Add Godliness (Season 12, Episode 7)

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Add Godliness (Season 12, Episode 7)

In this season, we’re discussing Peter’s admonition to add to your faith (2 Peter 1:5-11).

One of the qualities are are to add to our faith is godliness. In this episode, we discuss what this is, what it looks like with and without faith, and how we go about adding it to our faith.

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Called As Saints

Man at Sunset

To all who are beloved of God in Rome, called as saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 1:7).

One of the terms used in the New Testament to refer to the people of God is saints. This was the term Paul used to address the Christians in Rome (Romans 1:7). It is important that we understand this term and why it was used.
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Making Wise Investments (Part 4): The Great Gain of Godliness

Making Wise Investments (Part 4): The Great Gain of Godliness

Why do we serve God? Different people will have different answers to that question. Yet not all of them will have the right motivation. Some are motivated by material gain – a better life now. We sometimes use the term “health and wealth gospel” to refer to the message that is tailored to this group’s desires. Others are motivated by spiritual gain – a better life in eternity. Many are motivated by a combination of the two. In this lesson, we will consider Paul’s words to Timothy in which he warned of the danger of being motivated by material gain and he explained what is the great gain of godliness.

But godliness actually is a means of great gain when accompanied by contentment” (1 Timothy 6:6).

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What We Profess With Our Dress

Woman Standing in a Field

Likewise, I want women to adorn themselves with proper clothing, modestly and discreetly, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly garments, but rather by means of good works, as is proper for women making a claim to godliness” (1 Timothy 2:9-10).

Paul talked about women wearing clothing that is “proper for women making a claim to godliness.” The King James Version contains this phrase: “women professing godliness.” The point is that our clothing makes a statement. We should ask ourselves: Are we making the right statement with our clothing?

These verses are specifically directed toward women. There is a reason for this – women are much more likely to cause harm with their improper dress. It is not that men can dress however they want without any thought to “godliness.” The principles in this passage – as well as the others we will be considering in this article – apply to both men and women. In this article, we will notice some of the things that we should profess with our dress.
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As Obedient Children (12/20)

Thought from today’s Bible reading from 1 Peter 1-5.

Christians are the children of God. Just as an earthly father would, our heavenly Father expects certain behavior out of His children. We are not free to do as we please and expect God to be happy with whatever we do. We are expected to do His will.

As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy’” (1 Peter 1:14-16).

What does God expect of His children? This passage mentions a few things:
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“The New Self, Which is in the Likeness of God” (12/16)

Thought from today’s Bible reading from Ephesians 1-6.

In the beginning, man was made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). This did not mean that man’s physical appearance was like that of God. “God is spirit” (John 4:24) and does not have a flesh and blood body like we do. Man was made in God’s image in the sense that he had a spirit that would live on after his physical body went to the grave. In this way, man was distinguished from the animals (Ecclesiastes 3:21).

However, there is another sense in which man can be in the likeness of God. Christians are not just to be distinguished from the animals, as all men are, but are to be different from the world. Notice what Paul told the brethren in Ephesus:

That, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new self, which is in the likeness of God and has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth” (Ephesians 4:22-24).

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