The Poison of the Apple (4 of 4) by Jeff Strite
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Series: Stewardship Of His Gifts
OPEN: A mother was telling about her 7-year-old daughter, named Jessica. She said they were re-reading the story of Adam and Eve and how sin came into the world and that led them to discuss why bad things happen sometimes, Later in the week, Jessica became ill and had to stay home from school. She was feeling miserable and she said to her mother "If only Adam and Eve hadn't eaten the fruit, I wouldn't be sick."
Before her mother could answer her, Jessica quickly added, "But, of course, if they didn't eat it, we'd be sitting here naked!"
INTRODUCTION: When I was back in Bible College, they taught me a principle of sermon preparation that I've never used. They said you should:
1. Tell people what you are going to tell them.
2. Tell them what you intend to tell them.
3. THEN Retell them what you've told them.
Like I said, I've never used that technique.
It doesn't appeal to me.
But the more I worked with this text and what I was learning from it, I realized that's precisely what I needed to do with this sermon.
So, let me tell you what I'm going to tell you:
The theme of this series of sermons has been the stewardship of things God has entrusted to us, and the focus of this sermon had to do with stewardship God has given us of the relationships we have with one another.
One of the most significant messages out of the story of Adam and Eve is that there were consequences for sinful decisions. And one of the consequences of their eating of the forbidden fruit has been the poison that meal had on our relationships with one another. Their eating of that fruit poisoned their sin relationship with each other. But the thing that led to that damaging of their relationships with each other was the damage their sin had on their relationship with God.
My point is this: our relationships with others in this world have been broken because of what Adam a ...
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