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Expecting the Impossible

TEXT:† Matt. 7:15-20

INTRODUCTION:

A.††††† WARNING AGAINST DECEPTION Ė APPEARANCES vs. FRUIT BORN.

B.††††† PEOPLE OFTEN EXPECT IMPOSSIBLE FRUIT.

I.††††† THE NON-CHRISTIAN EXPECTS ...

A.††††† SALVATION WITHOUT FAITH AND REPENTANCE ( Heb. 11:6;† Acts 17:30 ).

B.††††† REMISSION OF SINS WITHOUT BAPTISM.

††††††††† 1.†††††† God must be obeyed ( 2 Thess. 1:7-9 ).

††††††††† 2.†††††† Baptism is a command of the gospel ( Mark 16:15-16;† Acts 2:38 ).

C.††††† SECURITY IN JUDGMENT WITHOUT DOING HIS WILL ( Matt. 7:21, 24-27 ).

II.†††† THE LOCAL CHURCH EXPECTS Ö

A.††††† GROWTH WITHOUT DILIGENCE.

††††††††† 1.†††††† Whoís fault if we donít grow?† Godís?† The Wordís?† Our audience?

††††††††† 2.†††††† It is our fault.† The difference between then and now is us.

††††††††† 3.†††††† The power is still in Godís word to save ( Rom. 1:16-17 ).

††††††††† 4.†††††† But it must be taught ( Rom. 10:13ff. ).

B†††††† DILIGENCE WITHOUT LOVE AND CONVICTION.

††††††††† 1.†††††† Paulís example ( Rom. 10:1 ).

††††††††† 2.†††††† 2 Cor. 4:13.

C.††††† PURITY WITHOUT DISCIPLINE.

††††††††† 1.†††††† Includes teaching and training ( Eph. 4:11-12, 16 ).

††††††††† 2.†††††† Includes guidance through their example ( 1 Pet. 5:3 ).

††††††††† 3.†††††† Includes correction ( 2 Tim. 4:2;† 1 Cor. 5:6-7 ).

III.††† WE AS INDIVIDUAL CHRISTIANS EXPECT Ö

A.††††† HAPPINESS WITHOUT HOLINESS ( Psa. 1:1-3 ).

††††††††† 1.†††††† Separation a condition of being Godís child ( 2 Cor. 6:17-18 ).

††††††††† 2.†††††† Necessary to see God ( Heb. 12:14 ).

††††††††† 3.†††††† Achieved by renewing the mind ( Rom. 12:2 ).

B.††††† LOVE WITHOUT CHASTENING ( Heb. 12:6, 10 ).

C.††††† BLESSING WITHOUT SACRIFICE ( Rom. 12:1 ).

††††††††† 1.†††††† A reasonable sacrifice ( Gal. 2:20 ).

††††††††† 2.†††††† A pre-requisite to service ( 2 Cor. 8:5 ).

D.††††† A CHANGE IN LIFE WITHOUT A CHANGE OF HEART.

††††††††† 1.†††††† What we do is a product of what we are ( Luke 6:43-45 ).

††††††††† 2.†††††† Not only the old manís doings are to be put away ( Col. 3:9 ).

††††††††† 3.†††††† John 3:3-5.† Being born again is a renewal of the inward man Ė the character.

CONCLUSION:

A.††††† IT IS NOT IMPOSSIBLE FOR YOU TO BE LOST!

B.††††† IT IS NOT IMPOSSIBLE FOR YOU TO BE SAVED!