THE CONSCIENCE

Twenty-Five Reasons Why Our Conscience Is Not A Safe Guide

1. The conscience must be educated – Proverbs 22:6
2. The conscience can honestly misguide us if uneducated – Acts 23:1
3. The conscience acts on what it believes to be right and wrong – Romans 14:1ff.
4. The conscience is a prodder and not the body of truth itself – Romans 2:15
5. Our conscience cannot be our guide because we are to obey God and not men
– Acts 5:29
6. Our conscience cannot be our guide because we are saved by faith and faith comes
by hearing God’s word – Romans 10:17
7. We are set free by truth and not our conscience – John 8:32
8. We are sanctified by truth and not our conscience – John 17:17
9. If our conscience is our guide, then truth is subjective and everyone who is honest is
right no matter what he believes. Romans 10:17; Matthew 4:4
10. Our conscience cannot be our guide because we are to bring every thought in
captivity unto the obedience of Christ – 2 Corinthians 10:5
11. Our conscience cannot be our guide because sin is a violation of God’s law whether
it violates our conscience or not – 1 John 3:4
12. Our conscience cannot be our guide because every man would become a law unto
himself – Jeremiah 10:23
13. Our conscience cannot be our guide because a thing would be both true and false at
the same time – 1 Corinthians 1:10
14. Our conscience cannot be our guide because that would make it possible for a man to
be saved without being taught the word of God – James 1:21
15. Our conscience cannot be our guide because there would be no standard for a final
judgment – John 12:48
16. Our conscience cannot be our guide for this would do away with church discipline. A
church could not withdraw from anyone who claimed to be living in harmony with
their conscience – 1 Corinthians 5:1.
17. Our conscience cannot be our guide because knowing God is predicated upon
obeying God’s commandments – 1 John 2:3-4
18. Our conscience cannot be our guide because going to heaven is predicated upon
doing the Father’s will. Matthew 7:21
19. Our conscience cannot be our guide because it would make the Bible useless.
Matthew 26:28; Hebrews 9:16-17
20. Our conscience cannot be our guide because of what happened to Uzzah –
2 Samuel 6:3-8
21. Our conscience cannot be our guide because we do not have an answer of a good
conscience until we obey God – 1 Peter 3:21
22. Our conscience cannot be our guide because we cannot have a good conscience until
the blood of Christ is applied to our soul, Heb. 10:1-8.
23. Our conscience cannot be our guide because we might believe a lie – 1 Kings 13:1ff.
24. Our conscience cannot be our guide because at times our conscience and the word of
God are in conflict – Acts 23:1
25. Our conscience cannot be our guide because Saul’s conscience misguided him.
Acts 23:1; Acts 26:9

Tom Moore
P. O. Box 107
Hamilton, Texas 76531
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Tullstar

Check out http://www.tullstar.org for audio sermons from present preachers and great preachers from the past (e.g. Guy N. Woods, Curtis Cates, Roy Deaver, Joe Gilmore, Noel Meredith, etc.)

Tom Moore
P. O. Box 107
Hamilton, Texas 76531
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SPIRITUAL GROWTH #1

SPIRITUAL GROWTH #1
Spiritual Growth Is A Choice

INTRODUCTION
The blessings enjoyed in Christ include not only
redemption, but renewal from baptism, for we rise to
“walk in newness of life” (Rom. 6:4)
B. The renewal we find in Christ involves the concept of
spiritual growth…
1. Just as a healthy physical life is one of growth
2. So a healthy spiritual life is a process of growth
C. Sadly, not all Christians grow spiritually…
1. Many have been Christians for years, with little change or
improvement
2. They are no more, often less, useful to the Lord than when
they first became Christians
3. Failing to grow – become as a stagnant pool of water
D. That is because Spiritual Growth Is A Choice
1. It doesn’t happen by default (unlike physical growth)
2. Spiritual growth (like emotional maturity) occurs only
when we choose to grow
3. If we do not make that choice, and stick to it, there will be
no spiritual growth!
E. To encourage us to make the right choice regarding spiritual
growth, consider that…
DISCUSSION
A. SPIRITUAL GROWTH IS A CHOICE COMMANDED BY GOD
1. This command is implicitly stated…Great Commission
a. Matthew 28:18-20
b. Jesus commanded His apostles to make disciples,
baptize, and TEACH
c. Implicit in the command to teach, is that disciples would
be obedient learners, i.e., constantly growing as they
learned and obeyed their Lord
2. Commanded explicitly in the Apostolic Epistles
a. 2 Peter 3:18
1) We are to grow in grace
2) We are to grow in the knowledge of Jesus Christ
b. Peter begins his second epistle describing how we are to
grow © _ 2 Peter 1:5-8
1) We must add to our faith such graces as virtue,
knowledge, self-control, etc.
2) Abounding in these graces, being fruitful, which
implies growth
3. Christians who did not grow, were sternly rebuked © _
Hebrews 5:12-6:1
a. Spiritual growth is a not an option, reserved for a few
select Christians. The Word of God commands growth!
a. We should also remember that…
B. SPIRITUAL GROWTH IS A CHOICE THAT REQUIRES DILIGENT EFFORT
1. This is unlike physical growth
a. People grow physically by default (unless … disorder)
b. No effort is required on our part; we mature physically
whether we want to or not
c. Don’t think that just because you grow older, you are
growing spiritually!
2. Spiritual growth requires concentrated effort…
a. Jesus said it requires labor… John 6:27
b. Paul wrote that it requires work, pressing on…
Philippians 2:12; 3:13-14
c. Peter wrote that it requires diligence… 2 Peter 1:5,10
d. Like physical health, spiritual growth requires regular
exercise… 1 Timothy 4:7-8
3. Spiritual growth is not easy. We must work at it. Today.
Tomorrow. Always.
4. But we can take comfort in knowing that…
C. SPIRITUAL GROWTH IS A CHOICE THAT IS ASSISTED BY GOD
1. We are not alone in our efforts…
a. While we work out our salvation, God is at work in us
… Philippians 2:12-13
b. God desires to complete the work He started when He
saved us… Philippians 1:6
2. We are strengthened by God in our efforts…
a. He strengthens us by His Spirit in our inner man…
Ephesians 3:16
b. He empowers us with unimaginable power that is in us
… Ephesians 3:20
c. He provides the armor to stand strong in the power of
His might… Ephesians 6:10-11
d. There is no excuse not to grow, for Christ strengthens
us! … Philippians 4:13
3. With God as our aid, spiritual growth is possible. And not
mediocre growth, but spiritual growth beyond what limits
we might think hinder us!
4. Finally, let us remember that…
D. SPIRITUAL GROWTH IS A CHOICE THAT IS BLESSED BY GOD
1. The blessings begin in this life…
a. 2 Peter 3:18
1) As we grow we experience the blessings of the grace
in which we stand
2) Such as peace with God, rejoicing in hope…
Romans 5:1-2
b. We must also… 2 Peter 3:18
1) When we grow we experience the blessings of adding
virtue, knowledge, self-control, etc. to our faith
2) Such as a victorious life, in which we do not stumble
so as to fall… 2 Peter 1:10
c. Indeed, it is spiritual growth that ensures the “abundant
life” – now that Jesus promised! … John 10:10
2. The blessings continue into the life to come
a. We will experience an “abundant entrance” into the
everlasting kingdom… 2 Peter 1:11
b. In some way, our works do follow us…
Revelation 14:13
c. At the very least, we know that our labors will not be in
vain! … 1 Corinthians 15:58
CONCLUSION
A. We have been talking about growth; but not just any
growth, for not all growth is good…
1. The hearts of some grow dull (Mt 13:15)
2. The love of many grow cold (Mt 24:12)
3. There is the danger of growing weary in doing good
(Gal 6:9; 2 The 3:13)
4. There is possibility of growing corrupt according to
deceitful lusts (Eph 4:22)
5. There is danger of growing wanton against Christ
(1 Tim 5:11)
6. There are those who grow worse and worse, deceiving and
being deceived (2 Tim 3:13)
7. Like the growth of cancerous cells, the wrong growth can
be deadly!
B. We have been talking about spiritual growth, the kind of
growth that is…
1. Commanded by God
2. Requires diligent effort
3. Assisted by God
4. Blessed by God
5. It is this kind of growth that Peter enjoined as he closed
his epistle (2 Pet 3:18)
C. What kind of growth is taking place in our spiritual
lives?
1. Is it a deadly kind of growth, creating dull hearts, love that
is cold, weariness in doing good, even moral
corruption?
2. Or is it a vibrant kind of growth in which we are
abounding in love, joy, and peace, being faithful and
fruitful in our service to Jesus Christ?
3. The one kind of growth is often the result of neglect, the
other kind of growth comes only when we make the right
choice!
4. If we desire to experience the blessings of the right kind of
growth, then never forget that Spiritual Growth Is A
Choice!
5. Are you making the right choice today and every day?

Tom Moore
P. O. Box 107
Hamilton, Texas 76531
http://www.harrisandmoore.org
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DON’T WE ALL

I was parked in front of the mall wiping off my car. I had just come from the car wash and was waiting for my wife. Coming my way from across the parking lot was what society would consider a bum. From the looks of him, he had no car, no home, no clean clothes, and no money.

There are times when you feel generous but there are other times that you just don’t want to be bothered. This was one of those I “don’t want to be bothered times.” “I hope he doesn’t ask me for any money” I thought. He didn’t.

He came and sat on the curb in front of the bus stop but he didn’t look like he could have enough money to even ride the bus. After a few minutes he spoke.

“That’s a very pretty car,” he said.

He was ragged but he had an air of dignity around him. His scraggly blond beard keep more than his face warm. I said, “Thanks,” and continued wiping off my car.

He sat there quietly as I worked. The expected plea for money never came. As the silence between us widened something inside said, “Ask him if he needs any help.” I was sure that he would say “yes” but I held true to the inner voice.

“Do you need any help?” I asked.

He answered in three simple but profound words that I shall never forget. We often look for wisdom in great men and women. We expect it from those of higher learning and accomplishments. I expected nothing but an outstretched grimy hand. He spoke the three words that shook me.

“Don’t we all?” he said.

I was feeling high and mighty, successful and important, above a bum in the street, until those three words hit me like a twelve gauge shotgun.

Don’t we all?

I needed help. Maybe not for bus fare or a place to sleep, but I needed help. I reached in my wallet and gave him not only enough for bus fare, but enough to get a warm meal and shelter for the day.

Those three little words still ring true. No matter how much you have, no matter how much you have accomplished, you need help too. No matter how little you have, no matter how loaded you are with problems, even without money or a place to sleep, you can give help. Even if it’s just a compliment, you can give that. You never know when you may see someone that appears to have it all. They are waiting on you to give them what they don’t have. A different perspective on life, a glimpse at something beautiful, a respite from daily chaos that only you through a torn world can see.

Don’t we all need a little help? Can’t we all give a little help? Remember, “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin” (Jam. 4:17).

Think About It!

Have A Great Day!

Tom Moore
P. O. Box 107
Hamilton, Texas 76531
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Bible Illiteracy

Tonight on the Harris and Moore Expedition Through the Bible we will be discussing “Bible Illiteracy” – Join in on the discussion at http://www.harrisandmoore.org or http://www.thegospelradionetwork.org at 7:00 pm CST.

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THE ROAD LEADING TO A KNOTHOLE

Most everyone has come to a place in life where confusion and loss of direction sets in. It usually occurs while you are in your twenties but it can occur at anytime for many different reasons. The situation resembles that of the lost traveler in the heart of the Ozark Mountains. One person inquired of a native, “Am I on the road to Kansas City?” “Well,” the mountain man said, “Not exactly. This road just moseys along for a piece, then it turns into a hog trail, then a squirrel track, and finally runs up a scrub pine tree and ends in a knothole.”

Maybe you have been down that path, perhaps you feel like you are on that path right now. But you don’t have to be. We need to be walking in the “old paths” (Jer 6:16) and in the “narrow way” of Christ so not to end up in that knothole of destruction – the path that leads to nowhere. Friends, “Ponder the path of your feet, And let all your ways be established” (Pro. 4:26), “walk in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of justice” (Pro. 8:20, ASV), and “And a highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but is shall be for the redeemed: the wayfaring men, yea fools, shall not err therein.” (Isa. 35:8).

Think About It!

Have A Great Day!

Tom Moore
P. O. Box 107
Hamilton, Texas 76531
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The Supreme Court

Tonight the Harris and Moore Expedition Through the Bible as we continue our discussion on the Supreme Court decision on same sex marriage. Tune in each Monday at 7:00 pm CST as we discuss important issues facing our world. Tune in at http://www.harrisandmoore.org

You have heard what men have said – now listen to what the Bible says.

Tom Moore
P. O. Box 107
Hamilton, Texas 76531
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