Sermons on People Skills
Where did we get the idea…?That reason and feelings are reliable guides? God reminds us that his thoughts are sky-high above ours.Human beings are very, very, very smartJust not very wise Isaiah 55:8-9 8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts,Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord.9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth,So are My ways higher than your waysAnd My thoughts than your thoughts.
Ephesians 4:11-13 11 And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the [a]saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the [b]knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature [c]which belongs to the fullness of Christ.
Proverbs 3:1-3 The Rewards of Wisdom 3 My son, do not forget my [a]teaching,But let your heart keep my commandments;2 For length of days and years of lifeAnd peace they will add to you.3 Do not let kindness and truth leave you;Bind them around your neck,Write them on the tablet of your heart.
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…