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Sermon shared by Tim Adour

October 2006
Summary: A close look at apparent contradictions in scripture that are really powerful truths to live by. Powerpoint available.
Denomination: Assembly of God
Audience: General adults
Sermon:
CONTRADICTIONS
LESSON II
THE FIRST SHALL BE LAST
October 15, 2006

IF YOU WERE HERE LAST WEEK YOU ALREADY KNOW WHERE IíM GOING.

FOR THOSE WHO WERENíT HERE LET ME ASK YOU THIS . . .

WHEN YOU HEAR THE WORDS ďCOUNTRY MUSIC,Ē WHAT DO YOU THINK OF?

LAST WEEK I MADE A JOKE SOME DIDNíT FIND FUNNY, BUT IN MY MIND ITíS A JOKE THATíS TRUE.

WHEN I HEAR THE WORDS COUNTRY MUSIC I HEAR A CONTRADICTION IN TERMS.

FOR ALL THOSE WHO DISAGREE WITH ME THERE IS STILL HOPE FOR YOU TO CHANGE YOUR MIND.

AS LONG AS YOUíRE STILL BREATHING THERE IS HOPE.

I BRING THIS UP BECAUSE I STARTED A SERIES CALLED CONTRADICTIONS.

A CONTRADICTION IS TO ASSERT OR EXPRESS THE OPPOSITE OF.

A CONTRADICTION IS SOMETHING THAT DOESNíT MAKE SENSE.

HERE ARE A COUPLE OF AMERICAN STYLE CONTRADICTIONS I FOUND ON THE WEB.

ONLY IN AMERICA DO YOU H AVE DRIVE UP ATM MACHINES . . . WITH BRAILLE LETTERING.

I LOVE THIS ONE.

ONLY IN AMERICA DO DRUG STORES MAKE THE SICK WALK TO THE BACK OF THE STORE TO GET THEIR PRESCRIPTIONS . . . WHILE HEALTHY PEOPLE BUY CIGARETTES AT THE FRONT.

PLEASE TELL ME HOW THESE MAKE SENSE.

THEY SEEM CONTRADICTORY.

AS WE MENTIONED LAST WEEK THE BIBLE IS FULL OF APPARENT CONTRADICTIONS.

OUR FIRST LESSON WAS, IF YOU WANT FREEDOM YOU MUST BE A SLAVE TO JESUS CHRIST.

TODAY I WANT TO CONTINUE WITH THE SAME THOUGHT OF SLAVERY BUT FROM A DIFFERENT ANGLE.

PLEASE TURN WITH ME TO MATT. 20:20-28.

EARLIER IN CHAPTER 20 JESUS IS TELLING A PARABLE AND HE SAYS IN V. 16 THE LAST WILL BE FIRST AND THE FIRST WILL BE LAST.


IN CHAPTER 19 JESUS IS HAVING A CONVERSATION WITH RICH YOUNG MAN AND IN V. 30 JESUS SAYS THE SAME THING.

THE FIRST WILL BE LAST AND THE LAST WILL BE FIRST

AND IN THE VERSES I JUST READ JESUS SAYS, IF YOU WANT TO BE FIRST LEARN TO SERVE OTHERSĖBE A SLAVE.

HAVE YOU EVER HEARD ANYTHING SO CONTRADICTORY?

HAVE YOU EVER HEARD ANYTHING THAT MAKES SO LITTLE SENSE?

LET ME TELL YOU WHY WE HAVE SO MANY PROBLEMS IN OUR SOCIETY.

WE HAVE SO MANY PROBLEMS IN OUR SOCIETY BECAUSE WE LIVE IN A SOCIETY THAT PROMOTES ITíS ALL ABOUT ME.



THINK ABOUT THIS...

MODERN ADVERTISING IS INGENIOUS. THEY UNDERSTAND THE PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMANITY.

HEAD ON, APPLY DIRECTLY TO THE FOREHEAD, HEAD ON APPLY DIRECTLY TO THE FOREHEAD.

THERE ISNíT A PERSON ALIVE WHO DOESNíT HATE THAT COMMERCIAL, BUT EVERYONE WHO HAS EVER SEEN IT KNOWS EXACTLY WHAT IíM TALKING ABOUT.

DO YOU KNOW WHAT ELSE IS BEING DRILLED INTO OUR BRAIN?

ITíS ALL ABOUT ME AND WHAT I DESERVE.

BUY THIS CAR . . . YOU DESERVE IT.

BUY THIS BOW FLEX AND GET THE BODY YOU DESERVE.

BUY THIS CREAM AND THE GET THE SKIN YOU DESERVE.

SO MANY OF TODAYíS COMMERCIALS TELL ME I DESERVE WHATEVER IT IS THEYíRE SELLING.

ITíS ALL ABOUT ME. ITíS ALL ABOUT MAKING ME HAPPY. RECEIVING WHAT PLEASES ME.

YOU KNOW IíVE GOT MIKE MCGINNESS IN MY HEAD.

I CAN HEAR HIS SATAN VOICE Ė ITíS ALL ABOUT ME, HA, HA, HA, HA Ė ITíS ALL ABOUT ME.

BUT JESUS SAID, HIS FOLLOWERS NEED TO REPOSITION.

REPOSITION MENTALLY, WHICH LEADS TO REPOSITIONING PRACTICALLY.

THIS TOTALLY CONTRADICTS HOW WE LIVE, BUT IíVE GOT NEWS FOR YOU . . . HOW WE ARE LIVING ISNíT WORKING THAT WELL.

REPOSITION MENTALLY. WHAT DOES THAT LOOK LIKE?

3DO NOTHING OUT OF SELFISH AMBITION OR VAIN CONCEIT, BUT IN HUMILITY CONSIDER OTHERS BETTER
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