TITLE: Old Shirts, New Patches
TEXT: Luke 5:33-39
PROPOSITION: We must keep the religion of Jesus Christ new, soft and pliable.
KEY WORD: Parables
1. Background - "Why don't you fast?"
2. Jesus answered:
A. You are right, I don't fast.
B. Fasting, just to fast, is not valid.
C. When I am gone, they will be sad & fast.
3. The parables:
I. Old shirt with a new patch 36
A. The religion of Jesus is NEW.
B. Not warmed-over Jewish teachings.
C. Solution is:
1. NOT: a new patch
2. BUT: a new garment!
D. Ill. with a car. Time to repair. Time to replace.
II. Old skins with new wine 37-38
A. Bottles = "goat-skins" wine-skins.
B. Old = stretched, cracked, brittle
C. New = soft, pliable, stretchable
III. Set in our ways 39
A. Forsaking old ways, prejudices, traditions = hard
B. After a long time, now they are asked to change their ways, habits, customs, and traditions
C. They want to hang on to the old - even though it tastes bad, makes them sick, stinks, etc.
D. Song - "Give me that Old Time Religion" "Good enough for ma and pa - It's good enough for me."
E. Kid given "pepper gum" -- terrible face -- "This is good." Would not tell us it was bad. Macho
1. We must keep Christianity soft and pliable.
Not in teaching or doctrine
Dealing with the world as it is today
Accepting people for who they are
Making Christianity "fit" our lives
do you have that is old, worn - out and needs to be replaced?
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