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RADICAL AMPUTATION

LESSION OBJECTIVE:
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1 THIS IS, OF COURSE FIGURATIVE SPEECH

Scripture is to be understood figuratively when that is its intent and literally when it is intended to be literal.
B This is a figure that is so drastic that it will not soon be forgotten, it is memorable
This is a figure that is so drastic that it will not soon be forgotten, it is memorable.
THIS IS, OF COURSE FIGURATIVE SPEECH
C He is talking about the “put off” aspect of the dynamic discussed in the last lecture
He is talking about the “put off” aspect of the dynamic discussed in the last lecture

2 YOUR COUNSELLEE MUST TAKE ACTION

Quietistic views of change are unbiblical
“Let go and let God” Keswick theology
1 “Let go and let God” Keswick theology
“Total commitment” ideas of Charles Solomon
2 “Total commitment” ideas of Charles Solomon
3 “Preach the Gospel to yourself” – Sonship theology
“Preach the Gospel to yourself” – Sonship theology
“Let’s just pray about it.”
4 “Let’s just pray about it.”
B Repentance and forgiveness are not enough.
Repentance and forgiveness are not enough.
1 They are only the beginning
They are only the beginning
They must be followed by concrete change
2 They must be followed by concrete change
They asked John the Baptist, “What should we do? ()
● They asked John the Baptist, “What should we do? ()
● They asked Peter, “What should we do?” ()
They asked Peter, “What should we do?” ()

3 HE MUST MAKE HIMSELF AWARE OF FUTURE TEMPTATION

Remember the problem with habit patterns: C.A.U.S.E.
B An amputated foot will require you to hobble over to commit the sin again
An amputated foot will require you to hobble over to commit the sin again
1 He will have to sin knowingly
He will have to sin knowingly
2 His hobbled actions will make him aware of his sin—his old habits will have to be adjusted if he is to continue in it
His hobbled actions will make him aware of his sin—his old habits will have to be adjusted if he is to continue in it

4. HE MUST MAKE IT DIFFICULT TO SIN AGAIN

In the principle is to structure life so as to debilitate by removing stumbling blocks.
– Excise bad companions who are a source of temptation
B – Excise bad companions who are a source of temptation
Examples
C Examples
An adulterous relationship ()
1 An adulterous relationship ()
2
A widow
3 A widow

5 HE MUST ACT DEFINITIVELY

A Tearing out an eye is like burning bridges—there is no going back.
1 Even more so, bridges can be rebuilt
2 Half-hearted measures wont’ do!
B But even more—the right eye, the right foot, the right hand
1 The one most valuable to you
2 Truly radical amputation
C The alternative is like being cast into Gehenna

HOPE

LESSION OBJECTIVE:

1 GOD OFTEN STRESSES HOPE

It ranks with faith and love ,
Biblical hope
Not the fisherman’s kind of hope
B Biblical hope
The “blessed hope” () isn’t the blessed hope-so.
1 Not the fisherman’s kind of hope
2 The “blessed hope” () isn’t the blessed hope-so.
It means “expectation” or “anticipation” ()
3 It means “expectation” or “anticipation” ()
Of something certain
● Of something certain
Because God promised it
● Because God promised it
It is a “hope” simply because it has not happened yet. , .
● It is a “hope” simply because it has not happened yet.

2 THE COUNSELLOR MUST HAVE HOPE

Both counselor and counselee must believe God’s promises for change
They must understand that they are not “stuck” with genes or past influences .
2 They must understand that they are not “stuck” with genes or past influences
Remember the basic biblical process for change ()
3 Remember the basic biblical process for change ()
You must have hope if your counselee is to have hope.
4 You must have hope if your counselee is to have hope.

3 THE COUNSELLEE MUST HAVE HOPE

They must have hope in order to endure ()
B Few who come for counseling have hope
Few who come for counseling have hope
Often they come to you as a last resort
1 Often they come to you as a last resort
2 Some are dragged into counseling
Some are dragged into counseling
C Some want hope but are afraid to have hope dashed again.
Some want hope but are afraid to have hope dashed again.
The counselor must make it clear that they are to trust God’s promises, not a counselor’s.
D The counselor must make
Proverbs 10:28 KJV 1900
The hope of the righteous shall be gladness: But the expectation of the wicked shall perish.
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it clear that they are to trust God’s promises, not a counselor’s.

4 VARIOUS SORTS OF PERSONS NEED HOPE

Those who have tried the right thing and failed
B Those who do the wrong thing thinking it was right
Those who do the wrong thing thinking it was right
PDI—What have you done about it?
1 PDI—What have you done about it?
Prayer is not enough
2 Prayer is not enough
3 Not all prayer is effective
Not all prayer is effective .
Those who are worried, fearful
Older persons
C Those who are worried, fearful
D Older persons
Suicidal persons
E Suicidal persons
Those with life-shaking experiences
F Those with life-shaking experiences
So called “breakdowns”
1 So called “breakdowns”
Life patterns have broken down
2 Life patterns have broken down
Lying, running, blame shifting, etc.
3 Lying, running, blame shifting, etc.
Grief ()
G Grief ()

5 YOU MUST HELP PEOPLE HAVE HOPE

Begin with the “hope of the gospel” (,)
B Show that God is the Source of all hope ()
Show that God is the Source of all hope ()
“Abundant” hope is available through the Spirit
C “Abundant” hope is available through the Spirit
Not mystically, but by the Word ()
DNot mystically, but by the Word ()
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