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Summary: I. EXORDIUM: What motivates you most? the applause of people or GOD's approval or praise? II. AUDIENCE PROFILE: Believers III. OBJECTIVES: To give more value to GOD's praises rather than people's IV. TEXT: John 12:43 (New Living Tran

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I. EXORDIUM:

What motivates you most? the applause of people or GOD's approval or praise?

II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:

Believers

III. OBJECTIVES:

To give more value to GOD's praises rather than people's

IV. TEXT:

John 12:43 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

For they loved human praise more than the praise of God.

V. THESIS:

GOD's praises are much more valuable than good-for-nothing human praises

VI. TITLE:

Human Praise Vs GOD's Praise

VII. EXPLICATION:

A. Author: John the Apostle, son of Zebedee and Salome, and younger brother of James.

—Life Application Concise New Testament Commentary

B. Date and Setting:

Written between a.d. 85–90 from Ephesus, after the destruction of Jerusalem (a.d. 70) and before John’s exile to the island of Patmos

—Life Application Concise New Testament Commentary

C. Audience:

New Christians and searching non-Christians.

—Life Application Concise New Testament Commentary

D. Purpose:

John 20:31 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

But these are written so that you may continue to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing in him you will have life by the power of his name.

VIII. MAIN BODY:

A. Affects people with influence and those in position. (John 12:42, 1 Timothy 6:10, Matthew 13:22)

"For they..."

they are people in position and influential people because of wealth.

John 12:42 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

Many people did believe in him, however, including some of the Jewish leaders. But they wouldn’t admit it for fear that the Pharisees would expel them from the synagogue.

1 Timothy 6:10 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.

Matthew 13:22 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

The seed that fell among the thorns represents those who hear God’s word, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life and the lure of wealth, so no fruit is produced.

1. There are the so-called "thorny" people in churches, they arrived in luxurious limousine in church with bodyguards left and right, they give outrageously but they give out from their surpluses but GOD wants us to give our treasures, our very own wealth.

Luke 21:1-4 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

While Jesus was in the Temple, he watched the rich people dropping their gifts in the collection box.

Then a poor widow came by and dropped in two small coins.

“I tell you the truth,” Jesus said, “this poor widow has given more than all the rest of them.

For they have given a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she has.”

2. Therefore these people GOD valued little because they have given huge money. Praise GOD because GOD's approval is not based on human system of approval, counting the wealth, or whoever has the most money, but GOD puts value on us, or net worth because we're willing to give everything to the LORD, even our very own lives, to live for Him.


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