Why Doesn’t The Lesson Stick?
Outline By: Brian A. Yeager
A. God brings the children of Israel out of bondage and they realize His might (Exodus 15:11-18), but soon after…
1. They got thirsty (Exodus 15:23-27 and Exodus 17:1-3).
2. They got hungry (Exodus 16:1-3).
3. They got wanted to gripe (Numbers 11:1-2).
4. Think of how quickly Israel turned away from God time and time again (Psalms 106:1-22)?
B. God’s repetition is often to no avail (Job 33:14)?
1. Sometimes we need reminders (II Peter 1:12-13).
2. Yet, we shouldn’t need to hear things over and over again before we act (Psalms 119:1-4, Luke 6:46-49, and Luke 11:28).
3. God is longsuffering with us so that we can change (Romans 2:4), not for us to go backwards (Isaiah 1:4, Isaiah 28:13, and Jeremiah 15:6)?
II. Body: Some people have very temporary changes in their lives (Hosea 6:4-7).
A. We can’t go back to the way we were while in sin (Galatians 2:17-18).
1. Repenting means leaving all sins behind (Proverbs 28:13, Ezekiel 18:27, and II Timothy 2:19).
2. Temporary change is not repentance (Exodus 9:27-35).
3. It’s better to never change than to change and turn back to sin (II Peter 2:20-22).
B. You cannot say you’re going to do something and then not do it (Matthew 21:28-32).
1. There are people that talk big and do little (Matthew 23:1-6).
2. As we all know, it is what we do that defines us (Isaiah 29:13 and Titus 1:16).
C. How are we any different than Israel or Pharaoh if we…
1. …Study giving (I Corinthians 16:1-2 and II Corinthians 9:5-7), but then only give better temporarily?
2. …Talk about Bible study habits (Psalms 119:97-99, John 5:39, and Colossians 3:16), but then only study more temporarily?
3. …Realize we need to spend spiritual and social time with our brethren (Acts 2:46 and I Peter 4:9), but changes are temporary?
4. …Study how we need each member of this local church to work together in all things (Ephesians 4:16), but the “feeling” wears off?
5. …Realize we’re not doing enough or are wrong on ANYTHING, but only change temporarily (Ezekiel 33:12-13)?
III. Conclusion: “Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God” (Matthew 4:7).
© 2012 This material may not be used for sale or other means to have financial gain. Use this as a tool for your own studies if such is helpful! Preachers are welcome to this work, but please do not use my work so that you can be lazy and not do your own studies. – Brian A. Yeager