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“But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.” Matt.13:25  Parable of the tares  “sowing wild oats”  Sleeping.

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1 “But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.” Matt.13:25  Parable of the tares  “sowing wild oats”  Sleeping men

2 Battle of Quebec - 1759 North America continent changed hands Dec.25,1776 Washington fell upon enemy at dawn

3  Insensibility -  Insecurity - - -  Inactivity - - -  Illusion - - - - thief enter and you never know cannot protect self doing nothing may believe all is well

4 “But Jonah had gone down into the lowest parts of the ship, had lain down, and was fast asleep.” Jonah 1:5 Unrealistic  Did not face reality  He was in trouble  Went to sleep  Felt safe and secure

5 Unrealistic Sin is a great storm on all sides Threatens to destroy all of us Some are spiritually asleep Ephesians 5:14 - “Therefore He says: “Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, And Christ will give you light.”

6 Mark 14:37 “Then He came and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “Simon, are you sleeping? Could you not watch one hour?” Weariness  Earlier boasted  Die for you  Slept through agony of the Lord

7 Weariness Tired of the struggle Galatians 6:9 “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” NKJV - “If we do not lose heart” ESV - “if we do not give up” Hymn “O How I Love Jesus”

8 Judges 16:20 “I will go out as before, at other times, and shake myself free!” Presumption Knew he was on dangerous ground Got away with it before

9 Presumption Men know they are lost “I will obey some day. I have plenty of time.” “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.” James 4:14

10 Samson was blinded - Harnessed like an animal

11 Laziness Prov. 24:30-34  Field of the slothful  Grown over with thorns  Wall broken down “Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:” v.33

12 Laziness Too sleepy to attend Bible study and Worship Too Lazy to teach the lost “Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.” John 4:35 Song: “We’ll Work Till Jesus Comes”

13 Neglectful Parable of Tares Mt.13:24 No record they were tired Enemy sowed tares Slept instead of guarding

14 Neglectful Some parents are careless Provide material goods Neglect spiritual training Some Christians neglect opportunities to serve Young often say “There’s enough time later” Eccl. 12:1 “Remember now they Creator” 1 Peter 5:8

15 Indifferent 1 Cor. 11:30 “For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.”  spiritually asleep or dead  eat or drink unworthily 1 Timothy 5:6 “But she who lives in pleasure is dead while she lives.”  pleasure - luxurious living  alive in the flesh  dead in the spirit

16 Indifferent Must fight off spiritual sleep Knowledge of Danger does not keep it away 1 Corinthians 16:13 NKJV “Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.” Rev. 2:10b “Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.”

17 Jonah - - - - - - - Unrealistic Three Disciples - Weariness Samson - - - - - - Presumption Sluggard - - - - - - Laziness Tares - - - - - - - - - Careless Corinthians - - - - Death

18 Judges 4:17-21 - Sisera slept in tent of Jael

19 “Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, And Christ will give you light.” Ephesians 5:14

20 Sermon by Arthur Pigman Evans Church of Christ 515 Gibbs Road Evans, Ga. 30809 706-855-1249arthurpigman@bellsouth.netwww.evansgachurchofchrist.org Sunday Morning December 16, 2012


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