Lesson 209 20The 20Changed 20Life 20of 20the 20Christian by ZglvDb5j

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									The Changed Life Of The Christian
         Lesson Nine
   Introduction
    Disciples Of Jesus Pattern Their
     Lives After The Lifestyle And
     Teaching Of Jesus.

      This Is What Makes His
       Church, The Body Of Christ,
       Different From The Rest Of
       The World.

      The Changed Lifestyle Of The Believer Is A
       Testimony To The World And A Glory To God.
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      A New Relationship With God
   A New Relationship With God Changes Our View Of Life.

   The Most Important Change
    Takes Place When A Believer
    Surrenders His Life To Jesus
    As Lord And Is Buried with
    Christ In Baptism.
   The Relationship With God
    Is Brand New Although Many
    Lifestyle Changes Need To Follow.
   These Changes Will Continue As You Grow And Mature
    As A Christian.
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       Paul’s Letter To Rome
• The Apostle Paul Wrote A Letter
  To The Saints In Rome, Describing
  How Their Relationship With God
  Had Been Established By Their
  Faith In Christ Jesus.
• He Discussed A New Attitude Of
  Peace, Joy, And Hope That Was
  Available To These Christians And
  To Christians Today.
• He Also Points Out How We Can
  Even Look At Hardships And
  Suffering Much Differently Than
  Before We Knew Him.
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                   Romans 5:1-5
Therefore, since we have been justified through
faith, we have peace with God through our
Lord Jesus Christ,
through whom we have gained access by
faith into this grace in which we now
stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the
glory of God.
Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings,
because we know that suffering produces perseverance;
perseverance, character; and character, hope.
And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his
love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.


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            “Justified Through Faith”
   We Are “Justified Through Faith.”
   Justified Is A Legal Term That Means
        “Brought Back”,
        “Made Right.”

        Some Have Defined It As (Just If I'd) Never Sinned.
   When You Put Your Trust In Jesus As Your Only
    Atonement For Sin,
          You Are Brought Back Together With God And Made Right
           From His Perspective.
   All Sin Is Washed Away By The Blood Of Jesus, And God
    Remembers Them No More (Hebrews 10:17).
   Therefore, Your Past Is Different From What It Once Was.
          It Is Forgiven And Forgotten.                       5
    Our New Relationship With Him
   Our Present Life Is Also Different Due To Our New Relationship
    With Him.
   A Peace Within Comes From God That Allows You To View Life
    From A New Perspective.
   It May Be Compared To Putting On A Pair
    Of Colored Glasses That Changes The Way
    You See Everything.
   It Even Changes The Way You Think About Possessions.
   If You Belong To Him, Everything Your Own Belongs To Him.
   Everything You Have Can Be Seen As A Gift From Him (James
    1:17), And How You Use These Gifts Can Glorify Him.
   He Has Blessed You With Them So You Can Be A Blessing To
    Others (Gen. 12:2).
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A Changed View Of Difficulties
   God Wants You To Also Look At
    Problems In A Different Way Than
    You Did Before.
   The Difficulties Don't Go Away, But
    You Are Able To Look At Them In A
    New Light.
   Now They Can Be Seen As
    Challenges That Help You Grow As
    You Overcome Them (James1:2-4).
   Furthermore, He Provides You The
    Strength To Overcome Them.
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View You Troubles as Temporary
   You Are Able To Look At Your Troubles As Being Only
    Temporary While You Are On Your Way To Your Eternal
    Home. (2 Cor. 4:17)

   Your Suffering Here Is Seen As Bearable
    Compared To The Reward That Will Be
    Yours In Heaven (Romans 8:18).

   Even When You Are
    Persecuted For Your Faith, You
    Shouldn’t Be Surprised.

   Jesus Said This Would Happen, And He Told His Followers To
    Rejoice When It Does (Matthew 5:11-12).

   We Will Study This More In Lesson Eleven.
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       A Changed View of Others
   Your Relationship
    With Other People
    Can Be Different Than
    Before, If You Allow
    Christ’s Love To
    Control You.

   His Love Should
    Influence All Other
    Relationships.
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           2nd    Corinthians 5:14-17
14 For Christ's love compels us, because we are convinced that one
died for all, and therefore all died.
15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for
themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.
16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view.
Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we
do so no longer.
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new
creation; the old has gone, the new has come!


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            So Why Do We Live?
   We Live For The Purpose Of
    Telling Others About Jesus.

   Matthew 28:18-20 Tells How Jesus
    Sent The Apostles To Make
    Disciples Of All Nations.

   He Wanted Those Disciples To
    Do Everything He Commanded
    The Apostles To Do.

