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A Spiritual Autopsy. Rom. 6:11 - dead unto sin - alive unto God Eph. 2:1 - made alive - were dead in sin John 3:5 - Born again of water and spirit. Christian. Fall from Grace. Can die spiritually - 1 Tim. 1:19-20 “shipwreck of their faith”

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A Spiritual Autopsy

Rom. 6:11 - dead unto sin - alive unto God

Eph. 2:1 - made alive - were dead in sin

John 3:5 - Born again of water and spirit

Christian

Fall from Grace

Can die spiritually - 1 Tim. 1:19-20 “shipwreck of their faith”

Sardis - Rev. 3:1 “reputation of being alive but you are dead”

1 Tim. 5:6 “…lives in pleasure is dead while she lives…”

Die spiritually

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Death

Leaves it marks -

Postmortem examination = cause of death

Three benefits of an autopsy:

1. What caused death

2. Damage done to body

3. What can be learned to prevent death

Benefits of a Spiritual Autopsy

  • What caused the death
  • Damage done to the soul
  • How to avoid the same fate
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Thick Skulled

Cure

Reading 1 Tim.4:13

Pray - James 1:5

Matt. 5:6 - hunger & thirst

Open eyes and ears

“without understanding” Romans 1:31

Matt. 13:13-15 - parable

Matt. 13:19 Devil snatches

2 Tim.3:7 “ever learning”

A Spiritual Autopsy

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Worn Jawbone

Cure

Acute verbosity

Eccl. 3:7 “a time to keep silence, and a time to speak”

Prov.10:19 “In the multitude of words that wanteth not sin”

Eccl. 5:2 “Be not rash with thy mouth”

Jas.1:19 “swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath”

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Worn

Nasal bone

Cure

Be busy doing good

1 Tim. 5:13-14

Not idle

household

Symptoms of Gossip

Busybodies - 2 Thes.3:11

Becomes a talebearer

Prov. 20:19 “He who goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets…”

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Broken Neck

Cure

  • Looking back
  • grudges
  • sins
  • good
  • world
  • Phil. 3:13 “forgetting
  • those things which
  • are behind”

Paul’s example:

“I press on toward the goal unto the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” Philippians 3:14

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Stooped

Shoulders

Cure

Hard work

1 Tim. 4:8 “…but godliness is profitable unto all things,…”

Two causes:

Fail to bear burdens

Phil.2:4

Gal. 6:2

Fail to take up cross

Luke 9:23

Mark 8:34-35

A Spiritual Autopsy

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Broken

Arm

Cure

Humble himself

“God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.” Jas.4:6

Patting self on back

“think too highly of

himself” Rom. 12:3

Luke 18:11-14

Pharisee

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Weak

Backbone

Cure

Ephesians 6:10 “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.”

Gospel armor - Ephesians 6:11-17

Not stedfast

~ but moveable

1 Cor. 15:58

Want to be in the number

But not willing to work

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Stiff

Knee Joints

Cure

Bow to God while it would help

Romans 14:11 “…every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.”

Had not been bent

in prayer

Ceased to pray instead of

“Pray without ceasing” 1 Thes. 5:17

A Spiritual Autopsy

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Ugly

Feet Bones

Cure

Romans 10:15 “How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace,

and bring glad tidings of good things.”

Use feet for what they were intended !

Dragging their feet

Unaccustomed to

swift action

Abused by disuse

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Double

Jointedness

Cure

Caused by a lack of faith.

“Increase our faith” Luke 17:5

Romans 10:17 “faith comes by hearing”

Not stable

Eph. 4:14 “carried about

with every wind of doctrine”

“A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.” James 1:8

A Spiritual Autopsy

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The Valley Of Dry Bones

Ezekiel 37

God restored life

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God can

restore life

  • Told Sardis: Rev. 3:3
    • Remember
    • Hold fast
    • Repent

“Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.” 3 John 2 ESV

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Sermon by Arthur Pigman

Evans Church of Christ

515 Gibbs Road

Evans, Ga. 30809

706-855-1249

evanscoc@bellsouth.net

www.evansgachurchofchrist.org

Sunday Morning October 23, 2011