Escape From Sodom

TEXTGen. 19:1-17

INTRODUCTION:

A.      BACKGROUND FOR THIS.

          1        Lot chose Sodom( Gen. 13:1-13 ).

          2.       Abraham pleads for Sodom's salvation( 18:22-33 ).

B.      LOT WAS GIVEN INSTRUCTIONS FOR HIS SALVATION( 19:17 ).

C.      WE MUST ALSO ESCAPE FROM SODOM.

I.      "ESCAPE FOR THY LIFE."  STOP SINNING!

A.      REPENTANCE IS DEMANDED OF US( Acts 2:38;  17:30 ).

B.      SPIRITUAL DEATH IS THE RESULT( Rom. 6:23;  Eph. 2:1 ).

C.      SOMETIMES WE ALL BECOME ENTANGLED( 1 John 1:8 ).

D.      THE DANGER IS GREAT( 2 Pet. 2:20-21;  Gal. 5:4 ).

II.     "LOOK NOT BEHIND THEE."  DON'T LOOK LONGINGLY.

A.      THE WARNING OF JESUS( Luke 9:57-62 ).

          1.       What about the "good old days?"( Eph. 2:12;  Heb. 2:15 ).

          2.       Did you leave something?  Don't look back longingly.

B.      JESUS WANTS OUR HEARTS AS WELL AS OUR BODIES

( Mat. 15:8-9;  Heb. 4:12-13 ).

C.      A CHANGE OF HEART, A CHANGE OF AFFECTION( Mat.6:24; Rom. 12:9 ).

III.    "NEITHER STAY THOU IN ALL THE PLAIN." - GET AS FAR

        FROM SIN AS POSSIBLE.

A.      THE PLAIN WAS A PLACE OF TEMPTATION( Gen. 13:13 ).

          1.       Sometimes we want to impress the wrong people( 1 Cor. 15:33 ).

          2.       Sometimes we like to see just how close we can get without actually

                   committing sin( Rom. 12:9;  James 4:7-8;  2 Tim. 2:22;  1 Thes 5:22 ).

B.      TO BE IN THE PLAIN WAS TO BE NUMBERED AS ONE OF ITS

          INHABITANTS.  IT WAS A PLACE OF BAD INFLUENCE.

          1.       We are to be separate( 2 Cor. 6:17-18 ).

          2.       Both the temptation and our influence on others is important( Mat. 5:13-16 ).

          3.       We are here to reflect his goodness( 1 Pet. 2:9 ).

          4.       Sinful associations darken his light( Eph. 5:11 ).

IV.   "ESCAPE TO THE MOUNTAIN." - JESUS IS OUR ROCK!

A.      IT IS THROUGH JESUS THAT WE ESCAPE SIN( 2 Pet. 2:20; 1 Pet. 2:24 ).

B.      OBEDIENCE BRINGS ABOUT ESCAPE FROM SIN( John 8:31-32 ).

C.      DISOBEDIENCE BRINGS A FATE SIMILAR TO SODOM'S( 2 Thes. 1:7-10 ).

CONCLUSION:    WHERE DO YOU LIVE SPIRITUALLY?

IN SODOM OR THE KINGDOM?

YOU MAY ESCAPE SODOM BY OBEYING JESUS.

( Rom. 6:17-18 )