Summary: The importance of serving God or you will lose your soul.
IF YOU LOSE
I. DEFINE LOSE: (Webster's)
1. to bring to ruin or destruction
2. to become unable to find
3. to have taken away from one by accident, death, removal, etc.; to be deprived of
4. to fail to keep ( a state of mind or body, one's position, etc.)
7. to fail to win: as, we lost the game
II. LOSING IS A PART OF:
A. Playing Games
B. Competition on the Job, School, Etc.
C. Life Eccl. 3:6 "a time to lose"
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
III. EVERYONE LOSES (Sooner or Later.)
IV. LEARNING TO LOSE
A. Can be emotionally healthy.
B. Can develop character.
C. Can prepare for more competition.
V. SOME CAN NOT BEAR TO LOSE
A. Arguments occur.
B. Fights & Riots - Sporting events, Etc.
C. Even Murder - Cain could not bear to lose to his brother Abel.
I John 3:12 Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And
wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother's righteous.
VI. SOME THINGS HAVE BEEN LOST AND FOUND
A. A man lost a sheep. He left the fold to find it.
Luke 15:4 What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them,
doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is
lost, until he find it?
Mt 18:12 How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of
them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the
mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray?
Isa 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own
way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Jer 50:6 My people hath been lost sheep: their shepherds have caused
them to go astray, they have turned them away on the mountains: they
have gone from mountain to hill, they have forgotten their restingplace.
Ezek 34:11 For thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I, even I, will both search my sheep, and seek them out
I Peter 2:25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.
B. A woman lost a coin. She did light a candle to find it.
Luke 15:8 Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece,
doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it?
C. A Father lost a son. He waited for his return.
Luke 15:11-1 Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth. 11And he said, A certain man had two sons:
12And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them hisliving. 13And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.
VII. SOME THINGS CAN BE LOST, but can be recovered.
A. If you lose a game; you can play again.
B. If you lose a car; you can buy another one.
C. If you lose a house; you can purchase another.
D. If you lose a job; you can search, move, retrain, etc.
VIII. SOME THINGS CAN BE LOST, but never recovered. It's final.
A. A farmer lost his soul. He was a fool.
Luke 12: 20 But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required
of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?
Job 27:8 For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he hath gained, when God taketh away his soul?
B. A certain rich man lost his soul. He lifted up his eyes in HELL.
Luke 16:19 There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:
& 26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.
C. If you lose your soul; you would give anything to regain it.
Job 2:4 And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life.
IX. IF YOU LOSE YOUR SOUL
A. You can lose your soul.
Mt 16:26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?