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1 1 The Heart of Man "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." (Matt. 5:8)

2 2 The Heart of Man Because of this statement of Jesus, Christian discipleship is often called "the religion of the pure in heart."

3 3 The Heart of Man But what is the heart that must be pure and how does one experience a change of heart?

4 4 The Heart of Man What does the Bible teach?

5 5 Intellectual Nature Emotional Nature Ethical Nature Volitional Nature The Heart of Man

6 6 How God Changes The Heart of Man Intellectually Emotionally Volitionally Ethically

7 7 Contrary to the false doctrine of Calvinism, God does not change the heart by operating on it directly. How God Changes The Heart of Man

8 8 To operate directly is to operate without "means," or "instrumentation," such as a surgeon operating without instruments. How God Changes The Heart of Man

9 9 Through what "means," or "instrumentation," does God operate on and change the heart? How God Changes The Heart of Man

10 10 God operates on and changes the heart through the "means," or "instrumentation," of His word. How God Changes The Heart of Man

11 11 God operates on and changes the heart, in its intellectual capacity, by means of information. How God Changes The Heart Intellectually

12 12 The heart is a "seedbed" in which the word of God must be planted. How God Changes The Heart Intellectually

13 13 "A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell by the wayside; and it was trampled down, and the birds of the air devoured it." (Luke 8:5) How God Changes The Heart Intellectually

14 14 "Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved." (Luke 8:11-12) How God Changes The Heart Intellectually

15 15 The word of God must be understood in order for the heart to be changed for the better, intellectually. How God Changes The Heart Intellectually

16 16 Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: "Behold, a sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them." (Matt. 13:3-4) How God Changes The Heart Intellectually

17 17 "When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside." (Matt. 13:3-4,19) How God Changes The Heart Intellectually

18 18 Every other change also involves the intellect. How God Changes The Heart of Man

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20 20 God operates on and changes the heart, in its emotional capacity, by means of specific information concerning His love for mankind. How God Changes The Heart Emotionally

21 21 God manifested His love for us by sending His Son to the cross. How God Changes The Heart Emotionally

22 22 "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." (John 3:16) How God Changes The Heart Emotionally

23 23 Jesus demonstrated love by sacrificing His own life for us. How God Changes The Heart Emotionally

24 24 "Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends." (John 15:13) How God Changes The Heart Emotionally

25 25 By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. (1 John 3:16) How God Changes The Heart Emotionally

26 26 Our love for God is in response to His love. How God Changes The Heart Emotionally

27 27 We love Him because He first loved us. (1 John 4:19) How God Changes The Heart Emotionally

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29 29 God operates on and changes the heart, in its ethical capacity, by means of information concerning His authority. How God Changes The Heart Ethically

30 30 Paul's conscience had been clear, even while he was persecuting Christians. How God Changes The Heart Ethically

31 31 Then Paul, looking earnestly at the council, said, "Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day." (Acts 23:1) How God Changes The Heart Ethically

32 32 "This being so, I myself always strive to have a conscience without offense toward God and men." (Acts 24:16) How God Changes The Heart Ethically

33 33 Pauls heart had not made proper ethical judgments because it had not been properly educated. How God Changes The Heart Ethically

34 34 "Indeed, I myself thought I must do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth." (Acts 26:9) How God Changes The Heart Ethically

35 35 But when he saw Jesus on the road to Damascus, he realized that he did not have the authority of God to persecute Christians for worshiping Jesus as God. How God Changes The Heart Ethically

36 36 So he, trembling and astonished, said, "Lord, what do You want me to do?" Then the Lord said to him, "Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do." How God Changes The Heart Ethically

37 37 And the menwho journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice but seeing no one. Then Saul arose from the ground, and when his eyes were opened he saw no one. But they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. And the men who journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice but seeing no one. Then Saul arose from the ground, and when his eyes were opened he saw no one. But they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. How God Changes The Heart Ethically

