Sin, Sheep, Savior

Matthew 18:7-14 (ESV)

Temptations to Sin
7 “Woe to the world for temptations to sin! For it is necessary that temptations come, but woe to the one by whom the temptation comes! 8And if your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life crippled or lame than with two hands or two feet to be thrown into the eternal fire. 9And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into the hellof fire.

The Parable of the Lost Sheep
10 “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven. 12What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? 13And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. 14So it is not the will of myFather who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.

Points

1. Temptation

a. Should be avoided if possible.
b. Can be overcome:
c. Part of the victory in Jesus is the victory of the bonds of sin and the traps of temptation.

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2. Sin

a. Sin is a serious thing, so serious that Jesus chose to go to the cross to die to conquer sin.
b. Sin is a problem even in the lives of the most dedicated Christians
c. What do we do with sin?
-If you are yet a person of Faith: Trust Christ for Salvation
-If you are a believer: Confess your sin and he will cleanse you
-If you are a self-righteous sanctimonious church member: Stop treated “sinners” differently than Christ treated them, just because their sin repulses you.

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3. Victory

a. This is a picture of God’s great grace!
b. Some church folks might say about the 1 sheep:
c. I consider it an honor to have been RESCUED by the GOOD SHEPHERD
d. I found Victory in JESUS: and that victory applies to my salvation, my attitude, my mood, my family, my peace of mind, my finances, my circumstances

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