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Give Me the Bible: Paul’s Profound Pivot

September 6, 2015

John Allan

The apostle Paul is one of the most-beloved personalities in the Bible. He’s regarded this way largely because of his zeal and willingness to change his life to obey the Lord.

Indeed, he went from Saul (one who bound Jesus’ disciples and brought them to Jerusalem for punishment) to Paul (who himself would be bound in Jerusalem for being a disciple of Jesus).

How was Paul able to make that 180 degree change in his life? We’ll notice three characteristics:

1. He was Sincere (Although Mistaken)

Saul persecuted disciples (Acts 7:58ff, Acts 9:1-2, 22:3-5), but believed he was doing what was right (Acts 22:3, 23:1). He lived in accordance with his beliefs, and sincerely thought he was doing the right thing. Surely his zeal is unquestioned, even though his actions were wrong.

Saul gives us proof that beliefs and feelings can be wrong, and that sincerity does not turn a wrong into a right. Deep down we know this, but sometimes we have trouble seeing it in ourselves or the lives of people we care about. Jeremiah 17:9 tells us that the heart is deceitful above all things. Instead of relying on our feelings, we must look to the Bible to see if we are living the way it tells us to. If Saul’s feelings were wrong, mine can be too!

2. He had the Courage to Convert

Although Saul’s sincerity was misplaced, being a sincere man surely helped him to have the courage he needed to change from doing what was wrong to doing what was right.

We learn in Acts 9 that Saul had permission from the high priest to go round up disciples and bring them bound to Jerusalem. Saul was on the road to Damascus in the heat of the day to carry out this task. He was more than willing to have the assignment. Yet, on that trip he had an encounter with Jesus that changed his life (Acts 22:6-10, 9:1-9, 26:12-18).

  • A light shone from Heaven
  • A voice spoke to Saul. When Saul asked who it was, the voice identified himself as Jesus (Acts 9:5, 26:15)

Saul had to confront the reality that he had been doing the wrong thing (consider Acts 22:10, 9:6). He asked the Lord what he wanted him to do. Jesus instructed Saul to go to Damascus, where he would be told what to do.

God instructed Ananias to go to Saul (Acts 9). Ananias initially had concern, understandable in light of Saul’s reputation, but listened to God and went.

When Ananias met Saul, Saul had gone three days without vision, food, or water (Acts 9:9), and was praying (9:11). Ananias greeted Saul as “brother” because of their common Jewish background (Acts 9:17, 22:12-13). Despite the claims made by some, Saul had not yet been forgiven of his sins; we know this because of Saul’s own testimony in Acts 22:16.

Saul received his sight and was told by Ananias “And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.” (Acts 22:16; NKJV)

If Saul had already been forgiven, Ananias would not have urged him to be baptized and wash away his sins.

Considerations

Learning that we’ve been wrong about a deeply-held belief can be hard. Sometimes a man learns he is wrong, but refuses to humble himself and change. Sometimes a person realizes he’s wrong but then tries to justify his actions instead of changing. Some know they are wrong and have a desire to change, but external forces like threats from family members scare them into staying where they are.

When we realize we’ve done wrong, we naturally feel that something should be done about it. What a blessing, then, that the Gospel is for all regardless of our background.

Paul described himself as chief of sinners, but he was forgiven (1 Timothy 1:13-17).

People who have committed grievous sins have been forgiven (1 Corinthians 6:9-11).

There is sin in everybody’s background, but maybe you feel like yours is too great for God to forgive. As we have noticed, the Bible says otherwise!

When we seek forgiveness on God’s terms, God forgives us!

  • Hear the Gospel (Romans 10:17)
  • Believe it! (Mark 16:16)
  • Repent of your sins (Luke 13:3)
  • Confess Jesus Christ (Matthew 10:32-33)
  • Be baptized for the remission of sins (Acts 22:16)

3. He Had the Determination to Persist

Paul had the courage to start his walk as a disciple of Jesus, and the determination to persist in living for God.

He was faithful to God in spite of persecution (2 Corinthians 11:22-28, Philippians 4:11-12). We learn from Acts 9:20-25 that persecution started on Paul shortly after his conversion, but it never stopped him.

He was faithful to God despite what was waiting for him in Jerusalem (Acts 21:10-14).

Paul was determined to press for the prize (Philippians 3:14).

