September 7, 2008
I. IS THERE A DIFFERENCE?
Mathew 13:24-30, 36-42 Why are the wheat and the tares growing together?
Why can't the servants tell the tares from the wheat?
** Wherever Christ sows the truth, the Devil will sow a counterfeit.
Galatians 2:4; II Corinthians 11:26 Satan has inserted his couterfeit brethren.
Galatians 1:3-9 Satan has instituted a couterfeit gospel.
Romans 10:1-3 Satan has a counterfeit righteousness
I John 4:1 Satan has counterfeit teachers and preachers.
II Thesallonians 2:1-4 Satan's last great counterfeit is the anti-christ.
Question: How do we tell the counterfeit from the real thing??
Answer: II Timothy 2:15
II. DOES THE WORLD SEE A DIFFERENCE?
I Corinthians 3:1-3 Here Paul shows us that even during first century Christianity the church was
already showing signs of great immaturity and carnality (sensual, worldly, pleasing the senses).
II Peter 2:6-8 The Bible says that Lot was actually a saved man, but because of his inconsistant
living style, he was seen by those people who knew him best as a phoney, (Genesis 19:14).
Ephesians 5:11-12 This verse admonishes us to not lead a life style that will confuse people
about our Christian testimony.
Ephesians 5:5-8 How we talk, what we do, where we go, how we react to every day events
tells the world around us whether we are "in the light" or "in the darkness". We cannot be
in the "light" and in the "darkness" at the same time. The problem with most Christians today is
that even though we are "light" (Mathew 5:14), we often times do not "walk" in the "light" (I John 1:5-7).
Question: Do the people around us every day see Christ in our daily lives?
III. HOW DO WE MAKE A DIFFERENCE?
Mathew 5:14-16 Because God lives in us, and God is Light (John 8:12), Jesus says our light
should shine because the world is actually in darkness. Our lives should be so contrary to how the
world around us live that they should see that God is in us and with us and that should give them a
desire to know God because of our life style verses their life style.
II Corinthians 6:14-18 Paul urges us to seperate ourselves from any association that would
hinder a pure, holy, righteous relationship with our Lord. This verse of proves that fellowship with
our Lord is conditional on our "walk". The best example of this is (Luke 15) The Prodigal son.
II Corinthians 7:1 Paul says that because of the promises that he talked about in the previous
verses, we ought to "cleanse ourselves" from the sins of the flesh and of the spirit, and to
"perfect" holiness.God promise to cleanse us from sin (I John 1:9) but we must take some
responsibility for our holiness.
II Timothy 2:15-21 This is what we must do in order for God to make a difference between us
and the world.
I Peter 2:11-12 Peter encourages us to abstain from the sins of the flesh, and to have a
honorable lifestyle that pleases God among a lost world.
SEPARATION SELF-CLEANSING SANCTIFICATION
These are what will make a difference between our "light" and the "darkness" of the world.