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One Hammer Three Nails

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Sermon shared by Todd Goodwin

September 2000
Summary: Every Christian should understand that everytime we sin we are in essence driving the nails into Jesusí hands and feet because when we sin we break the heart of God.
Audience: General adults
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One Hammer, and 3 Nails.

Scripture Text:

(Mat 10:32-33 NIV) "Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. {33} But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven.

(Heb 6:6 KJV ) "they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame."

(Heb 6:6 NIV) "if they fall away, to be brought back to repentance, because to their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace."


I. THE HAMMER OF SELFISHNESS

A. THE SIN OF THE AGES

1. Selfishness is the root of all sin. It is the driving force behind every sin committed. It was the Hammer of selfishness that drove the nails into Jesus hands and feet. It is the Hammer that drives the nails into Jesus flesh every time we willingly commit sin.
2. It was the sin of selfishness is what started all this in the first place. Satan, at one time was called Lucifer, when he was the "head" angel in heaven, long before time as we know it began. It was because of selfishness that he fell.

(Isa 14:13-14 KJV) For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: {14} I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

3. The Pharisees in Jesusí time were consumed with selfishness. Jesus was a threat to their dreams, wishes, wants, and desires. And out of selfish and egotistical motives theyfalsely accused Jesus and held a mock trial to convict Jesus of something he did not do. His only crime was that he loved people too much.
4. Selfishness is what motives and drives us to commit the sins that we commit. I may call someone a curse name because they hurt my feelings, or said something that affected me in some way or another directly or indirectly. It rarely bothers us if everybody in school makes fun of the "school nerd". Why? Because they are not directly nor indirectly associated with us. But if it was our brother or sister that was the school nerd then that would be a different story.

B. THE HAMMER IN HAND.

1. Every time we willingly commit sin we take up the hammer of selfishness in our hand and wield itís force down on the nails that reverberates through the body of Jesus and inflicts more pain on his heart rather than on his hands and his feet.
2. Many times we are so busy with "our" life that we donít even realize what we are doing. We donít even know that we have picked up the hammer and used it.
3. We have become so used to being selfish that when we are being selfish, we donít realize that we are. Since everyone else is being as selfish as we are we canít see the wrong in it. We have become oblivious to the fact that we are selfish people without God.
4. The Hammer of selfishness is in our hand and we must make a choice to lay it down and allow God free reign and control over our lives so that our lives will please and glorify him. Or we can continue and let the hammer fall on the nails and once more put Jesus to public shame. Hereís the hammer! What are you going to do with it?

II. THE NAIL OF ARROGANCE

A. THE PHARISEES

1. Of the three nails that put and kept
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