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Summary: Message on what we have in Jesus that the "In" Crowd in America doesn’t posses. Can be used with fourth of July.

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"LOOKING AT THE IN CROWD" 1 SAM 16:4-13

INTRODUCTION: THIS PAST WEEK THE “IN” THING TO BE DOING IN AMERICA WAS FOURTH OF JULY, FLAG WAVING, PATRIOTISM! THIS “IN” THING REMINDED ME OF A CONVERSATION I ONCE OVERHEARD EVANGELIST JUNIOR. HILL TALKING TO A PASTOR JUNIOR ASKED "WHO IS SUCH AND SUCH CHURCH TALKING TO ABOUT COMING AS PASTOR?" THE PASTOR REPLIED "THEY ARE STILL TALKING TO THE SONS OF JESSE."

WHAT WAS THIS PASTOR TALKING ABOUT? I HAD TO GO BACK AND REFRESH MY MEMORY IN THE SCRIPTURES. READ DESCRIBE SCENE

SAMUEL SEES THE SONS OF JESSE IN THE ORDER JESSE WANTED THEM TO BE SEEN. THE FIRST WAS ELIAB (V6) THE OLDEST, THE BEST LOOKING, THE ONE THAT JESSE THOUGHT WOULD MAKE THE BEST KING. SAMUEL ASSUMES THIS IS THE ONE. WHY? 1 SAM 9:1-2 ELIAB FIT THE MOLD FOR WHAT SAMUEL THOUGHT THE KING WOULD BE. HE HAD THE "IN" LOOK, BOTH JESSE AND SAMUEL THOUGHT SO. HE LOOKED LIKE WHAT PEOPLE THOUGHT A KING SHOULD LOOK LIKE. SAMUEL FELL INTO THE TRAP OF JUDGING THE TRUTH BY WHAT HE SAW AND FELT.

HOWEVER GODS WAYS ARE DIFFERENT. GOD IS NOT INTO THE "IN CROWD." BLESSINGS OF GOD ARE IN BUT GODS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON IS NOT! ILL. ANGELS ARE IN, PSYHICS ARE IN, SPIRIT GUIDES ARE IN, NEW AGE THEORY IS IN, RELIGION IS IN BUT JESUS CHRIST IS NOT A PART OF THE "IN CROWD" TODAY IN AMERICA. WHY IS THIS TRUE? BECAUSE THE WORLD, JUST LIKE JESSE AND SAMUEL, JUDGES A PERSON BY WHAT IS SEEN ON THE OUTSIDE.

ILL. PRETTY WOMEN - HANDSOME MEN - ON COMMERCIALS, NEVER SEE A REGULAR PERSON

BUT GOD JUDGES PEOPLE DIFFERENTLY. V7 GOD JUDGES A PERSON BY HIS HEART AND WHERE THAT HEART STANDS WITH HIS SON JESUS CHRIST.

SATAN WANTS EACH OF US TO BE A PART OF THE IN CROWD. DEVIL WANTS YOU SO "IN" THAT YOU MISS "OUT" ON WHAT GOD IS DOING ALL AROUND YOU.

THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS THAT THE ONLY REAL "IN CROWD" IN THE WORLD TODAY IS A CHRISTIAN WHO IS LIVING FOR CHRIST. YOU DON’T THINK OF THE CHRISTIAN LIFE AS BEING IN? LET ME SHOW YOU SOME "IN" THINGS...

A CHRISTIAN HAS...

I. INFINITE - WHAT GODS LOVE FOR US IS

ROMANS 8:38-39

FOR I AM CONVINCED THAT NEITHER DEATH NOR LIFE, NEITHER ANGELS NOR DEMONS, NEITHER THE PRESENT NOR THE FUTURE, NOR ANY POWERS, NEITHER HEIGHT NOR DEPTH,NOR ANYTHING ELSE IN ALL CREATION, WILL BE ABLE TO SEPARATE US FROM THE LOVE OF GOD THAT IS IN CHRIST JESUS OUR LORD.

II. INCORRUPTIBLE - WHAT WE ARE IN CHRIST

1COR.15:42-44 & 54-55

SO WILL IT BE WITH THE RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD. THE BODY THAT IS SOWN IS PERISHABLE, IT IS RAISED IMPERISHABLE; IT IS SOWN IN DISHONOR, IT IS RAISED IN GLORY; IT IS SOWN IN WEAKNESS, IT IS RAISED IN POWER; IT IS SOWN A NATURAL BODY, IT IS RAISED A SPIRITUAL BODY. IF THERE IS A NATURAL BODY, THERE IS ALSO A SPIRITUAL BODY. 54 WHEN THE PERISHABLE HAS BEEN CLOTHED WITH THE IMPERISHABLE, AND THE MORTAL WITH IMMORTALITY, THEN THE SAYING THAT IS WRITTEN WILL COME TRUE: "DEATH HAS BEEN SWALLOWED UP IN VICTORY. WHERE, O DEATH, IS YOUR VICTORY? WHERE, O DEATH, IS YOUR STING?"

III. INADMISSABLE - WHAT HAPPENS TO OUR SIN

1 JOHN 1:9 & 2:1

IF WE CONFESS OUR SINS, HE IS FAITHFUL AND JUST AND WILL FORGIVE US OUR SINS AND PURIFY US FROM ALL UNRIGHTEOUSNESS. 2:1 MY DEAR CHILDREN, I WRITE THIS TO YOU SO THAT YOU WILL NOT SIN. BUT IF ANYBODY DOES SIN, WE HAVE ONE WHO SPEAKS TO THE FATHER IN OUR DEFENSE--JESUS CHRIST, THE RIGHTEOUS ONE.


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