April 9, 2019

Going the Wrong Direction - John 18:25-27

"Back in sixth grade. Our basketball team was good because we had one guy, his name was Bill Gilliam. He was taller than everyone. He was faster than everyone. He was stronger than everyone is. His only difficulty was that he'd get confused sometimes when he'd get really excited during the game."

Family Discussions:

  1. How is sin like taking the ball to the wrong basket?
  2. Hebrews 11:25 said that sin satisfies for a season. Why does it look good at first?
  3. How can you actually turn back when you're going the wrong direction?
  4. Denying Jesus is going the wrong direction. How do we deny Jesus today?

Transcription:

00:06 Hey, have you ever been on a sports team where one of the players with the wrong direction with the all? I have. I'll never forget it. I'm going to tell you about in a minute, but first I'm going to read John 18 verse 25 through 27 a sobering moment in the life of Peter. Listen to what scripture says. "Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself so that they said to him, you are not also one of his disciples, are you? He denied it and said, I am not. One of the slaves of the high priest. Being a relative of one of those whose ear Peter cut off said, did not I see you in the garden with him? Peter then denied it again and immediately a rooster crowed going the wrong direction." It was back in sixth grade. Our basketball team was good because we had one guy, his name was Bill Gilliam.

01:06 He was taller than everyone. He was faster than everyone. He was stronger than everyone is. His only difficulty was that he'd get confused sometimes when he'd get really excited during the game. Man, it's been decades since I was in sixth grade, but I'll never forget the night we were playing Hearne Texas, uh, back down in south Texas where I grew up and man, did we want to win that tournament? You know, Bill tipped the ball in the, in the opening jump and, and he hit the ball, hit Jerry Davis, his knee who was outside the circle. It came back to Bill. He was so excited in the thrill of the moment. He started dribbling the ball in the wrong direction all the way to the wrong basket. Needless to say, no one on Hearns team tried to stop him where he made an easy layup.

01:50 He stretched his arms of self praise. He was so excited. And then all of a sudden his praise turned to pity when he saw everyone pointing and laughing at his hilarious mistake. Uh, I did almost the same thing against Texas Tech when I was playing down at SMU, uh, similar, uh, awful experience. But nevertheless, uh, boy going the wrong direction. How embarrassing can it be? Here's the questions. How is sin like taking the ball to the wrong basket? Hebrews 11:25 said that sin satisfies for a season. Why does it look good at first? And then this question, how can you actually turn back when you're going the wrong direction? And then this question denying Jesus is going the wrong direction. How do we deny Jesus today? And here's the lifeline for the day. Hey, let's work together hard to keep our homes, to keep our family going in the right direction.

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