   That Includes You!
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               Your New Purpose
   Your New Purpose Is To Go And Share
    The Message Of Jesus With Everyone
    In Your World.
   We See An Example Of This In Mark
    5:17-20, The Story Of A Man Who Was
    Possessed By Demons.
   Jesus Cast The Demons Out Of The Man Who Then Wanted To
    Go With Jesus, But Jesus Would Not Allow Him To Do So.
   Jesus Encouraged Him To Go Back Into His Village And Tell
    Others What Was Done For Him.
   Now That You Have A New Relationship With God, Go And
    Tell Others What He Has Done For You.

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            1 Peter 2:9
“But you are a
chosen people, a
royal priesthood, a
holy nation, a people
belonging to God,
that you may declare
the praises of him
who called you out
of darkness into his
wonderful light.”
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Be Concerned For The Souls Of Others
   As You Become More Like
    Him, You Should Be As
    Concerned For The Souls
    Of Others As He Is And
    Share The Message Of His
    Love With Them.
   Can You Think Of People
    In Your World Who Need
    To Know Him And
    Experience The Peace, Joy,
    And Hope That Only He
    Provides?                      14
Transformed Life
   Paul Reminds The Christians In
    Rome That They Have Put Their
    Lives On God’s Alter As A
    Living Sacrifice.
   You Too Must Think Of
    Yourself In This Way.
   You Now Live For Him And His
    Purpose.
   Your Whole Life Should Be A
    Worship To God – To Adore,
    Glorify, Honor, And Praise Him.
    (Eph. 1:12)                       15
                     Make A List
   Make A List Of Ten People That You
    Will Pray For Every Day.
   You Might Want To Think Of This As
    Your Ten Most Wanted List.
   Ask God To Help You See
    Opportunities To Share The Message
    Of His Love.
   Pray That God Will Give You The
    Courage To Do So.
   Pray That God Will Open Their Hearts
    To Be Receptive.
   Christ’s Love In You Should Become
    The Major Theme Of Your Life.

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                  Serving Others
   Your Reason For Living Is
    Completely Changed:
   You Now Serve God By
    Serving Others.
   He Expects You To Do So
    (Ezekiel 3:16-21), And You
    Will Be Held Accountable
    For Doing This (Matthew
    25:31-46).
   You Serve God By Telling
    The Message Of His Love
    And Grace To The People
    In Your World.
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God Wants Us To Be Like Him
   God Wants His
    Children To Be Like
    Him.
   He Demonstrated A
    Greater Love For You
    Than For Himself
    When He Sent Jesus So
    You Could Be Saved.
   He Wants Us To Think
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            Philippians 2:3-5
3 Do nothing out of selfish
  ambition or vain conceit, but
  in humility consider others
  better than yourselves.
4 Each of you should look not
  only to your own interests,
  but also to the interests of
  others.
5 Your attitude should be the
  same as that of Christ Jesus:

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          The Transformed Life
   Paul Reminds The Christians
    In Rome That They Have Put
    Their Lives On God’s Altar As
    A Living Sacrifice.
   You Too Must Think of Your-
    self In This Way.
   You Now Live For Him And His Purpose.
   Your Whole Life Should Be A Worship To
    God –To Adore, Glorify, Honor, And Praise
    Him. (Eph. 1:12)
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                  Romans 12:1-2

1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy,
  to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing
  to God--this is your spiritual act of worship.
2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world,
  but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then
  you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--
  his good, pleasing and perfect will.

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            You Must Change
   Transformation Will Not Happen
    If You Continue To Be
    Like The World Around
    You.
   You Must Change The
    Way You Think And Act.

   The Changes You Make
    Will Be A Clear Statement To Your World
    About God’s Will For Them.
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            You Can Be A Light
   You Can Be A Light
    To Your World.
   When They See The
    Good Things You Do,
    They Will See God’s
    Character In You And
    Give Praise And Glory
    To Him (Mat. 5 14-16)


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                   1 Peter 2:11-12
Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the
world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your
soul.

Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they
accuse you of doing wrong, they
may see your good deeds and
glorify God on the day he visits
us.

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       The Power To Change
• Have You Ever Tried To
  Change Your Habits Only To
  Go Back To Them Again?
• We Fail Because We Try To
  Change On Our Own.
• But Now You Have Received
  God’s Spirit To Live In You.
• He Empowers Us To Live
  Changed Lives.
• God Gave You His Spirit When
  You Obeyed Him (Acts 2:38;
  5:32)
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        God’s Spirit Dwells in You
   Since Your Obedience, God
    Has Made You The
    Dwelling Place Of His Spirit
    (1 Cor. 3:16; 6:19).

   The Spirit Is The Seal And
    Guarantee Of Your
    Inheritance (Eph. 1:13), And
    He Is Our Teacher And Our
    Guide (John 14:16-17, 26).


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                         Romans 8:5-14
Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that
nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds
set on what the Spirit desires. The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind
controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does
not submit to God's law, nor can it do so.

Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God. You, however, are
controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in
you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to
Christ. But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is
alive because of righteousness. And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the
dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your
mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you.

