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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:

What Jesus Had In Mind When He Talked About "talents"

Some say that our talents are the spiritual gifts that God gives Christians that we are to use for His kingdom. This reads or implies something from another book of the Bible into Matthew’s gospel.

Others say that talents represent the money that God has given us to use for Him

PURPOSE: To have listeners realize that talents are given to them to use.

Yesterday we were trying to figure out what Jesus had in mind when He talked about "talents" in His story in Matthew 25:14-18.

The Difference Between Loving God And Liking God

We know that we are to love God. Do you think most people like Him?

Do you think it matters?

PURPOSE: To have listeners understand why belief about God is basic to their behavior.

We know that we are to love God. Do you think most people like Him?

Being Compared To Sheep

If you could be any animal in the world, what animal would you like to be?

Suppose you didn't have the Bible. If you were thinking of an animal to represent Christians, what animal might you choose?

From what you know of the Bible, when God wants to speak of believers, what is His animal of choice?

PURPOSE: To help listeners realize the qualities that characterize God's people.

If you could be any animal in the world, what animal would you like to be?

Better Understanding Ourselves (as Sheep) And The Good Shepherd

If you could be any animal in the world, what animal would you like to be?

Suppose you didn't have the Bible. If you were thinking of an animal to represent Christians, what animal might you choose?

PURPOSE: To help listeners realize the qualities that characterize God's people.

If you could be any animal in the world, what animal would you like to be?

If The Lord Is My Shepherd, Then I Am His Sheep

When David writes "The Lord is my shepherd," he implies that I am a sheep.

This is a strange way for a mighty near-Eastern king to think of himself.

Sheep are dependent, defenseless and helpless.

PURPOSE: To help listeners admit that they are dependent and defenseless and helpless in facing the great issues of life

I. When David writes "The Lord is my shepherd," he implies that I am a sheep.

The Lord Is My Shepherd . . . I Shall Not Want

The first verse of Psalm 23 is the key to the rest of the psalm.

The psalm is saying that if the Lord is your shepherd, then you will not lack for anything you really need.

PURPOSE: To help listeners appreciate the rest that God can bring into their lives.

I. The first verse of Psalm 23 is the key to the rest of the psalm.

Trusting The Shepherd

Early in the year the shepherd leads his flock in the lowlands. But when the snows melt, he leads them to higher ground.

To get there, he often has to take them through a threatening ravine with dangers on every side.

PURPOSE: To help listeners understand that God sometimes leads us into difficult and dangerous places.

I. There is a comparison and a contrast between verse 3 and verse 4.

Psalm 23 From The Sheep's Perspective

What kind of courage does a sheep need?

David says, "When I walk through the valley of deep darkness, I will not be afraid."

A sheep does not need courage to fight its enemies.

The most courageous sheep would be an easy victim to the

PURPOSE: To help listeners realize that courage is bound up in trust.

I. What kind of courage does a sheep need?

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.

Things You Are--and Aren't--supposed To Be Rich In

Suppose you took seriously what the tenth commandment is saying. If you were speaking to a Christian who was wealthy, what counsel might you give that person as far as his or her wealth is concerned?

PURPOSE: To help listeners understand how a shift in attitude can change the direction of their lives.

Suppose you took seriously what the tenth commandment is saying. If you were speaking to a Christian who was wealthy, what counsel might you give that person as far as his or her wealth is concerned?

Prayer As A Way To Combat Covetousness

Do you ever struggle with prayer? What is the nature of the struggle?

One struggle is that we end up praying platitudes. How do you get rid of that? How do you stop that?

PURPOSE: To help listeners focus on praying about being delivered from covetousness.

Do you ever struggle with prayer? What is the nature of the struggle?

"give Me Neither Poverty Nor Riches"

Do you ever struggle with prayer? What is the nature of the struggle?

One struggle is that we end up praying platitudes. How do you get rid of that? How do you stop that?

PURPOSE: To help listeners focus on praying about being delivered from covetousness.

Do you ever struggle with prayer? What is the nature of the struggle?

"godliness With Contentment Is Great Gain"

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).