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Sermon Illustrations and Anecdotes

 

 

(1) 81 Illustrations

(2) 24 Anecdotes

(3) Anecdote Texts (75% of the illustrations are from the (NIV) and 25% are from the (ESV)

 

  1. II Kings 5:11
  2. Pro 19:15
  3. Pro 25:22
  4. Jer 20:9
  5. Mal 3:8 (Personal)
  6. Luke 2:52
  7. John 16:14
  8. Acts 17:11 (Personal)
  9. Rom 12:3 (Personal)
  10. Rom 12:5 (Personal)
  11. Rom 12:10 (Personal)
  12. Rom 14:17 (Personal)
  13. Rom 14:19 (Personal)
  14. 1 Cor 13:5 (Personal)
  15. Phil 2:14
  16. Phil 4:13
  17. 1 Thes 4:16-17
  18. 1 Tim 2:12
  19. 2 Tim 4:2
  20. James 4:1
  21. 1 John 4:1 (x 2)
  22. 1 John 4:7 (Personal x 2)

 

(4) Book Sources

 

1.       The Truth War. MacArthur, John. Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, 2007. Hardback. 224 pages

2.       How to Survive in a World of Unbelievers. MacArthur, John. Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, 2001. Softback 184 pages.

3.       Charismatic Chaos. MacArthur, John. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1992, Softback. 413 pages.

4.       ReckLess Faith. MacArthur, John. Wheaton, IL Crossway Books, 1994, Hardback. 256 pages.

5.       Hard to Believe. MacArthur, John. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2003, Hardback 215 pages.

6.       Ashamed of the Gospel. MacArthur, John. Wheaton, IL Crossway Books, 1993, Softback. 266 pages.

7.       The Company of the Preachers: A History of Biblical Preaching from the Old Testament to the Modern Era. Larsen, David L. Vol. 1. Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications, 1998. Paperback. 413 pages.

8.       The Company of the Preachers: A History of Biblical Preaching from the Old Testament to the Modern Era. Larsen, David L. Vol. 2. Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications, 1998. Paperback. 415-894 pages.

9.       Teaching to Change Lives. Henricks, Howard. Sisters, Oregon: Multnomah Publishers, 1987. Softback. 152 pages.

10.  Why Nobody Learns Much of Anything At Church And How To Fix It. Schultz, Thom & Joani. Dallas, Texas: Group Publishing, 1993. Softback. 301 pages

11.  The Next Generation Leader. Stanley, Andy. Sisters, Oregon: Multnomah Publishers, 2003. Hardback. 165 pages

12.  The Emerging Church. Kimball, Dan. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 2003. Softback. 266 pages.

13.  Eyes Wide Open. Romanowski, William. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Brazos Press, 2001. Softback. 171 pages.

14.  Culture Shift. Henderson, David. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Books, 1998. Softback. 255 pages.

15.  Fearless Faith. Fisher, John. Eugene, Oregon: Harvest House Publishers, 2002. Softback. 233 pages.

16.  A Fish out of Water. Barna, George. Brentwood, Tennessee: Integrity Publishers, 2002. Hardback. 204 pages.

17.  No More Lone Rangers. Chow, David. Loveland, CO: Group Publishers, 2003. Softback. 142 pages.

18.  Dangerous Wonder. Yaconelli, Michael. Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress, 1998. Softback. 166 pages.

19.  Shaping the Spiritual Life of Students. Dunn, Richard. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2001. Softback. 256 pages.

20.  Making Small Groups Work. Cloud, Henry & Townsend. John Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2003. Softback. 292 pages.

21.  The Great Divorce. Lewis, C.S. New York, NY: The Macmillian Company,1946. Softback. 133 pages

22.  The Abolition of Man. Lewis, C.S. New York, NY: Harper Collins Books, 1944. Softback. 113 pages.

23.  Amusing Ourselves to Death. Postman, Neil. New York, NY: Penguin Book, 1984, Softback. 184 pages.

24.  Counterfeit Revival. Hanegraaf, Hank. Orange, CA: Word Publishing Group, 2001, Softback. 376 pages.

25.  Resurrection. Hanegraaf, Hank. Nashville, TN: Word Publishing, 2000, Hardback. 281 pages.

26.  When I Dont Desire God. Piper, John. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2004, Softback. 268 pages.

27.  Ancient Future Evangelism. Webber, Robert E. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2003, Softback. 218 pages.

