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What's Your Filter?

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Lesson 1: What’s Your Filter?

April 22 & 23, 2017




Ephesians 5:10 Figure out what will please Christ, and then do it. Message Bible




God: What does the Bible say on the subject?


Permission, Prohibition, or Principle


You: How will it impact my life?


Our Weaknesses

1 Corinthians 6:12 I can do anything I want to if Christ has not said no, but some of these things aren’t good for me. Even if I am allowed to do them, I’ll refuse to if I think they might get such a grip on me that I can’t easily stop when I want to. Living Bible


Legalism Is Rooted in the Fear That We’re Not Strong Enough

Luke 11:45 “Sir,” said an expert in religious law who was standing there, “you have insulted my profession, too, in what you just said.” Living Bible

Luke 11:46 “Yes,” said Jesus, “the same horrors await you! For you crush men beneath impossible religious demands - demands that you yourselves would never think of trying to keep. Living Bible  

Not allowed to say God’s name


Women weren’t allowed to look in a mirror on the Sabbath


Pharisees would not look at a woman so they wouldn’t commit adultery


Others: How will it impact other?


Our Witness/Their Weakness

1 Corinthians 10:30 If I can thank God for the food and enjoy it, why let someone spoil everything just because he thinks I am wrong? Living Bible


1 Corinthians 10:33 That is the plan I follow, too. I try to please everyone in everything I do, not doing what I like or what is best for me but what is best for them, so that they may be saved. Living Bible

Their Weakness


Romans 14:21 It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything else if it might cause another believer to stumble. New Living Translation


Romans 14:22 You may believe there’s nothing wrong with what you are doing, but keep it between yourself and God. Blessed are those who don’t feel guilty for doing something they have decided is right. New Living Translation 


Galatians 5:1 Christ has set us free to live a free life. So take your stand! Never again let anyone put a harness of slavery on you. Message Bible