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1 Peter 1:13-1:25
A Nation of Bible Illiterates
George Barna wrote The State of the Church in 2002. Barna conducted a survey of self-pronounced Christians and here’s what he found about their knowledge of the Bible. These are Christians.
• 48% could not name the four Gospels.
• 52% cannot identify more than two or three of Jesus’ disciples.
• 60% of American Christians can’t name even five of the 10 Commandments.
• 61% of American Christians think the Sermon on the Mount was preached by Billy Graham.
• 71% of American Christians think “God helps those who help themselves” is a Bible verse.
George Barna said, "Americans revere the Bible, but by and large they don’t know what it says. And because they don’t know it, they have become a nation of biblical illiterates."
Just as the people in this Barna poll are woefully biblical illiterate, Christians are far too ignorant of the Word of God. No wonder 21st century Christians are failing to finish their marathon race. No wonder Christians by the thousands are falling prey to the false teachers of our day. They are being feed junk food and don’t feed themselves on the Word of God. They are desperately in need of a solid diet of good food, Scripture. We need to get into "spiritual shape"!
The Thirst for Water
Prop: (1) A bottle of water (2) an outline of the human body (3) a bottle of water to give to each child.
Hello everybody! It’s good to see you this week. Please pardon me while I set here and drink my water. Yum! This is good water! I sure wish you had some because it is sooooo good … and important too.
Did you know that you have to drink water if your want to live? If you do not drink enough water your body will go into a drought (we call it dehydration) and you will die.
Did you know you can live for weeks without food, but only days without water? Next to oxygen, water is the most important element that you can give your body.
Did you know that most of your body is made up of water? We think it is mostly skin or bone but its really water.
Look at this outline of the human body for a second. Did you know that when you were a baby in your mother’s womb that you were almost 93% water!? That would be this much of your body.
And now you are still at least 80% water. That is at least this much of your body.
You see your body is mostly water. That is why you get thirsty very easily because you body does not want to quit working and it must have water to work right.
Yep, your body lets you know when you are about to go into a drought (dehydration) by asking your for something to drink (thirst).
The same is true spiritually too. If we are ever going to be spiritually healthy we need to have a relationship with Jesus Christ. Jesus calls himself “the water of life.” Listen to what he says:
John 7:37-39 (portions): "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him." By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.”
People all over the world are spiritually thirsty. They are trying all sorts of things to make them happy but the only thing that will really satisfy them is a friendship with Jesus. Jesus says whenever we are friends with Him he will satisfy that thirst in the heart. I hope you will ask Jesus to be your friend and to quench your spiritual thirst.
Before you leave I want to give you something – a bottle of water. You can drink it after church whenever your parents say its okay. But when you do I want you to think about how important it is to your body and how important Jesus is to you inner self. Okay? Let’s pray.
This sermon is provided by Dr. Kenneth Pell
Potsdam (New York) Church of the Nazarene
When the board of directors of a large food company was considering the selection of a new president, one of the directors worked out this questionnaire:
1. Who of the possible candidates is the best known as a personality to the most company people?
2. Who is the most liked and trusted by them?
3. Who is held in the highest regard outside the organization...in public life and "in the trade"?
4. Who is the most warmly human in his dealings with people?
5. Who has demonstrated the best capacity for selecting able people, and the greatest willingness to delegate authority and responsibility?
6. Who will be apt to do the best job of keeping his desk and mind clear of day-to-day operating problems, so he will have time to think in broader terms of tomorrow and next year?
7. Who does the boldest -- yet soundest -- thinking?
8. Who is most open-mined and willing to revise decisions when important new facts come to light?
9. Who inspires the best cooperation and exercises the best control and coordination, without "trespassing" on responsibility once delegated?
10. Who is most self-possessed in all situations, best able to adjust to personalities and circumstances and tact and understanding?
11. Who can be depended upon to make the most of a promising new plan or idea?
12. Who can "take it" the best under a heavy load of responsibility?
13. Who is the best builder of the people under him?
14. Who is most likely, in good times and bad, to remember that the basic job of the president is to operate the business at a profit?
Bits & Pieces, May 26, 1994, pp. 18-20.
