Paul's Epistle to the Galatians
(3) And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD.
(4) And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:
(5) But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.
(6) And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?
Paul's Epistle to the Galatians
I. At times in Christian experience, for various reasons, a Christian's zeal for God, His word, His house, His service and His people might wear thin or grow cold. Ministers need to consider that and act accordingly. ISA 50:4.
A. In a culture where sin abounds and temptation is on every side, true love may become cold.
1. Perilous times are not defined by political or economic trouble but by rampant sin.
2. An inordinate affection for the world and the flesh can choke God's word (LUK 8:14) and lure one into abandoning the faithful. 2TI 4:10.
I. Does the Bible teach a Sunday School system such as one sees in modern day Christendom?
II. First of all, we are commanded to prove all things, which includes Sunday school. 1TH 5:21.
A. prove: To make trial of, try, test.
B. The Bible is the SOLE standard of truth whereby all things are to be proved.
PSA 119:1-3, 11, 104-105, 128; ACT 17:11; ROM 3:4.
1. Personal feelings and thoughts are not the standard for church practice.
a. (PRO 14:12) There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end
thereof are the ways of death.
Regeneration and Conversion
I. It is commonly assumed that regeneration and conversion are referring to the one and the same thing: the change of man's inward nature which brings him out of death in trespasses and sins into a state of grace and spiritual life.
A. regenerate: In religious use; to cause to be born again in a spiritual sense; to invest with
a new and higher spiritual nature.
B. convert: To turn in position or direction. To turn (a thing or oneself) about, to give a
different (or specific) direction to.
Be Not Conformed to This World
I. Christians are commanded to "be not conformed to this world" (Rom 12:2).
1. The Lord instructs us to be nonconformists.
A. Conformv.-1.trans.Toform,shape,orfashionaccordingtosomepattern,model, or instruction; to make of the same form or character, to make like.
B. Wearethereforenottopatternourthoughtsandbehaviorafterthewayofthis world.
C. We should not look, act, and think like the people of this world.
2. We are in the world, but we must not be of the world (Joh 17:11 c/w Joh 17:14,16; Joh
15:18-19; 1Co 5:9-10).
For the Righteous Sake
I. One of the great themes of Scripture is God's willingness to spare men for the sake of someone else's righteousness. 2CO 5:21 c/w ROM 5:19.
A. There are numerous examples of where even the imperfect righteousness of one (or a
few) was remembered by God and others were accordingly delivered.
B. There are other cases where one's righteousness would spare only himself.
II. Sodom, Gomorrah and their neighboring cities became so wicked that God eventually destroyed them. GEN 13:13; 18:20-21 c/w JUDE 1:7.