Meaning! (4 of 5) by Dennis Marquardt

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Meaning! (4 of 5)
Series: Great Issues Of Life
Dennis Marquardt
Hebrews 12:25-29; 2 Peter 3:3-15

INTRO: Imagine a huge ocean liner full of people pulling out of the dock in New York City. No destination is announced and there are reports that the boat has everything a boat should have except a rudder ... lots of power, plenty of fuel, plenty of fun, food, water, pool, tennis courts, etc. ... but no rudder! Who knows where this boat will end up?

Such is the life without God ... without God, life has no purpose or meaning, we are just drifting through this universe and happen to exist for a brief period of time ... and nothing we do will have any real lasting consequence! We might have plenty of food, water ... and even lots of laughs ... but we are rudderless ... no sense of direction or destination!

Those who aim for nothing will likely find that target!

PROP. SENT: We are not a people merely wandering in a desert without direction ... we have a certain "meaning" in Christ that those in the world cannot have! We are a people "receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken" ... what we do not only matters now ... but for all eternity!

I. WORDS OF PERSPECTIVE Heb. 12:25-27; 2 Pet. 3:3-15

A. Warnings From the Past Heb. 12:25-26a
1. How reliable is God's Word?
a. One only has to look back in order to look ahead!
b. God used Moses to warn His people ... and when they chose to ignore God's warnings they suffered the consequences!
c. History is full of God's Word being true!
2. The Old Covenant gave mostly warnings ... hope was in the future New Covenant.
3. God warned Israel of the dangers of sin ... through the 10 commandments given Moses ... to this day those commandments still stand as a warning for sinners of the dangers in sin ... and the painful consequences if ignored!

ILLUS: In her novel about Maine, Sara Jewett describes the ascent of a woman writer on the pathway leading to home of a retired sea captain named Elijah Tilley ...

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