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June 18: Deadly Sin #4- Sloth (Proverbs 24:30-34)

Prepare for Sunday morning worship using the guide below.

Adult Education

Scott Forney will continue a series going through Tim Keller's "Meaning of Marriage" at 10 am in the youth room. The topic in this class for the next two weeks is "Singleness." Ray Rutledge will be in the Adult 1 classroom continuing through The Gospel Project (currently going through the New Testament).

Proverbs 24:30-34

30  I passed by the field of a sluggard, 

by the vineyard of a man lacking sense, 

31  and behold, it was all overgrown with thorns; 

the ground was covered with nettles, 

and its stone wall was broken down. 

32  Then I saw and considered it; 

I looked and received instruction. 

33  A little sleep, a little slumber, 

a little folding of the hands to rest, 

34  and poverty will come upon you like a robber, 

and want like an armed man.


Sermon Summary

Sloth is the most mysterious and misunderstood of the seven deadly sins.  Like a chameleon it is sometimes unrecognizable. Because it is usually equated with laziness and inactivity, it seems like a lightweight among the other six, almost trivial compared to the lust, anger, and greed.  Yet there is much more to sloth than meets the eye. Sloth is not simply lack of effort at work to provide for our families, but also includes a lack of love for God and neighbor. Slothfulness manifests itself in our lives when we shirk our responsibility to pursue God with all our heart and soul and to serve our neighbor for their spiritual good.  Recognizing this and being diligent in our lives leads to freedom and true satisfaction.

Review and Apply

How would you define sloth?
What makes it so deadly?
Where do you see apathy in your spiritual life?  How long has it existed?  
In what ways, have you failed to avail yourself of God's means of grace and succumbed to the sin of sloth? 
How do the warnings and promises of Scripture help us to resist the temptation toward sloth?
What change can you make today to persevere in faith and aim to defeat sloth?