SELF-EXAMINATION

    Introduction
         A.  As Jesus ate the Passover meal with His apostles shortly before His crucifixion,
               He made a startling announcement.  Matthew 26:20-24 (727)

               1.  Jesus told His apostles that one of them would betray Him.
               2.  Each apostle asked, “Lord, is it I?”
               3.  Not one of them accused another, but considered his own weakness.
         B.  Our lesson deals with self-examination.

               1.  What self-examination isn’t:

               2.  What self-examination is:

         C.  Let’s focus on four reasons for self-examination.
     I.  We should examine ourselves because the Bible declares that we are sinners.
          Romans 3:10,23 (831); 1 John 1:8,10 (900)

          A.  We are sinners just as other people are sinners and no one is exempt from self
                examination.  John 8:1-11 (786)

          B.  Instead of examining others, we should examine ourselves so we can make corrections
                that we need.  Important principle: 1 Corinthians 11:28 (848)

    II.  We need to examine ourselves also because people are inspecting us.

          A.  The world is watching the Christian.  Examples:____________________________.

          B.  We should practice self-examination because we need to have a good influence on
                others.  Matthew 5:14-16 (705); Poem by Melvin J. Wise

   III.  A third reason for self-examination is to determine if we are in the faith.
          2 Corinthians 13:5 (859)

          1.  Are we living the Christian life?  Romans 12:1-2 (837)

          2.  Are we faithfully using the abilities, talents and opportunities given to us by God?
               Matthew 25:14-30 725-726)

   IV.  We also need to examine ourselves because we will live in eternity.
           Revelation 21:1-8 (917)

                          ETERNITY WITH GOD OR ETERNITY IN THE LAKE OF FIRE

  Closing and invitation