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“IS IT WELL WITH YOUR SOUL?” WHY IS IT WELL?”

Intro.
1.  “Why did you seek me?” (Lk. 2:49“What did you go out to see?” (Matt. 11:7-8); the question “why?” gets to motive, reason, purpose

2.  Why did you seek Jesus?  Why did you become a Christian?  Why are you here today?  Why does it matter?

 

I.  WHY ARE YOU A CHRISTIAN?

  A.  Because you Believe Jesus is the Son of God?  Jno. 20:30-31

  B.  Because You know how Valuable your Soul is?  Matt. 16:24-27

      -Causes self-denial, burden-bearing & following Jesus; Prepared.

  C.  Because you wanted to be Saved from your Sin Acts 16:30-34

  D.  To Please Someone Else?  Gal. 6:4-5; 2 Cor. 5:10

  E.  To Avoid Hell?  (“fire insurance”) 1 Jno. 3:17-19

  F.  To Live for HeavenPhil. 3:13-14; 3:20-21–4:1 (Heb. 11:13-16)

 

II. WHY ARE YOU HERE TODAY?

  A.  Out of Curiosity Matt. 11:7-8; Jno. 18:34; Acts 17:18-21

    1.  Brought an opportunity to teach (17:18).

    2.  Few are led to faith by curiosity, Acts 17:32-34; Jno. 1:45-49.

  B.  Searching for “Something Better” in your Life?  (cf. Matt. 9:36)

    1.  Meaning of/for your life?  Eccl. 12:13-14 (Matt. 11:28-30)

    2.  A “church home?” Acts 2:41-47

    3.  Peace?  Jno. 14:27 (Acts 10:36, 42-43, 48) – Believe & obey Jesus, Col. 2:12-17

    4.  An answer to the problem of sin?  Acts 2:36-41

    5.  What is truth?  Jno. 18:38, 37; 17:17 (Psa. 119:142, 151)

  C.  Because you had to (made to) come?  Lk. 14:15-24 (“Bed Springs c of C”)

    1.  Nobody can make you believe, Acts 26:28-29.

    2.  Nobody can make you obey from the heart, Acts 24:24-25.

    3.  Choose whom you will serve!  Josh. 24:15 (Heb. 3:7-13)

  D.  Because you want to

    1.  Worship God, Jno. 4:23-24 (Psa. 122:1); Acts 2:42; 20:7.

    2.  Hear the word of God, Acts 10:32-33 (1 Tim. 4:6, 16).

    3.  Encourage your brethren, Heb. 10:24-25.

    4.  Grow in Christ, 1 Cor. 14:26 (5, 12); 1 Pet. 2:1-3.

    5.  Have a genuine faith & sincere love, Jas. 4:17; 1:21-27; 1 Pet. 1:22.

 

III. WHY DOES IT MATTER?

  A.  Because God is Real.  (Exo. 5:2; Jno. 1:18)

     -His power, knowledge, love, mercy & justice are real, Rom. 1:20; 11:22; Jno. 3:16; Rom. 5:8; 1 Jno. 4:10-11.

  B.  Because Jesus Died for you, Rom. 5:6-11.

  C.  Because Jesus Lives, 1 Cor. 15:12-20, 29-34.

  D.  Because You Matter to God & to Others, Matt. 10:31 (Lk. 19:10); (cf. local church, 1 Cor. 12:14-27).

 

Conclusion

1.  There are no “worthless” souls – God loves every one.

2.  Sin destroys souls – Jesus saves souls: will He save you? (Acts 2:40-41)

3.  Thankful souls fear & follow Jesus, Lk. 17:13-19.

 
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“ARE YOU CONCEARNED ABOUT YOUR IDLE WORDS?” YOU SHOULD BE!!!

“A BIBLICAL LOOK AT OUR IDLE WORDS”

Intro.

