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ARE YOU AN OLD MONSTER OR A NEW CREATURE?

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Sermon shared by Tony Bazen

October 1998
Summary: THE GREATEST EVIDENCE OF GENUINE SALVATION IS A CHANGED LIFE.
Denomination: Baptist
Audience: General adults
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ARE YOU AN OLD MONSTER OR A NEW CREATURE?

II CORINTHIANS 5:17 -“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

>MARK 5

*HALLOWEEN –HORROR MOVIES
II TIMOTHY 1:7 -“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
-MODERN HORROR FILMS TOO REALISTIC
>JAWS –I STOPPED SWIMMING
>JASON/FREDDIE KRUEGAR UNDER BED
–IF I STILL WATCHED THEM, OLD ONES THE BEST
>DRACULA
>FRANKENSTEIN

***DID YOU KNOW THAT THERE IS A MONSTER STORY IN THE BIBLE?

MARK 5
1 And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes.
2 And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit,
3 Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains:
4 Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him.
5 And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones.

***DISCUSS THE GADARENE DEMONIAC

TITLE OF MESSAGE: ARE YOU AN OLD MONSTER OR A NEW CREATURE?

HOW TO TELL IF YOU’RE AN OLD MONSTER

1. YOUR COMPANY

>5:1 And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes.
2 And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit,
3 Who had his dwelling among the tombs;

-HUNG OUT WITH DEAD PEOPLE
*I DON’T LIKE GRAVEYARDS!WALK BACK FROM MORANS
-OLD MONSTERS LIKE DEAD PEOPLE –FEEL RIGHT AT HOME WITH THEM –COMFORTABLE

-CHECK OUT YOUR COMPANY, YOUR FRIENDS –ARE THEY DEAD OR ALIVE SPIRITUALLY?
-DO YOU FEEL RIGHT AT HOME WITH DEAD PEOPLE?
***SHOW ME YOUR FRIENDS AND I WILL SHOW YOU WHO YOU ARE OR WHAT YOU ARE BECOMING!!!


2. YOUR CONTROL

3 and no man could bind him, no, not with chains:
4 Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him.

*1 OF THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT IS TEMPERANCE – SELF-CONTROL
*OLD MONSTERS HAVE NO SELF-CONTROL


A. OLD MONSTERS HAVE BAD TEMPERS
1) ALWAYS READY TO FIGHT
2) A TICKING TIME BOMB WAITING TO EXPLODE
3) W.W.J.D. –JESUS ALWAYS READY TO FORGIVE …TO TURN THE OTHER CHEEK


B. OLD MONSTERS REBEL AGAINST AUTHORITY
1) BECAUSE THEY LACK SELF-CONTROL, AUTHORITY TRIES TO KEEP THEM FROM HURTING THEMSELVES OR OTHERS –THEY ALWAYS TRY TO BREAK THE CHAINS
2) CONSTANTLY BREAK THE RULES AND FIGHT AGAINST AUTHORITIES IN THEIR LIFE
-PARENTS (CURFEWS, DATING)
-PREACHERS (PURITY, STANDARDS)


3. YOUR CLOTHING

LUKE 8
27 And when he went forth to land, there met him out of the city a certain man, which had devils long time, and ware no clothes, neither abode in any house, but in the tombs.


***ARTICLE –“O TIMOTHY”

***”FOLLOWING SUIT”

***NEWSPAPER ARTICLE –“TEENS FEEL THEY SHOULD MAKE THEIR OWN CHOICES.”

***YOUR CLOTHES SAY IT FOR YOU!


4. YOUR CONDUCT

4 And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones.

A. HIS SCHEDULE –“ALWAYS, NIGHT AND
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