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The Path to Success

Proverbs 1

I. A Recognition of Truth (1:1-6)

A. Recognizing Truth (1:1-2a)

B. Receiving Truth (1:2b-3)

C. Relaying Truth (1:4-6)

II. A Reverence for God (1:7)

III. A Respect for Authority (1:8-9)

IV. A Refusal of Peer Pressure (1:10-19)

A. The Invitation (1:10-11a)

B. The Incitement (1:11b-14)

C. The Instruction (1:15-19)

1. A word of warning (1:15-16)

2. A word of wisdom (1:17-19)

V. A Repentance of Sin (1:20-33)

A. Wisdom is offered to all (1:20-23).

B. We must turn to Wisdom (v. 23).

C. Wisdom is rejected by many (1:24-33).

1. The refusal (1:24-25)

2. The reaction (1:26-28)

3. The reason (1:29-30)

4. The result (1:31-33)

Dennis Hollandsworth

The Attitude of Ingratitude

Luke 17:11-19

I. Things Often Mistaken for Ingratitude

A. Silence (1. Pet. 2:8)

B. Elapsed time

C. Honest forgetfulness

D. Gratitude itself (2. Sam. 23:14-17)

II. Manifestations of Ingratitude

A. To self

1. For others' sake (Matt. 19:19)

2. Because we are God's workmanship (Eph. 2:10, Col. 2:10, Is. 45:9)

B. To the deeds of others

1. Laban and Jacob (Gen. 29, 31)

2. The butler and Joseph (Gen. 40:23)

3. Israel and the house of Gideon (Judg. 8:33-35)

4. Nabal and David (1 Sam. 25:5, 7-11, 21).

C. To God's blessings

1. Hezekiah (2 Chron. 32:24-25)

2. Israel (Ps. 78:12-61)

D. To the sacrifice of Christ

1. When we refuse to live in grace (Gal. 2:20)

2. When we refuse to forgive as we've been forgiven (Matt. 18:21-35)

3. When we refuse to share His Truth (Matt. 28:18-20)

III. The Cause of Ingratitude - SELF!

A. Does not think of others (1 Cor. 10:24)

B. Does not think of the Church (Matthew 6:33)

C. Does not think of the lost (1 Cor. 10:33)

IV. How to Cope with Ingratitude

A. Overlook it (in others lives - 1 Cor. 13:4-7, Luke 6:30, 35). Thought: If you quit doing good because you don't get credit or thanks, then why are you doing it?

B. Overcome it (in your own life).

1. By knowing what is mistaken for it

2. By knowing its cause

3. By crucifying self

4. In everything, give thanks!

Victor Knowles

Heed Christ's Warnings

Hebrews 10 & 11

Intro: Christians should stay true to Christ despite the antagonism of their culture.

I. Obey Our Lord's Exhortations (Heb. 10:19-39).

A. ‑One exhortation tells us to retain our piety (10:19-25).

B. ‑Another exhortation tells us to relinquish our iniquity (10:26-31).

C. ‑A third exhortation tells us to remember our antiquity (10:32-34).

II. Learn from Examples (Heb. 11:1-40).

A. ‑Some examples teach us to anticipate with our heads (11:1-16).

B. ‑Others teach us to appreciate with our hearts (11:17-28).

C. ‑Still more teach us to participate without hands (11:29-40). "Who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised"

Conclusion: Therefore, Christians should obey Christ by heeding these warnings.

I. Do so by embracing the exhortations.

II. Do so by emulating the examples.

Steve Eustler

When Peter Got It Right

Introduction: We often get on Peter's case for the times he got it wrong. He had the audacity to rebuke Jesus (Matt. 16:22). He equated Jesus as an equal with Moses and Elijah (Matt. 17:4). He refused (at first) to let Jesus wash his feet (John 13:8). He cut off a man's ear (John 18: 10). He denied Christ three times (Matt. 26:69-75).

But there were also times when Peter got it right.

1. ‑He accepted Jesus' challenge to walk on water (Matt. 14:29). Even though he began to sink, he actually walked on water. And he was the only apostle to get out of the boat.

2. ‑He confessed the deity of Christ. "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God" (Matt. 16:16). Again, he was the only apostle (at the time) to make the Good Confession.

3. ‑He asked an important question. "Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me?" (Matt. 18:21). We learn by asking questions.

4. ‑He made a vital observation. "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God" (John 6:68,69). [This is when many of Jesus' disciples were leaving Him.]

5. ‑He took the leadership on the Day of Pentecost, the day the Church was born (Acts 1:15-22; 2:14-41).

6. ‑He proclaimed that salvation is found in no one other than Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12).

7. ‑He was the first to preach the gospel to the Gentiles (Acts 10:1-48).

Conclusion: No matter how many times you get it wrong, take heart: Peter's turn-around story tells us we can also get it right!

Victor Knowles

In the Shadow of His Wings

Psalm 17

Foundational Inquiry: What three requests may we make to God in times of oppression?

I. Judge me, O Lord! [1-2]

A. Listen to me, Lord! (1)

B. Tell it like it is, Lord! (2a)

C. Be just, Lord! (2b)

II. Protect me, O Lord! [7-9]

A. Show me lovingkindness, Lord! (7)

B. Keeep me special, Lord! (8a)

C. Hide me in Your presence, Lord! (8b-9)

III. Avenge me, O Lord! [13]

A. Get up and confront in indignation, Lord!

B. Humble my enemies, Lord!

C. Deliver my soul (a.k.a. "life"), Lord!

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Your Bible and You

"So the word of the Lord grew mightily and prevailed" (Acts 19:20).

1. ‑You have a Bible. Most people in the world do not and never will.

2. ‑You have a Bible in your own language. Many do not and never will.

3. ‑You can easily select what translation you want. Fewer still can or ever will.

4. ‑You have more time to read your Bible than the average person in the world who toils from dawn to dusk.

5. ‑You have the means to go deeper in your Bible with helps like concordances and commentaries.

6. ‑Most likely, you will never be arrested for owning a Bible. Many are each day.

7. ‑You can carry your Bible with you to church. Don't leave home without it!

8. ‑You can even have a Bible at your work place and read it on your lunch hour-if you choose to.

9. ‑You have more opportunities than you think to share the teachings of the Bible with others-if you look for them.

10. ‑You can help send Bibles to those who don't have them by supporting the work of Bible societies.

"Holy Bible, book divine,
Precious treasure, thou art mine."

Victor Knowles
Peace on Earth Ministries

Yielded to God

James 4:7

I. Yielded to God's Word (1 Pet. 2:13-14).

II. Yielded to God's Workers (Heb. 13:17; 1 Pet. 5:5 LB).

III. Yielded to God's Will (Matt. 26:42; Acts 9:6).

Croft M. Pentz

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