What Type of Fool are You?

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Pastor Scott L. Harris

Grace Bible Church, NY

April 1, 2007

"What Type of Fool Are You?"

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The April Fool

Today is April 1, a day commonly referred to as "April Fool’s Day." It is a
day that by popular custom is full of practical jokes and trying to dupe the
gullible, so don’t be surprised if someone tells you your shoes are untied (I
wear boots, there are no shoe laces), something is crawling on your back, there
is a sign on the ceiling that says gullible, etc. I have not yet decided if I
like this or not, for most of it is done in good humor. We poke fun at ourselves
and enjoy a good laugh. My youngest son, Jimmy, enjoys this day very much as he
thinks of new practical jokes to try out. However, care must be taken or
sometimes things can get out of hand and cause great hurt to people. We have to
be careful of the feelings and sensitivity of others even when all we are trying
to do is introduce some humor and levity into life. So if you like practical
jokes, enjoy yourself today, but please be careful about what you do and
especially to those that do not share your sense of humor.

How did this practice of "April Fools Day" come about anyway? It is of
somewhat obscure origin with some scholars thinking that it has something to do
with the spring equinox when nature "fools" mankind with a sudden change in
weather. Others have tried to trace it to ancient customs such as the festival
of Hilaria held on March 25 in ancient Rome, or the Holt festival in India which
ends on March 31. Both of these festivals have some similar elements to what
occurs currently on "April Fools Day."

However, it seems most likely that our modern custom has its origin in the
18th century for it was in the 1700′s that this celebration became widespread in
England, and it was the British that brought it to America. The custom was
apparently started in France after Charles IX switched that country from using
the Julian calendar to following the Gregorian calendar. The two calendars were
similar, but they had a major difference in the what they believed the length of
the year should be and how to calculate the date of Resurrection Sunday, i.e.
Easter. In practical terms, the Julian calendar was slightly off in its
calculation of the length of a year. The result was that over the course of
centuries the seasons were no longer matching the calendar. If this calendar had
continued to be followed without correction, then eventually May would be in the
middle of Winter, Spring would be starting in August and the trees would change
color and fall off in February. The Gregorian Calendar (which is what we use
today) made the necessary corrections so that the seasons would continue to line
up with the same months year after year. Now what does all of this have to do
with April Fool’s Day?

Over the centuries Kings of different countries established when their
country would begin the new year. In France, the new year apparently began about
or on April 1. In 1564 when Charles IX of France changed that country from the
Julian to the Gregorian calendar he also changed the starting of the new year to
January 1. A person who resisted changing New Year’s Day from April 1 to January
1 was victimized by pranksters on April 1 & became known as poisson D’Avril -
"April Fish." This is the origin of "April Fools Day."

While Scripture does not speak about "April Fools Day," it does speak quite a
bit about different types of fools. Today I want to talk to you about these
different types of fools and what our response should be to them. The Ignorant
Fool, The Educated Fool, The Apathetic Fool and the Wise Fool. Three of these
are deadly in a very real sense, and the last describes the kind of person we
should be.

 

The Ignorant Fool

What exactly is a fool? Among the definitions given by Webster is, "Noun.
1. A person lacking in judgment or prudence. 3a. A harmlessly deranged person or
one lacking in common powers of understanding. vt. 1. To spend on trifles or
without advantage: fritter away. 1a To spend time idly or aimlessly."
From
those definitions we could say that a fool is someone who is marked by being
absurd, ridiculous or silly.

God has a strong definition for a fool. Psalm 14:1 says, "The fool has
said in his heart, ‘There is no God.’"
Who is the fool? The one that denies
the presence and activity of God. Such denials range from outward defiance to
passive neglect. There are those that proudly profess themselves to be atheists,
and those that claim to be theists, but live their lives as if there is no God.
Such people are practical atheists and therefore fools by Biblical definition.
There are also those that are theists, but the god they follow is not God. They
follow a false religious system following a false god. Since their god is not
the God that created them, they are also Biblical fools.

At this point we must acknowledge that many of the people who are in this
category of "fools" are so because they are ignorant. They have never heard the
truth of the Scriptures. They have never been told about what God has done for
them in Jesus Christ. These people will do absurd things, behave in ways that
are a silly, or follow a manner of life that seems ridiculous simply because
they do not know any better.