28.  Not by Chance. Talbert, Layton. Greenville, SC: BJU Press, 2001, Softback. 322 pages.

29.  The Connecting Church. Frazee, Randy. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2001, Hardback. 254 pages.

30.  Knowing God. Packer, JI. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1973, Softback. 286 pages.

31.  Changed into His Image. Berg, Jim. Greenville, SC: BJU Press, 1999, Softback. 372 pages.

 

(5) Illustration File

 

 

Deut 32:4

 

...truth is the self-expression of God (The Truth War. John MacArthur, pg. 2).

 

1 Sam 17:40

 

Leaders worth following are always careful. They are careful because they genuinely care for those who have chosen to follow. A leader who is careless will eventually be considered thoughtless by those who have entrusted their future to him. (Next Generation Leader, Andy Stanley pg. 61).

 

1 Sam 17:51-52

 

Leaders instill courage in the hearts of those who follow. This rarely happens through words alone. It generally requires action (Next Generation Leader, Andy Stanley, pg. 63-64).

 

II Kings 5:11

 

Anecdote

 

Naaman is furious! He wants a change but on his own terms. He wants to choose how the message is delivered, and he wants to choose the river. His own servants finally persuade him that if he had been asked to perform some great task to be healed, he would do it. Certainly he could do a small thing--at least try (Changed into His Image. Berg, Jim. pg.77)

 

Ezra 7:10

 

…preaching from the beginning is listening to God speak, responding to God’s speaking, and then sharing what God has spoken. (The Company of the Preachers: A History of Biblical Preaching from the Old Testament to the Modern Era. Larsen, David L. Page 21).

 

Neh 4:14

 

Scripture nowhere endorses any kind of absolute pacifism (The Truth War, John MacArthur pg. 30).

 

 

Psa 30:4

 

I believe both emotion and experience are essential outgrowths of genuine faith. (Charismatic Chaos, MacArthur, John. pg. 26).

 

 

Psalms 103:8

 

There is but one good; that is God. Everything else is good when it looks to Him and bad when it turns from Him. And the higher and mightier it is in the natural order, the more demoniac it will be if it rebels (The Great Divorce, Lewis, C.S. pg 98).

 

Pro 1:5

 

Great leaders are great learners. (Next Generation Leader. Andy Stanley, pg. 110).

 

Pro 19:15

 

Anecdote

 

Perry's own way of handling life is to avoid anything that would make him vulnerable. He runs from problems, will not try anything unfamiliar, and spends as much time as he can by himself. He calls himself "laid back" and says he isn't a "people person." Consequently, he is often lonely. His own way is not get involved and not take any risks (Changed into His Image. Berg, Jim. pg. 54)

 

Pro 26:22

 

Anecdote

 

Of late years, I have heard a great deal against deacons, and have read discussions as to their office. I have been accused of saying that "a deacon is worse than a devil, for if you resist the devil he will flee from you, but if you resist a deacon he will fly at you." This is no saying of mine; I never had any cause to speak so severely, and although, in some cases, it may be true, I have never had any experiential proof that it was so. (The Early Years, Spurgeon, CH pg 221).

 

Jer 20:9

 

Anecdote

 

Another of those worthy brethren, a dear old Christian man, said to me, one day, when I was at his house to dinner, "My dear sir, I wish you would not preach those invitation sermons. You are too general in your appeals; you seem to press the people so much to come to Christ. I do not like it; for it is not all that consistent with my doctrinal views." Spurgeon replied and asked the man what he would have him preach (The Early Years. Spurgeon, CH, pg 222)?

 

 

Dan 3:20

 

Thinking deeply and speaking your faith to your culture can be very dangerous. Daniel and his friends got thrown into the fire for this. (Fearless Faith, John Fischer pg 62).

 

Malachi 3:8

 

Anecdote

 

It can be said that I have robbed God many times by withdrawing my tithes and my offerings that were owed to Him. I have not always seen his favor in my life because of this. Once I robbed God and felt really convicted about it so I changed my ways and gave to God what I owed him (Personal Anecdote).

 

Matt 5:13

 

Salt is an aggressive instrument of transformation. How many Christians do you know in your spheres of influence-at work, at church, in sports leagues, at the hospitals, in the schools, in the inner city, in government-who are aggressive instruments of transformation (A Fish out of Water, George Barna, pg xxv)?