1.  “Jesus who knows our very thoughts (Mat_12:25) insists that our words reveal our thoughts and form a just basis for the interpretation of character (Mat_12:37).” (A.T. Robertson, Word Pictures)

2.  Will give account of every idle word in the day of judgment, Matt 12:36.

3.  “Idle words” conveys a wide variety of sins of the tongue.

I.  WHAT ARE IDLE WORDS? Matt 12:36

A.  Defining “Idle”.

1.  argos, from a (neg. participle) and ergon (to work); Hence, no work, not working; “ineffective”.

2.  “1) free from labour, at leisure, 2) lazy, shunning the labour which one ought to perform” (Thayer).

3.  Used to describe:

a.  Inactivity, Matt 20:3, 6. No productivity

b.  Profitless leisure, wandering about; a learned trait, 1 Tim 5:13.

c.  Lazy, Titus 1:12. (Slow, sluggish, lethargic, without energy)

d.  Barren, 2 Pet 1:8. Useless of any good

B.  Idle Words Mark Out the Heart that Bears Evil Fruit, Matt 12:34-35.

1.  Good man…good treasure of his heart…good things (words).

2.  Evil man…evil treasure…evil things (words).

3.  We must “make the tree good” by heart conversion (Rom 12:2).

II.  HOW IDLE WORDS MAY BE SPOKEN.

A.  Context: By Denying Jesus is the Christ, Matt 12:22-24, 32.

1.  Too lazy to examine the evidence, cf. Jno 1:43-46; Acts 17:11.

2.  Willful rejection; ignorant rejection of evidence, Jno 12:37, 43.

3.  Faithless impostors to be opposed, cf. Jude 10, 12-13.

B.  Busybodies who Gossip and Bear Tales, 1 Tim 5:13 (14-15).

1.  Learned practice (habit): Rather than being productive, these destroy the character, reputation and lives, Prov 16:28.

2.  Characteristics of these idle words include:

a.  Unloving and thoughtless, 1 Ths 4:9-12 (11). Meddlers, 1 Pet 4:15

b.  Disorderly and disruptive, 2 Ths 3:10-11.

c.  Malicious intent as well as careless disregard, Eph 4:31 (Col 3:8).

d.  Generates discord and strife (Prov 6:19; 17:9).

3.  Remedy: Get to work with God’s will! cf. 1 Tim 5:14 (2 Ths 3:10-12)

-Golden rule, Matt 7:12; talk to the right person; forgiveness, Col 3:13.

C.  Corrupt Words, Eph 4:29. (Rotten, unfit for use) “Stop all your dirty talk” (Contemporary English Version). cf. Col 4:6

1.  Profanity: morally evil words, 1 Pet 2:1.

2.  Such speech arises from arrogance, Prov 30:11-14; Psa 59:12.

D.  Barren, Useless Words.

1.  Euphemisms: So-called “less offensive” words that nevertheless convey the same meaning as more offensive (profane) words.

-OMG, etc., Matt 12:35-36; cf. Eph 5:8-13.

2.  Lies and deceit, Col 3:9.

a.  Deceitful (crooked) heart, Prov 17:20.

b.  Cf. False teachers (speak error, lies), Matt 7:15-20 (Jer 14:14).

3.  Strife and arguments, Gal 5:13-15. (Obvious lack of love)

a.  Do not speak and listen to destructive gossip, Prov 17:4; 18:8.

b.  Get away from those who sow strife! Prov 24:1-2 (6:19)

III. WHY WE MUST BE CONCERNED ABOUT IDLE WORDS.

A.  Our Words Reveal our Character, Matt 12:35; Prov 23:7.

-They must show Christ living in us.

B.  Our Words will be Judged by God, Matt 12:37; Prov 13:3.

C.  Our Words must Advance Godliness and Righteousness, Titus 2:6-8.

Conclusion

1.  Prov 17:3: The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, But the LORD tests the hearts.

2.  We must test our hearts by the words we speak; God does! (2 Cor 13:5)

3.  Purify our hearts to be good in character and communication. (Repent)

 
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