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The Bible on Ambition
The Bible on Ambition
The Bible on Ambition
The Bible on Ambition
The Bible on Ambition
The Bible on Ambition
The Bible on Ambition
The Bible on Ambition
The Bible on Ambition
The Bible on Ambition
The Bible on Ambition
The Bible on Ambition
The Bible on Ambition
The Bible on Ambition
The Bible on Ambition
The Bible on Ambition
The Bible on Ambition
The Bible on Ambition
The Bible on Ambition
The Bible on Ambition
The Bible on Ambition
The Bible on Ambition
The Bible on Ambition
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The Bible on Ambition

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This short presentation looks at some of the Bible's teachings about ambition, including a case study of the ruthless ambition of Doeg the Edomite.

This short presentation looks at some of the Bible's teachings about ambition, including a case study of the ruthless ambition of Doeg the Edomite.

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  • Briefly tell the story of Doeg:1) When David fled from Saul, he went to Ahimelech, the high priest, claiming to be on a secret mission for the king. 2) Ahimelech was deceived, and helped David and his men, seemingly in good faith.3) Doeg, whom the Bible calls the chief of Saul’s herdsmen/shepherds, witnessed it.4) Doeg later reported to Saul that Ahimelech had helped David, but he conveniently left out that David had deceived him and that Ahimelech believed he was serving the king.5) Saul was enraged. He brought all the priests to him and ordered their execution. His soldiers would not carry out the order, so Doeg attacked and killed 85 priests.
  • Briefly tell the story of Doeg:1) When David fled from Saul, he went to Ahimelech, the high priest, claiming to be on a secret mission for the king. 2) Ahimelech was deceived, and helped David and his men, seemingly in good faith.3) Doeg, whom the Bible calls the chief of Saul’s herdsmen/shepherds, witnessed it.4) Doeg later reported to Saul that Ahimelech had helped David, but he conveniently left out that David had deceived him and that Ahimelech believed he was serving the king.5) Saul was enraged. He brought all the priests to him and ordered their execution. His soldiers would not carry out the order, so Doeg attacked and killed 85 priests.
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    • 1. To be [ambitious], or not to be? By Kevin G. Smith
    • 2. Ambition in popular perspective SALVADOR AND DONALDTo be [ambitious], or not to be?
    • 3. Ambition in Popular Perspective“Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.” Marilyn MonroeTo be [ambitious], or not to be?
    • 4. Ambition in Popular Perspective“Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.” Salvador DalíTo be [ambitious], or not to be?
    • 5. Ambition in Popular Perspective“ Get going. Move forward. Aim High. Plan a takeoff. Dont just sit on the runway and hope someone will come along and push the airplane. It simply wont happen. Change your attitude and gain some altitude. Believe me, youll love it up here.” Donald TrumpTo be [ambitious], or not to be?
    • 6. Ambition in Popular Perspective“Politeness. Now theres a poor mans virtue if ever there was one. Whats so admirable about inoffensiveness, I should like to know. After all, its easily achieved. One needs no particular talent to be polite. On the contrary, being nice is whats left when youve failed at everything else. People with ambition dont give a damn what other people think about them.” Diane Setterfield, The Thirteenth TaleTo be [ambitious], or not to be?
    • 7. Ambition in Popular PerspectiveWe have just seen the philosophy of the world.Get ahead at all costs, regardless of what youhave to do and who you have to do in.Sadly, this outlook on life is quite prevalentamongst followers of Jesus Christ, even thoughJesus both modelled and taught an oppositeworld and life view.To be [ambitious], or not to be?
    • 8. Ambition in practice DOEG AND DAVIDTo be [ambitious], or not to be?
    • 9. Ambition in PracticeDoeg DavidDoeg was ambitious David was ambitiousfor status, determined forto get significance, determinepower, glory, and d to do the will of God.fame.To be [ambitious], or not to be?
    • 10. Psalm 52• To the Chief Musician.• A Contemplation of David.• When Doeg the Edomite went and told Saul, and said to him, “David has gone to the house of Ahimelech.”To be [ambitious], or not to be?