Hebrews 11:13-16 speaks of people who sought a heavenly country. They confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on this earth because of that desire. When our eyes are firmly fixed on Heaven it helps us persist no matter the obstacles (Romans 8:37-39, Revelation 2:10, Acts 20:18-24).

Conclusion

Saul (or Paul as we better know him) gave us a powerful example. While we can be impressed and consider this life to be extraordinary, we should not think he is an example we can’t follow.

Paul was able to make such a dramatic change in his life because he had sincerity, courage, and determination.

  • Sincerity in his desire to please God.
  • Courage to change when he realized he was wrong.
  • Determination to persist in spite of obstacles.

You can possess these characteristics too!

Scripture quotations in this lesson were taken from Holy Bible. New King James Version. Copyright Thomas Nelson, Inc. 1982. Used by permission. All rights reserved. If we can assist you in obeying the Gospel, or if you have Bible questions or other comments, please contact us or visit one of our services.

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Give Me the Bible: Survey of Religious Beliefs

August 16, 2015

John Allan

Sunday’s edition of Give Me the Bible asked whether we can trust our preachers to believe and teach what the Bible says. Here’s a free, simple survey you can use to analyze your beliefs and the beliefs of your preacher on several fundamental Bible questions.

Click here to download the Survey of Religious Beliefs.

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Safeguards from Sin

August 2, 2012

John Allan

THE BIBLE (James 1:21).
  • Psalm 119:104-105.
  • Romans 1:16.
  • 2 Timothy 3:16.
  • 2 Timothy 4:1-5.
  • Colossians 3:17 (we must have authority for all we do)

 

CONSCIENCE

  • We should not do anything that violates our conscience (Romans 14:23, Acts 24:16, Romans 13:5, 1 Corinthians 8:7, 10-13).
  • Conscience is not a perfect guide (Acts 23:1, 1 Timothy 4:2).

 

ETERNITY

  • When we remember that there will be a Judgment Day it can motivate us to be faithful (Revelation 2:10).
  • The faithful can look forward to eternity, but those who are outside of Christ cannot. (2 Thess. 1:3-12, 1 Thess. 4:13-18, Matthew 13:37-43, Matthew 13:47-50).

 

Conclusion:

God does not want us to sin. He has put in place things to help us avoid sin. While even more could be discussed, in this lesson we have limited our conversation to three such safeguards: 1) The Bible. 2) Conscience. 3) The fact that Judgment Day and eternity are coming.

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“The Sons of God”

April 30, 2012

John Allan

In Genesis 6:1-5 reference is made to “sons of God” who married the daughters of men. Because of this interesting phrasing, some have supposed that the Bible is teaching that angels or even aliens are being described in this passage.

The purpose of this study is to determine who (or what) the “sons of God” is referring to.

If we are to have confidence that our conclusion on the matter is correct it must fit the immediate context and it must be consistent with the rest of the Bible. If our conclusion cannot fulfill those two criteria then we cannot have confidence that our conclusion is correct.

A careful study of this passage will lead us to the proper understanding.

I. THE CHARACTERS

In Genesis 6:1-5 we see several characters mentioned. We do not mean “characters” in the sense of mere story: these were historical, genuine individuals. A list of the characters follow:

  1. Men. (Genesis 6:1 says men began to multiply on the earth).
  2. Daughters of men.
  3. Sons of God (who began marrying the daughters of men).
  4. Giants (several commentators believe the word “giants” entailed not just large men, but also violent men).
  5. God (identified as “the LORD” in Genesis 6:5).

With the characters in mind, let us also consider the context.

 

II. THE CONTEXT

Previous Chapters:

  • At the end of Genesis 4, attention is given to Seth and to his son Enosh. Genesis 4:26 says “Then men began to call on the name of the LORD.” (NKJV)
  • Genesis 5 focuses on the genealogy of Adam (which of course includes Seth and his descendants).
  • That lineage runs through Noah and his sons, which brings us to chapter six. In Genesis 6 Noah becomes incredibly important. As a righteous man in the midst of a wicked world, Noah was used by God to preserve humanity and more importantly the lineage that would lead to the promised Christ.

The Current Passage:

  • As men were multiplying on the earth, daughters were born to them (Gen. 6:1).
  • The “sons of God” saw these beautiful women and married them (Gen. 6:2).
  • God’s displeasure is expressed (Gen. 6:3).