 

Matt 8:23-27

 

Jesus was the master teacher and used a variety of learning/teaching approaches. Jesus not only taught, but he also taught through experience. In Matt 8:23-27 Jesus taught his disciples through an experience (Why nobody learns much of anything at Church and How to fix it, Thom & Joani Schultz, pg. 149-150).

 

Matt 12:36-37

 

Final judgment as we saw, will be according to our works--that is, our doings, our whole course of life. The relevance of our doings is not that they merit an award from the court--they fall too far short of perfection to do that--but that they provide an index of what is in the heart--what, in other words, is the real nature of each agent (Knowing God. Packer, JI. pg.145).

 

Matt 16:24

 

The true gospel is a call to self-denial. It is not a call to self-fulfillment (Hard to Believe, MacArthur, John. pg 2).

 

Matt 18:2-4

 

What would happen if we all took Jesus’ advice and became like little children, would then dangerous wonder be a possibility for you and me? Many of us could never do this because we allow obstacles to squelch our wonder and steal our souls (Dangerous Wonder, Michael Yaconelli pg. 24).

 

Matt 18:2-4

 

It is hard for us to ask for help. Childlike faith is not for people who need a little help; it is for people who are desperate, who are at the end of their rope. Faith is for those who are not too proud to wave their arms and admit they are drowning (Dangerous Wonder. Michael Yaconelli, pg. 161).

 

Matt 19:19

 

The Biblical practices of community, spiritual gifts, and giving away our time, money, faith, and even our life should be included to fulfill the royal law of loving our neighbor (The Connecting Church, Frazee, Randy. pg. 67-68).

 

Matt 20:20-23

 

If you’ve been burned by past experiences that were poor examples of “teamwork,” don’t allow those negative experiences to control your future. Learn from them, but don’t allow them to hinder you from developing a team-centered ministry. Turn your negative experiences into positive ones by applying what you’ve learned to your current ministry (No More Lone Rangers, David Chow, pg 27).

 

Matt 28:18-20

 

The term disciple means pupil or learner. In the Old Testament it also refers to one who is accustomed to something. These definitions describe well a significant part of what groups do in their member’s lives. That is, group’s help individuals become learners of God’s ways by getting them accustomed, or acclimated, to righteous ways of living and relating. Through many types of experiences, groups engage their people to show now that God’s ways are best (Making Small Groups Work, Cloud, Henry & Townsend, John. pg. 111).

 

Mark 8:34

 

Self-Denial is giving up creature comforts to work toward a worthy goal (Hard to Believe, MacArthur, John. pg 145).

 

Mark 16:15-16

 

The scriptures everywhere declare God’s mission, The Missio Dei, is to rescue humanity and indeed all creation from death. His purpose is to reign as Lord of creation (Ancient Future Evangelism,Webber, Robert E. pg.138).

 

Luke 2:52

 

Anecdote

 

Origen (AD 185-154) was born into a godly home, and his father was martyred when Origen was about seventeen. The lad wanted to be martyred as well, and his mother hid his clothes so he would not foolishly tempt the enemy. He grew up to become one of the greatest of the Greek Fathers in the church and a theologian of great repute (The Wycliffe Handbook of Preaching and Preachers, Wiersbe, Warren pg. 213).

 

Luke 10:29

 

We have already voiced the opinion that most of us don’t know the people who live around us. So instead of getting to know these people, we typically opt to engage in contractual friendships with those who are most like us or with those we like the best, regardless of where they live. Why? Because this is one thing we can do. The unspoken goal of Contractual friendship is to "associate up"--usually as it relates to economic class (The Connecting Church, Frazee, Randy. pg.125).

 

Luke 14:5

 

A leader is someone who has the courage to say publicly what everyone else is whispering privately (Next Generation Leader, Andy Stanley pg. 51).

 

Luke 16:19-31

 

As with these compelling words from the lips of Christ, the concept of choice demands that we believe in hell. Without hell, there is no choice. And without choice, heaven would not be heaven; heaven would be hell. The righteous would inherit a counterfeit heaven, and the unrighteous would be incarcerated in heaven against their wills, which would be a torture worse than hell (Resurrection, Hanegraaf, Hank. pg. 79).

