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Remember Good Examples (12 of 14)
Hebrews 13:7-8; 12:1-3; I Timothy 4:15-16; 6:11-12
INTRO: We all need heroes or examples to follow. Like it or not we not only look for examples to follow but others are looking at us to be an example. Because we are prone to following examples it is important whom we pick to follow. Children really need and look for examples to follow; this is why they pick heroes from TV. It is important for us to pick examples for them to follow when they are young. We tend to learn more from examples than we do from books!
ILLUS: LIKE THE STORY OF A TV REPAIRMAN WHO LIKED TO LEAVE HIS JOB BEHIND WHEN HE CAME HOME. AS A RESULT, HE NEVER FIXED UP HIS OWN BROKEN TV ANTENNA ON THE ROOF OF HIS HOUSE. ONE DAY, A NEW FAMILY MOVED IN NEXT DOOR AND THE NEW NEIGHBOR WAS ATTEMPTING TO PUT A TV ANTENNA ON HIS ROOF BECAUSE OF POOR RECEPTION. HE REMEMBERED MEETING HIS TV REPAIRMAN NEIGHBOR AND SO DECIDED TO JUST COPY THE WAY THE ANTENNA WAS ON HIS ROOF ... FIGURING HE WAS THE EXPERT TO FOLLOW. HE AIMED THE ANTENNA HE PUT UP THE SAME WAY AS HIS NEIGHBOR BUT THEN NOTICED THAT A PART OF THE ANTENNA HAD AN ARM BROKEN OFF IT, SO HE BROKE HIS THE SANE WAY! THE PROBLEM HOWEVER WAS NOT THE ANTENNA, BUT HIS FAITH IN A BAD EXAMPLE THAT COST HIM THE DAMAGE TO A BRAND NEW ANTENNA! – SOURCE UNKNOWN
It can be critical who we pick as examples to follow, one thing is clear from the Bible – we are to REMEMBER GOOD EXAMPLES! Really, the Bible is a book of both good and bad examples, ones given us to learn from.
More people learn from examples than from books...
PROP. SENT: The Bible teaches that we are to both be a good example to others and to take notice of good examples in others. These good examples become important role models for us to learn from and for our children to learn from.
I. THE IMPORTANCE OF MODELS! Heb. 13:7-8; 12:1-3
A. Former Heb. 13:7-8
1. While it is true that we are to look o ...
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