Good “Good” – Mk.10:18; Ro.5:7? a. Serving desired end i. Thorough – n. describe functional goodness j. Safe, sure b. a. Not ruined o. describes moral goodness k. Valid, true c. Sound Bountiful E.g.: “Good” crop – l. morals?? d. Better than average m. Enjoyable e. Of high quality n. Socially correct o. Moral excellence f. Discriminating g. Beneficial h. Skilled, competent I. God Wants Us To Be Good “Meeting a high standard of worth and merit” God is absolute goodness. Mk.10:18 Men are relatively good Joseph, Lk.23:50 Barnabas, Ac.11:24 Ac.4 / 9 / 11 / 15 1 Pt.2:18, good = kind How to be good? Mt.12:34-35, four times in two verses 34, venomous mind → evil 35 (2:11): heart is treasure chest How to be good? Mt.12:34-35, four times in two verses 34, venomous mind → evil 35 (2:11): heart is treasure chest Mt.20:…15, good (generous, 9) Mt.25:21, 23, good, faithful stewards Ro.12:9, cling to good Others, 9-21 Oneself, 12 All, 17 God, 11 Enemy, 17-21 How to be good? Mt.12:34-35, four times in two verses 34, venomous mind → evil 35 (2:11): heart is treasure chest Mt.20:…15, good (generous, 9) Mt.25:21, 23, good, faithful stewards Ro.12:9, cling to good Ep.4:28, thief learns to share / serve (20) 1 Pt.3:13, burn with zeal…thoroughly committed to a cause (good) 3 Jn.11, imitate good, not evil Not Diotrephes But Demetrius I. God Wants Us To Be Good II. Functional Goodness Cannot Save Two fathers, good gifts, Mt.7:7-11 Mt.7:12, therefore (God’s example)… Mt.7:13-14, tale of two cities Mt.7:15, Trojan wolf Mt.7:16-20, not as he appears (Gn.3) 17-18 What makes a good tree? 19, surprise ending 21-23, only functional goodness Mt.15:8-9, 13, masters of disguise God planted His Law, not traditions of men Mt.13:24-30 Mt.23:15 Mt.15:14 Dt.27:18 14, avoid them (Nu.16:21) 1 K.13 Even sinners love, Lk.6:32-35 Immoral man . . . Lk.10 Does favors Gives money Caring person Helps needy Is this a good man? Only in function Despise good, 2 Tim.3:3 Yet, “form of godliness” (v.5) They profess to know God, but in works they deny Him, being abominable, disobedient, and disqualified for every good work – Tit.1:16 Marriage, 1 Pt.3:5-6 Not a drunk Worker Likeable Honest Functional goodness God will not judge by our standard, but His Cornelius, Ac.10 Ac.11:14 Romans 5:7-8 7For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. We were neither righteous nor good 8But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Saved by our goodness??