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

Should Women Wear Pants?

Question: Are pants appropriate attire for a woman?

To answer this question, let us examine in more detail 1 Timothy 2:9: “In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety . . .”
“Modest apparel” in the original Greek is “kósmios katastole”. Vine’s Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words defines modesty, kósmios, as orderly, well-arranged, decent, modest. Modesty is also Biblically applied to one’s behavior and conduct.Read more

What the World Says About High Heels

Is the wearing of high heels in keeping with the Scriptural teaching of holiness, modesty, and humility?

Let the world itself answer this question.

“But heels that elongate the calf . . . now you’re talking. Heels not only add height, but they affect the way you move and how you feel . . . you are upright and primed. And when your body feels that way it is easier to act that way.”

—“Why a Vogue Editor Will Always Wear High Heels” by Alexandra Shulman