Why was God displeased? Was He displeased with the men of Genesis 6:1 for having daughters? This is not a reasonable explanation.

In the context it appears God was displeased with the sons of God. If this is the case (and the context certainly supports it) then why did God say “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever…” if the sons of God were angels or aliens or anything else other than humans?

With that thought in mind, we return to considering the context of this current passage (Genesis 6:1-5).

  • Giants were also on the earth in those days (Genesis 6:4).
  • God saw the wickedness of man was great in the earth. (Genesis 6:5).
  • “And the LORD was sorry that He made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart” (Genesis 6:6, NKJV).

Notice from Genesis 6:6 that once again God’s displeasure is expressed, and once again the context points to it being people that God is displeased with. This is consistent with what comes in Genesis 6:7…

  • God determined “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth…” (Genesis 6:7, NKJV).

The events of Genesis 6:1-5 have prompted God to determine that man needs to be destroyed from the face of the earth. If the “sons of God” and the giants were not men (human beings), then why was God angry with men?

Other Passages in Scripture:

  • There are places in the Bible where it seems that “sons of God” is reference to non-humans (consider Job 1:6, Job 2:1, Job 38:7, Daniel 3:25).
  • There are places in the Bible where “sons of God” is referring to humans (consider John 1:12, Romans 8:14, Philippians 2:15,  1 John 3:1, Revelation 21:7).
  • Because “sons of God” does not always refer to the same group, we are dependent on context to know who “sons of God” is referring to in a particular passage.
  • Additionally, Matthew 22:30 teaches that angels do not marry. Since this is so, angels cannot be the “sons of God” of Genesis 6 because Genesis 6:2 says the sons of God married the daughters of men.

Having considered the relevant evidence, let us now draw our conclusion.

III. THE CONCLUSION

“Sons of God” in Genesis 6 is not a reference to angels.

  • Jesus said that angels do not marry, but the sons of God in Genesis 6 did.
  • God’s grief in Genesis 6 is directed toward human beings (see Genesis 6:3, 6:5, 6:6, 6:7), not heavenly ones.
  • When the chapter is studied carefully, spiritual beings simply do not fit the context.

“Sons of God” in Genesis 6 is a reference to human beings.

  • This is evident from verses already mentioned, especially Genesis 6:3 “…for he is indeed flesh” (NKJV).
  • Genesis 6 is explaining how man went from being righteous like Seth to being so unrighteous that the flood was necessary.
  • Thus, the beginning of Genesis 6 is dealing with man.

More specifically, the “sons of God” were righteous men on the earth who married the daughters of unrighteous men and were corrupted by them. Therefore, in Genesis 6 we have a warning about the danger of righteous people joining themselves with unrighteous mates. Israel was warned against this many times, and Christians do well to care enough about their soul to choose a marriage partner who will help them be faithful to God.

While it is true that there are some Christians who have married non-Christians and later converted them to Christ, statistics show that the far more common result is that such marriages result in the faithful Christian becoming weakened by their non-Christian spouse and pulled away from their faithfulness to the Lord. This is a danger that we ought not ignore! 

 

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Give Me the Bible: Program Notes for April 22, 2012

April 24, 2012

John Allan

Mississippi was reently identified as the most religious state in the nation.

Yet, other measurements seem to show a disconnect. The state has an alarming rate of teen pregnancies. Jackson has one of the highest HIV/AIDS rates in the nation (a virus often spread through sexual immorality). In addition to sexual sins, other forms of sin such as violence and other violations of the law are all around us.

How could such a religious state have citizens who behave so irreligiously? There must be some sort of disconnect!

A recent survey conducted by the American Bible Society to learn about the attitudes of Americans might help us understand some of the causes for the disconnect we see happening in Mississippi.

First, there are many who are guilty of paying only lip service to God. They claim to be Christian and speak highly of God, Jesus Christ and the Bible, but they do not truly concern themselves with genuinely following the Lord. Matthew 15:8 speaks of such an attitude: “‘These people draw near to Me with their mouth, And honor Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me.” (NKJV)

Lamar Vest, president and CEO of the American Bible Society, said: “There are probably five Bibles on every shelf in American homes. Americans buy the Bibles, they debate the Bible, they love the Bible…they just don’t read the Bible.”

