Sermons on People Skills
A. Without Self-control our lives simply fall apart 1.Things that mask your demise: a.You’ve had better days •Fumes of past success b.Skills have kept you in place c.Enablers have propped you up d.Resources •Money 2 Peter 1:5-7 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 5 Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral [a]excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge, 6 and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness, 7 and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love. Without Self-control our lives simply fall apart.
•Not everything in the Bible is going to sound— •Easy •Pleasant •Pleasing •Some things are ‘Hard to understand,’ as Peter puts it (2Pet.3:16). Matthew 10:34-36 (NASB) 34 “Do not think that I came to [a]bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I came to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; 36 and a man’s enemies will be the members of his household.
Difficult people in the Bible What would you do with… A Hot-tempered Person Proverbs 22:24-25 (NASB) 24 Do not associate with a man given to anger;Or go with a hot-tempered man,25 Or you will learn his waysAnd [a]find a snare for yourself.
•What if it’s a failure? •What if I embarrass myself? •What if they don’t like me? •I’m a lousy host! 1 Peter 4:9 (NASB) 9 Be hospitable to one another without complaint.
Can we maintain Harmony in the Midst of Conflict and Change? Psalm 32-8 (NASB) 8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.
Life can be daunting, like a deer caught in the headlights the way ahead is out of focus and the last thing on our minds is evangelism. 1 Peter 4:15-16 (NASB) 15 Make sure that none of you suffers as a murderer, or thief, or evildoer, or a [a]troublesome meddler; 16 but if anyone suffers as a Christian, he is not to be ashamed, but is to glorify God in this name.
What does Christian progress look like? Who is to say someone is moving forward? What are the signs of spiritual progress? Philippians 1:23-26 (NASB) 23 But I am hard-pressed from both directions, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better; 24 yet to remain on in the flesh is more necessary for your sake. 25 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy [a]in the faith, 26 so that your proud confidence in me may abound…
Is complete agreement necessary? Co-operation may not be a mutual want! Some people are happy with a Mexican standoff! Acts 15:36-41 (NASB) 36 After some days Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us return and visit the brethren in every city in which we proclaimed the word of the Lord, and see how they are.” 37 Barnabas wanted to take John, called Mark, along with them also. 38 But Paul kept insisting that they should not take him along who had deserted them [a]in Pamphylia and had not gone with them to the…
Who is the greatest? Luke 9:46-48 (NASB) Luke 9:46-48 (NASB) 46 An argument [a]started among them as to which of them might be the greatest.47 But Jesus, knowing [b]what they were thinking in their heart, took a child and stood him by His side, 48 and said to them, “Whoever receives this child in My name receives Me, and whoever receives Me receives Him who sent Me; for the one who is least among all of you, this is the one who is great.”
Jesus presented himself as the model of gentleness. Matthew 11:29-30 (ESV) 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”