity.
1 Cor 6:9-11
9 Don’t you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, 10 or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people—none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God. 11 Some of you were once like that. But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation
Are we not all constantly in need of the effects of the Gospel! We are not only saved by God’s grace in Christ we are sustained moment by moment. The person who does not stay in absolute reliance on God can not live the life of holiness God calls us to. Our goal is not to live perfect sinless lives. Our goal in Christ is to live holy lives based on Christ’s work on the cross. We have victory over sin, even habitual sin, by his grace, truth and power. [see 1 Cor 15:10; 2 Cor 3:18; 4:5-7; Eph 2:8-10]
We concluded our time with a brief look at Acts 4:13 and John 15:5-7. The thing that distinguished these first disciples of Jesus was that they had been “WITH” Him. “It is no longer we who live”, Paul says in Galatians 2:20, “but Christ in us….”
Irresistible people reflect Jesus in their thoughts, words and actions. Like John the Baptist said in John 3:30 which will be our motto if we want to be irresistible like Jesus, “He must become greater; and I must become less.”