Introduction We use other phrases –Skeletons in the closet –The King has no clothes –Shady family tree Ignore it – It will go away
Introduction Many try to pretend a problem does not exist We hope the problem will just disappear. Are there elephants in your life?
Grecian Widows Apostles were busy –Preaching, teaching, baptizing –Doing the command of Jesus Greek speaking widows were neglected, ignored They were an elephant in the early church’s living room
Achan’s Elephant Joshua 7:10-11 Achan stole – gold, silver, garment from Jericho The spoils belong to God Achan hid the goods under his tent
Achan’s Elephant Achan pretended that everything was OK The next day Israel lost 36 men is a battle Why? There is sin in the camp There is an elephant under the tent
Elephants in the Church Doctrinal IssuesDoctrinal Issues –Salvation – baptism –Worship – Music, Communion, Giving –Fellowship with error Moral IssuesMoral Issues –Abortion –Homosexual issues
Elephants in the Church Internal StressInternal Stress –Long-term grudges –Personality clashes –Strong Opinions
Home / Family / Marriage Are there any elephants in your living room?Are there any elephants in your living room? –Every family has a “horse theif” in the family tree –We say, “Skeletons in the closet”
Home / Family / Marriage Today there are family elephantsToday there are family elephants Wild TeensWild Teens – Drugs, Stealing, Truancy, Fornication ParentsParents – Argue, Alcohol, Violence, Sexual Abuse MarriageMarriage – “On the rocks”
Repentance Matthew 18:17 -Matthew 18:17 - And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church. But if he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you like a heathen and a tax collector.
Repentance Matthew 18:17Matthew 18:17 –If he refuses to hear you - - –They are ignoring the elephant If he refuses to repent - - He has an elephant in the living room
Salvation Some think they don’t need salvationSome think they don’t need salvation –I’m a good person Hebrews 2:3aHebrews 2:3a - how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation?