#conscience #goodconscience #searedconscience #clearconscience #cleanconscience – The Importance of Our Consciences

The Importance of Our Consciences

Conscience – Greek “suneidesis” – the psychological/mental faculty which can distinguish between right and wrong— “moral sensitivity”

Our consciences accuse and excuse us – Romans 2:15 – They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them

Our conscience can easily be  defiled – 1 Corinthians 8:7  – However, not all possess this knowledge. But some, through former association with idols, eat food as really offered to an idol, and their conscience, being weak, is defiled.

Our conscience bears witness via the Holy Spirit – Romans 9:1 – I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience bears me witness in the Holy Spirit—

The purpose of 1 Timothy involved a good conscience

1 Timothy 1:3–5  – As I urged you when I was going to Macedonia, remain at Ephesus so that you may charge certain persons not to teach any different doctrine, 4 nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies, which promote speculations rather than the stewardship from God that is by faith. 5 The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.

1 Timothy 1:18–20  – This charge I entrust to you, Timothy, my child, in accordance with the prophecies previously made about you, that by them you may wage the good warfare, 19 holding faith and a good conscience. By rejecting this, some have made shipwreck of their faith, 20 among whom are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan that they may learn not to blaspheme.

The requirement for church leaders is a good conscience – 1 Timothy 3:8–9 – Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain. 9 They must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience.

The possibility of seared conscience – 1 Timothy 4:1–2  – Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, 2 through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared,

The possibility of a clear conscience – 2 Timothy 1:3  – I thank God whom I serve, as did my ancestors, with a clear conscience, as I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day.

The possibility of a defiled/polluted conscience – Titus 1:15  – To the pure, all things are pure, but to the defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure; but both their minds and their consciences are defiled.

The necessity of the Sacrifice of Christ to purify our conscience – Hebrews 9:9, 14 – (which is symbolic for the present age). According to this arrangement, gifts and sacrifices are offered that cannot perfect the conscience of the worshiper …14 how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God.

Starting the New Year right

Please share – Three free resources to start the New Year right given this Sunday and next at Calvary’s in person services, 8:30am or 11:15am

#faiththatworks #faith #2020faith #2020devotional – Beginning in January we start a new series at Calvary called “Faith that Works”. It is a study of the book of James. Attached is the 40 Day Devotional that accompanies the series. To follow along on our app text “CCSI app” to 1- 833- 700-8076 and download the Calvary Chapel app.

Faith That Works

     “These are the times that try men’s souls”. So wrote Thomas Paine on December 23, 1776. His words were written in the very early, very difficult first year of the American Revolutionary War. His essay “The Crisis” was published to encourage the fledging republic and its citizens to rise to the occasion and seize the opportunities before them. Paine, one of the founders of this New Nation, called the colonies to add works to their ideology (their beliefs).

      In 49 AD the Early Church had suffered some very difficult times. The persecution from the religious and government leaders of the day had scattered the Mother Church which was in Jerusalem. One of the Church’s early founders, James, the pastor of the Jerusalem Church, wrote to his scattered flock. He pens for them an important little epistle. As you read it you can almost hear him saying “These are the times that try men’s faith”.  Throughout this letter he will challenge these first-generation Christians to have a faith that works. In essence, to add works to their beliefs (their ideology).

     In the winter of 2022, we are in the middle of some very difficult times both in our world and in our nation. The Lord’s Church has not been spared from this difficult season. In last 22 months I have seen, without a doubt, the hardest times of my lifetime. In times like these I am wise to turn to the Scriptures for hope and encouragement. I am wise as well to focus on the Bible book of James. It has a lot to say about the practice of our faith, about having a faith that works even when times are tough.

     Truly these are the times that try a person’s faith. Join me this January – March as we discover how our Faith Works in such a time as this. I am confidant you will be glad you did.  

Blessings

Pastor Dave Watson