Constantly & Consistently
Even as I wake up this morning and take a look at social media I am noticing the demand for a more “consistent Christianity” will always be at the heart of the masses. We just closed a sermon series called #BeingCHRISTIAN at The Blue Point Bible Church a couple of weeks ago, however the examination and effort to constantly reform ourselves to be more consistent Christians is an on-going, dare I say eternal reality.
Prayerfully, you found time to listen to some of the podcasts of that series (www.buzzsprout.com/11630), maybe read through some of the blogs regarding “Consistency Principles (www.mianogonewild.wordpress.com), and/or reviewed our last exam which will be posted below as well.
This exam has been formed and detailed in the following manner:
Each of our members & attendees at The Blue Point Bible Church were asked to provide characteristics and Bible verses that mark out characteristics of what it means to to be a Christian. Each week in the sermon portion of our Worship Service, as well as through his personal blog, Pastor Miano marked out “Consistency Principles” that summed up the characteristics provided by each person. This “exam” will highlight the Consistency Principles as a resource for you to examine yourself – constantly and consistently.
We are called to be disciples & make disciples of Jesus Christ .
How can you begin to intentionally and actively reach others with the Gospel in your life?
We must grow in the knowledge of His Word (2 Timothy 2:15), – “together” cf. Ephesians chapter 4.
Are you actively growing in the grace and knowledge of God? What opportunities can you get involved with to do so? What community do you need to begin gathering with?
“Going to Church” (cf. Hebrews 10:24).
Do you take advantage of “Going to Church”. When are you going to start?
Wisdom (cf. James 1:5)
Are you become wise through the knowledge of God? Are you asking for it? Are you exercising wisdom in your life?
Faith (cf. Hebrews 11:6; 1 Timothy 1:5).
Do you live with faith rather than leaning upon your own understanding? In what situations might you be able to express more faith in God’s work rather than your abilities or understanding of the situation?
Where is God looking for more faithfulness on your part? Are you persevering in the faith in all regards?
Freedom (cf. John chapter 8; Galatians 5:1).
“God is most glorified when you are most satisfied in Him”.
Are you finding that freedom and satisfaction in Christ? If not, what is keeping you back?
Diligence & Discernment
Are you studying and rightly interpreting God’s Word in accordance with 2 Timothy 2:15 and 2 Timothy 3:16-17? What study habits can you work on or studies can you attend? Are you exercising discernment not to lean upon your own misunderstandings or the “doctrines of men”? Are you aware of God’s will for humanity, the world, and the future? Are you living in line with it?
Righteous Living (see, Ephesians 4:20-5:2; 5:3-20).
In what areas is God renewing your mind and your life? What characteristics of the “old self” to do see all too often and need to “lay aside”? How are you doing in areas such as speaking truth to others (remembering as Christians we are members of one another)? Do you let go of anger and forbid opportunity for it to fester? Do you work hard to benefit others?
When you communicate with others are they edified? How can you grow in this regard? Are you kind in speech or prone to interrupt? Are you encouraging or seemingly lacking faith? Are you a blessing to speak to? How can you become more wholesome in your communication in an effort to “seek peace and pursue it”?
Spiritual Promptings (cf.1 Thessalonians 5:16-24;1 Chronicles 12:32)
It’s only when we are listening to the “promptings of the Spirit”, in the season that we are in, that we will be confident in what God is going in and through us.
We need to be a people marked by alertness, readiness, and prepared for a “move, or the “work” of God
Are you alert, ready, and prepared to be used by God for the benefit of others? What can or should you be doing to grow in this regard?
“Children of the Light” – know the times, know what Jesus Christ has done, & know what God wants us to do in the current moment.
Do you have a correct knowledge of the times? Do you know what God wants His people to be doing?
Knowledge of Contextual Types and Antitypes (cf. Colossians 2:16-17, 1 Corinthians chapter 10, Hebrews chapters 8-10)
Are you “studying to show yourself approved, rightly dividing (interpreting) the word of truth”
The Naked and Unashamed reality of being in God’s presence.( cf. Genesis 2:25 ; Luke 17:21; Romans 8:1)
Do you know and understand the presence of God in your life and demonstrate that in a “naked and unashamed” fashion? Take a moment to pray to God and thank Him for this glorious reality consummated through Jesus Christ. Allow God’s “good” to be your “good”.
Define each of these characteristics & then prayerfully ask yourself how you can be more consistent in living each one of them out. Maybe, God is challenging you to take a couple and work on becoming more consistent in those regards?
Always Rejoicing –
Looking for good in others-
Abstain from Evil –
Convicted of and by sin –
Seeking the lost with the Gospel –
Giving God the glory –
Read the Bible/ Seek God’s Word –
Studying to show oneself approved (studious) –
Attending Fellowship & Worship Service with the Church –
Discipline/ Self-Control –
Serving others –
Walking worthy of your calling –
Trusting in Christ –
Honesty with Compassion –
Care for the widow and the orphan –
Die Daily –
Love the Brotherhood of faith –
Giving/ Sharing –
Welcoming and seeking to be welcomed –
*Here is a list of Bible verses put together by our BPBC community that mark out Christian Living. Maybe pick one or two and focus on that as far as finding consistency in your #BeingCHRISTIAN.
2 Peter 3:18 1 Thessalonians 3:8
1 Thessalonians 5:12-23 Psalm 91
Ephesians 5:1 Ephesians 2:8-10
Romans 12:2 Ephesians 4:23
James 4:7 Colossians 3:5-8
Philippians 4:4 2 Peter 1:5-8
1 John 4:7 Proverbs 3:5-6
Hebrews 13:5 Matthew 6:33
Ephesians 4:1-3 2 Corinthians 9:15
Romans 8:28 Romans 10:9
John 13:34 2 Timothy 2:15
Luke 17:4 Proverbs 14:6
Revelation 21:3 Matthew 22:36-40
James 2:17 Galatians 5:22-23
John 1:12 Romans 15:7
2 Corinthians 6:17 Matthew 22:32
Mark 4:34 1 Corinthians 14:33
John 21:22 Ephesians 5:15-16
Ephesians 6:13-18 1 Corinthians 14:1
1 Peter 1:5-6 1 Peter 3:10-11
Isaiah 43:1 1 Peter 5:6-7
James 5:10 James 1:19-20
Deuteronomy 12:12-14 Colossians 4:6
Psalm 119:7-8 John 3:16-17
2 Corinthians 5:17 Matthew 6:24
Romans 12:10 John 15:12-15
Wow, that is 52 passages for you to be continually edified and to take a closer look at your living out our faith!
Blessings in Christ,
Pastor Michael Miano
Blue Point Bible Church