ENVY – The Sixth of the Deadly Seven

DEATH BY 7

Weekly Reading

GENESIS 29:1-35; 30:1-24

MAIN POINT

Envy is a short-sighted emotion that will end in destruction. Only the gospel can replace the jealousy in our hearts with gratitude.

INTRODUCTION

Envy is resentful desire for what someone else has or is. Think of it as the longing and resentment we’ve all felt for someone else’s car, health, financial stability, job, marriage, and so on. What would you say you are most prone to envy in another person?

Q.      How do you rank envy compared to other sins, in terms of seriousness and             potential consequences?

Q.       Why?

Envy can be defined as resentful desire for what someone else has or is. It is no less significant of a sin than any of the others, because it is ultimately the forgetfulness of God’s will and provision. Envy says that we know better than God what we deserve, what is just, how our life situations should be orchestrated, and so on. It is idolatry, because it is about us trying to take over the sovereignty of God. In the story of Leah and Rachel that we will discuss today, we see how the envy of both women is rooted in a lack of faith in God and trust in His provisions.

Hopefully you will have time to read the scripture in preparation for our Sunday morning study.

God Bless and have a great week.

LUST, The Fifth of the Deadly Seven

DEATH BY 7

WEEKLY READING

2 SAMUEL 11:1-27; 12:1-15

MAIN POINT

King David gives us a humbling picture of how lust can affect our relationships with others and our relationship with God.

INTRODUCTION

As a kid, who or what was most influential in your understanding of the “birds and the bees”? How influential were your parents and the church in these early conversations?

How do you define lust? How have people’s opinions of lust changed throughout the years, both individually and as a society?

The Greek word translated “lust” refers to a strong desire or an intense longing. The word was used only a few times in the New Testament to describe a positive longing. Most of the time, the word denoted a negative desire. Paul used the word in this way when he reminded Titus to avoid worldly desires (Titus 2:12). John used this word to describe things opposed to God such as “lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes” (1 John 2:16). Lust can also be translated as “cravings of the flesh” or a “desire for something forbidden.” Today we will discuss a proverb from Solomon that warns against lust and encourages sexual purity. Then we will look at an illustration from the life of King David.

VERSE OF THE WEEK

Proverbs 6:23 (KJV)
23  For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:

GREED, The Fourth of the Deadly Seven

DEATH BY 7

READING FOR THE WEEK

JOSHUA 7:1-26

MAIN POINT

While godliness is the companion of contentment, greed is its enemy.

INTRODUCTION

Think about this last week. What is one time you saw something advertised and thought, “I’ve got to have that”?

How do you define contentment? In your own experiences, what have you discovered to be the key to contentment?

The materialism interwoven into the fabric of our culture leads us to believe we need anything we want. Advertisers push us to buy with the promise that an item will make us happy and bring satisfaction. We buy into this philosophy of greed and discontentment, always wanting more and never being satisfied. The only way we can combat the sin of greed is by understanding that we have all we need in Christ.

VERSE OF THE WEEK

Philippians 4:11 (KJV)
11  Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.

God Bless and have a great week. See you Sunday!

GLUTTONY, THE THIRD OF THE DEALY SEVEN

DEATH BY 7

READING FOR THE WEEK

Genesis 25:19-34

As you read, think of some of the areas in our culture and lifestyles that consume us.

Being a good Baptist, we often meet and fellowship around food but the major focus is the Fellowship, not the Food.

The Sin of Gluttony is the opposite.

GLUTTONY, the Third of the deadly seven.

What are the primary messages you hear from American culture when it comes to eating and food?

What do you hear the American church saying about eating and food?

The Bible primarily connects the sin of gluttony with food. It is often paired with drunkenness, as well, since eating and drinking go hand in hand. Gluttony is idolatry, because by orienting our behavior, thinking, and affections around food, we seek to find in food what can only be found in God. As we will see, the biblical solution for gluttony is not simply to eat less, but to eat “for God’s glory” (1 Cor. 10:31). This means making sure we’ve put food in its right place so we find our satisfaction in Christ alone.

I hope you get a chance to read the passages and prepare for Sunday both in study and in prayer. God Bless and have a great week.

VERSE OF THE WEEK:

1 Corinthians 10:31 (KJV) 31  Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or what-soever ye do, do all to the glory of God.

I hope you get a chance to read the passages and prepare for Sunday both in study and in prayer. God Bless and have a great week.

WRATH, THE SECOND OF THE DEADLY SEVEN

DEATH BY 7

READING FOR THE WEEK

Genesis 4:1-16

As you read, think of some of the emotions that Cain may have felt that may have led to the murder of Able.

Can you think of times in which you have fallen victim to the very emotions, feelings and actions of Cain. Hopefully not murder, in the physical sense.

Wrath, the second of the deadly seven.

Cain didn’t have a right relationship with the Lord; as such, wrath overtook Cain’s heart and he sinned against both God and man.

As we consider this, how would you answer the following?

Q: In your life, what is anger usually a sign of? Discontent? Not getting your way? Hurt pride? Jealousy? Explain.

Q: What is the best advice you have been given on how to deal with anger?

Anger in and of itself isn’t sin, but when it is unrighteous and uncontrolled, it quickly becomes sin and causes the angry person to sin further. Wrath, also known as “rage,” is uncontrolled feelings of hatred and anger. Wrath, in its purest form, presents with self-destructiveness, violence, and hate. Feelings of anger can manifest in different ways, including impatience, revenge, and self-destructive behavior. Ultimately, wrath is sin because it defies God’s command to love others as He loves us.

Verse Of The Week:

Ephesians 4:26 (KJV) 26  Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:

I hope you get a chance to read the passages and prepare for Sunday both in study and in prayer. God Bless and have a great week.

SLOTH, FIRST OF THE DEADLY SEVEN

DEATH BY 7

READING FOR THE WEEK

1 Samuel 2-4

As you read, focus on Eli’s interaction with his sons Hophni and Phineas and with the Children of Isreal as the High Priest.

You will find a parallel story of Samuel and how he was ultimately chosen as the substitute High Priest.

SLOTH, the first of the deadly seven.

Sloth is defined as spiritual or emotional apathy, neglecting what God has spoken, and being physically and emotionally inactive. Sloth can also indicate a wasting due to lack of use, concerning a person, place, thing, skill, or intangible ideal that would require maintenance, refinement, or support to continue to exist. As an example of sloth we’ll consider the life of Eli, one of Israel’s priests, whose story is told in 1 Samuel 2–4. Sloth is evident in Eli’s life through his indifference to his responsibilities as a father and as the high priest of Israel.

Q: After studying the text, in what ways do you find Eli to be a Slothful person?

 

Q: What are some adjectives, descriptive words that you believe could be interchangeable with Slothfulness?

 

Q: What is meant by the statement in 1 Samuel 2:12, “the sons of Eli were sons of Belial?

VERSE OF THE WEEK

1 Samuel 2:3 (KJV)
3  Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogancy come out of your mouth: for the LORD is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed.

I hope you get a chance to read the passages and prepare for Sunday both in study and in prayer. God Bless and have a great week.

This Sunday 9-18-2016

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“Why Did Jesus Come” The 5th session in our Strategic Discipleship Series. Due to some copyright limitations, we will no longer post the Lessons on our web page but we will continue to post work sheets and outlines on our closed facebook page for the class.

So, why did Jesus come?  If asked this question, could you give a substantial answer?  According to  1 Peter 3:15 (KJV)” 15  But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:”  In this lesson we will explore the reason for Christ coming and the result that would occur had He not come.

See you Sunday.