The story is told of a prosperous, young investment banker who was driving a new BMW sedan on a mountain road during a snowstorm. As he veered around one sharp turn, he lost control and began sliding off the road toward a deep precipice. At the last moment he unbuckled his seat belt, flung open his door, and leaped from the car, which then tumbled down the ravine and burst into a ball of flames.Though he had escaped with his life, the man suffered a ghastly injury. Somehow his arm had been caught near the hinge of the door as he jumped and had been torn off at the shoulder.A trucker saw the accident in his rearview mirror. He pulled his rig to a halt and ran to see if he could help. He found the banker standing at the roadside, looking down at the BMW burning in the ravine below."My BMW! My new BMW!!" the banker moaned, oblivious to his injury.The trucker pointed at the banker's shoulder and said, "You've got bigger problems than that car. We've got to find your arm. Maybe the surgeons can sew it back on!"The banker looked where his arm had been, paused a moment, and groaned, "Oh no! My Rolex! My new Rolex!!"God gives us material possessions so we will enjoy them, not so we will worship them.750 Engaging Illustrations.
Let us not wallow in the valley of despair, I say to you today, my friends.And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.I have a dream today!I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of "interposition" and "nullification" -- one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.I have a dream today!I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; "and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together."2This is our hope, and this is the faith that I go back to the South with.With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith, we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.And this will be the day -- this will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with new meaning:My country 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing.Land where my fathers died, land of the Pilgrim's pride,From every mountainside, let freedom ring!And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true.And so let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire.Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York.Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania.Let freedom ring from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado.Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California.But not only that:Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia.Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee.Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi.From every mountainside, let freedom ring.And when this happens, when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!3
1. Teach LikeJesusJosh Hunt
2. It is not enough to teach what Jesus taught. We need to teach how Jesus taught.
3. Jesus didn’t. . .• Do any advertising.• Have an outreach strategy.• Follow up on prospects.• Contact absentees.• Do visitation.• Promote his meetings.• Do marketing.
4. Jesus did. . .• Tell people not to tell.• Seem to prefer the small group over the crowd.• Sometimes avoid the crowds.• Have huge crowds.
5. Jesus’ teaching was amazing! • Matthew 7:28 (NIV) When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, • Matthew 13:54 (NIV) Coming to his hometown, he began teaching the people in their synagogue, and they were amazed. • Mark 1:22 (NIV) The people were amazed at his teaching. • Mark 1:27 (NIV) The people were all so amazed that they asked each other, “What is this? A new teaching--and with authority!
6. Jesus’ teaching was amazing!
7. Jesus’ teaching was amazing!
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10. Stories •Mark 4:2 (MSG) He taught by usingStoriesProverbs stories, manyQuestionsReward stories.
11. Stories • Mark 4:33 (MSG) With many stories like these, he presented his message toStories them, fitting theProverbs stories to theirQuestionsReward experience and
12. Stories • Matthew 22:1 (MSG) Jesus responded by telling stillStoriesProverbs more stories.QuestionsReward
13. Stories • Matthew 13:34 (MSG) All Jesus did that day was tell stories—aStories long storytellingProverbsQuestions afternoon.Reward
14. Stories • Matthew 13:34 (CEV) Jesus used stories when he spoke to the people. In fact, heStories did not tell themProverbs anything withoutQuestionsReward using stories.
15. How to find stories • Your own life • Bible • Story-rich books • http://www.sermoncentral.com/ • Good QuestionsStories Have GroupsProverbsQuestions TalkingReward
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17. Proverbs • John 10:6 (CEV) Jesus told the people this story. But they did not understand what he was talking about. • John 10:6 (GW) Jesus used this illustration as he talked to the people, but they didnt understand what he meant. • John 10:6 (ESV) This figure of speech Jesus used with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.Stories • John 10:6 (TEV) Jesus told them this parable, but they did not understand what heProverbs meant.Questions • John 10:6 (MSG) Jesus told this simpleReward story, but they had no idea what he was
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19. • 2 Peter 2:22 (NIV) Of them the proverbs are true: “A dog returns to its vomit,” and, “A sow that is washed goes backStoriesProverbs to her wallowingQuestions in the mud.”Reward
20. Proverbs of Jesus • John 8:32 (NIV) Then you will know the truth, and theStoriesProverbs truth will set youQuestionsReward free.
21. Proverbs of Jesus • Matthew 7:7 (NIV) Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the doorStoriesProverbs will be opened toQuestions you.Reward
22. Proverbs of Jesus •Matthew 5:13 (NIV) You are theStoriesProverbs salt of theQuestionsReward earth.
23. Proverbs of Jesus • Matthew 7:12 (NIV) So in everything, do to others whatStoriesProverbs you. . .QuestionsReward
24. Proverbs of Jesus • Matthew 7:12 (NIV) So in everything, do to others whatStoriesProverbs you would haveQuestionsReward them do to you.
25. People don’t remembersermons or speeches— they don’t evenremember paragraphs.What people remember are. . . slogans. Warren, Rick —ThePurpose Driven- Church
26. Memorableis portable. — Andy Stanley
27. “One morenight withthe frogs.”