As a result, while the Bible continues to be the best-selling book of all time, 46 percent of Americans surveyed could not differentiate teachings from the Bible, the Koran, and the Book of Mormon.

Second, there is an increasing failure to recognize the divine origin of the Bible. Without recognizing the Bible as the inspired word of God we should not honestly expect people to look to it as their standard for living. The ABS study found that 82 percent of Americans consider the Bible to be sacred literature. This is a good number, in light of how divided the nation is on so many issues, but it can be better. For example, the previous year 86 percent believed the Bible was sacred literature.

The Bible is inspired.

Jesus promised the apostles that the Holy Spirit would guide them into all truth (John 16:13). The writers of the Bible were inspired (2 Peter 1:18-21, 2 Timothy 3:16). The end result is that the Bible is God’s revelation to man and should be our guide for all that we say and do in life (Colossians 3:17). The content of the Bible is breathed out by God Himself (2 Timothy 3:16, Galatians 1:11-12).

A third contributing factor to the gulf between those who claim to be religious and those who truly are is a failure to accept the sufficiency of the Bible. The American Bible Society survey found that 69 percent agreed either “strongly” or “somewhat” that the Bible contains everything man needs to live a meaningful life. Since 82 percent believe the Bible is sacred literature and just 69 percent agreed “strongly” or “somewhat” we are forced to the conclusion that not everybody who believes the Bible is sacred literature believes the Bible is sufficient. Even among those who believe that the Bible is from God there are many who believe that the Bible is not enough.

The Bible, on the other hand, teaches that God’s word is sufficient. In 2 Peter 1:3 Peter said that God’s divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness. Jude wrote in Jude 3 that the faith has been once for all delivered to the saints. That means that God has completed His divine revelation. He has given us all that we need, and we need not look anywhere aside from His inspired word (The Bible) to learn what God wants us to know.

Conclusion: 

  • We have been considering reasons that the numbers don’t seem to add up.
  • It is one thing to accept that the Bible is from God and another to read it and obey.
  • Without being familiar with the Bible we cannot possibly expect to be faithful to its teachings.
  • If we fail to accept the sufficiency of the Bible we will never be content to accept the Bible as our authority for all we say and do in life.
  • God has delivered and preserved His word. We must believe it and obey it.
  • Are you a Christian?

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Unclaimed Riches

March 15, 2012

John Allan

One headline put it this way: “Call Center Helps Residents Find Unclaimed Money” with the subtitle “Thousands of Mississippians Have Money Waiting for Them.”

When word of this started getting out, lots of people were looking into it, and it is easy to understand why. The possibility of getting something valuable that they did not realize could be theirs was appealing.

One Mississippian even learned he had more than $112,000 waiting for him! If you had $112,000 dollars waiting for you, would you take it? What if there was something far more valuable available to you?

There is something far more valuable than $112,000. It is salvation, and it is available.

Salvation is Available

It was made possible by Jesus Christ

  • John 3:16.
  •  Romans 5:6ff.

It is only found in Christ.

  • John 14:6.
  • Romans 6:1-6.
  • Acts 4:12.
  • Ephesians 1:3.

It is available to all.

  • Romans 5:8.
  • Romans 1:16-17.
  • Romans 3:21-22.

 

Salvation is Attainable

It is a gift from God and cannot be earned (Romans 6:23).

We do, however, have to take possession of the gift.

  • By hearing the gospel message (Romans 10:17).
  • By believing (Mark 16:16).
  • By repenting of sin (Luke 13:3, Acts 2:38).
  • By confessing Jesus Christ (Matthew 16:16, 1 Timothy 6:12).
  • By being immersed (baptized) for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38, Mark 16:16, 1 Peter 3:21, Galatians 3:27).

When one becomes a Christian he must also live a life of faithful service to the Lord (1 John 1:8, Revelation 2:10, 1 John 1:5-10).

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Betrayal of Trust

February 27, 2012

John Allan

One Jackson media outlet reported: “Three former Jackson Police Department officers are accused of accepting bribes to protect what they thought were drug transactions at a local airport, federal officials said.” (Source: WAPT.com).

Not surprisingly, residents of the Jackson metro were disturbed, stunned, and even aggravated to learn of the sting, which occurred in 2010.

