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The Seven Blunders Of The World (Mark 12:24,27)
The Seven Blunders Of The World (Mark 12:24,27)
Introduction: 1. Probably we have all heard of the "Seven Wonders Of The World," though many of us may not be able to list all seven.
a. The Great Pyramid of Gaza, The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, The Statue of Zeus at Olympia, The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, The Mausoleum at Hilicarnassus, The Colossus of Rhodes, The Lighthouse of Alexandria
2. As great as these "Wonders" are, there are even greater "Blunders" of men.
3. Let's examine seven great blunders of the world tonight.
I. Living For The Present
A. (Hebrews 11:13) Strangers and Pilgrims. These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth.
B. (Hebrews 11:9-10) Looked for a city. 9 By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise.
10 For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God.
C. (Luke 12:13-21). 13 Someone in the crowd said to him, "Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me."
14 But he said to him, "Man, who made me a judge or arbitrator over you?"
15 And he said to them, "Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions."
16 And he told them a parable, saying, "The land of a rich man produced plentifully,
17 and he thought to himself, 'What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?'
18 And he said, 'I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods.
19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.'
20 But God said to him, 'Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?'
21 So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God."
II. Baptism Is Not Essential For Salvation
A. (Mark 16:16).
B. (1 Peter 3:21).
C. (Acts 2:38).
III. Being A Good Person Will Save You
A. (Romans 4:4). Now to the one who works, his wages are not counted as a gift but as his due.
B. If we could save ourselves, Jesus died in vain.
IV. There Is No Hell
A. (2 Corinthians 5:11).Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade others. But what we are is known to God, and I hope it is known also to your conscience.
B. (Matthew 7:13-14).13 "Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many.
14 For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.
V. One Church Is As Good As Another
A. (Matthew 16:18). And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
B. (Ephesians 4:4-5; 5:25). 4 There is one body and one Spirit-just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call-
5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
VI. Doctrine Is Not Important
A. (2 John 9-11).9 Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son.
10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house or give him any greeting,
11 for whoever greets him takes part in his wicked works.
12 Though I have much to write to you, I would rather not use paper and ink. Instead I hope to come to you and talk face to face, so that our joy may be complete.
B. (Romans 6:17).But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed,
C. (1 Timothy 4:16). Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.
VII. Thinking One Has Plenty Of Time
A. (James 4:13-15). 13 Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit"-
14 yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.
B. (2 Corinthians 6:2).For he says, "In a favorable time I listened to you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you." Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.
C. (John 9:4)We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work.
Conclusion: 1. Don't be guilty of committing any of these great blunders of the world.
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