November 25, 2013
Yesterday morning I continued my preaching series through the book of Judges. I preached Judges 16:1-31 in a sermon I entitled, “Gazing in Gaza.”
Main Idea of the Text: Samson failed to master sin and as a result he was enslaved.
Main Idea of the Sermon: The Christian who refuses to master sin will become enslaved by sin.
How can a Christian became enslaved by sin?
I. Samson failed to recognize the seduction of sin (1-4).
Genesis 3:6: So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.
Galatians 5:17: For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.
II. Samson failed to recognize the seriousness of sin (5-17).
Proverbs 7:21-23: With her enticing speech she caused him to yield, with her flattering lips she seduced him. Immediately he went after her, as an ox goes to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks, till an arrow struck his liver. As a bird hastens to the snare, he did not know it would cost his life.
Proverbs 14:9: Fools mock at sin, but among the upright there is favor.
III. Samson failed to recognize the strength of sin (18-22).
Galatians 5:16: I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.
Romans 6:16: Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?
IV. Samson failed to recognize the sequel of sin (23-31).
Hebrews 12:1: Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.
On Sunday evening we had our community Thanksgiving service at Winterville First Baptist. New Grove Baptist Church, Harvest Church, and Winterville United Methodist Church joined us for a great worship service.