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Summary: MANY TODAY, HAVE LOST SIGHT OF JESUS IN A WORLDLY CROWD.3. MANY LOST PEOPLE WOULD GET SAVED IF THEY WOULD TURN LOOSE OF THE WORLDLY WAYS AND LET GOD HAVE CONTROL OF THEIR LIVES. 4. MANY BACKSLIDERS WOULD COME BACK TO THE LORD IF THEY WOULD SUBMIT THEMSEL

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LOSING JESUS IN A WORLDLY CROWD

8/12/07

TEXT: LUKE 2: 3952

INTRODUCTION: WE FIND IN OUR TEXT, HOW JESUS AT THE AGE OF 12, HAD GONE WITH JOSEPH AND MARY TO THE PASSOVER FEAST IN JERUSALEM.

AFTER A DAYS JOURNEY, THEY DISCOVERED HE WAS NOT WITH THEM.

A GREAT MULTITUDE OF PEOPLE WERE IN JERUSALEM, AND SOMEWHERE IN THAT GREAT CROWD WAS JESUS.

??? HOW COULD SUCH A THING HAPPEN? BY CARELESSNESS?

BY GETTING CAUGHT UP IN THE EXCITEMENT OF THE CROWD OF RELATIVES AND FRIENDS (NOT SEEN SINCE LAST YEAR)? THE FELLOWSHIP ALONG THE WAY? ***

LET ME SHARE WITH YOU A SERMON TRUTH AND A SOLEMN FACT.

MANY TODAY, HAVE LOST SIGHT OF JESUS IN A WORLDLY CROWD.

1. BY CARELESS LIVING. 1 JOHN 2:15: LOVE NEITHER THE WORLD NOR THE WORLDLY THINGS.

1 THES 5:21: HOLD FAST TO THAT WHICH IS GOOD.

NOTHING GREATER THAN OUR SALVATION. EVERYTHING IN THIS WORLD WILL ONE DAY FALL AND PASS AWAY, BUT SALVATION IS ETERNAL.

2. BY WORLDLY INVOLVEMENT. 2 COR. 6:17: COME OUT FROM AMONG THEM (WORLDLY CROWD) BE YE SEPARATE, TOUCH NOT THE UNCLEAN THINGS, AND I WILL BE YOUR GOD.

3. MANY LOST PEOPLE WOULD GET SAVED IF THEY WOULD TURN LOOSE OF THE WORLDLY WAYS AND LET GOD HAVE CONTROL OF THEIR LIVES.

4. MANY BACKSLIDERS WOULD COME BACK TO THE LORD IF THEY WOULD SUBMIT THEMSELVES UNTO A HOLY GOD AND REPENT OF THEIR SINS.

I. MANY ARE HINDERED BY INFLUENCE OF THE WORLD.

JAMES 4:4: FRIENDSHIP WITH THE WORLD IS ENMITY W/ GOD,

MAKES YOU OPPOSED TO THE CAUSE OF CHRIST.

(A) MANY HAVE LOST FELLOWSHIP WITH JESUS BECAUSE OF SINFUL WORLDLY INFLUENCE.

1. SIN WILL DECEIVE YOU, SATAN WILL LURE YOU IN.

SIN BEGINS WITH THE GENTLENESS OF A LAMB, YET IT ENDS WITH THE DEADLY POISON OF A SERPENT.

2. SIN BEGINS WITH HARMLESS-NESS, YET IT ENDS WITH SWIFT DESTRUCTION. Phil 3:19

Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things.

(B) MANY ARE LURED INTO SIN BY SATAN’S ONE -SIDED VIEW.

The good life, modern way, new society.

1. OLD STORY: “IT HURTS NO ONE BUT ME, IT’S MY BUSINESS.”

IT HURTS YOUR TESTIMONY AND THE TESTIMONY OF THE CHURCH.

IT HURTS YOUR FAMILY AS WELL AS THE FAMILY REPUTATION.

IT HURTS THE CAUSE OF CHRIST

(C) MANY TAKE A TOUR DOWN SIN’S AVENUE ONLY TO FIND A DEAD END STREET WITH NO RETURN.

JAMES 1:15: WHEN LUST HAS CONCEIVED, BRINGS FORTH SIN, AND SIN WHEN FINISHED BRINGS FORTH DEATH. (ULTIMATE CHASTISEMENT)

II. MANY ARE HINDERED BY THE INTRIGUE OF THE CROWD.

1. SINFUL WORLDLINESS WILL DRAW YOU IN.

Gal 5:7-8

You were running a good race. Who cut in on you and kept you from obeying the truth? 8. That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you.

YOU WERE ON FIRE FOR JESUS WRAPPED UP IN HIS LOVE, WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO CHANGE YOUR COURSE?

SIN WILL TAKE YOU FARTHER THAN YOU EVER INTENDED TO GO.

YOU CAN’T QUIT THE SINNING BUSINESS, YOU MUST BE DELIVERED AND THE DELIVERER IS JESUS CHRIST.

SIN BEGINS WITH A PLEASANT DREAM BUT ENDS WITH A HORRIBLE NIGHTMARE.

(A) SIN ENTRAPS YOU, ENSLAVES YOU, (LIKE A SPIDERS WEB)***

ENTANGLEMENT BEGINS WITH SIN.

1. FIRST FAMILY (ADAM AND EVE) GOT CAUGHT UP IN THE ENTANGLEMENT OF SIN AND THE HUMAN RACE HAS BEEN PAYING FOR IT SINCE THEN. PERFECT ENVIRONMENT TO THE DEPTHS OF SIN.


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