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Summary: I. EXORDIUM: Are you like Excuse Guy or Way Guy? II. AUDIENCE PROFILE: Believers III. OBJECTIVES: To show GOD's Will and GOD's Way in our lives. IV. TEXT: Romans 1:20 (New Living Translation, Second Edition) For ever since the worl

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I. EXORDIUM:

Are you like Excuse Guy or Way Guy?

II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:

Believers

III. OBJECTIVES:

To show GOD's Will and GOD's Way in our lives.

IV. TEXT:

Romans 1:20 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.

V. THESIS:

GOD's Way and GOD's Will. Do GOD's Will, GOD's Way.

VI. TITLE:

No excuses

VII. EXPLICATION:

A. Author: Apostle Paul

B. Date written: 57 A.D.

C. Place written: From Corinth

D. Purpose: To prepare Roman believers for his long awaited visit.

E. To whom written: Roman Christians

VIII. MAIN BODY:

A. Since the creation of the world

GOD's Invisible Qualities = Eternal Power = Divine Nature

B. Clearly seen or being understood from GOD's creation

C. Men are without excuse.

Take a look at men who does excuses.

Examples:

Adam

Genesis 3:12 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

The man replied, “It was the woman you gave me who gave me the fruit, and I ate it.”

Aaron

Exodus 32:24 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

So I told them, ‘Whoever has gold jewelry, take it off.’ When they brought it to me, I simply threw it into the fire—and out came this calf!”

King Saul

1 Samuel 13:12 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

So I said, ‘The Philistines are ready to march against us at Gilgal, and I haven’t even asked for the Lord’s help!’ So I felt compelled to offer the burnt offering myself before you came.”

Forbidden spoil

1 Samuel 15:21 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

Then my troops brought in the best of the sheep, goats, cattle, and plunder to sacrifice to the Lord your God in Gilgal.”

2. Excuses for neglect of duty:

Whatever excuses there is, remember it's only excuses, you can do above and beyond excuses if you really like GOD's Presence, then excuses will turn into alibis because no matter what happens you will do what GOD's will is. If there's a will, there's a way, only will is GOD's Will, only way is GOD's Way.

a. personal incompetency

Exodus 3:11 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

But Moses protested to God, “Who am I to appear before Pharaoh? Who am I to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt?”

Exodus 4:10 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

But Moses pleaded with the Lord, “O Lord, I’m not very good with words. I never have been, and I’m not now, even though you have spoken to me. I get tongue-tied, and my words get tangled.”

b. lack of social position

Judges 6:15 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

“But Lord,” Gideon replied, “how can I rescue Israel? My clan is the weakest in the whole tribe of Manasseh, and I am the least in my entire family!”

c. difficulties of the undertaking

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

The lazy person claims, “There’s a lion out there! If I go outside, I might be killed!”

d. personal weakness

Jeremiah 1:6-7 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

“O Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I can’t speak for you! I’m too young!”

The Lord replied, “Don’t say, ‘I’m too young,’ for you must go wherever I send you and say whatever I tell you.

e. hardness of the master

- usually it's not true it's a negative opinion of the slave against his master, usually it mirrors who the slave really is in front of his master.

Matthew 25:24-25 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

“Then the servant with the one bag of silver came and said, ‘Master, I knew you were a harsh man, harvesting crops you didn’t plant and gathering crops you didn’t cultivate.

I was afraid I would lose your money, so I hid it in the earth. Look, here is your money back.’

f. no need discovered

Matthew 25:44-45 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

“Then they will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and not help you?’

“And he will answer, ‘I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me.’

g. pressure of business

Luke 14:18-20 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

But they all began making excuses. One said, ‘I have just bought a field and must inspect it. Please excuse me.’

Another said, ‘I have just bought five pairs of oxen, and I want to try them out. Please excuse me.’

Another said, ‘I now have a wife, so I can’t come.’

IX. CONCLUSION:

Whatever excuses there is, remember it's only excuses, you can do above and beyond excuses if you really like GOD's Presence, then excuses will turn into alibis because no matter what happens you will do what GOD's will is. If there's a will, there's a way, only will is GOD's Will, only way is GOD's Way.

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