What Is Your Life? – Notes/Study Sheet

(Jas. 4:13-14)

 

Introduction:

   * What is your life?

   * Life is fleeting!

      - I Chron 29:15 –

      - Job 7:6 –

      - Job 9:25-26 –

      - Job 14:1 –

      - Psa. 39:5 –

      - Gen. 47:9 –

 

   * Paul’s second missionary trip (Acts 17). God gives life to all things (Acts 17:25).

  

1. Life is not an accident!

   * Evolution/spontaneous generation all ludicrous notions!
   * “In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth” (Gen. 1:1).

   * George Wald –

 

 

 

2. If human life is a gift from God, then it’s sacred.

   * Arbitrary murder wrong from the beginning (Gen. 9:6).

   * We are governed by civil law which God established (Rom. 13).

   * Christians must persuade men (II Cor. 5:11), not murder them on our own accord.

   * How many who cried over the murdered doctor never shed a tear for the babies he in turn had murdered?

   * Inconceivable that abortion be defended! Babies are human, living, and innocent – in and out of the womb!

   * How long can we survive as long as we practice abortion? (Prov. 14:34).

   * What about Capital Punishment? Universal principle sanctioned by God (Gen. 8:22, Gen. 9).

   * Gen. 9:6 – “Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.”

   * Man is still in the image of God. Capital punishment sanctioned in all ages. Mosaic age (Num. 35; Deut. 19).

      - Accidental death (Deut. 19:3-5) – Manslaughter.

      - Planned/premeditated (Num. 35:16-21 & Deut. 19:11-13) – Planned murder. Murderer’s life must be taken! Only

         way to cleanse the land.

   * Christian age – John 19 – Jesus didn’t deny that Pilate had the power to crucify Him (v. 9-10).

      - Acts 25:11 – Paul on trial before Festus. Acknowledges that he could be put to death, but didn’t deserve it.

      - Romans 13:4 – Sword reference to capital punishment.

  

3. Life and Stewardship.

   * All life belongs to God. We must take care of the life God has entrusted us (Ezek. 18:4).

   * “Steward,” from Greek “oikonomous,” means “house arranger.” To do with managing that which is someone else’s.

   * Used of elders (Titus 1:7), teachers of the Word (I Cor. 4:1-2; & 3:5), & of Christians (I Peter 4:10).

   * God possesses everything (Psalm 50:10-12).

   * We’ll give account to God for our stewardship (Luke 16:2; I Corinthians 4:2).

   * Our purpose is to glorify & obey God (Isa. 43:7; Eccl. 12:13).

   * We must prepare for eternity! (II Sam. 14:14).

   * Abraham set his eyes on Heaven (Heb. 11:9-10) & walked in steps of faith (Rom. 4:12).

   * In parable of virgins (Matt. 25), the difference between both groups was preparation!

   * Only one chance in life! No “baptism for the dead,” purgatory, etc.

   * Prepare for eternity by being obedient to God (John 14:15).

   * Obey all of the Bible. Its writers carry the authority of Christ (Luke 10:16). Bible inspired by God (II Tim. 3:16-17).

   * A few Bible commands: Assemble (Heb. 10:25); give (I Cor. 16:2); sing (Col. 3:16; Eph. 5:19); do good (Gal. 6:10).

   * Following God’s plan is a must! Following your own apart from God will lead to destruction! (Prov. 16:25).

 

                                                                                                                                    R.W. McAlister  8/23/09 a.m.