6-Week Series: Against All Odds


Summary: More trustworthy sayings. The real deal from scripture. 1- Salvation can come to the ignorant and unbelieving 2- Mercy can be shown to the worst of sinners 3- Glory will come to the eternal King

INTRO.- Trust me. I’ve heard it said that you should never trust a person who says, “Trust me.” It’s more like never trust a politician who says, “Trust me.”

Someone said: Never trust a restaurant that has a sign that reads, “Mama’s home cooking.” Especially, if there are no cars at that restaurant.

What about trustworthy sayings? Have you ever heard any?

ILL.- For example, I’ve heard this saying all my life: Watch out for number one, meaning yourself. Is that a trustworthy saying? It is to some people but not to the Christian, because we are never to be only concerned about ourselves. THAT’S SELFISHNESS. And our Lord came not to be served but to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many!

“Watch out for yourself” is not something Jesus would endorse.

Now here are what some “wise old sayings." But are they trustworthy?

- Look before you leap.

- Beggars can’t be choosers.

- Better to be safe than sorry.

- Birds of a feather flock together.

- Brains are better than brawn.

- Clothes don’t make the man.

- Curiosity killed the cat.

- Do not leave for tomorrow what you can do today.

- Don’t burn your bridges behind you.

- Don’t go looking for trouble.

- Easy come, easy go.

- Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.

- Every cloud has a silver lining.

- Every dog has its day.

- Everybody makes mistakes.

- Everything in moderation.

- First things first.

- Great minds think alike.

- Half a loaf is better than none.

- Haste makes waste.

- He who laughs last, laughs best.

- Hit the nail on the head.

- Let sleeping dogs lie.

- Like father, like son.

- Looks can be deceiving.

- No news is good news. (no, no news is no news)

- Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

- One day at a time.

- Out of sight, out of mind.

- Silence is golden. (not always)

- Take the bull by the horns.

- The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

- Waste not, want not.

- What goes up must come down.

- What you see is what you get.

PROP.- More trustworthy sayings. The real deal from scripture.

1- Salvation can come to the ignorant and unbelieving

2- Mercy can be shown to the worst of sinners

3- Glory will come to the eternal King


12I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me faithful, appointing me to his service. 13Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. 14The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.

ILL.-True story from a Novell NetWire SysOp:

Caller: “Hello, is this Tech Support?”

Tech Rep: “Yes, it is. How may I help you?”

Caller: “The cup holder on my PC is broken and I am within my warranty period. How do I go about getting that fixed?”

Tech Rep: “I’m sorry, but did you say a cup holder?”

Caller: “Yes, it’s attached to the front of my computer.”

Tech Rep: “Please excuse me if I seem a bit stumped. It’s because I am. Did you receive this as part of a promotional, at a trade show? How did you get this cup holder? Does it have any trademark on it?”

Caller: “It came with my computer, I don’t know anything about a promotional. It just has ‘4x’ on it.”

At this point the Tech Rep had to mute the caller, because he couldn’t stand it. he caller had been using the load drawer of the CD-ROM drive as a cup holder, and snapped it off the drive.

When it comes to computers, many people are confused or are ignorant about them. SO WHAT? Everyone is ignorant about something in life. However, the worse ignorance of all is spiritual ignorance. AND MOST PEOPLE ARE VERY IGNORANT IN THIS AREA.

People have some of the craziest ideas about God and the next life. Of course, as we know, many don’t even believe in anything at all, let alone God and the next life.

Can spiritually ignorant people be saved? Well, yes, but obviously, they have to come to faith in God and Christ. They have to believe and surrender to the will of God.

God does things His way, not our way. Just because someone is a good person it doesn’t mean the door of heaven will be opened to them. And yet this is what many people think or believe.

Goodness is the key factor to most people rather than Christ.

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John Dobbs

commented on Sep 8, 2016

I liked this sermon, especially the illustrations and arrangement. Well done. Thanks.

Steve Shepherd

commented on Sep 9, 2016

Thank you, Brother John, for your kind words. God bless you.

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