We recognize it is normal and reasonable for people to be outraged when they feel that their trust has been betrayed. For sake of this lesson we turn our thoughts away from police protection and on to spiritual matters. How would you feel if those who you trusted to be teaching the truth from God’s word were letting you down? What if church leaders were corrupt? How would you feel about that?

We tend to be very trusting of people who claim to be teachers of God’s word and knowledgable on the subject. Sometimes we think they could not possibly be corrupted. Let us consider the matter more carefully.

Examples from the Past

In the Bible we find examples of people who should have been trustworthy not keeping that trust. Two such instances are in Malachi 2:7-9 and Matthew 23:13.

Problems in the Present:

There are some who do what they do in religious life from selfish motives, not spiritual ones. This leaves such a person ripe for corruption.

  • Some like the status that preaching or serving provides and are in that way like Diotrephes (3 John 9).
  • Some are covetous (consider 1 Thess. 2:5 and 1 Timothy 6:5).
  • Those who are in it for selfish motives will not intentionally engage in things that impede them from their goal. If preaching the truth and standing for it would jeopardize their goal then they will not do it. They will avoid such things and thus betray the trust of those who believe he is standing for the truth.
  • Sometimes it isn’t even a deliberate selfish motive that causes the truth to be avoided. Sometimes it is a desire for large membership or perceived unity. Or perhaps for the sake of not wanting anybody to feel “unwelcome” or “unloved.”

Some who listen to preachers do not have an interest in hearing the truth (2 Timothy 4:3).

  • They have itching ears.
  • They find people to tell them what they want to hear.
  • They are tossed about with every wind of doctrine (consider Ephesians 4:14).
  • They pressure somebody who would teach the truth to avoid certain topics that might cause discomfort. Some preachers become discouraged and quit. Others avoid potentially controversial topics altogether, thus betraying God by not preaching the truth.

What About the Future?

If truth is not expected from listeners then it probably will not be delivered by preachers.

  • The temptation is great to “give the people what they want” instead of giving them what they need.
  • If people demand watered-down, entertaining, unchallenging sermons then there will be plenty of men willing to step up and supply them.
  • Speaking on difficult (but needed) topics can be stressful and agonizing. It is easier to “take the easy route” although it results in the compromise of truth.
  • If you do not expect and insist upon the truth then you should not expect to get it.

Demand the truth!

  • If you do not want to be spiritually betrayed then insist that preachers be faithful to the word of God!
  • Seek the whole counsel of God (Acts 20:27).
  • Desire to know the truth (John 8:32, John 17:17, John 12:48).
  • Be humble enough to submit to the truth instead of attacking the preacher willing to preach the truth no matter how unpopular it is (Galatians 4:16).

Conclusion:

We need to accept our responsibility in making sure that we are not led away from the truth.

Be diligent in your own study of the Bible, and insist that those who teach are also diligent and faithful to the word of God.

If we are unwilling to do these things, we should not be surprised if we are led astray.

 

 

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The Christian and Civil Law

February 19, 2012

John Allan

Sunday’s “Give Me the Bible” addressed the topic of the Christian and civil law. Recently there have been concerns that legislation would force Christians to violate their conscience to obey the laws of the land. What is the Christian to do if such a situation presents itself?

Two passages of Scripture were at the forefront of our discussion:

1) Romans 13:1-7.

2) Acts 5:22-32 (particularly Acts 5:29).

Romans 13 demonstrates that generally speaking, Christians are to obey the laws of the land. This might be troubling to some, since it means that even those laws that most people ignore such as speed limits and Stop signs are to be obeyed!

Acts 5:22-32 gives a principle that must be kept in mind, however. If the governing authorities pass laws that violate God’s laws then Christians are to obey God! The government has not been authorized by God to pass laws that are opposed to Him. Likewise Christians are not authorized to disobey God in order to obey civil law.

Perhaps this summary statement will help: Christians are obligated to obey the laws of the land unless those laws violate God’s laws. If a conflict exists, God (not government) is to be obeyed.

P.S.: We are grateful to live in a state and nation where Christians still have freedom of religion. We hope that this will continue to be the case. Nonetheless, if government ever forces Christians to choose between government or God the Biblical expectation is to obey God rather than men.

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Is Ignorance Bliss?

