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New Series: #Relationshipgoals
Mix of different types/tools of relationships
Not just romantic
Ever dismissed something - ended up being important?
Ignaz Semmelweis: German-Hungarian physician
1846 - studied 2 maternity clinics
One staffed by doctors - other by midwives
Doctors clinic had mothers dying of child bed fever 5x more often
1846 - data and stats more prominent
Used “trial and error” method
Differences - Birth on their sides?
Bell ringing after death?
Autopsies with no hand washing?
We take that for granted - but germs discovered 15 years later
Had no idea why this mattered - but it was a difference
Try washing hands, instruments and use chlorine for smell
Didn’t know it would disinfect
To them, this was normal, everyday behavior to not wash
But it changed everything!
Today we couldn’t imagine a doctor not washing hands...
Washing hands has saved countless lives, from something that seems small
Today - Looking at something small - insignificant
Also has the power to change the world
YouVersion: “Words”
Rudyard Kipling (Jungle Book): “Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.”
Sticks and stones may…
But it’s not true, is it?!
I want to start with scariest verse
From day 1, I learned Glenn protected his pulpit
When others step up to teach, it lands on my shoulders
People call or show up and want to teach - I don’t let them if I don’t know them
How irresponsible to allow just anyone to come up
We are all sinners who have to give an account
As teachers, you are still a sinner
It’s one thing to sin, it’s another to make someone sin
Why do you then think, teachers are judged with greater strictness?
Because they are handling the WORD of God
Teaching is meant to change the actions of a hearer
So teachers must teach the word of God, not change it
It’s tempting to want our own desires to come out
I would love to say, “everyone goes to heaven!”
But the Bible doesn’t say that
So, I cannot teach that because I don’t matter!
When Jesus said He had to die, Peter argued!
He said, “Never, Lord!”
Peter didn’t understand, he thought he was doing good!
Think about it - of course Peter doesn’t want Jesus too die!
It would clearly be wrong for that to happen
Peter must have been shocked!
I’d like to see the look on his face…
In Peter’s own mind he was doing good…
But Peter isn’t God!
In my mind, everyone going to heaven is good!
But Dan isn’t God!
Just like Peter, this is merely a human concern
So, I leave the truth to God
…and I just do my best to tell you what He says
And so….
If you want to teach, understand what you’re asking
Because teaching is risky business!
To teach, we use words, and they are powerful weapons!
John 1:14 (ESV)
14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
What does John call Jesus?
The Word
God’s part that created and redeemed all, was the Word
The Word was with God, and the Word was God
In a sense, we are our words!
Our words reflect us and accomplish our will
Just like God’s Word did!
James says WE ALL stumble!
None of us is perfect!
So, your words are going to get messed up
If you control THAT thing, you can control anything!
How many have never said something stupid?
Toothpaste illustration:
Once words are out, they’re out!
So, make sure you use the right ones!
James 3:3 (ESV)
3 If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well.
Illustration: Kevin being pulled by Holly
That was a dog, imagine the power of a horse!
If you want to control them, it just takes a little bit!
It’s not that the bit is stronger than the horse
It’s the discomfort, the mental control that comes with it
That’s words too - powerful because of their work in your mind
And also in the relationships around you
Then he goes on to talk about a ship the same way…
James 3:4–5a (ESV)
4 Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs.
5 So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things.
Living in Fontana, winds are crazy!
Trash cans piled up
Show images of overturned trucks
Back then, ships were moved by mighty winds
But the direction was made by a little piece of wood
James 3:5b–6 (ESV)
How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! 6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness.
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