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Jesus and the Wolfman (2 of 4)
Series: Bible Halloween
INTRODUCTION: There was a man who earnestly tried to make the scriptures come to life. He chose a passage that many in this room know from Isaiah 11:6. It describes a future reality in which, "The wolf will live with the lamb…and a little child will lead them." He finally got a wolf and lamb and put them in the backyard to begin this scripture's visual presentation. The problem he lamented was that he had to throw a new lamb in the backyard each day.
The current reality is that wolves and lambs don't play well together because wolves have a rather aggressive demeanor toward lambs. Jesus used the analogy of wolves to characterize certain men of his day in Matthew 7:15 "Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves." These false prophets are the "wolfmen" of my sermon title this morning. Next week I'll be preaching about Jesus and the Mummy. The following week I'll speak about Jesus and the haunted house. But today we're going to consider what Jesus had to say about these men that were like wolves in sheep's clothing. The overall lesson is "Be discerning. Don't be gullible. Don't be naïve." Just because we're Christians doesn't mean we have to check our brains at the door.
Matthew 10:16 "I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves."
We may be sheep but that doesn't mean we have to be "sheeple." Do you know what sheeple are? The urban dictionary defines "sheeple" as people unable to think for themselves, who follow blindly and never ask discerning questions. It's BAAAAAAD to be a sheeple. Sheeple get eaten by the wolfman.
So let's look at three ways to avoid being a sheeple.
I. AVOID BEING A SHEEPLE BY ACKNOWLEDGING THE EXISTENCE OF TRUTH
Matthew 7:15 "Watch out for false prophets."
If there is a false prophet then it foll ...
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