Teaching Notes: On Dynamic Christianity – The Walk

So far in our series on Dynamic Christianity we have looked at the beginning and the life. We now to turn to the walk of the Christian in this world as a representative of the Lord Jesus Christ.

[These notes are from a Bible study taught more than 40 years ago. The notes are in outline form.]

Questions and Answers

  • Question: What is the purpose of being a Christian?
  • Answer: Be holy and pure in behavior of life – Ephesians 1:4

 “According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love.

  • Question: Why did God save us in the first place?
  • Answer: Our love for the brethren – Ephesians 2:4-7

But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.

  • Question: What is the ultimate of Christianity?
  • Answer: To know the love of Christ and be filled with the fulness of God – Ephesians 3:17-19

“That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.”

  • Question: What has God ordained our behavior to be in this present evil world?
  • Answer: Live as a new man in righteousness and true holiness – Ephesians 4:17-24

This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. But ye have not so learned Christ; If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.”

Pleasing God

I want us to look at the behavior, or walk, that pleases God. Let’s begin with Ephesians 4:24 –

“And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.”

The new man is created “after God.” This literally means that the Christian has been created “according to what God is in Himself.” That is, created after the pattern of God and what He is.

If you ladies want to use a pattern to make a dress, you will have to follow that pattern exactly or else the dress will not fit and look as it ought.

Ephesians 5:1 reads – “Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children.” Literally, this is – “be becoming therefore imitators of God, as children beloved.”

To imitate someone is to produce a likeness of that person in your life. Paul is telling us that we are to produce a likeness of God in our behavior. We are to be God-like!

But, we say, how can we know what God is like? The Bible teaches that in Christ “dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily” (Colossians 2:9).

Look at Ephesians 2:10 – “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”

Expanded translation – “We are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus with a view to good works which God prepared beforehand in order that within their sphere we may order our behavior.”

We are to order our behavior in the sphere of –

  1. Good works (Ephesians 2:10)
  2. Righteousness (Ephesians 4:24)
  3. Holiness (Ephesians 4:24)

There are only two reasons why a Christian does not experience a dynamic life. Look at Psalm 19:12-13

  1. Secret faults (ignorance)
  2. Presumptuous sins (disobedience)
  • The dynamic Christian “knows and obeys.
  • The non-dynamic Christian either “doesn’t know” or “knows and disobeys.”

Look at James 1:22-25 –

But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.”

  • Christian A – hearer only
  • Christian B – hearer and doer

The Bible is a very practical book. It deals with our real-life, every-day problems. God not only tells us what to put off or stop doing, he also tells us what to put on or start doing.

Put Off

  1. Lying
  2. Stealing
  3. Evil speaking
  4. Bitterness
  5. Anger
  6. Malice (ill will)
  7. Hatred
  8. Profanity
  9. Hypocristy
  10. Worry
  11. Doubt
  12. Conceit
  13. Judging
  14. Rebellion
  15. Murmering
  16. Discontent
  17. Temper
  18. Gossip
  19. Other gods
  20. Lack of joy
  21. Jealousy
  22. Irresponsibility
  23. Procrastination
  24. Laziness
  25. Neglect of prayer and Bible study
  26. Temporal values
  27. Following the crowd
  28. Cheating
  29. Lack of moderation
  30. Over-eating
  31. Drinking, smoking, drugs
  32. Gambling
  33. Adultery
  34. Fornication
  35. Necking and petting
  36. Dating wrong people
  37. Homosexuality
  38. Lust of the flesh
  39. Lust of the eyes
  40. Self (egocentric)

Put On

  1. Truth telling
  2. Giving
  3. Edifying
  4. Kindness
  5. Tender heart
  6. Forgiveness
  7. Love
  8. Sincerity
  9. Trust
  10. Faith
  11. Humility
  12. Searching my own sin
  13. Submission
  14. Gratefulness
  15. Satisfaction
  16. Self control
  17. Speaking with praise
  18. Jesus first
  19. Rejoicing always
  20. Preferring others
  21. Discipline
  22. Diligence
  23. Prayer and Bible study
  24. Eternal values
  25. Following Jesus
  26. Honesty
  27. Balanced life
  28. God’s temple
  29. Stewardship
  30. Fidelity
  31. Purity
  32. Abstinance
  33. Equally yoked
  34. God’s purpose
  35. Pure desires
  36. Pure thoughts
  37. Christ (Christocentric)

Invitation

Is there anything in your life today that needs to be put off? Is there something that you need to put on? If there is and you would like us to pray for you, please raise your hand (or email us).

[Thank you for reading these teaching notes from more than 40 years ago. My prayer is they will be a blessing to you, your family and your ministry.]

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