Summary: A sermon on Proverbs 6:16-19.
Evening Service for 10/17/2010
A. Are people good or evil? 83% in a study said that people are basically good.
B. If we leave a child to himself, what will happen? Will he become good or bad?
C. I think that there are good elements in everyone because we all created in the image of God. However, overall people do not seek out good.
D. On recent billboards- "You can be good without God." Is that true?
E. One Christian responded by another slogan, "You can be good without God but you cannot be saved without Jesus." Better but is that true?
F. Mark 10:18 "Why do you call me good?" Jesus answered. "No one is good—except God alone.
A. It says here that God hates. I thought that God was a loving God. He is but he cannot tolerate sin. Psalm 5:4-5You are not a God who takes pleasure in evil; with you the wicked cannot dwell. The arrogant cannot stand in your presence; you hate all who do wrong.
B. Are we inclined to good or to evil?
Thesis: Let's look at these 7 and see if we inclined to any of these.
1. A Proud Look
A. Ronald Regan, recalling an occasion when he was Governor of California and made a speech in Mexico City: “After I had finished speaking, I sat down to rather unenthusiastic applause, and I was a little embarrassed. The speaker who followed me spoke in Spanish – which I don’t understand – and he was being applauded almost every paragraph. To hide my embarrassment, I started clapping before everyone else and longer than anyone else until our ambassador leaned over and said, ‘I wouldn’t do that if I were you, he’s interpreting your speech.’”Although this was quite an innocent mistake, pride is one of the deadliest sins.
B. “Pride is the only disease that makes everyone sick but the one who has it.”
C. Pride was the first sin in heaven.
D. C.S. Lewis says that pride is mankind's greatest sin. thought too highly of ourselves?
E. Romans 12:6- Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.
2. Lying Tongue
-A national survey by Rutgers’ Management Education Center of 4,500 high school students found that 75% of them engage in serious cheating.
-Perhaps most disturbing, many of them don’t see anything wrong with cheating. Some 50% of those responding to the survey said they don’t think copying questions and answers from a test is even cheating.
- Have we every lied?
John 8:44- You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father's desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
3. Hands that shed innocent blood
A noted hand analyst from New York asserts that the secrets of our personality are revealed by our fingernails. The size and shape of each fingernail reveals something about the personality of a person. I am not sure about that. However, this much is certain. We reveal our personality by what we do with our hands.