    • 11. Psalm 521. His ambition was Verse 1 rooted in wrong Why do you boast in values. evil, O mighty man? The goodness of God endures continually.To be [ambitious], or not to be?
    • 12. Psalm 522. His ambition was Verses 2-4 realised through Your tongue devises deceptive actions. destruction, like a sharp razor, working deceitfully. You love evil more than good, lying rather than speaking righteousness. You love all devouring words, you deceitful tongue.To be [ambitious], or not to be?
    • 13. Psalm 523. His ambition Verses 5-7 resulted in short- God shall likewise destroy you forever; He shall take you away, and term success and pluck you out of your dwelling long-term suffering. place, and uproot you from the land of the living. The righteous also shall see and fear, and shall laugh at him, saying, “Here is the man who did not make God his strength, but trusted in the abundance of his riches, and strengthened himself in his wickedness.”To be [ambitious], or not to be?
    • 14. Psalm 524. His ambition Verses 8-9 reflected that his But I am like a green olive tree heart was not in the house of God; I trust in the mercy of God forever and surrendered to ever. I will praise You God’s will. forever, because You have done it; and in the presence of Your saints I will wait on Your name, for it is good.To be [ambitious], or not to be?
    • 15. Ambition in PracticeDoeg DavidDoeg sought to realise David refused to takehis ambitions by his the kingdom by force.own ruthless schemes. He trusted God toGod brought his plans promote him in dueto nought. season. God later defended his kingdom.To be [ambitious], or not to be?
    • 16. Ambition in proper perspective PAUL AND JAMESTo be [ambitious], or not to be?
    • 17. Ambition in Proper PerspectiveThe Lord Jesus Christ never spoke directly aboutambition, but he did say things like: • The greatest among you shall be your servant. • The Son of man did not come to be served but to serve. • The first shall be last, and the last shall be first. • Father, not my will but yours be done.To be [ambitious], or not to be?
    • 18. PaulSelfish Ambition Godly Ambition• a work of the flesh (Gal. • ambition to preach Christ in 5:20; cf. 2 Cor. 12:20, NET). all places (Rom. 15:20, NIV)• preach Christ out of selfish • ambition to please Christ at ambition (Phil. 1:17). all times (2 Cor. 5:9, NET)• “Do nothing out of selfish • ambition to live a godly life ambition or vain conceit” (1 Thess. 4:11, NIV) (Phil. 2:3, NIV). • ambition to be a servant• wrath and anger awaits leader (1 Tim. 3:1) them (Rom. 2:8, NET)To be [ambitious], or not to be?
    • 19. JamesJames 3:13-18, NIV: “Who is wise and understanding amongyou? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in thehumility that comes from wisdom. But if you harbor bitter envyand selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it ordeny the truth. Such “wisdom” does not come down fromheaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil. For where youhave envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder andevery evil practice. But the wisdom that comes from heaven isfirst of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, fullof mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers whosow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.”To be [ambitious], or not to be?
    • 20. JamesJames makes some really piercing statementsabout “selfish ambition”: • Selfish ambition is worldly “wisdom”: earthly, unspiritual, demonic! • Selfish ambition is a root cause of disorder and every evil practice.To be [ambitious], or not to be?
    • 21. IN CONCLUSIONTo be [ambitious], or not to be?
    • 22. ConclusionSelfish AmbitionGod’s Word roundly condemnsselfish ambition. It is never thewill or way of God, producesall kinds of evil, ruins theblessing of God, results infleeting success, but ultimatelyleads to the discipline orjudgement of God.To be [ambitious], or not to be?
    • 23. Conclusion Godly Ambition Godly ambition makes life’s chief aim to know Christ, become like him, and serve him faithfully. Godly ambition aspires to significance for the glory of God, and allows God to promote the righteous.To be [ambitious], or not to be?
    • 24. THE ENDTo be [ambitious], or not to be?

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