Summary: This is a sermon that might even keep the attention of the children in your congregation.
The Gospel According to the Three Pigs
24 "Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock:
25and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.
26But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand:
27and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall."
28And so it was, when Jesus had ended these sayings, that the people were astonished at His teaching,
The Three Little Pigs
Once upon a time there were three little pigs and the time came for them to leave home and seek their fortunes.
The first little pig built his house out of straw because it was the easiest thing to do. The second little pig built his house out of sticks. This was a little bit stronger than a straw house. The third little pig built his house out of bricks.
One night the big bad wolf, who dearly loved to eat fat little piggies, came along and saw the first little pig in his house of straw. He said "Let me in, Let me in, little pig or I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll blow your house in!" "Not by the hair of my chinny chin chin", said the little pig. But the wolf did blow the house in and ate the first little pig.
The wolf then came to the house of sticks. "Let me in, Let me in little pig or I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll blow your house in" "Not by the hair of my chinny chin chin", said the little pig. But the wolf blew that house in too, and ate the second little pig.
The wolf then came to the house of bricks. " Let me in, let me in" cried the wolf "Or I'll huff and I'll puff till I blow your house in"
"Not by the hair of my chinny chin chin" said the pigs. Well, the wolf huffed and puffed but he could not blow down that brick house.
But the wolf was a sly old wolf and he climbed up on the roof to look for a way into the brick house. The little pig heard the wolf climb up on the roof and lit a roaring fire in the fireplace and placed on it a large kettle of water. When the wolf finally found the hole in the chimney he crawled down and KERSPLASH right into that kettle of water and that was the end of his troubles with the big bad wolf. That little pig lived happily ever after because he built his house with rock solid material!
What does a house represent?
But in the parable Jesus tells...
the "house" represents a man's soul.
Jesus tells us how to avoid losing our souls.
The title of tonight's message is:
THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO THE THREE PIGS
Point #1. Many people are building their lives around earthly wealth, fame, and fortune.
The first little pig built his house out of Straw.
Straw = earthly wealth, Fame and fortune.
Jesus said, "What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul."
What is the eternal value to material wealth?
This is where temporary meets eternity?