When a Funeral Beats a Feast (5 of 7) by Jeff Ginn

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When a Funeral Beats a Feast (5 of 7)
Series: The Big Picture
Dr. Jeffery B. Ginn
Ecclesiastes 7:1-5
10/10/04

1. INTRODUCTION
a. Take a newspaper into the pulpit.
b. How many of you read the headline section first?
c. How many of you read the sports section first?
d. How many of you read the financial section first?
e. How many of you read the funnies first?
f. How many of you read the obituaries first?
g. How many of you just watch T.V.?!
h. Would it surprise you to know that the wisest of us may very well be those who read the obituaries first?! That's right. It may be better for you to read about the funerals instead of the funnies!
i. In fact, God says that a funeral beats a feast in terms of what it can do positively for your life. Now to be sure, there is a place for both. Jesus celebrated at the wedding feast in Cana of Galilee; He wept at his friend's passing. But the interesting thing is that the one we avoid is the one that holds the greatest potential to positively affect us!
j. Stand in honor of God's word and we will read Ecclesiastes 7:1-5.
k. There is a place for feasting but more can be learned at the house of mourning. In fact, the day of a man's death may very well be better than the day of a man's birth. Phil 1:23 says, "I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far;" But, in what circumstances does the day of death beat the day of one's birth? In what circumstances does a funeral beat a feast?
l. When does a funeral beat a feast? When . . .
i. The one who dies is ready (i.e., a good reputation)
ii. The one who are living get ready (i.e., genuine reflection)
iii. The way that is done is by hearing God's rebuke (i.e., godly repentance)
2. GOOD REPUTATION (7:1)
a. Intro: The day of death is better than the day of birth for the person who has a good reputation, for the one whose reputation is matched by the reality of his life. It is a real reputation.
b. There is a name ...


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