Summary: This is a look at the world’s view of immorality, and our response. I pull no punches in this sermon! I tell it like it is.
IMMORALAPHOBIA October 6th,2002
AIM: To encourage the congregation to flee from immorality just as lot did.
a) Welcome and announcements.
b) Directions…compass illusion
c) The world wants us to go one way when God is calling us another way.
d) Today we are going to be looking at another story in the OT
e) I want to talk about this now, because who knows how long it will be before we are not allowed to talk about such things.
f) Today we are going to look at a Christian response to immorality.
g) The title of today’s lesson is IMMORALAPHOBIA
1. SODOM AND GOMORRAH REVISITED
2. THE WORLD’S VIEW OF IMMORALITY
3. OUR RESPONSE
1. SODOM AND GOMORRAH REVISITED
a) this has to be one of the worst stories in the whole Bible.
b) I’m not one to preach on hell-fire-and damnation…but today I can’t help but do that.
c) Sodom and Gomorrah serves us a fantastic example of what God will do to those who indulge themselves in immorality.
20 Then the LORD said, "The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so grievous
21 that I will go down and see if what they have done is as bad as the outcry that has reached me. If not, I will know."
22 The men turned away and went toward Sodom, but Abraham remained standing before the LORD.
23 Then Abraham approached him and said: "Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked?
24 What if there are fifty righteous people in the city? Will you really sweep it away and not spare the place for the sake of the fifty righteous people in it?
25 Far be it from you to do such a thing -- to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous and the wicked alike. Far be it from you! Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?"
26 The LORD said, "If I find fifty righteous people in the city of Sodom, I will spare the whole place for their sake."
27 Then Abraham spoke up again: "Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, though I am nothing but dust and ashes,
28 what if the number of the righteous is five less than fifty? Will you destroy the whole city because of five people?" "If I find forty-five there," he said, "I will not destroy it."
29 Once again he spoke to him, "What if only forty are found there?" He said, "For the sake of forty, I will not do it."
30 Then he said, "May the Lord not be angry, but let me speak. What if only thirty can be found there?" He answered, "I will not do it if I find thirty there."
31 Abraham said, "Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, what if only twenty can be found there?" He said, "For the sake of twenty, I will not destroy it."
32 Then he said, "May the Lord not be angry, but let me speak just once more. What if only ten can be found there?" He answered, "For the sake of ten, I will not destroy it."
33 When the LORD had finished speaking with Abraham, he left, and Abraham returned home.
1 The two angels arrived at Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gateway of the city. When he saw them, he got up to meet them and bowed down with his face to the ground.