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Summary: OUR FATHER HAS A SECRET AND IT IS A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM!

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PRAYER: IT IS OUR LITTLE SECRET

MATTHEW 6: 1-13

NOVEMBER 7, 2004

INTRODUCTION: From the final scene of "Shrek":

Fiona: "I was supposed to be beautiful"

Shrek: "But you are beautiful"

YOU SEE, FIONA HAD A LITTLE SECRET. AT NIGHT THE BEAUTIFUL PRINCESS BECAME AN ORGERESS.

Unconditional love. It’s the deepest longing of our hearts, because each of us harbors deep inside the fear that if others really knew us, that they would want nothing to do with us. We like Fiona try to hide when we should be hiding.

TRANSITION THOUGHT: Our text for today shares a secret with us about secrets. Jesus teaches us that some things are best kept as secrets. Our only problem is that keeping secrets takes lots of self-discipline and too often we just do not have it. Today, as we dig into this little secret, we are going to begin on a journey that I call REAL. You may have noticed REAL in our new directory, or in our newsletter, and hopefully last week in our bulletin. I really believe it is time that CHWC got real. The first letter in real is all about relationships and if you can’t keep a secret, you can’t have a very good relationship. Let’s look together and see what Jesus can teach us about relationship and secrets!

THESIS SENTENCE: OUR FATHER HAS A SECRET AND IT IS A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM!

I. OUR LITTLE SECRET IS OUT OF THE PUBLIC EYE V. 1&5

A. THE PUBLIC EYE IS CARELESS

B. THE PUBLIC EYE IS ABOUT MEN

C. THE PUBLIC EYE IS 15 MINUTES OF FAME/ NOT ETERNAL: NO REWARD!

ILLUSTRATION: FEAR FACTOR ET AL.

TRUTH: WE WILL NEVER IMPRESS EVERYONE!

QUESTION: WHOM DO WE WANT TO IMPRESS?

II. OUR LITTLE SECRET IS NO ACT VV. 2&5

A. NO ACT IS WITHOUT FANFARE: ANNOUNCE IT WITH TRUMPETS!

B. NO ACT IS WITHOUT HYPOCROCY: AN ACTOR WHO PORTRAYS ANOTHER, NOT THEMSELVES!

ILLUSTRATION: SEE PRINTED PAGE ON HYPOCRISY

TRUTH: WE CAN PRETEND TO BE ANYONE WE WANT, BUT GOD KNOWS WHO WE ARE!

QUESTION: DO WE KNOW IF WE ARE ACTING OR BEING REAL?

III. OUR LITTLE SECRET IS A CLOSED DOOR MATTER VV. 6&3

A. A CLOSED DOOR MATTER IS ALL ALONE

B. A CLOSED DOOR MATTER IS ALL ABOUT THE FATHER

C. A CLOSED DOOR MATTER IS A MATTER OF FAITH: HEBREWS 11:1 D. A CLOSED DOOR MATTER IS A MATTER OF REWARD: WHY NOT?

ILLUSTRATION: SIGN FOR THE BATHROOM DOOR

Attention Everyone: The Bathroom Door is Closed!

Please do not stand there and talk, whine or ask questions.

Wait until I get out.

Yes, it is locked. I want it that way.

No, it is not broken; I am not trapped.

I know I have left it unlocked, and even open at times, since you were born,because I was afraid some horrible tragedy might occur while I was in there.

But it’s been ten years, and I want some privacy.

Do not ask me how long I will be.

I will come out when I am done.

Do not bring the phone to the bathroom door.

Do not go running back to the phone yelling, “She’s in the bathroom!”

Do not begin to fight as soon as I go in.

Do not stick your little fingers under the door and wiggle them.

This was funny only when you were two.

Do not slide pennies, Legos, or notes under the door,

Even when you were two, this got a little tiresome.


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