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1 Elephant in the Living Room Ignore it – It will go away Sunday, May 1, PM

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3 Introduction We use other phrases –Skeletons in the closet –The King has no clothes –Shady family tree Ignore it – It will go away

4 Introduction Many try to pretend a problem does not exist We hope the problem will just disappear. Are there elephants in your life?

5 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

6 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

7 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

8 Elephants in the Church Doctrinal IssuesDoctrinal Issues –Salvation – baptism –Worship – Music, Communion, Giving –Fellowship with error Moral IssuesMoral Issues –Abortion –Homosexual issues

9 Elephants in the Church Internal StressInternal Stress –Long-term grudges –Personality clashes –Strong Opinions

10 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”

11 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”

12 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.

13 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

14 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?


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