I. Neglectful Influence
A. Not serving
1. Ro 14:23–15:2 But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith; and whatever is not from faith is sin. 15:1Now we who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of those without strength and not just please ourselves. 2Each of us is to please his neighbor for his good, to his edification.
2. Eph 4:28–29 He who steals must steal no longer; but rather he must labor, performing with his own hands what is good, so that he will have something to share with one who has need. 29Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.
3. What if everyone helped as much as you help?
B. Criticizing, complaining
1. Php 2:14–15 Do all things without grumbling or disputing; 15so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world,
a. What if everyone had the same attitude as you have?
C. Not showing up at church, events
1. Heb 10:24–25 and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, 25not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.
2. Only scripture about skipping church sandwiched between encouragement of others
3. Trying different things on Sunday nights
4. Different songs
II. Intentional Influence
A. Show yourself an example
1. 1 Ti 4:12 Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe.
2. Tt 2:7–8
B. In the home
1. 1 Co 7:16 For how do you know, O wife, whether you will save your husband? Or how do you know, O husband, whether you will save your wife?
2. 1 Pe 3:1 In the same way, you wives, be submissive to your own husbands so that even if any of them are disobedient to the word, they may be won without a word by the behavior of their wives,
C. Among your neighbors
1. Mt 5:13–16
III. Choosing Who Influences You
A. 3 Jn 11 Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. The one who does good is of God; the one who does evil has not seen God.
B. Renewing your mind
1. Ro 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
C. Set their minds on the Spirit
1. Ro 8:5–8