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What It Means To Be A Christian In Today’s Society

No one is immune from problems. Even Christians struggle with alcoholism, abuse, adultery, and divorce. So what sets us apart from the rest of the world?

An Insightful Discussion About Discernment

When you look back at our nation’s history, you’ll see many different ways “worldliness” was defined. An abhorrent sin during one era was perfectly normal in another. So how do we distinguish which is right and which is wrong?

What Does It Mean To Be In The World But Not Of The World?

Between traffic, work, kids, shopping . . . all the things that fill up our days . . . it’s hard not to get wrapped up in the “daily-ness” of life. When we’re engaged in the busy-ness of life . . . what does it mean to be in the world but not of the world?

 

A Look At The Christian Culture

When we visit a foreign country, it’s easy to spot the differences in cultures. Local customs and the way people respond are different than we’re used to. Ever find that your beliefs collide with those around you--even in your own hometown?

Import Lessons From Noah

If I say Shrek, what comes to your mind? How about Paul Bunyan? How about Noah? Do you think that we tend to make Noah like a mythical character to laugh at?

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.

The Ten Commandments Remind Us Of Our Need For A Savior

I talked with someone recently who said that she really endeavored to keep the Ten Commandments. She said she felt they were a great rule for living.

PURPOSE: To help listeners realize that God's standard is absolute and thus we have no hope without a Savior.

I talked with someone recently who said that she really endeavored to keep the Ten Commandments. She said she felt they were a great rule for living.

How Questioning God's Goodness Leads To Questioning His Commands

How does the serpent deceive the woman?

He distorts and misrepresents God's command.

In the command itself, the positive is put first, and then the negative.

The serpent points out only

PURPOSE: To help listeners realize how their thinking may be guided by evil and not good.

In Romans 7:11, Paul talks about sin "deceiving" us. He reflects what we have in the first temptation, found in Genesis 3.

The Ten Commandments: Freedom From Sin Or Restriction From Pleasure?

In Romans 7:11, Paul talks about sin "deceiving" us. He reflects what we have in the first temptation, found in Genesis 3.

PURPOSE: To help listeners realize how their thinking may be guided by evil and not good.

In Romans 7:11, Paul talks about sin "deceiving" us. He reflects what we have in the first temptation, found in Genesis 3.

The Ten Commandments: Beneficial Or Restricting?

Do you think that Satan is the only source of temptation?

PURPOSE: To help listeners recognize how we are deceived about the commands of God by our sinfulness.

Do you think that Satan is the only source of temptation?

The Ten Commandments Are Like A Physical Exam

Although the Law and the x-ray cannot cure the heart, by making us aware of the evil in us, it can cause us to deal with it.

PURPOSE: To help listeners recognize the way sin works in our lives.

I have a friend who went to a doctor's office for an annual exam. He was feeling great. The doctor was concerned about something he heard through his stethoscope and had my friend x-rayed. They discovered that he had a blockage in 3 of the 4 valves in his heart. In fact, the physician wouldn't even allow him to go home to get some pajamas, but rushed him to the hospital and he had a four-way bypass operation.

The More We're Told Not To, The More We Want To

What do you think Paul means when he says that the Law produced in him the occasion for sin?

PURPOSE: To help listeners understand that the Law is good but the way we respond to it can make it an instrument for evil.

What do you think Paul means when he says that the Law produced in him the occasion for sin?

How The Ten Commandments Show Us Our Need Of God

Let's read a paragraph from Romans 7:7-13. It's a very complex paragraph, but a very important one. The apostle Paul is talking about

PURPOSE: To help listeners understand all that the Law reveals in us.

Let's read a paragraph from Romans 7:7-13. It's a very complex paragraph, but a very important one. The apostle Paul is talking about the Law and what the Law did in his life. In some ways Paul could say that the Law was responsible for sin in his life.

How The Ten Commandments Point Us To Christ

Do you think people need the Ten Commandments to show them that murder is wrong, or that stealing is wrong?

PURPOSE: To help listeners understand all that the Law reveals in us.

Let's read a paragraph from Romans 7:7-13. It's a very complex paragraph, but a very important one. The apostle Paul is talking about the Law and what the Law did in his life. In some ways Paul could say that the Law was responsible for sin in his life.

Why The Ten Commandments Are Good

What is the bare minimum that you have to do in order to become a Christian?

PURPOSE: To help listeners realize what the Law contributes to our lives.

What is the bare minimum that you have to do in order to become a Christian?