Responding to the Behavior of Unbelievers

  • 1 Corinthians 5:9 – 13
    • God judges the morality of outsiders, not us.
    • On earth, we always will be surrounded by ungodly behavior.
    • Examples of appeals: Acts 2:40, 3:17, 8:30, 14:15, 17:29
    • The need of outsiders is to recognize that their ethics have failed to provide what they seek.
  • Colossians 4:5 – 6 Wisdom, grace, and wit
  • Ephesians 5:1 – 14 (focusing on the parts that relate to outsiders)
    • 5:1 – 2 Walk in love, as Christ also has loved us (Romans 12:1 – 2)
    • 5:3 – 7 Do not be partakers with them
    • 5:8 – 14 Be light to them so that they may see successful ethics.
  • Ephesians 5:15 – 21
    • Walk in wisdom
    • Repurpose time
    • Be filled full with the Spirit
    • Sing about spiritual things
    • Be known as a thankful (happy) person
    • Submit to one another as an illustration of your ethics (John 17:20 – 26)
  • 2 Timothy 2:24 – 26
    • Gentle, patient, humble
    • Able to teach, not quarrel
    • Our correction only works if God first does His part
    • What is the meaning of “if God perhaps will grant them repentance”?
  • 2 Corinthians 3:16 – 6:10 Ethics of evangelism
    • 3:16 – 4:1 Because we are being transformed, we do not loose heart
    • 4:2 Commending ourselves to every man’s conscience
    • 4:6 God shines out of us to light their way
    • 4:10 – 11 The life of Jesus may be manifested through us
    • 4:13 I believed, therefore I speak
    • 5:11 Knowing the terror of the Lord, we persuade men
    • 5:14 The love of Christ compels us
    • 5:16 We regard no one according to the flesh
    • 5:18 – 20 He has given us this ministry of reconciliation
    • 6:4 But in all things we commend ourselves as ministers of God (how?)