YEAR OF HIGHER GROUND
STUDY 08: CHRISTIAN EXEMPLARY LIFE
TEXT: MICAH 4:1 – 2
MEMORY VERSE: “That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world” (Philp. 2: 15)
There is a marvellous attractiveness in real Christianity. As children of God, we are called into such a lifestyle that is worthy of the Gospel whereby the Gentiles or unbelievers can repose confidence in us and come to the brightness of our shining –Isaiah 60: 1 – 3.
BECOMING GOOD EXAMPLE –Mic. 4: 2
God—by His calling, granting us repentance, giving us His Spirit, helping us understand the gospel of the Kingdom of God, and the revelation of Jesus Christ and His sacrifice—has brought us to a place that is spiritually significant. He has set us as standard for the world. Titus 2: 7
No matter what we do, no matter what we say, no matter what comes into our life, every day we should be reflecting the mind of God in our life, in our speech, and in our attitude. In addition to that, we must reinforce our example by allowing the people around to see traits of godliness in us as of the disciples in Antioch –Acts 11: 26 see also I Thess 1: 7
Though He had never sinned, Jesus went through the rite of baptism “to fulfill all righteousness.” He did everything a truly righteous man should do, so we could learn from Him. As our perfect example in all things (see I John 2:6; I Peter 2:21), He came to John to be baptized to show us the steps we must take to reach the same destination He did—the Kingdom of God.
The apostle Paul confirms this principle in I Cor. 4:16, where he strongly states, “Therefore I urge you, imitate me.” Likewise in I Cor. 11:1, he repeats, “Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.” Read Philip. 3:17.
It is important to note that, in fulfilling the great commission, living a life of example speaks louder that preaching. God has always used this means – the example of His people – as a fundamental method of reaching others. As one excellent New Testament example, notice I Thess. 1:7-9, where Paul lauds the converts in Thessalonica, pointing out the breadth of their example to other church congregations and to the world at large. So strong was their witness that Paul needed not “to say anything.” These people certainly did not hide their light under a basket.
Question: In a simple term, how would explain the qualities that make Christian life attractive?