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LESSON 11

YOUR APPEARANCE AND SPEECH

We judge a person's character by his speech, clothing, and cleanliness. As Ambassadors of Christ (2 Cor. 5:20) we represent the King of kings, and therefore should dress and speak in such a way as would please the Lord.

A. CLEANLINESS Someone has said, "Cleanliness is next to godliness". When the Spirit of Christ comes to dwell in your heart He puts a new desire within to be clean.

1. What does the Bible say your body is? 1 Cor. 6:19 ..................................................................

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2. How is a Christian to use his body? 1 Cor. 6:20 ........................................................................

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3. What does God say He will do to a person who defiles his body (the temple of God)?

1 Cor. 3:17 ....................................................................................................................................

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4. For what reason does God say His people are to be clean and holy? Leviticus 20:26

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5. From Numbers 8: 21, 21 we find that God's people, the Levites; (please underline the correct answer)

(a) thought clean clothes were required before meeting with God.

(b) thought that cleanliness had nothing to do with godliness.

6. Why did God tell Moses to have His people wash their clothes? Ex. 19:10, 11 .......................

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7. In Hebrews 10:22, we find four conditions of drawing near to God. Please complete the answers below:

(a) With a ..................... ........................

(b) In full assurance ................... .................................

(c) Having our hearts sprinkled from .......................... .......................... ..........................

(d) And our bodies ................... ..................... .......................... ...........................

8. What two things are we to cleanse ourselves from? 2 Cor. 7:1 ................................................

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B. CLOTHING Some people say that wearing clothes is only man's idea and is not necessary. But we shall see from the Bible what god has to say on this subject.

1. In the beginning man was clothed with the glory of God. When Adam and Eve sinned they lost this glorious covering and realized that they were naked. What did god do for Adam and his wife? Gen. 3:21 ...............................................................................................................

2. Clothing was given in the beginning as a covering and protection. But man has changed this purpose of clothing. Now clothes are designed to draw attention os self and for the purpose of exciting the sexual passion of the opposite sex. Immorality can be committed in the way you dress. Read Matthew 5:27, 28 and answer the following questions by TRUE or FALSE.

1. If women deliberately dress to entice men (cause them to lust after her) they are guilty of immorality. (...................)

2. Adultery is committed in the heat when a man looks at a woman (...................)

3. Adultery is committed in the heart when a man looks at a woman to lust after her.

(.................)

4. According to Jesus, the state of the heart is as bad as committing the act itself.

(.................)

2. Should women wear men's clothing, or men wear women's clothing? Deut. 22:5

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3. What does God think of those who do so? Deut. 22:5 ...............................................................

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4. What does the Bible say about men with long hair? 1 Cor. 11:14 ...........................................

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5. What is long hair to a woman? 1 Cor. 11:15 .............................................................................

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6. What should be the Christian's attitude towards keeping up with the latest fashions?

Romans 12:2 .................................................................................................................................

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7. Jesus said, "Do not be anxious, saying where shall we get our clothing." Please underline the most correct answer:

(a) We should be careful about our appearance, and trust God to supply our needs.

(b) We should not give attention to our clothing.

(c) We should not be anxious about what we wear.

C. CONVERSATION Our speech is a very important part of daily life. It is through the use of words that we communicate with each other.

1. Which member of our body does the Bible say is the hardest to tame? James 3:8

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2. The Bible says, "And so ........................... and ........................... come pouring out of the same mouth".

3. Should these two things come from the mouth of a Christian? James 3:10 ............................

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4. Where do the words that we speak come from? Matt. 12:34 ...................................................

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5. Underline the correct answer: To improve your speech;

    1. Speak immediately whatever comes to mind.

    2. Read best-selling novels for good expressions.

    3. Ask yourself, when about to speak, "Is it kind? Is it true? Is it necessary?"
 

6. Read Matthew 12:36 and underline the correct answer:

    1. Idle (meaningless) words have no effect whatsoever and are soon forgotten.

    2. Idle words not only have lasting effect, but must be accounted for in the day of judgment.

7. What two things are said of a man who says that he is religious but cannot control his speech? James 1:26

(a) ...................................................................................................................................................

(b) ..................................................................................................................................................

8. The Bible says, "You shall not take the Lord's name in vain". State in YOUR OWN WORDS what you think this means. ...........................................................................................

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9. Read Ephesians 4:25 and fill in the blanks. We are to put away ........................... and always speak the ......................... with our neighbors.

10. The promise of good things in life and happy days is given to those that fulfill two conditions concerning the tongue. What are these two conditions? 1 Peter 3:10

(a) ..................................................................................................................................................

(b) ..................................................................................................................................................

11. Psalm 141:3 is a good prayer to say each morning when arising. Complete the prayer by filling in the missing words. "Take ...................... of ................ .......... ............. O Lord, and keep ............... .............. sealed".
 
 


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