February 13, 2012

John Allan

You have probably heard expressions such as “Ignorance is bliss” and “What I don’t know won’t hurt me.” But are these statements true when it comes to God’s word?

Is it a good thing to be ignorant of the Gospel? Will ignorance excuse sin? The purpose of this study is to understand that when it comes to spiritual matters, ignorance is NOT bliss.

 

Ignorance Does Not Excuse Sin.

  • In Leviticus 4:13-21 we learn that ignorance did not excuse sin committed by the whole congregation of Israel.
  • In Leviticus 4:22-26 we learn that ignorance did not excuse sin committed by a ruler in Israel.
  • In Leviticus 4:27-35 we learn that ignorance did not excuse sin committed by an ordinary individual Israelite.
  • Why would we possibly think that ignorance excuses sin today?

 

Ignorance Does Not Save

  • John 3:16 says that belief in Jesus Christ is necessary for salvation. We cannot believe in Jesus Christ if we are ignorant of Him.
  • Mark 16:16, The Great Commission, teaches the necessity of believing the Gospel and being baptized. This cannot be done if one is ignorant of the Gospel.
  • Matthew 28:19, another account of The Great Commission, demonstrates that people were to be taught so they could become disciples. One cannot become a disciple if he is ignorant of the message.

 

Ignorance Will Not Produce Faith (Romans 10:14-21)

  • You cannot call on somebody you do not believe.
  • You cannot believe in somebody you’ve never heard of.
  • You can’t hear without a preacher (somebody communicating the message).
  • Faith comes by hearing, not by ignorance. Ignorance cannot produce faith.

 

Sin is the Problem

  • If ignorance saved, then the worst thing we could do is preach and teach the Gospel.
  • The Gospel is not the problem. Sin is the problem. It separates man from God (Isaiah 59:1-4), its wages are death (Romans 6:23) and those who die outside of Christ will be separated from Him eternally (Matthew 7:13-14, Matthew 7:21-23).
  • The Gospel needs to be taught so that ignorance can be overcome and sin can be escaped (John 14:1-6; Hebrews 5:9, John 15:14).

 

If ignorance could save then God, in His love, would not require that the Gospel be proclaimed. Since God commanded that the Gospel be taught we are forced to the conclusion that the Gospel must be heard and obeyed for man to escape from sin through Jesus Christ.

Have you obeyed the Gospel? It is done by hearing the word (Romans 10:17), believing it (Mark 16:16), repenting of your sins (Acts 2:38, Luke 13:3), confessing the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 8:37, Matthew 16:16), being immersed in water (baptized) for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38, 1 Peter 3:21) and being faithful to God unto death (1 John 1, Revelation 2:10).

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Dealing with Indifference

January 11, 2012

John Allan

Dealing with Indifference
Give Me the Bible for 1/1/2012
 
Introduction:
1.                   The Cincinnati Bengals have an important game today (1/1/12). A trip to the playoffs (a big accomplishment for the Bengals) hangs in the
balance.
2.                   The team is struggling to get people to buy tickets.
3.                   You might wonder how this is possible. When the opportunity exists to be part of something so significant why would it be a hard sell?
4.                   That’s  a good question. Let’s consider a few possible reasons one might miss out on something worthwhile.
 
DISCUSSION:
 
I.             IGNORANCE
                A. Perhaps some just don’t know about it.
                                                1. That’s one thing when it comes to football.
                                                2. Another when it comes to the Gospel. (Romans 10:14-17)
                B. It could also be that they are ignorant of the true value.
                                                1. Stone which builders rejected (1 Peter 2:4-8).
                                                2. 1 Corinthians 1:18, 20-25.
 
II.            INDIFFERENCE
                A.            Perhaps some don’t particularly care one way or the other.
                B.            God wants people to follow Him wholeheartedly.
                                                1. Matthew 22:37-38.
                                                2. Luke 14:26-33.
 
III.           INTENTION
                A.            Some stay away because they deliberately do not want to go.
                B.            Some intentionally refuse to submit to Jesus Christ.
                                                1. 1 Timothy 4:3-4.
                                                2. Hebrews 2:1-4.
                                                3. 2 Timothy 3:1-5.
 
IV.          INSUFFICIENT FUNDS
                A.            Some aren’t willing to pay the price of admission.
                B.            God has made salvation available and accessible through Christ (Mk 16:16)
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