Concerning the Outward Man

It was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.  —Jude 1:3

The burden for this quarter is on the subject of “Outward Appearance or Christian Dress.” God still has a standard of dress, regardless of many going the way of the world. The margin of difference between God’s people and the world will grow as wickedness increases in these last days. May the Lord help us to contend for the faith that was delivered through the Word of God. I challenge the reader to hold fast to sound doctrine. If there are things you do not understand, be very careful about removing the ancient landmarks which have stood the test of time.Read more

Bible Study—Outward Appearance

I. Importance of the Outward Man

A. 1 Samuel 16:7 Man looketh on the outward appearance.
B. Matthew 5:14-16 Ye are the light of the world.

II. The Inward Man

A. Matthew 15:17-20 Things which defile.
B. Isaiah 57:15 Contrite and humble spirit.
C. 1 Peter 5:5 Be clothed with humility.
D. 1 Peter 3:4-5 The hidden man of the heart.Read more

The Outward Appearance

Modest: Restrained by a sense of propriety; not forward or bold; Not loose or lewd. Decent; orderly. Moderate; not excessive or extreme; not extravagant..

Sobriety: Temperance or moderation; seriousness; sedateness; sober.

Shamefaced: Very modest; bashful or shy.

Called Out of Darkness

The Church of God in this generation is still a holy nation. God’s people are separate from the world as Christ Himself was in the world but not of it. Every child of God has been called “out of darkness into his marvelous light”(1 Peter 2:9). It is not only a responsibility, but the privilege, of God’s people to let their light shine that others might see the holiness of God (Matthew 5:14-16). Although many churches today have compromised the scriptural teaching on modesty and dress, God’s Word has not changed. The world places much importance on clothes and appearance. There is great pressure on people today to dress fashionably or in ways that place the physical body on display. The Word of God gives instruction and guidance on issues of the outward appearance.Read more