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Sermon (Serving God) 2 08 09


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Sermon (Serving God) 2 08 09

  1. 1. Matthew 6:24 <ul><li>“ No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.” </li></ul>
  2. 2. Cognitive Balance Theory <ul><li>Cognitive Dissonance Theory </li></ul>
  3. 3. Things that Master Us <ul><li>Obvious Things (Like Addictions): </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Alcohol </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Drugs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Eating </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pornography </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Things that Master Us <ul><li>Not-So-Obvious Things: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Jobs/careers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Financial Security </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Families </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Relationships </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Our Free Time </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Our own Pride </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Serving Without Serving God <ul><li>Matthew 7:22-23: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?' Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!‘” </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Matthew Henry Commentary <ul><li>“ Worldly-mindedness is a common and fatal symptom of hypocrisy, for by no sin can Satan have a surer and faster hold of the soul, under the cloak of a profession of religion. Something the soul will have, which it looks upon as the best thing; in which it has pleasure and confidence above other things…” </li></ul>
  7. 7. Matthew Henry Commentary <ul><li>“ … A man may do some service to two masters, but he can devote himself to the service of no more than one. God requires the whole heart, and will not share it with the world. When two masters oppose each other, no man can serve both. He who holds to the world and loves it, must despise God; he who loves God, must give up the friendship of the world.” </li></ul>
  8. 8. Related Verses <ul><li>1 Corinthians 10:21: </li></ul><ul><li>You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in both the Lord’s table and the table of demons. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Related Verses <ul><li>Ezekiel 33:31-32: </li></ul><ul><li>“ My people come to you, as they usually do, and sit before you to listen to your words, but they do not put them into practice. With their mouths they express devotion, but their hearts are greedy for unjust gain. Indeed, to them you are nothing more than one who sings love songs with a beautiful voice and plays an instrument well, for they hear your words but do not put them into practice.” </li></ul>
  10. 10. Related Verses <ul><li>Revelation 3:15-16 </li></ul><ul><li>I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Benefits of Serving God <ul><li>1 Corinthians 3:11-15: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man's work. If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward. If it is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames. </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Benefits of Serving God <ul><li>Matthew 6:33: </li></ul><ul><li>“ But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” </li></ul>
  13. 13. God As Our Master <ul><li>What Does it Look Like? </li></ul><ul><li>Your main goal in life is to SERVE God </li></ul><ul><li>Your greatest desire is to help accomplish HIS PURPOSES </li></ul>