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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.

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?

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?

Being Ready For Christ's Return And Using The Opportunities He Gives

"Talents" represent the opportunities that God gives to us. What does that mean?

We are given the opportunities to invest and use our natural abilities, not for ourselves, but for Jesus Christ.

PURPOSE: To have listeners realize and apply how opportunities work out their commitment.

"Talents" represent the opportunities that God gives to us. What does that mean?

Surprises At The Judgement

Do you believe in eternal security?

There are people who don't believe in eternal security.

Do you think they might be helped if they did?

Do you think that it's possible to feel too secure as a Christian?

PURPOSE: To create in the listeners a holy uncertainty about the judgment.

Do you believe in eternal security?

How To Avoid An Unpleasant Surprise On Judgement Day

Do you believe in eternal security?

There are people who don't believe in eternal security.

Do you think they might be helped if they did?

Do you think that it's possible to feel too secure as a Christian?

PURPOSE: To create in the listeners a holy uncertainty about the judgment.

Do you believe in eternal security?

Conscious And Unconscious Acts Of Love

Both done because of love, not to be loved. Which helps explain the parable of the sheep and the goats. Cause, not effect . . .

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.

The Solution To Covetousness: Your Attitude Toward Treasure

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 Jesus Said About Serving God And Money

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.

Why We Shouldn't Worry About Money

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.

Coveting Or Seeking God's Kingdom?

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.

Coveting And An Awareness Of God's Grace

Consider what the Apostle Paul said about coveting, and the tenth commandment “You shall not covet."

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Salvation > Cost Of

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Salvation > Doubt

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Let’s turn to John chapter 11 and find that God has compassion for us in every situation! Part 4

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Salvation > Eternal Life

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The romance in Ruth, the mystery in Revelation, the wonder in the Gospels; the Bible certainly contains many fascinating stories. Let's take a step back and discover that the whole of Scripture is an epic, remarkable, and redemptive story!

Salvation > Grace

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Salvation > Justification

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Sometimes it’s hard to relate to the men and women in the Bible. But the truth is we’re all human and while our circumstances may not be the same, our life goal is precisely the same.

Getting Back To The Basics Of Faith

It’s God’s grace, through the sacrifice of Jesus, that enables us to have a relationship with God. Perhaps you’ve been working hard to earn your way into God’s favor.

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There’s a subtle temptation to live our spiritual lives for an audience of onlookers . . . rather than the “audience of One” . . . our heavenly Father. Saying the right thing at Bible study, having a prominent part in the Sunday service . . . it’s all good, but not the right focus.

Salvation > New Birth

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Salvation > Security

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