“Icarus” – (technically) The first message I ever gave

[I gave this to a group of fourth graders (If I recall correctly) while I was a freshman in high school (or something like that).  I put this up just for novelty.  This certainly is not up to my standard theologically nor rhetorically.  But, I hope it edifies someone, somewhere, at sometime.]

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1.    Icarus’ Story

a.    Tell the story – Add a lot of detail, pull them into the story

2.    Our inadequacies

a.    Tell of that cultures have stories/religions based around our inadequacies as humans

i.    Icarus

ii.    Buddha- must reach “Nirvana” before you can join Buddha

iii.    Old Testament- Sacrifices helped bridge gap between God and humans

iv.    Islam- “5 pillars of faith”-must do them in order to join Allah

v.    Hare Krishna- They must be worshiping until their God picks them up by hair

b.    Transition into illustrations

i.    Person gives you $80,000 Rolls Royce in appreciation, you give them a dime

ii.    North American will be destroyed, we all run to West Coast to swim to Hawaii

c.    Why do we have inadequacies?

i.    Our lives were perfect, until we screwed it up, now we have sin nature

ii.    Sin Nature- Not tendency to “do bad things”, but thoughts of individuality

iii.    In S.S., you learn Jesus is your friend BESIDE you, he should be IN you

3.    God Wants You

a.    Why can’t he have you as you are?

i.    He’s reaching out for us, but our sin keeps us from him

ii.    God and sin CANNOT be together, they are complete opposites

iii.    Read Psalm 49:7,8 – Tell how it relates to Roles Royce story

iv.    Read Isaiah 41:22a – Before we are saved, this is how God sees us

b.    Why can’t works help you?

i.    Read Ephesians 2:8,9 – It’s a gift.

ii.    Relate it to the Hawaii story

1.    how Jesus is a boat and everyone would rather swim

iii.    The gap between us and God is too large to bridge with works

iv.    It’s A natural assumption caused by the World and Satan – Read Rom. 9:31,32

v.    What’s the limit – A murderer can’t go to heaven but a cheater can?

c.    Do works help you “earn” forgiveness?

i.    Read Titus 3:4,5 we have forgiveness through mercy not right

4.    Do Works Matter at all?

a.    Yes – But you must be equipped to do them Read 2 Timothy 3:16,17

b.    Not just with the Word though, Read 1 Peter 2:24

5.    What if you just don’t care?

a.    Every feeling you have, God experienced on the cross –1 Pet 2:24 again and John 16:33

i.    He overcame the world and bore our sins – He became tainted for us

ii.    Accept him because he accepted you, not just to go to heaven or not go to Hell

6.    If Wax wings Don’t work, what will?

a.    Read John 14:6 – “Except through me” – Not through good works

b.    Read Ecclesiastes 1:14 – Are you chasing after the wind? Trying to reach the son?

c.    You don’t have to use your own wings – Use God’s

d.    Read Isaiah 40:31 – You can be on wings like eagles, not wings like Icarus.

e.    By . . . (Do invitation)

Verses:
7No man can redeem the life of another
or give to God a ransom for him–
8the ransom for a life is costly,
no payment is ever enough–
(Psalm 49:7,8)

24  But you are less than nothing  and your  works  are utterly worthless;  (Isaiah 41:22a)

8  For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–  9  not by works , so that no one can boast. (Ephesians 2:8,9)

31  but Israel, who pursued a law of righteousness, has not attained it.  32  Why not? Because they pursued it not by faith but as if it were by  works . They stumbled over the “stumbling stone.” (Romans 9:31,32)

4But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 5he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit.
(Titus 3:4,5)

16All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16,17)

24He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. (1 Peter 2:24) (emphasis added)

24He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. (1 Peter 2:24) (emphasis added)

33″I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

6Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.   (John 14:6)

14I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.
(Ecclesiastes 1:14)

31but those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.
(Isaiah 40:31)

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