 

John 8:32

 

But if the church will rise up and stand for the truth of God's Word against all the lies of this evil world, then we will begin to see the power of truth that sets people free (ReckLess Faith, MacArthur, John. pg. 34).

 

John 10:4-14

 

A pastor is a shepherd who knows his sheep. Anything less makes him a hireling. Pastors don’t just “do the job” or get people to come to their events. They are called to be shepherds who will go out and find the one lost sheep, leaving the ninety-nine to do so (The Emerging Church, Dan Kimball, pg. 232).

 

John 15:11

 

One of the chief elements of the abundant life is fullness of joy, which is an outgrowth of abiding in the True Vine (Surviving in a World of Unbelievers, John MacArthur, pg. 133).

 

John 15:20

 

If you are genuine in your identification with Christ, you can expect the world that rejects Christ to reject you (Hard to Believe, MacArthur, John. pg 126).

 

John 16:14

 

Anecdote

 

Almost every day I pray early in the morning that God would give me desires for him and his Word, because the desires I ought to have are absent or weak. In fact, I follow the acronym myself that I have given to many people to help them fight for joy. The acronym is IOUS. It is very limited and focused. It's not all we should pray for. But this book (and most of my life) is about the fight for joy. And that is what IOU focuses on. IOU according to Piper means I=Incline, O=Open, U=Unite, S=Satisfy (When I Dont Desire God, Piper, John. pg, 150).

John 17:15-19

 

Because we are commanded by God to form and reform culture, Christians have to be actively engaged with culture: studying it, discerning positive and negative aspects, and working to redeem it. We are to be in the world but not of it, working to restrain evil and advance redemptive potentials (Eyes Wide Open, William Romanowski pg. 43).

 

John 17:15-19

 

A fearless faith then is one that takes full advantage of the prayer of Jesus. A fearless faith is a faith that is not driven by comfort, safety, and security. It is a faith not necessarily shared by our companions, a faith that thrives in spiritually unfamiliar or even hostile territory, a faith that takes mental discernment to maintain, a faith that is vulnerable and unprotected---even weak---without the prayer of Jesus to strengthen it and give it courage. A fearless faith does not need a sub cultural identity to thrive, for it thrives and flourishes in the heart of the believer (Fearless Faith, John Fischer pg 19).

 

Acts 2:42

 

By the large the concept of eating together has become foreign to the American culture. It is rare for the average American family to share two to three meals together during the week (The Connecting Church, Frazee, Randy pg.131).

 

Acts 17:11

 

Anecdote

 

Once I was involved in a evangelical conservative church that highly emphasized strong bible teaching and a Berean like spirit. This church did not lecture at students in Sunday school, they taught and equipped people to do the works of the ministry and always to test and examine what the teacher taught. At this church the people were trained to be like the Bereans mentioned in Acts 17:11. People would talk in class, ask questions, discuss and debate. Heresy had a heard time getting into this church as a result of the many Bereans in attendance there. I surely miss this church and have had a hard time finding one like it amongst Fundamentalist churches. (Personal Anecdote).

 

Rom 1:16

 

Yet few seem to be willing to speak up for truth--much less die for it (The Truth War, John MacArthur, pg. xii.).

 

Romans 1:21

 

Postmodernism has resulted in a widespread rejection of truth and the enrichment of skepticism (The Truth War, John MacArthur, pg. 12).

 

Romans 10:14

 

…Nothing can ever take its place because of the personal element that is in it (Lectures on Preaching, Phillips Brooks, pg. 11).

 

Romans 12:3

 

Anecdote

 

Sometimes pride can get in the way of things as it has for me. I personally can recount many times that I have thought of myself more highly than I ought to have, and have boasted and bragged about my own abilities when I should have taken on a spirit of humility. God wants me to be humble and thinking of myself more highly than I ought is a flaw that I have done on more than one occasion (Personal Anecdote).

 

Romans 12:5

 

Anecdote

 

I believe that the body of Christ is one, and we need to edify and serve one another. Once I was in attendance at a New Evangelical Church and on that Sunday they had a ministry fair. At this fair they had all kinds of church opportunities for lay people to get involved in the ministry. The pastor wanted people to join and get involved in the ministry. He wanted people to serve the body with his or her gifts to edify the others. This was a great example of a church opening up the door for people to serve the family of God with his or her gifts (Personal Anecdote).

