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May Jesus Christ be Praised - Part 5

THE PRACTICE OF PRAISE            Page 5
V. 2 (cont'd.)

** How does God renew our sinful, polluted minds?

1) At salvation, He washes us! John 3:5, Titus 3:5
2) Throughout our lives, the cleansing continues with the Word of God. Ephesians 5:26
3) Our minds are made clean by the power of the Word of Christ! John 15:3, Colossians 3:16

That is why our motto is: Staying in the Word, Staying in the Word, Staying in the Word!

** If we are continually "washing" out the pollution of our former thought process and renewing our minds with the wisdom of God's precious Word, what will we be able to prove?

"...what the will of God is..." We will gain a discernment of what the Lord would have us to do
and think in every situation, based upon His expressed will in His Word. By saying, "that you
may prove", Paul is declaring our ability to "test" or "approve" of God's will by aligning our will
with His. cf. Colossians 1:9, Ephesians 5:10, 17

** What is the very nature of God's will?

"...that which is good and acceptable and perfect."

Our actions (represented by not being conformed to this world) and our thoughts (represented by our transformed minds) will only display the "good and acceptable and perfect" will of God!

** "MAY JESUS CHRIST BE PRAISED" has been the theme of our study for the past five weeks. How does God's will align with that Bible study theme?

Philippians 2:9-11 "...that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."

EXTRICATE

** If we want others to learn how to praise Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, what pattern of persuasion should we borrow from the apostle Paul?

We should "parakaleo" or come along side and encourage them, instead of commanding or being
argumentative when at first they do not understand.

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