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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?

How The Bible Describes Jesus Today

If I ask you to tell me about one of your children, what would you tell me?

If I ask you to tell me about Jesus, how would you describe Him?

PURPOSE: To have listeners think of Christ in His glory.

If I ask you to tell me about one of your children, what would you tell me?

What Jesus Says About Himself In The Parable Of The Sheep And The Goats

As you look at Jesus, what would you see?

As you look at His disciples, what would you see?

PURPOSE: To have listeners realize that the claims of Christ are either true or outlandish.

Imagine the situation toward the end of Jesus' life. He is addressing His disciples in Matthew 24-25.

Jesus' Claim To Be The Son Of God: Liar, Lunatic, Or God's Son?

PURPOSE: That listeners realize the impact of what Jesus was saying about Himself.

There's a story about a man who was walking through a

PURPOSE: That listeners realize the impact of what Jesus was saying about Himself.

There's a story about a man who was walking through a mental institution. He saw a patient standing there with his hand inside his coat. The visitor asked him, "Pardon me, Sir, who are you?" And the man responded indignantly, "I'm Napoleon." The visitor then asked, "Who told you that you were Napoleon?" The patient responded, "God told me I'm Napoleon." Another patient standing nearby whirled around and said, "I did not!"

Matthew's Perspective Of The Christmas Story

Matthew starts in what seems like a very boring thing--a long genealogy. Why would he do that? He shows that Jesus was born to be a king.

PURPOSE: To help listeners understand what Matthew was trying to accomplish in his gospel.

I. The lead-off writer of the New Testament is Matthew.

Luke's Perspective Of The Christmas Story

Do you have a nativity scene at your house?

It's amazing how many of the images of Christmas come from the gospel of Luke. Without Luke we wouldn't have much of a Christmas visually.

PURPOSE: To point out to listeners how much we owe to Luke for what we celebrate at Christmas.

Do you have a nativity scene at your house?

John's Perspective Of The Christmas Story

Critics are fond of saying that we have very little about the birth of Jesus; it's all in Matthew and Luke. Mark doesn't mention it and neither does John. Is that really accurate?

PURPOSE: To show listeners how that prologue sets Christ apart.

Critics are fond of saying that we have very little about the birth of Jesus; it's all in Matthew and Luke. Mark doesn't mention it and neither does John. Is that really accurate?

The Commandment Against Coveting Isn't Unique To The Bible

It’s important to recognize that Christianity doesn’t necessarily differ from other religions in pointing out spiritual sickness. It differs in the cure for that sickness.

PURPOSE: To help listeners realize that Christianity is not different from other philosophies in recognizing the danger of covetousness, but it does differ from other religions in the cure for that sickness.

It’s important to recognize that Christianity doesn’t necessarily differ from other religions in pointing out spiritual sickness. It differs in the cure for that sickness.

What It Means To Have Faith In Jesus Christ

Hebrews 11:1 is sometimes described as a "definition of faith": Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

When you talk about a "definition," what do you mean?

PURPOSE: To help listeners understand the meaning of faith as seen in Hebrews.

Hebrews 11:1 is sometimes described as a "definition of faith": Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

The Power Of Your Faith Lies In The Object Of Your Faith (part 2)

Hebrews 11:1 is sometimes described as a "definition of faith": Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

When you talk about a "definition," what do you mean?

PURPOSE: To help listeners understand the meaning of faith as seen in Hebrews.

Hebrews 11:1 is sometimes described as a "definition of faith": Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

It Wasn't A Big Boat That Saved Noah's Family From Death

Are you afraid to die?

Why do people avoid thinking about death? Thinking about death too much is morbid. Not thinking about it at all is foolish.

The Legitimate Fear Of Death And How God's Resurrection Power Can Bring Peace & Joy

Dealing with the fear of death and God's resurrection power.

An Invitation To Respond To Christ's Sacrifice With Praise

Bible reading with multiple voices (Matthew 26:36 — 27:54 in the New Living Translation)
Monologue--the story of Christ’s suffering out of Matthew’s gospel, unadorned with conversation.

What It Means To Worship The One True God At All Times--not Just On Sunday Morning

When we’re in church on Sunday it’s easy to “feel” worshipful . . . but does our sense of worship carry through the entire week? Or do we leave what we learned from the pulpit at the doors of the church as we head to Sunday brunch?

An Authentic Discussion On Petitioning God In Times Of Great Need

It’s difficult to wait for God to answer our heartfelt prayers. And when they seem to go unanswered . . . it’s downright troubling. Haven’t received the answer you’re looking for from God?