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Summary: Following Christ’s example allows us to survive the attacks of the adversary.

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Verse: Matthew 4: 1-10

Topic: Temptation

Probing Question: How do we survive temptation?

Key Word: ways

Subject: Ways of Surviving Temptation

Aim: To provide the congregation with three ways of surviving temptation.

Title: Desert Survival Tactics

INTRODUCTION

Opening:

Have you ever been on an outdoor camping trip? If so, can you remember the preparation that you went through to be ready for your trip? Every wilderness adventure requires the participants to be prepared for any eventuallity.

Illustration:

One of the key items to have for any outdoor and wilderness trip is a Survival Kit. Some of the contents of that kit may include: First Aid Supplies, Emergency Rations, Water, Cooking Utensils, Emergency Blankets, etc.

Three Items of Prime Importance to any Survival Kit would be:

1) A Survival Manual

2) A Light Source

3) A Map

Illustration:

Beginning the end of this month the second program in the television Survivor series will begin. In Survivor: The Australian Outback, 16 individuals have been stranded in the rugged Australian outback of Queensland. Here, the Survivors face a land filled with beauty and danger, with sharp contrasts in weather and terrain: extreme heat and cold, arid plains, wet tropical rainforests, treacherous rapids and spectacular waterfalls.

Queensland boasts the most diverse animal species of any Australian State, with over 70 species of marsupials, including kangaroos, koalas, possums and wallabies; 600 bird species, including emus, kookaburras, cassowaries and parrots; 79 species of snakes; 161 lizard species; and over 47 species of bats. The Survivors also risk potentially dangerous encounters with crocodiles, as well as with deadly snakes and spiders. Out of the top ten most deadly snakes in the world, Australia is the home for nine of them. The vegetation is equally diverse, ranging from eucalyptus open forest to lush tropical rain forest, and poisonous plants and mushrooms abound.

Transition:

The motto of this second Survival show is Outwit, Outplay and Outlast.

After his baptism in the Jordan River Christ went up into the desert to be tested by the devil. He fasted forty days and nights. During his time in the desert he was tempted three times. The adversary attempted to Outwit Jesus, Outplay Jesus and Outlast Jesus only to find that Jesus was able to reverse the outcome. As Christians we live in a very hostile environment and like Jesus we need to be prepared in order to survive.

Desert Survival

4:1 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness1 to be tempted by the devil.

4:2 After he fasted forty days and forty nights he was famished.2

4:3 The tempter came and said to him, "If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become bread."3

4:4 But he answered,4 "It is written, ’Man5 does not live6 by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’"7

4:5 Then the devil took him to the holy city,8 had him stand9 on the highest point10 of the temple,

4:6 and said to him, "If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down. For it is written, ’He will command his angels concerning you’ and ’with their hands they will lift you up, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’"11


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