38 38 And he was three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank. (Acts 9:3-9) How God Changes The Heart Ethically

39 39 On Pentecost, Peter changed the hearts of the people, ethically, by showing that Jesus had the authority of God for the things He did and that they did not have the authority of God to put Him to death. How God Changes The Heart Ethically

40 40 "Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a Man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know-- How God Changes The Heart Ethically

41 41 "Him, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death;" (Acts 2:22- 23) How God Changes The Heart Ethically

42 42 "Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ." How God Changes The Heart Ethically

43 43 Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Men and brethren, what shall we do?" (Acts 2:37-38) How God Changes The Heart Ethically

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45 45 "A man convinced against his will Is of the same opinion, still." How God Changes The Heart Volitionally

46 46 God operates on and changes the heart, in its volitional capacity, by means of specific information concerning His goodness and severity. How God Changes The Heart Volitionally

47 47 Gods goodnessand promise of further goodnessis to motivate us to repentance. How God Changes The Heart Volitionally

48 48 Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are who judge, for in whatever you judge another you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things. How God Changes The Heart Volitionally

49 49 But we know that the judgment of God is according to truth against those who practice such things. And do you think this, O man, you who judge those practicing such things, and doing the same, that you will escape the judgment of God? How God Changes The Heart Volitionally

50 50 Or do youdespise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance? (Rom. 2:1- 4) Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance? (Rom. 2:1- 4) How God Changes The Heart Volitionally

51 51 Gods severityand promise of further severityis for the same purpose. How God Changes The Heart Volitionally

52 52 You will say then, "Branches were broken off that I might be grafted in." Well said. Because of unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by faith. Do not be haughty, but fear. How God Changes The Heart Volitionally

53 53 For if God did not spare the natural branches, He may not spare you either. Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off. (Rom. 11:19-22) How God Changes The Heart Volitionally

54 54 The hearts of those to whom Peter preached on Pentecost were changed, volitionally, after Peter promised them the remission of sins. How God Changes The Heart Volitionally

55 55 Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall. receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." (Acts 2:38) How God Changes The Heart Volitionally

56 56 The heart continues to change throughout life, whether for the better or for the worse. How God Changes The Heart of Man

57 57 Do you need to make your heart right with God? How God Changes The Heart of Man

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59 59 When the alien sinner has completely obeyed the conditions of salvation, he is "born again" and is granted citizenship in the kingdom of God. How God Changes The Heart of Man

60 60 Jesus answered, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. (John 3:5) How God Changes The Heart of Man

61 61 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. (Col. 3:13-14) How God Changes The Heart of Man

62 62 The heart of the faithful kingdom citizen continues to change for the better. How God Changes The Heart of Man

63 63 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. How God Changes The Heart of Man

64 64 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, How God Changes The Heart of Man

65 65 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. (Phil. 3:12-14) How God Changes The Heart of Man

66 66 His heart continues to change for the better, in its intellectual capacity, as he continues to learn more and more of Gods word. How God Changes The Heart of Man

67 67 His heart continues to change for the better, in its emotional capacity, as he grows in his love for God and others. How God Changes The Heart of Man

68 68 His heart continues to change for the better, in its ethical capacity, as he continues to heed the voice of his conscience. How God Changes The Heart of Man

69 69 His heart continues to change for the better, in its volitional capacity, as he continues to bring his life into greater harmony with the will of God. How God Changes The Heart of Man

70 70 Has your heart been sufficiently changed so that you have been born again and translated into the kingdom of God, the church? How God Changes The Heart of Man

71 71 Has it continued to change for the better since that time? How God Changes The Heart of Man

72 72 Have you continued to grow in knowledge of the word of God and in love for the word of God? How God Changes The Heart of Man

73 73 Are you making better ethical judgments and decisions? How God Changes The Heart of Man

74 74 Are your actions now in greater harmony with the will of God than they have been in the past? How God Changes The Heart of Man


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