How valuable is salt? 40 million tons are required each year to fill our needs. Homer called it divine. Plato called it a "substance dear to the gods." Shakespeare mentioned salt 17 times in his plays. Perhaps Leonard da Vinci wanted to send a subtle message about purity lost when he painted "The last Supper." In that painting an overturned salt cellar is conspicuously placed before Judas. In ancient Greece a far-flung trade involving the exchange of salt for slaves gave rise to the expression, "...not worth his salt." Special salt rations were given to Roman soldiers and known as "Solarium Argentums" the forerunner of the English word "salary." Thousands of Napoleon?s troops died during his retreat from Moscow because their wounds would not heal--their bodies lacked sal...
ILLUSTRATION... US Bureau of Labor and Statistics, ftp://ftp.bls.gov/pub/news.release/cesan.txt
What do we spend our money on?
5. Health Care
The latest statistics reveal the following about how most Americans spend their money:
From table 7-13 Consumer Expenditures – Handbook U.S. labor Statistics 2003 edition - Reference person age 45-54
Average Income before Taxes: $59,351
Average expenditures $49,111
Food at home: $3,718
Food away from home: $2,722
Alcoholic Beverages: $412
**Household furnishings and equipment: $2,078
Apparel and Services: $2,391
Personal Care products and Services: $688
Tobacco Products and Smoking Supplies: $403
Personal; Insurance and Pension: $6,631
Cash Contributions: $1,670
From table 7-12 Consumer Expenditures Handbook U.S. Labor statistics 2003 edition - Reference person age 35-44:
Average income: $55,026 before taxes taken out (gross)
Average annual expenditures: $46,786
Food at home: $3,666
Food away from home $2,777 (eating out)
Alcoholic Beverages: $458.00
**Household furnishing included at $1,882
Apparel and services $2,394
Health care; $1,757
Personal care products: $670.00
Reading Material: $165.00
Tobacco Products and smoking supplies $424
Personal Insurance and pensions: 5,780
Cash Contributions $1,040
Table 7-11 Consumer Expenditures - Handbook U.S. Labor statistics 2003 Edition - Reference person age 25-34
Average Income before taxes: $43,966
Average Annual expenditures: $40,001
Food at home: $3,020
Food away from home: $2,466
Alcoholic Beverages: $448
**Household furnishing $1,599
Apparel and services: $2,217
Personal Care Products and Services: $578
Reading Material: $126
Tobacco Products and Smoking Supplies: $309
Personal Insurance and Pensions: $4,423
Cash Contributions: $746
If you are an adult of average weight, here is what you accomplish in 24 hours:
· your heart beats 103,689 times
· your blood travels 168,000,000 miles
· you breathe 23,040 times
· you inhale 438 cubic feet of air
· you eat 3.25 pounds of food
· you drink 2.9 quarts of liquids
· you lose 7/8 pounds of waste
· you speak 4,800 words, including some unnecessary ones
· you move 750 muscles
· your nails grow .000046 inch
· your hair grows .01714 inch
· you exercise 7,000,000 brain cells
James Reston was a syndicated columnist for The New York Times for more that thirty years. In his final column for the newspaper, he wrote, “In America, we have learned something about how to deal with adversity since the Great Depression, but not much about how to deal with prosperity. We are very rich, but we are not having a very good time. We are producing so much food that we don’t know what to do with the garbage, while half of the human race goes to bed hungry every night.”
Reston’s words become more haunting when you consider that the US wast...
New Church Research * Hartford Institute for Religion Research has just completed the most extensive survey ever conducted on American churches and reveals that
· 50% of all congregations have fewer than 100 adults, and 25% have fewer than 50.
· Fewer than 10% have more than 1,000 adults.
· 52% are located in small towns and open country.
· Over 66% (200,000) sponsor or support a thrift shop.
· Over 33% (120,000) are involved in tutoring.
· Over 80% have or support a food pantry.
· 62% maintain strong ties to their denominations.
· Religious history is important to ethnic groups
· Church growth in the West has surpassed the South
(PWB 3/22/01 and Explorer 3/27/01)
Private Help: A yearlong study finds that more Americans now depend on private food kitchens and pantries than use the federal food stamp program. The survey, paid for by America’s Second Harvest, a network of food banks, shows food pantries, kitchens and emergency shelters provided for more than 23 million people last year – 5 million more than used food stamps. The survey also showed that the faith community provided more than one million volunteers, each averaging 51 hours a week helping others. Most of these food kitchens operate with small budgets made up of private donations. (PWB 11/30/01)