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Summary: Church members must continue to recognize our own sinfulness --even those not obvious or socially acceptable.

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SINS THE CHURCH IS OK WITH: Apathy & Selfishness

Haggai 1: 2-6; Revelation 2: 1-4; Phil. 2:3,4, 21

Philippians 2:3-4 “Do nothing out of SELFISH ambition or vain conceit, but in Humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look NOT ONLY to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

Philippians 2:21 “Everyone Is Looking Out For their Own Interests , Not Those of Jesus Christ”

I can still remember the day I watched the tragic explosion of the Space Shuttle Challenger. The first question everyone wanted to know was, “WHAT HAPPENED?”

After months of investigation, here’s what the Rogers Commission discovered: an O-Ring Seal In The Right Solid Rocket Booster failed at take-off. I won’t bore you with the details, but an o-ring is a small device relative to the size of a space shuttle. VERY SMALL.

IT WASN’T SOMETHING HUGE, Like A Puncture In The Rocket Booster Or A Hole In The Cabin, that caused this disaster. It was A SMALL, SEEMINGLY INSIGNIFICANT, O-RING FAILURE.

??WHAT IF THE BIG SINS, YOU KNOW THE ONES YOU TRY HARDEST TO AVOID, AREN’T THE GREATEST THREAT TO YOUR JOY & THE CHURCH’S MISSION? ??MAYBE IT’S THE SINS LYING UNDERNEATH, THE ONES CONSIDERED NORMAL OR ACCEPTABLE, THE ONES GOING UNDETECTED, THAT ARE AFFECTING THE CHURCH THE MOST.

TWO OF THESE SINS: APATHY & SELFISHNESS

• APATHY: Apathy’s best friends are ASSIVITY & ENTITLEMENT. Together, they’re a vicious threesome.

There’s Nothing Mediocre Or Normal about God.

• His Power Is Beyond Comprehension.

• His Beauty Is Beyond Description.

• His Love Is Beyond Measure.

The same God who created the universe &formed stars desires a relationship with you. Yet, the attitude is often, “Okay, God loves me. That’s great. Me & Mine are Ok… so who cares about others?”

Our apathetic approach to God explains a lot about why people in America aren’t lining up to become Christians.

Think about it: How many Christians have you met that left you thinking, “WOW, I Want To Be Like Them?” Shouldn’t you be So Transformed by God that people want to ask about your life, even if they hate God?

Haggai the people no longer cared when the House of God was finished. 18 years passed with little progess. APATHY RULED!

• Gospel Song: Do You Really Care?

Do you know how to share? With people everywhere, do you really care? …I look around in the place where I live, &I see people with so much to give…Yet there are those who are dying to know, just that somebody cares. People lost in darkness, searching for the way

But do you know of someone, that you can help today? Oh! Do you really care?

• SELFISHNESS: Philippians 2:21 “Everyone Is Looking Out For their Own Interests , Not Those of Jesus Christ”

Philippians 2:3-4 “Do nothing out of SELFISH ambition or vain conceit, but in Humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look NOT ONLY to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.


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