Therefore, brothers, we have an obligation--but it is not to the sinful nature, to
live according to it. For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but
if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, because
those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.
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                 God’s Spirit In You
   When God’s Spirit Lives In You,
    You Are Able To Live Differently
    From The Rest Of The World.
   He Provides The Power To Do So.
   There Is No Limit In What You
    Are Able To Do With The Power
    He Provides.
   You Cannot Even Imagine What
    He Might Be Able To Do Through
    You.
   You Are Now Tapped Into A
    Tremendous Resource Of Great
    Power To Change Your Life
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Ephesians 3:20-21

“Now to him who is able to
 do immeasurably more than
 all we ask or imagine,
 according to his power that is at
 work within us, to him be glory in
 the church and in Christ Jesus
 throughout all generations, for
 ever and ever! Amen”.
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Bearing Fruit
 When God’s Spirit Is Living In You,
  Your Life Should Bear The Fruit Of
  His Spirit.
 The Power Available Through His
  Spirit Will Help You Overcome The
  Acts Of The Sinful Nature
  (Galatians 5:16-26), And To Have A New
  Nature, One Like Christ’s.
 Look Carefully At The New Characteristics His Spirit
  Enables You To Have.
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Galatians 5:22-23


“But the fruit of the
Spirit is love, joy, peace,
patience, kindness, goodness,
faithfulness, gentleness and self-
control. Against such things there
is no law”.
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Paul’s Encouragement
 In Many Of Paul’s Letters
  He Encourages Disciples
  To Put Off Their Old Nature
  And To Put On The New
  Nature Of Jesus Christ.
 In Each Case, Paul Was Addressing Baptized
  Believers.
 They Already Possessed The Spirit Of God, But
  Paul Was Reminding Them That They Still Had
  Many Changes To Make In Their Lives.

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Ephesians 4:22-24

 “You were taught, with
 regard to your former way
 of life, to put off your old self, which is
 being corrupted by its deceitful
 desires; to be made new in the
 attitude of your minds; and to put on
 the new self, created to be like God in
 true righteousness and holiness”.
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Colossians 3:5-14
“Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual
immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.
Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.
You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you
must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice,
slander, and filthy language from your lips.
Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its
practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in
knowledge in the image of its Creator.
Here there is no Greek or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian,
Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all. Therefore, as God's
chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with
compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have
against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these
virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity”.
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Love, The Most Important Factor
 Paul Says That Love Is The Most Important
  Factor.
 If You Really Love
  Other People, You Will
  Not Mistreat, Misuse, Or
  Offend Them By Doing
  Ungodly Things.
 Paul Says Love Binds Everything Together In
  Perfect Unity.
 Love Should Be The New Theme Of Your Life.
 Paul Reminds These Christians That Changes
  Must Continue To Take Place As Long As They
  Live.
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1 Peter 4:3-4     (Contemporary English Version)

 “You have already lived long enough like
 people who don’t know God. You were
 immoral and followed your evil desires.
 You went around drinking and
 partying and carrying on.
 In fact, you even worshiped
 disgusting idols. Now your
 former friends wonder why you
 have stopped running around
 with them and they curse you
 for it.”
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When You Fall Again
Some Fail To Make An Initial Commitment
 To Jesus Because They Are
 Afraid They Will Not Be Able
 To Keep It Perfectly.
That Is A Wrong Decision To Make.
No One Is Able To Walk Perfectly
 Pure And Holy After Baptism.
We All Need The Constant Cleansing That
 Comes From God Through Jesus Christ.
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1 John 1:7-2:1
 “But if we walk in the light, as he is
 in the light, we have fellowship with
 one another, and the blood of Jesus,
 his Son, purifies us from all sin.
 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and
 the truth is not in us.
 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will
 forgive us our sins and purify us from all
 unrighteousness.
 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a
 liar and his word has no place in our lives.
 My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not
 sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to
 the Father in our defense--Jesus Christ, the Righteous
 One”.
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Confess Your Sins

He Wants You To Admit Or Confess Your
 Sins To Him And Rely Constantly
 On His Cleansing.

So When You Fall He Wants You
 To Get Back Up, Call On Him In
 Prayer, And Move Forward In Your
 Transformation Process.

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 Conclusion (To Chapter Nine)
 Some Think They Cannot Become Christians Until
  Changes In Lifestyle Have Already Been Made.
 What They Are Really Saying Is They Think They
  Can Make Those Changes By Themselves.
 God Wants You To Surrender Your Life Over To
  The Lordship Of Jesus Christ.
 With The Help Of The Holy Spirit, You Will Begin
  To Live A Life Of Holiness And Purity That Will
  Glorify God.

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Conclusion (continued)
 He Will Keep You Clean As Promised, Even
  When You Fall.

 You, Too, Can Be One Of
  His Disciples.

 You Can Begin To Live Your
  Life With A Whole New
  Purpose Empowered By His Spirit And Cleansed
  By His Blood.
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The End Of Lesson Nine




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