Presentation on theme: "Sloth. Previously on 7 Sins We have looked at 5 sins: Pride = wanting to be like God, or to be God. Envy = wanting the other person not to = wanting the."— Presentation transcript:
Previously on 7 Sins We have looked at 5 sins: Pride = wanting to be like God, or to be God. Envy = wanting the other person not to = wanting the other person not to have what I don’t have. have what I don’t have.Gluttony = wanting to feed the soul with the body’s food. = wanting to feed the soul with the body’s food.
3 Kinds of Anger Rage & Resentment Not Righteous Indignation Lust thinking other people are objects for our sexual satisfaction
Sloth Scripture Reading Proverbs 26:13-16
Sloth Elie Wiesel, in his autobigraphical novel The Town Beyond the Walls tells the story of Michael, a young Jew who survives the Holocaust. Rick Ezell, The 7 Sins of Highly Defective People, p.69
Sloth “Indifference is a deadly sin. It is to be forever a spectator on the sidelines of life.” Rick Ezell, The 7 Sins of Highly Defective People, p.70
Sloth Sloth contains 2 components: “acedia, which means a lack of caring, an aimless indifference to one’s responsibilities to God and to man, & tristitia, meaning sadness and sorrow leading to the final stage of despair, hence its deadly nature.” Rick Ezell, The 7 Sins of Highly Defective People, p.70 Rick Ezell, The 7 Sins of Highly Defective People, p.70
Sloth Examples of living on the sidelines: - Watching TV for hours - Playing X-box for hours - Watching people live their lives on Soap operas or “reality” shows while we are wasting our lives on the couch
Sloth As one author put it: “We are entertaining ourselves to death.” Email received this week “Remember when...” Life before X-box
Sloth There is a game going on, and some of us are on the bench by our own choice.
Sloth Proverbs 26: 13 The sluggard says, "There is a lion in the road, a fierce lion roaming the streets!" FEAR
Sloth Proverbs 26: 14 As a door turns on its hinges, so a sluggard turns on his bed. Habit
Sloth Proverbs 26: Proverbs 26: 15 The sluggard buries his hand in the dish; he is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth. Laziness
Sloth Proverbs 26: Proverbs 26: 16 The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who answer discreetly Foolish
Overcoming Sloth Why are there ants walking across the screen?
Overcoming Sloth Proverbs 6:6-11 6 Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! 7 It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, 8 yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.
Overcoming Sloth Proverbs 6:6-11 9 How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep? 10 A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest- 11 and poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man.
Overcoming Sloth Lessons learned from the ants: 1. Is wise 2. Gets to work 3. Without being told 4. Works for the common good
DVD of Floyd McClunn Church planter/teacher Now in South Africa “Living for Eternity”
Overcoming Sloth I Corinthians 3:5-9 I Corinthians 3:5-9 5What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task. 6I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. 7So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.
Overcoming Sloth 8The man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labor. 9For we are God's fellow workers; you are God's field, God's building.
Overcoming Sloth You are God’s Field God’s Building God’s fellow workers
Overcoming Sloth 10By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as an expert builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should be careful how he builds. 11For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.
Overcoming Sloth 12If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, 13his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man's work. 14If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward. 15If it is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames.
Overcoming Sloth Hebrews 6:10-12 10God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. 11We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, in order to make your hope sure. 12We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.
Overcoming Sloth Cory TenBoom Story Told she would have 10 more years. “What would give you more glory?” On earth, but much suffering.
Sloth Are you justhangingaround?
Overcoming Sloth Are you Benched In the Game of life?
Overcoming Sloth God invites you to get off the bench and to get into the game that really matters.