Gaining approval from God. Gal. 1:10 Seeking God’s  Approval
Introduction <ul><li>Many often seek approval from their peers: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It is comforting to know that others...
Introduction <ul><li>When approval is gained:  a person has a sense of “rightness” in what he believes and practices. </li...
Human Approval <ul><li>It is natural for people to seek approval from others. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Young children seek th...
Human Approval <ul><li>Approval from others can also provide a false sense of “right.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Children and ...
Human Approval <ul><li>Thus, it is not in man to direct his own steps; or be directed by way of approval of another man. J...
Gaining and Maintaining  God’s approval <ul><li>Paramount to our soul is the approval that comes from God. 2 Cor. 10:18 </...
Gaining and Maintaining  God’s approval <ul><li>To have God’s approval </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We must seek His pleasure by ...
Conclusion <ul><li>As you continue through life you will continue to receive approval from man. </li></ul><ul><li>Know tha...
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Seeking God's Approval

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It is natural to want approval from your fellow man (especially from fellow Christians). While we know approval must ultimately come from God we may not always practice what we believe.

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  • This is a message of hopelessness- if I am not already approved of by God through Christ, then I am right to despair of ever having His approval. If the work of Christ on the Cross was not sufficient, I am eternally separated from the approval of the Father. 'Gaining and Maintaining God's Approval'... how can what was gifted freely require maintenance by human work? It is a return to slavery under the law.
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Seeking God's Approval

  1. 1. Gaining approval from God. Gal. 1:10 Seeking God’s Approval
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>Many often seek approval from their peers: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It is comforting to know that others agree with you. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Such approval is sought by keenly observing the reaction of another: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Agreeing words. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>A nod (or other body language) affirming what you believe or practice. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Introduction <ul><li>When approval is gained: a person has a sense of “rightness” in what he believes and practices. </li></ul><ul><li>Being approved before man, however, means nothing unless he is first approved before God. </li></ul><ul><li>This lesson is aimed at challenging you to see where you seek your approval. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Human Approval <ul><li>It is natural for people to seek approval from others. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Young children seek their parents’ approval. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Older children seek approval from their peers. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Young parents seek approval from other parents that have “been there and done that.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Older – and wiser – adults will seek approval from those they (from their experience) deem to be wise in their eyes. </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Human Approval <ul><li>Approval from others can also provide a false sense of “right.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Children and adolescents, at times, do things that are approved by the “wrong crowd.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Young adults who sought advice from those who “been there and done that” are often given faulty advice. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Older/wiser individuals, although they seek someone for wise counsel, at times have been provided with faulty information. </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Human Approval <ul><li>Thus, it is not in man to direct his own steps; or be directed by way of approval of another man. Jer. 10:23 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Homosexuality. Rom. 1:27 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Marriage, divorce, remarriage. Matt. 19:9 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Baptism for the remission of sins. Acts 2:38 </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Gaining and Maintaining God’s approval <ul><li>Paramount to our soul is the approval that comes from God. 2 Cor. 10:18 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Our Lord is the best example who had God’s approval. Acts 2:22 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Such was the case for Apelles. Rom. 16:10 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>This was the exhortation by the apostle Paul to Christians at Thessalonica. 1 Thess. 4:1 </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Gaining and Maintaining God’s approval <ul><li>To have God’s approval </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We must seek His pleasure by faith. Heb. 11:6 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make His will becomes ours. Gal. 2:20 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>This may not necessarily fall in line with what other Christians believe. cp. Gal. 1:10 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Only then will you desire to approve things that are excellent. Phil. 1:10 </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Conclusion <ul><li>As you continue through life you will continue to receive approval from man. </li></ul><ul><li>Know that ultimately, God’s is the only approval you need for eternal life. </li></ul>

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