28. I am not a grass- hopper.
29. What was R.G. Lee’s mostfamous sermon?
30. What was R.G. Lee’s mostfamous sermon? Payday Someday.
31. What is Jonathan’s Edwards mostfamous sermon?
32. What is Jonathan’s Edwards mostfamous sermon?Sinners in the hands of an angry God.
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34. Jesus asked questions • John 6:5-6 (NIV) When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” He asked this only toStories test him, for he already hadProverbs in mind what he was going toQuestions do.Reward
35. A+ BStoriesProverbsQuestionsReward F
36. You are the A+ bread of life. BStoriesProverbsQuestionsReward F
37. You are the A+ bread of life. B Do whatever heStories tells you.ProverbsQuestionsReward F
38. You are the A+ bread of life. Do whatever he B tells you.StoriesProverbs Situation isQuestionsReward F hopeless.
39. John 6:7 (NIV) Philip answered him, “Eight months’ wages would not buy enough breadStories for each one toProverbsQuestions have a bite!”Reward
40. John 6:7 (NIV) Philip answered him, “Eight months wages would not buy enough breadStories for each one toProverbsQuestions have a bite!”Reward
41. John 6:8-9 (NIV) Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peters brother, spoke up, “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, butStoriesProverbs how far will they goQuestions among so many?”Reward
42. John 6:8-9 (NIV) Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peters brother, spoke up, “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, butStoriesProverbs how far will they goQuestions among so many?”Reward
43. Jesus asked questions • Matthew 16:13-14 (NIV) When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” • They replied, “Some say JohnStories the Baptist; others say Elijah;Proverbs and still others, Jeremiah orQuestionsReward one of the prophets.”
44. Jesus asked questions • Matthew 16:15-16 (NIV) “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” • Simon PeterStories answered, “You are theProverbs Christ, the Son of theQuestionsReward living God.”
45. Jesus asked questions • Matthew 16:15-16 (NIV) “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” • Simon PeterStories answered, “You are theProverbs Christ, the Son of theQuestionsReward living God.”
46. We are changed more bywhat we say than what we hear.
47. Matthew 15:18 (NIV) But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and theseStories make a manProverbsQuestions “unclean.”Reward
48. Does what comes out of your mouth reveal the heart, orStoriesProverbs change theQuestionsReward heart?
49. Matthew 15:18 (NIV) But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and theseStories make a manProverbsQuestions “unclean.”Reward
50. 3 When we put bits intothe mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn thewhole animal.
51. 4 Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strongwinds, they are steeredby a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go.
52. Jesus asked questions • Romans 10:9 (NIV) That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raisedStories him from the dead, youProverbsQuestions will be saved.Reward
53. My two favorite questions • Why should I? • What bad thingsStories will happen if IProverbsQuestions don’t?Reward
54. Hebrews 11:6 (NIV) And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that heStoriesProverbs rewards those whoQuestions earnestly seek him.Reward
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56. Lewis said, “We are far too easily pleased.” Almost all of Christ’s commands are motivated by “theStoriesProverbs unblushing promisesQuestionsReward of reward.”
57. Based on “the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that our Lord finds ourStories desires not tooProverbs strong, but too weak.”QuestionsReward — The Dangerous Duty of Delight. Piper
58. “God is more interested inyour holiness than your happiness.”
59. Matthew 6:1-6 (NIV) “Be careful not to do your ‘acts of righteousness’ before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have noStoriesProverbs reward from yourQuestions Father in heaven.Reward
60. “So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. I tell you theStories truth, they have receivedProverbs their reward in full.QuestionsReward
61. 3 Butwhen you give to the needy, do not let your left hand knowStoriesProverbs what your rightQuestionsReward hand is doing,
62. 4 so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done inStoriesProverbs secret, willQuestionsReward reward you.
63. 5 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you theStories truth, they have receivedProverbsQuestions their reward in full.Reward
64. 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, whoStories sees what is done inProverbsQuestions secret, will rewardReward you.
65. Mark 10:29-31 (NIV) “I tell you the truth,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father orStories children or fields forProverbsQuestions me and the gospelReward
66. 30 will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age (homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields—and with them, persecutions) and in the age to come, eternalStoriesProverbs life. 31 But many who areQuestions first will be last, and theReward last first.”
67. Hebrews 11:6 (NIV) And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that heStoriesProverbs rewards those whoQuestions earnestly seek him.Reward
68. Do you come to God to giveStoriesProverbs or to get?QuestionsReward
69. I pray often through out the day. Prayer is a regular part of my life.25201510 50 Pray Dont pray Extremely happy
70. I regularly serve God in the way God gifted me to serve.201816141210864 20 Serve Dont Serve Extremely happy
71. I read the Bible almost every day.25201510 50 Read Bible Daily Dont read Bible daily Extremely happy
72. “I live a sexually pure life.”25201510 50 Sexually pure Not sexually pure
73. I freely and quickly forgive others when they hurt me.25201510 50 Forgive Dont forgive Extremely happy
74. I love witnessing and do so often.3025201510 50 Witness Dont witness Extremely happy
75. I believe in missions. I support missions. I love missions. I wish I could do more for the cause of missions.201816141210864 20 Love missions Dont love missions Extremely happy
76. Very Generous353025201510 50 Very Generous Not Very Generous Extremely happy
77. What percentage do you give away?25201510 50 0-2 3-5 6-9 10+ Extremely happy
78. God is arewarder
79. You must come to love theChristian life or you will nevercome to live the Christian life.