Main Teaching Points:
- Biblical purity is God’s way of teaching humanity how He designed for us to live.
- Our purity starts with giving God the authority to shape our lives.
- Our purity means having a stronger allegiance to Christ than our sin.
- Biblical purity is a continual pursuit of learning and confession with God.
Prov. 7:1 My son, keep my words
and store up my commands within you.
2 Keep my commands and you will live;
guard my teachings as the apple of your eye.
3 Bind them on your fingers;
write them on the tablet of your heart.
4 Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,”
and call understanding your kinsman;
5 they will keep you from the adulteress,
from the wayward wife with her seductive words.
Matt. 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
Psalms. 24:3 Who may ascend the hill of the LORD?
Who may stand in his holy place?
4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
who does not lift up his soul to an idol
or swear by what is false.
5 He will receive blessing from the LORD
and vindication from God his Savior.
6 Such is the generation of those who seek him,
who seek your face, O God of Jacob.
James 4:7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.
Matt. 23:25 “What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you are so careful to clean the outside of the cup and the dish, but inside you are filthy—full of greed and self-indulgence! 26 You blind Pharisee! First wash the inside of the cup and the dish, and then the outside will become clean, too.
1John 3:1 How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2 Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. 3 Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as he is pure.
1John 3:4 Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness. 5 But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin. 6 No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him.
Prov. 20:9 Who can say, “I have kept my heart pure
I am clean and without sin”?
Community Group Questions:
- Read Proverbs 7:1-5 as a group. Ask your group to share how they believe this passage applies to their life?
- What does it mean to “guard my teachings as the apple of your eye… bind them on your fingers… write them on the tablet of your heart?” How do we do that?
- What is godly purity? How do we get godly purity? Why does it matter if we have godly purity?
- Read Matthew 5:8. What do you think it means that “they will see God?”
- Why is taking time for reflection and confession such an important part of our purity?
- Read 1 John 3:1-4. Have someone share a time in their life when they were struggling with sin? What was its impact on their life? How did God help them overcome it? How does that experience impact their life towards obedience to Christ or allowing sin to creep in?
- Spend time in prayer for one another asking God to purify us from our sins and help us desire pure lives that only live for Him.
Posted on Sun, September 4, 2016
by Brad Mardis filed under