A Scriptural Formula For Holy Living

Aaron Armstrong, author of Awaiting a Savior: The Gospel, the New Creation, and the End of Poverty, posted this last week over at Blogging Theology. I found this personally helpful; perhaps you will also.

“In his book Living for God’s Glory, Joel Beeke offers several diagnostic questions based on 1 Corinthians that provide, as he calls it, a biblical formula for holy living before God and man. When contemplating a course of action, he suggests we test it with these questions:

1. Does this glorify God? ()

2. Is this consistent with the lordship of Christ? ()

3. Is this consistent with biblical examples? ()

4. Is this lawful and beneficial for me-spiritually, mentally, and physically? ()

5. Does this help others positively and not hurt others unnecessarily? ()

6. Does this bring me under any enslaving power? ()

These are wise questions to consider—ones that force us to look beyond ourselves and toward how our actions might affect other people and our witness to God—whenever we find ourselves hesitating over a course of action.”

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31 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

23 You were bought with a price; do not become slaves of men.

11:1 Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

12 “All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be enslaved by anything.

33 just as I try to please everyone in everything I do, not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, that they may be saved.

1 Corinthians 8:13

13 Therefore, if food makes my brother stumble, I will never eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble.

12 “All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be enslaved by anything.