Practical Christian Living: Part 1

Holy Bible on beige sofa,close-upMany years ago, I was asked a question about whether a Christian should or shouldn’t do something. Honestly, now I don’t remember the original question, but the person asking at the time said that they had searched the scriptures and did not see clear guidance regarding their question.

Well, that got me thinking. If I or someone else I know has a question about Christian conduct, how would I know what is right? Of course there are some easy answers to start out with, which is what I did. However, since in some cases there may be unique circumstances or considerations, cultural, situational or have other things in play, the answer may not be so clear.

In order to keep this somewhat ‘user-friendly’ it will be published in seven parts since there are seven points that I have studied out and developed. I intend to go over each point, one at a time, but also will list all seven points at the end of each post.

I have found scriptural support for each of my points. I’m not saying that this is necessarily all the Bible may or may not say about this. I’ve more or less developed this list and found what I believe is supporting scriptures mostly for my benefit and for those who ask about things like this.

With that being said, there may be some people who go a little farther than I do in one way or another, or who, perhaps, have a different approach altogether. I will not claim to be the expert on things like this, but what I have here works well for me and many others have found it beneficial to them too.

Just in case you wonder, I have listed my points or steps in what I believe are the most important order. Call it a descending order of precedence, if you will. Again, this works for me. If you find only some of this beneficial or think it could or should be modified, let me know. I’d love to hear from other students of God’s word and what works for you.

What does the Bible say 500w1. What does the Bible say about __________?

Honestly, this should be an easy one for most people who claim to be Christians. Unfortunately, for many reasons which I won’t necessarily get into here, it’s not as clear as it should be. I will continually maintain that God said what he meant and meant what he said.

I’m pretty confident that if a passage of scripture would have more than one application or interpretation, it would include the time for which it was written and the future, which includes us now. Almost always, the clear reading of scripture will tell the reader that God simply meant what he said. ¬†Quite honestly, I’m appalled by people who say they want to know God’s will, but never read his word. I’m even more appalled by people who will twist scripture to achieve their own interpretation. (That is fodder for another time.)

It really is simple. If the Bible addresses the issue or question at all, there should be no more question. If the answer to the question is there in print or principle, the problem is solved. If more needs to be said on this particular answer, there may be deeper problems to address.

References: 2 Timothy 2:15; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Proverbs 30:5-6; Deuteronomy 4:1-2; Deuteronomy 11:26-28; Deuteronomy12:32; Psalm 119:89; Isaiah 40:8; Matthew 24:35; Mark 13:31; John 14:15; John 15:14; 1 Peter 1:24-25; 2 Peter 1:19-21; Revelation 22:18-19

A blue button with the words Ask Questions on it

Here is the complete list that I have developed over the years, beginning with that question many years ago. I do intend to post about one a week. I will do my best to answer any comments, questions or critiques as these are published.

1. What does the Bible say about __________?

2. Have you prayed about __________?

3. How does __________ glorify God?

4. Have you sought godly counsel (advice) about __________?

5. Will __________ cause a Christian Brother or Sister to stumble or question their faith (especially a new believer)?

6. How will __________ affect your testimony with unbelievers?

7. What does your conscience say about __________?

About Joe Matthews

Born & raised in southwest Wisconsin. Lived and traveled a bit. Some military related, some not. Happily married to sweet Julie (Peckham) and blessed by the Lord with seven beautiful children. I love the Lord with all my heart and want to serve Him in whatever capacity He chooses to use me. Though it's taken a lot of years for the Lord to prepare and train me, He opened the door to full-time (bi-vocational) ministry at Bible Baptist Church in Neillsville, Wisconsin. I'm excited for more opportunities to serve the Lord and excited to see where and how He will continue to use me.

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