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Being Prepared For Christ's Return

Can you learn something from it about weddings in the first century?

Why did Jesus tell this story?

PURPOSE: To help listeners see the relationship of Christ's coming and our works.

Let's read a parable that Jesus told. Then let me ask you if you think this is a true story.

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.

Avoiding The Opportunities God Gives Us To Serve Him

Do you think that religion is always good?

Do you think that religion that is orthodox is always good?

In some ways religion can be dangerous and damaging.

PURPOSE: To help listeners explore the application of this idea in their lives.

Do you think that religion is always good?

Deciding What To Do With The Opportunities We're Given

Have people ever given you credit for living from the inside-out, when in reality you felt you were living from the outside-in?

PURPOSE: To have listeners consider how big decisions make many other decisions for them.

Have people ever given you credit for living from the inside-out, when in reality you felt you were living from the outside-in?

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.

Tough Questions About Being A "good And Faithful Servant"

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 Someone Faithful--actions Or Motives?

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 Do Your Deeds Say About You?

What is the rule or "Law of Unintended Consequences"?

PURPOSE: To encourage listeners to do what is in their hand to do.

What is the rule or "Law of Unintended Consequences"?

What The Parable Of The Sheep And The Goats Says About Motives

What is the rule or "Law of Unintended Consequences"?

PURPOSE: To encourage listeners to do what is in their hand to do.

What is the rule or "Law of Unintended Consequences"?

Opportunities Not Taken

What is the rule or "Law of Unintended Consequences"?

PURPOSE: To encourage listeners to do what is in their hand to do.

What is the rule or "Law of Unintended Consequences"?

Being Indifferent To The Needs Of Others Is Being Indifferent To God

There has been a great deal of research on what persuades people. Let me suggest three scenarios. Tell me which one

PURPOSE: To help listeners take seriously what Jesus says about God's purposes for us.

There has been a great deal of research on what persuades people. Let me suggest three scenarios. Tell me which one gets the best response about brushing and flossing teeth.

You Shall Not Covet: What Is Coveting?

Would you agree or disagree with the observation that this is a fairly simple, straightforward command, like "You shall not steal" or "You shall not murder"?

PURPOSE: To help listeners explore some of the difficulties that arise from reading the text.

Would you agree or disagree with the observation that this is a fairly simple, straightforward command, like "You shall not steal" or "You shall not murder"?

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?