Summary: Temptations that are common to children

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(adapted from messages by Mark Jones and Dan Webb)


TEXT: JAMES 1:14-15; EPHESIANS 6:1-4


INTRODUCTION: A. Last week I started a new series called “Fatal Temptations”

1. It’s based on James 1:14-15 – “Each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire,

he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to

sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.

2. You see that I hold before you several things:

--Bug spray and roach motels; I really wanted to use a bug zapper, too, but I didn’t

have one and didn’t know anyone that would loan me theirs

a. I mention each one of these things because bugs are all tempted by different

things: some by taste, some by scent, and some by that fascinating light in the

bug zapper

b. All bugs are not drawn by the same things

3. Human beings are the same way

a. We’re not all tempted by the same things but we are all tempted

b. And as James reminds us, if we give in to those temptations, it will lead us to

places we don’t want to go

--like the bugs, we can be lured to our death

c. Prov. 14:12 – “There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads

to death.”

4. Last week, the message was “Temptations Women Face”

--a fitting message for Mother’s Day

5. Other messages in this series are “Temptations Senior Citizens Face”

“Temptations Teenagers Face” and “Temptations Men Face”

B. Today’s message is very important

--It’s “Temptations Children Face”

1. Since a lot of this message is for you, we’ve dismissed children’s church today

--Let’s have all of our kids from kindergarten through sixth grade stand and wave

your hands (Please be seated)

2. Young people, I have high expectations for you this morning

a. I want you to do your best to pay attention

b. Stay awake and stay with me

c. Try not to go out of the auditorium

d. If you’ll look at the bulletin insert, it’s made so that you can follow along and fill

in the blanks.

e. Ask the adults around you to help out

--If you need something to write with, ask an adult or come up front right now

and get a pen or pencil

f. When we’re finished this morning, if you’ll show me a completed sheet with all

of the blanks filled in, I’ll give you a treat for being attentive

2. Adults, don’t zone out on me either

a. There are some important instructions for you, too

b. You set the example for attentiveness and for good manners

C. God, our Creator, loves little children

--But He also has high expectations for them

1. Prov. 20:11 – “Even a child is known by his actions, by whether his conduct is pure

and right.”

2. There are several occasions in the Bible where God used children to play important

roles in accomplishing His will

a. Isaac was probably about twelve years old when he willingly allowed his father to

offer him as a sacrifice to God on Mount Moriah.

--Thankfully God provided a ram for sacrifice!

b. Samuel was a very young boy serving in the tabernacle when God called his name

in the middle of the night and gave him a message for Eli, the High Priest.

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