Category  |  Basics Of Faith

Friday, August 6, 2004, Part 2

Have you ever talked with a woman who has been physically or verbally abused by her husband? How does she explain why she has allowed this to go on?

Have you ever talked to the abusive husband about what he has been doing? How does he justify it?

PURPOSE: To help listeners recognize the danger in not admitting their lies.

Have you ever talked with a woman who has been physically or verbally abused by her husband? How does she explain why she has allowed this to go on?

The Importance Of Truth-telling For Our Society

Take the Ten Commandments and rate each one of them on a scale of 1-10, 10 being the most serious and 1 being the least serious. How do you think people would rate them?

Looking back, where do you think the ninth commandment would fall?

PURPOSE: To help listeners recognize the benefit of truth in a society.

Take the Ten Commandments and rate each one of them on a scale of 1-10, 10 being the most serious and 1 being the least serious. How do you think people would rate them?

Distorting God's Image When We Don't Tell The Truth

Do you like dolphins? Do you know that dolphins can communicate audibly with one another? Why is that fascinating?

Do you think that dolphins lie to one another? Do you think they are more truthful than people are?

What’s so wrong about lying?

PURPOSE: To help listeners appreciate the danger and damage that can be done by bearing false witness.

Do you like dolphins? Do you know that dolphins can communicate audibly with one another? Why is that fascinating?

What It Takes To Change From Telling Lies To Telling Truth

Do you like dolphins? Do you know that dolphins can communicate audibly with one another? Why is that fascinating?

Do you think that dolphins lie to one another? Do you think they are more truthful than people are?

What’s so wrong about lying?

PURPOSE: To help listeners appreciate the danger and damage that can be done by bearing false witness.

Do you like dolphins? Do you know that dolphins can communicate audibly with one another? Why is that fascinating?

First Century Wedding Customs And A Wedding Parable

To enable listeners to understand the background of the parable of the ten virgins.

PURPOSE: To enable listeners to understand the background of the parable of the ten virgins.

If I were to ask you to explain to someone from another culture (who has no idea of American customs) what happens at an American wedding, what would you say?

First Century Wedding Customs And A Wedding Parable, Part 2

 Jesus told several parables that had to do with weddings and weddings feasts that were common in His day.

PURPOSE: To enable listeners to understand the background of the parable of the ten virgins.

If I were to ask you to explain to someone from another culture (who has no idea of American customs) what happens at an American wedding, what would you say?

The Meaning Of The Parable About The Wedding

Jesus says, "Five of them were foolish and five were wise" Why?

PURPOSE: To have listeners think about how ready they are for the Lord's return.

There were ten young women involved in the story. Think about the scene.

Being Prepared For Christ's Return

Can you learn something from it about weddings in the first century?

Why did Jesus tell this story?

PURPOSE: To help listeners see the relationship of Christ's coming and our works.

Let's read a parable that Jesus told. Then let me ask you if you think this is a true story.

Things You Just Can't Borrow--like Faith And Preparedness

A good environment is not the same as a godly character.

PURPOSE: To help listeners realize that a good environment is not the same as a godly character.

Suppose we rewrote part of the parable of the wise and foolish maidens. Let's keep the first 9 verses the way they are and begin our rewrite with verse 10:

Not All Who Think They Are Prepared Really Are

Suppose you felt that I could tell you about the future. What would you like to know? How would you feel if, in answering you, I told you stories?

In Matthew 25, Jesus was talking with His disciples about the future and, in doing so, He told them some parables.

PURPOSE: To have listeners understand what the parable teaches.

Suppose you felt that I could tell you about the future. What would you like to know? How would you feel if, in answering you, I told you stories?

Being Prepared For Christ's Sudden Return

In Matthew 25, Jesus was talking with His disciples about the future and, in doing so, He told them some parables

PURPOSE: To have listeners understand what the parable teaches.

Suppose you felt that I could tell you about the future. What would you like to know? How would you feel if, in answering you, I told you stories?

Crisis Reveals Character

How do you know what people are? What reveals character? What reveals faith?

There is a possible implication from the story of the ten young women invited to a wedding. Five were called wise and five were foolish.

PURPOSE: To help listeners realize that what they bring into a situation is what they have in that situation.

How do you know what people are? What reveals character? What reveals faith?

Two Similar Parables With Two Different Lessons

Have you ever used the same story in two different settings?

Have you ever changed the details of the story to make it fit a point that you were making?

PURPOSE: To help listeners interpret each parable for what it intends to teach.

Have you ever used the same story in two different settings?

Three Different Parables With One Lesson: Be Prepared

Do you think much about the future? What do you think about?

Does it matter very much in the way you live today?

PURPOSE: To help listeners understand that believing in the return of Jesus Christ has consequences for the way we live.

Do you think much about the future? What do you think about?

Making The Most Of What God Has Given You

What's the largest amount of money you have ever had in your hand at one time?

Suppose someone gave you a million dollars in large bills. What would you think about doing with it?

PURPOSE: To help listeners think about what Jesus means when He talks about talents.

What's the largest amount of money you have ever had in your hand at one time?