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Summary: The crisis of America is a spiritual tragedy.

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II Timothy 3:1-4

AMERICA IN CRISIS

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September 23, 01

There is much talk about the recent acts of terriosm in America. We might call the last several days of our nation- America in crisis.

Paul warns us that the last days were going to be perilous. The word perilous means dangerous, hard to deal with, and savage. This it the same Greek word that is used to describe the two violent demoniacs of Gadara. This would suggest that the violence of the last days will be energized by demons.

In recent days we have seen increased intensity in the characteristics of the perilous times. This is not simply because we have more people in the world, or better news coverage. It is because the evil is deeper in our world. We are in a crisis in American.

HOWEVER, the greatest crisis is found elsewhere.

I. The crisis of the unattended church (Hebrews 10:25)

Far to many regard the church as a crutch or a convenience. The church should be marching forward as a mighty army, but too often it limps and hesitiates because of its members.

A. We need to attend the church

B. We need to defend the church

C. We need to recommend the church

Too many talk about what’s wrong with the church instead of declaring what is right with the church

1. Fervent in spirit

I Peter 4:8 "Above all things have fervent charity among yourselves."

Many years ago a shabbily dressed boy walked several miles through the snowy streets of Chiacago, determined to attend the Sunday School pastored by D. L. Moody. When he arrived, he was aked, "Why didn’t you go to one of the churches near your home?"

He answered simply, "Becausee you love a fellow over here."

Christianity without love is lifeless and powerless.

2. Friendly in speech

3. Faithful in service

EVERYBODY IS WILLING IN OUR CHURCH; SOME ARE WILLING TO DO AND THE OTHERS ARE WILLING TO LET THEM!

II. The crisis of the unbent knees

Pray after the fact....how about before? God will supply that for which we have k’need.

I Peter 3:12

Jeremiah 33:3

Matthew 21:22

Proverbs 15:29 "The Lord is far from the wicked..........

A. Failure to pray for our companion

B. Failure to pray for our children

C. Failure to pray for our church

D. Failure to pray for our country

"God forbid that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you."

III. The crisis of the untrained children (Proverbs 22:6)

The conduct of some children manifest that their parents sailed out on he sea of matrimony without a paddle.

The modern house is one where a switch regulates everything except the children.

The three R’s in school (read, write, and arithmetic) - the three R’s for the home should be:

A. Respect for authority

Submission for authority

B. Responsibility for actions

need to taught to assume responsibility for their actions.... Galatians 6:7

C. Restraint in appetites

need to be taught discipline

IV. The crisis of the unread book (II Timothy 3:16,17)

A. We need to love the book

B. We need to learn the book

C. We need to lean on the book

D. We need to live the book

The Bible needs to be in our head, heart, hand, and in our home.


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