Fool's Gold

Luke 12:12-21

Everyone has heard of the California gold rush of 1849. Successful miners had to be able to discern between valuable gold and worthless iron sulfide, or fool’s gold. Let’s compare that to the Christian life - as Christian’s we must be able to discern between what is really important in life and what is not. Let’s take a look at what the scriptures have to say in Luke Chapter 12.

v. 13-15 - The Setting

v. 16-19 - The Story reference James 1:17 and Matthew 6:19-24

v. 20-21 - The Spiritual point

The Could be Your One

Romans 1:16-17

Christians give many reasons for not sharing their faith, but could a true born again believer actually be ashamed of the Gospel and the Savior who saved their own soul? Today’s message will address Who we have in us and from where we get our confidence, Where our Power comes from, and What is the end product.

Additional scripture references include I Corinthians 3:6-7, John 14:1-3, and John 10:10

Sound the Alarm

Luke 16:19-31 - Today’s text describes Hades - the temporary holding place for non-believers.

If we know danger is on the way and we don’t warn people who will be impacted by the impending danger, there will be horrible consequences. Where we go after we die depends on what we do with Jesus Christ in this life!

> The Reality of Hell - Ref Matthew 25:41, 46

> The Residents of Hell - Ref Isaiah 14:12-14, John 3:17

> The Reason for Hell
God does not send anyone TO Hell - people end up in Hell because they choose to reject Jesus. God must deal with sin in a righteous way.

> The Ramifications of Hell - Ref Revelation 20:11-15 Great White Throne Judgment - lake of fire = 2nd death
1. Physical Torment
2. Mental Torment
3. Spiritual Torment

v. 27-28 - God sends us to warn people.

People who know, go to people who need to know Jesus.

Dare to Care

Mark 2:1-12

> Every person has the same basic Problem - v. 1-2 - a Sin Problem

> Some people have some very Persistent and caring friends. (v. 3-4) - Relationships and passion for the souls of men.

> The answer to every person’s problem(s) is a Perfect Savior. (v. 5-12)

Addition References:
Hebrews 11:1, 6
Luke 19:10
Colossians 2:9
Titus 2:13

Jesus is the object of our faith. We point people toward Christ!