 

Romans 12:10

 

Anecdote

 

Once I had a pastor whom was very devoted to his flock. He would drive an hour away each week to come and minister to me. He would sometimes take me out to lunch and he would pay for everything. He surely used his gifts and abilities to serve the body of Christ. He also answered about 90% of my Bible questions I asked him, was very joyful to me, encouraging and was a perfect example of the verse and worthy of an illustration. This pastor surely honored others above himself (Personal Anecdote).

 

Romans 14:17

 

Anecdote

 

Once I was visiting a friend at his 7th Day Adventist College and I got into a debate with one of the students there about dietary regulations. I quoted this verse to this student, but he did not buy it, as he did not buy the rest of my argument and I did not buy his. According to him, the kingdom of God was about eating and drinking and about do's and don’ts. Diet was such an important issue to this mans it made me a little sick. It also made me sick how he ignored this verse which seems to clearly indicate that trivial matters such as OT Dietary regulations is really not all that important (Personal Anecdote).

 

Romans 14:19

 

Anecdote

 

Last semester I had a relationship problem with a girl (Sara). I tried to resolve it but she did not want it resolved. Perhaps Sara did not want it resolved because she is a legalistic Pharisee and is too focused on fundamentalist traditions than on the Word of God. But on the other hand the Bible says that God does all things that work together for my good (Romans 8:28), so perhaps it was best that no peace ever came out of that relationship. But then again the Bible speaks of the body as one body, and therefore it would be wrong not to be at peace with another brother or sister in the Lord. But as far as it depends on me I am to live at peace with all people. Sara made her own choice as this is out of my control (Personal Anecdote).

 

Rom 16:19

 

Scripture does not give believers permission to expose themselves to evil...I know people who study the cults more than they study sound doctrine. Some Christians immerse themselves in the Philosophy, entertainment, and culture of society. They feel such a strategy will strengthen their witness to unbelievers. But the emphasis of that strategy is all-wrong. Our focus should be on knowing the truth. Error is to be shunned (ReckLess Faith, MacArthur, John, pg. 79).

 

1 Cor 1:21

 

We don't need clever approaches to get people saved. We simply need to get back to preaching the truth and planting the seed. If we are faithful in that, the soil God has prepared will bear fruit (Ashamed of the Gospel, MacArthur, John, pg.85).

 

1 Cor 11:26

 

Lets not overlook that eating the Lord's supper with God's people is a kind of preaching that is also meant to feed the joy of Christ's people...The death and resurrection of Christ are being proclaimed in the act of serving and eating communion. This proclamation is the means of our nourishment with the bread and cup (When I Dont Desire God, Piper, John, pg. 79).

 

1 Cor 13:5

 

Anecdote

 

The NIV says that love keeps no record of wrongs. I believe this and believe this should be practiced in the church. My former pastor (Al Barber) whom recently died fit this example very well. He kept no record of wrongs and would always forgive no matter what the offense. He was like this to everyone and was a great example of someone who kept no record of wrongs. He was filled with the spirit of God (Personal Anecdote).

 

2 Cor 11:25

 

The fact that he was stoned and left for dead, beaten, imprisoned, and finally killed for the truths sake ought to demonstrate that he didn't adapt the message to make it pleasing to his hearers! And the personal suffering he bore because of his ministry did not indicate that something was wrong with his approach, but that everything had been right (Ashamed of the Gospel, MacArthur, John, pg. 91)!

 

2 Cor 12:7

 

Story of Luther's fight and battle against Satan when he goes to sleep (362)

(A life of Martin Luther, Ronald H. Bainton, pg.362).

 

Eph 1:4

 

At the end of the book, the Narrator wakes up, and sees life and all of eternity as a giant chess game, in which God is controlling all of us. He chooses some to life, and some he chooses to death. Therefore, what people experience in the natural world are not real. Therefore, Lewis sees the reality, and he did not like it (The Great Divorce, Lewis, C.S. pg 130-133).

 

Eph 4:12

 

Psychologists tell us we have the potential of remembering only up to 10 percent of what we hear. The bulk of Christian education is hearing oriented. That's why it's often so inefficient...They learned by usage. They learned in the process of activity (Howard Henricks, Teaching to Change Lives, pg. 58-59).

