Summary: This sermon contains everything a box office hit movie would have, just not from the perspective you might be thinking.

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“This Sermon is Not Yet Rated”

"This is a record of the ancestors of Jesus the Messiah, a descendant of King David and of Abraham:" Matthew 1:1 (NLT

Intro: This sermon contains everything a box office hit movie would have, just not from the perspective you might be thinking.

It contains loyalty, betrayal, deceit, regret, secret rendezvous, back room deal, political corruption…and in the truest form of a good soap opera…, the main character gets killed off and miraculously returns on the next episode.

Continuing with Matthew 1 verse 2 on through verse 16 is a list of the generations from Abraham

to the birth of Jesus Christ the Messiah. One might think of this as the list of the credits

that would appear at the end of a movie…

Before I go on I want to share a little bit of humor.

A pastor had agonized all week over the Sunday morning sermon,

When he stood up to preach, he drew a complete blank

Just as he bowed his head to turn off his microphone and sit down

Someone reading the scripture came through the PA system

Then followed with a prayer

So the pastor decided to go along with it.

In fact he lip-synched the entire message.

Occasionally he would raise his hand and pointed toward heaven.

The congregation set up and took notice

There were several Amen’s.

And he even saw a couple of people wiping tears from their eyes…

Just as he thought he was about to get away with it…

The announcer came on and said,

Thank you for tuning in today…,

to the Billy Graham Ministry…, Radio Broadcast.

Since the early 1920’s when the first commercial Radio stations started broadcasting

and the 1940’s when the first commercial Television stations came on the air

Radio and Television have entertained, informed, educated, and shaped society and the culture around us.

The Motion Picture Association of America rates a film for suitability for certain audiences.

Anywhere from: G- General Audiences All ages admitted to

NC-17- No One 17 and Under Admitted

Television gives viewers an idea of the suitability of a program with a disclaimer such as:

"Viewer discretion advised."

"Intended for mature audiences only."

Some programs go from production to audience before they are submitted.

And are given the disclaimer: “This Film Is Not Yet Rated”

The title of today’s message is:

“This Sermon is Not Yet Rated”

We are going to talk about four things: Language, Drugs, Sex, and Violence

I hope this sermon will raise questions which encourage us to talk further about the meanings of our faith.

Let’s start out with Language

What do you call it when the church uses language that is supposed to be understood by everyone but is actually language that is not understood by seekers and non-believers?

I. Language_write beside it the word TRADITIONS

"And the people passing by shouted abuse, shaking their heads in mockery." Matthew 27:39 (NLT)

It was a tradition when someone was being crucified for there to be something like a parade.

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