Category  |  Obedience

The Right Perspective On The Parable Of The Talents

Relationship between their abilities and their opportunities.

PURPOSE: To help listeners think about the relationship between their abilities and their opportunities.

I. The talents in the parable refer to the opportunities that God gives us to use our natural abilities for the sake of Christ.

What It Is About Faithfulness That Matters To God

There are several passages in the Bible that tell us we are to be faithful. That was a theme of two of Jesus’ parables.

PURPOSE: To help listeners understand how they can be "good and faithful."

There are several passages in the Bible that tell us we are to be faithful. That was a theme of two of Jesus’ parables.

What Makes The 10th Commandment Different Than The Other Nine?

Do the Ten Commandments start with a roar and end with a whimper?

Doesn’t it seem that the final commandment is softer and less demanding than the earlier ones?

PURPOSE: To help listeners understand how the tenth commandment differs from the first nine.

Do the Ten Commandments start with a roar and end with a whimper?

The Definition Of "covet"

The tenth commandment states, "You shall not covet." That’s not a word we use every day.

I. What does it mean to "covet"?

PURPOSE: To help listeners discern legitimate desires from evil desires.

The tenth commandment states, "You shall not covet." That’s not a word we use every day.

How The Ten Commandments Show Us Our Desperate Need Of God's Grace

How do you feel about keeping the law?

How about traffic laws like speed limits?

What’s the purpose of such laws in the first place?

PURPOSE: To help listeners see that if we take the law lightly, we approve of ourselves; if we take it seriously, we condemn ourselves.

How do you feel about keeping the law?

Don't Put Yourself In A Place Where You'll Be Tempted To Covet

Spurgeon said that you can’t help having the birds fly over your head, but you can keep them from nesting in your hair.

What about the birds that land on your hair but don’t really nest in your hair? Are you responsible for them?

PURPOSE: To help listeners see the responsibility they have not to cultivate covetousness.

Spurgeon said that you can’t help having the birds fly over your head, but you can keep them from nesting in your hair.

The Definition And Danger Of Coveting

One of the maxims I teach students is that a thing is not true because it’s in the Bible; a thing is in the Bible because it is true.

PURPOSE: To help listeners realize that both experience and the Scriptures show the fraud in a covetous life.

One of the maxims I teach students is that a thing is not true because it’s in the Bible; a thing is in the Bible because it is true.

God's Past Faithfulness Means He'll Provide In The Present And Future

"But they sinned even more against Him by rebelling against the Most High in the wilderness. And they tested God in their heart by asking for the food of their fancy. Yes, they spoke against God: they said, 'Can God prepare a table in the wilderness? Behold, He struck the rock, so that the waters gushed out, and the streams overflowed. Can He give bread also?

PURPOSE: To help listeners see that covetousness shows our distrust of God.

"But they sinned even more against Him by rebelling against the Most High in the wilderness. And they tested God in their heart by asking for the food of their fancy. Yes, they spoke against God: they said, 'Can God prepare a table in the wilderness? Behold, He struck the rock, so that the waters gushed out, and the streams overflowed. Can He give bread also? Can He provide meat for His people?' " (Psalm 78:17-22).

The Ten Commandments: Impossible Standard Or Attainable Goal?

When the Japanese make cars, they say they have a goal of zero defects.

Do you think that every car that comes off the assembly line is without any defects?

Do you see any difference between a standard and a goal?

Do the Japanese really have a goal or do they have a standard?

PURPOSE: To help listeners understand how a study of God's Law shows us what God wants us to be.

When the Japanese make cars, they say they have a goal of zero defects.

Basic Beliefs About God Determine Our Actions

Let's talk about God today. He's a great subject, isn't He? Do you think that announcement will grab a lot of listeners by the ears and get them to listen?

A Lesson For Parents Today From Hebrews 11

Does the Bible ever seem puzzling to you? Why? How much of the interpretations that we make are based on informed or uninformed guesses?

PURPOSE: To help listeners appreciate how much God values righteousness produced by faith.

Does the Bible ever seem puzzling to you? Why? How much of the interpretations that we make are based on informed or uninformed guesses?

The First Record Of Sibling Rivalry (part 2)

Does the Bible ever seem puzzling to you? Why? How much of the interpretations that we make are based on informed or uninformed guesses?

PURPOSE: To help listeners appreciate how much God values righteousness produced by faith.

Does the Bible ever seem puzzling to you? Why? How much of the interpretations that we make are based on informed or uninformed guesses?

Struggling With God (part 2)

Have you ever wondered how biblical writers got their insight?

God revealed it to them, of course, but do you think the insight just flashed into their heads?

PURPOSE: to help listeners realize that in what we give Him, God sees what is in our hearts.

Have you ever wondered how biblical writers got their insight?

What Price Do You Pay For The God You Serve? (part 2)

PURPOSE: To help listeners appreciate that we must come to God in His way, not our own.

Thornton Wilder, in his play Our Town, paints a scene in a cemetery outside Grover's Corners, New Hampshire. The people in the cemetery talk to one another about life as they had lived it while they were alive.

God Often Places Challenges In Our Path To Bring Us Closer To Him

Change is difficult. It usually involves leaving our comfort zone and moving into uncharted territory. At times God calls us to leave our secure environment so that we learn to place our security in Him.