 

Eph 6:12

 

..our task as ambassadors is to bring good news to people. Our mission as soldiers is to overthrow false ideas (The Truth War, John MacArthur, pg. 25).

 

Eph 6:13

 

As detestable as warfare of any kind might be, there are causes for which not fighting is a far greater evil (The Truth War, John MacArthur, pg. 28).

 

Phil 2:14

 

Anecdote

 

When William Sangster was told he was dying of progressive muscular atrophy, he made four resolutions and faithfully kept them: (1) I will never complain; (2) I will keep the home bright; (3) I will count my blessings; (4) I will try to turn it to gain (The Wycliffe Handbook of Preaching and Preachers, Wiersbe, Warren.pg.217).

 

Phil 2:21

 

Individualism has spawned the "me culture." This indivialistic attitude that says "I'll think what I want do what I want go where I want, and be responsible to no one but myself" has crept into the church and is reflected in the highly personalistic religion of many Christians (Ancient Future Evangelism. Webber, Robert E pg.59).

 

Phil 4:13

 

Anecdote

 

When John Henry Jowett was pastor at Newcastle-on-Tyne, England, he began a series of children's meetings. At the very first meeting, four boy's with penny whistles upset the meeting by playing tunes while Jowett was speaking. As usher rounded up the boys and took them to the vestry where they faced Jowett. "Cant you fellows play tin whistles any better than that?" Jowett asked. "If you can't I shall have to get Mrs. Jowett to give you some lessons.” A few weeks later, the four boys gave a concert with Mrs. Jowett accompanying them on the piano (The Wycliffe Handbook of Preaching and Preachers. Wiersbe, Warren. pg.189).

 

Col 3:5

 

But why ought we to obey instinct? Is there another instinct of a higher order directing us to do so, and a third of a still higher order directing us to obey it?--an infinite regress of instincts? This is presumably impossible, but nothing else will serve (The Abolition of Man, Lewis, C.S., pg. 35).

 

Col 3:10

 

Becoming a good Christian is not God’s goal for our youth. His goal is nothing less than transforming each student into an increasingly accurate likeness of his son

(Shaping the Spiritual Life of Students, Richard Dunn, pg. 52).

 

1 Thes 4:16-17

 

Anecdote

 

The author gave a very good illustration of a woman who takes her children to the train station; the children board the train and then are taken away. The mother cannot see nor hear from her children again. In the same way, God will snatch away (like the train, being figurative of God) the Christians at his appointed time (The Early Years, Spurgeon, CH, pg. 231).

 

1 Thes 5:21

 

True discernment is gained by applying our hearts and minds to biblical wisdom, not by fostering a critical spirit (The Truth War, John MacArthur, pg. 135).

 

1 Tim 2:12

 

Anecdote

 

John MacArthur tells a story from his past during the height of the women's lib movement about when he preached sermons on the role of women in the ministry, his sermons made the women liberation leaders furious. It made them so mad that they marched on his church, which received national network coverage. (Hard to Believe, (MacArthur, John. pg 151).

 

1 Tim 4:15

 

Before you can become useful to Christ as a disciple-maker, the fruit of your own walk with Christ must be apparent to others (Changed into His Image. Berg, Jim, pg. 17).

 

2 Tim 3:2-3

 

Our world has shrunk down to mere prudential concerns about ourselves and our families. Ethics has diminished from global concerns of justice and mercy and missions down to little lists of bad things to avoid...Unconsciously we have become very self-absorbed and oblivious and uncaring toward the pain and suffering in the world that is far worse than our own (When I Dont Desire God, Piper, John, pg, 226).

 

2 Tim 4:2

 

Anecdote

 

People criticized Archbishop Leighton because he "did not preach to the times." His reply was: "While so many are preaching to the times, may not one poor brother preach for eternity? (The Wycliffe Handbook of Preaching and Preachers, Wiersbe, Warren. pg.189).

 

2 Tim 4:3

 

Today the consumer mind-set has invaded Christianity. The church service is too long, you say? We'll shorten it. Some pastors make shorter sermons to appeal to people. Others don’t believe in formality, and yet others entertain people through media, entertainment, and music (Hard to Believe, MacArthur, John. pg 1).

