July 12, 2020
Pastor Alan Smith
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
1. The Reality of Temptation
13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one.
A. Temptation leads to endurance
1 Corinthians 10:13
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
B. Temptation reveals character
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
C. Temptation weeds out hypocrisy
14 But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. 15 Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.
2. Follow the Leader
3. Be Delivered From Temptation
1 Corinthians 10:13-15
13 No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
God tempts men for PROBATION, but never for PERDITION.
- Today, I put my trust in Jesus for the first time
- I am in the middle of temptation and need prayer
- I will follow Jesus’ example and by His Grace, will not be overcome by temptation this week.
- Read Matthew 4:1-11, how was Jesus tempted and how did he escape?
- Based on Jesus’s example, how can we escape temptation when it comes?
- In the Lord’s Prayer, it says “US,” why is that important and what does that mean for Christian living?
- Flip through some old photos as a family and reflect on how you have changed over time?
- Read 1 Peter 2:1-4 and discuss how Jesus has impacted your life and why these makes you a “living stone” that shows others His love.
- Share stories of how God has provided and shown Himself faithful. How does that past give us hope for tomorrow?