 

2 Tim 4:3

 

About the only thing that is taboo nowadays is the intolerance of those who dare to point out others' errors. Anyone today who is bold enough to suggest that someone else's ideas or doctrines are unsound or unbiblical is dismissed at once as contentious, divisive, unloving, or unchristian.(ReckLess Faith, MacArthur, John. pg. 21).

 

James 1:2

 

Hard times hit everyone. God' children are not immune. If the times are hard enough, our initial response may not be discernibly different from others'. When we lose our scriptural perspective on the character of God and the reality of His providence, we sometimes misread the meaning of our circumstances (Not by Chance, Talbert, Layton, pg. 115).

 

James 4:1

 

Anecdote

 

When we take a tea bag, place it in a teacup, and fill the cup with hot water, the water activates the tea in the bag, unleashing its taste into the hot water around it. The hot water didn't create the taste, it merely revealed or drew out what was already in the bag (Changed into His Image, Berg, Jim. pg.3-4).

 

1 Pet 4:3

 

The false religion of lust is baser than the false religion of mother-love or patriotism or art; but lust is less likely to be made into a religion (The Great Divorce, Lewis, C.S., pg 99).

 

1 John 2:6

 

Christians aren’t perfect, just forgiven. That is right, but unfortunately, many of us live as though it says, “Christians aren’t any different just forgiven.” When we act just like everybody else, we have nothing convincing to say. Or more accurately, we have no one who will listen (Culture Shift, David Henderson, pg 175).

 

1 John 2:6

 

The first characteristic of a disciple is that he/she is like the Lord. He/she bears the character of Christ (Hard to Believe, MacArthur, John pg 125).

 

1 John 2:16

 

We do not see nature or intelligence or human motivation or ideology as "it" is but only as our languages are. And our languages are our media. Our media are our metaphors. Our metaphors create the content of our culture (Amusing Ourselves to Death Neil, Postman., pg. 15).

 

1 John 4:1

 

Anecdote

 

MacArthur telling a story that Joseph Dillow told him on how a Charismatic brother tried to influence him at a critical point in his life:

 

When I was a new Christian I met a man named Bill, whom was given to seeing visions and claimed that he received direct revelation from God. One night he called me at midnight because the Lord had given him a message. Bill came over to my house, and had warned me from the Lord that He did not want me to go to seminary. Bill claimed after reading in Isaiah and receiving some Special Revelation from the Lord that if I went to seminary my wife would be eaten by lions and I would lose my eternal salvation. The centrality of the Word had been lost in his life. The last I heard of Bill he was in jail because the "Lord had told him" that he was to disobey authority and not to comply with a zoning ordinance (Charismatic Chaos, MacArthur, John. pg. 97).

 

1 John 4:1

 

Anecdote

 

Hank tells a story exposing the "Holy Ghost Bartender" idea taught by some of the Charismatics. A woman froze on her hands and knees whom remained in exactly the same position for at least 45 minutes after she had gotten drunk in the Holy Spirit. Apparently this woman had stepped into the majestic realm of the supernatural during the time she was frozen. Also as the church was laughing so loudly, so the pastor opened his Bible to 2 Cor 9:7 and taught on cheerful giving. But this pastor had also been drunk in the Holy Spirit, so much that he was incapable of reading or even standing up (Counterfeit Revival, Hanegraaf, Hank. pg. 35).

 

1 John 4:7

 

Anecdote

 

I once attended a church and knew a pastor that would drive 1-hour away everyweek just to have a bible study with me and spend time with me. He was rare among pastors and even took me out to eat a number of times. Not many pastors would do that and I am truly thankful for his example (Personal Anecdote).

 

1 John 4:7

 

Anecdote

 

I knew of a girl once that gave away her only vehicle to someone in need. She saw someone that needed the car and she gave it to this person. She had no way to get to work/school, but she felt the Lord asking her to give away the car. I tried to talk her out of doing this, but she insisted it was the will of God (Personal Anecdote).

 

Jude 14-15

 

I would love to see the divine Lord take a whip and have at it in the religion of our time (Hard to Believe, MacArthur, John. pg 21).

 

Rev 3:16

 

Those whose “lukewarm” faith rests on the safety of their Christian environment are most often the ones who have the most to lose. Better off to have a real faith in a dangerous world than a false faith in a safe one (Fearless Faith, John Fischer, pg 103).

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