Think about the masses who are caught up in the various false religions. All
they know is the false religion they have been taught. They are ignorant of the
truth. Those who worship nature, and there is an increasing number of them, give
honor and veneration to trees and rocks and animals and other things that are
part of creation. We recognize that as foolish. How absurd to bow down to a
rock, but to worship the idols of false gods is no better. Isaiah pointed out
how ridiculous this was to the people of Israel because the had stopped
worshiping the true God and were now bowing down before the idols of false
god’s. Turn to Isaiah 44:9-20 (Read it)

Isaiah 44:9 (NASB) Those who fashion a graven image are all of them
futile, and their precious things are of no profit; even their own witnesses
fail to see or know, so that they will be put to shame. 10 Who has fashioned a
god or cast an idol to no profit? 11 Behold, all his companions will be put to
shame, for the craftsmen themselves are mere men. Let them all assemble
themselves, let them stand up, let them tremble, let them together be put to
shame.

12 The man shapes iron into a cutting tool, and does his work over the coals,
fashioning it with hammers, and working it with his strong arm. He also gets
hungry and his strength fails; he drinks no water and becomes weary. 13
[Another] shapes wood, he extends a measuring line; he outlines it with red
chalk. He works it with planes, and outlines it with a compass, and makes it
like the form of a man, like the beauty of man, so that it may sit in a house.
14 Surely he cuts cedars for himself, and takes a cypress or an oak, and raises
[it] for himself among the trees of the forest. He plants a fir, and the rain
makes it grow. 15 Then it becomes [something] for a man to burn, so he takes one
of them and warms himself; he also makes a fire to bake bread. He also makes a
god and worships it; he makes it a graven image, and falls down before it. 16
Half of it he burns in the fire; over [this] half he eats meat as he roasts a
roast, and is satisfied. He also warms himself and says, "Aha! I am warm, I have
seen the fire." 17 But the rest of it he makes into a god, his graven image. He
falls down before it and worships; he also prays to it and says, "Deliver me,
for thou art my god."

18 They do not know, nor do they understand, for He has smeared over their
eyes so that they cannot see and their hearts so that they cannot comprehend. 19
And no one recalls, nor is there knowledge or understanding to say, "I have
burned half of it in the fire, and also have baked bread over its coals. I roast
meat and eat it. Then I make the rest of it into an abomination, I fall down
before a block of wood!" 20 He feeds on ashes; a deceived heart has turned him
aside. And he cannot deliver himself, nor say, "Is there not a lie in my right
hand?"

Do you see their problem? They are blind to the truth. They are ignorant.
They do not know. How should we respond to them? The same way Paul did on Mars
Hill. Look at Acts 17:16 "Now while Paul was waiting for them at Athens, his
spirit was being provoked within him as he was beholding the city full of
idols."
In verse 17 Paul begins teaching in the synagogues. In verses 18-21
Paul is invited to talk with the philosophers who meet on Mars hill. In verse 22
we find, "And Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, ‘Men of
Athens, I observe that you are very religious in all respects. For while I was
passing through and examining the objects of your worship, I also found an altar
with this inscription, TO AN UNKNOWN GOD. What you worship in ignorance, this I
proclaim to you. . .".
Paul goes on to tell them about the true God and of
Jesus Christ. Our response to the Ignorant Fool is compassion. We seek to
educate them and tell them of the love of Jesus Christ.

The number of ignorant fools in our land is continuing to increase. When I
was in High School it was very unusual to find someone who had not heard at
least some part of the gospel message and know some of the basic truth claims
about Jesus. In the present day it is not unusual to find people who have never
heard the good news of Jesus Christ. Many children now grow up thinking that
"Jesus"
is just an expletive, a cuss word to say when they are angry or
upset. These people need compassion and the truth. They need to hear who Jesus
Christ is and what He has done for them. Maybe you know someone like this. Do
not assume that just because someone takes the Lord’s name in vain that they
know anything about Him. Next time you hear someone use "Jesus" or "God" as a
cuss word simply ask them if they know the person they are talking about. You
will probably get a funny look, but it may open the door for you to tell them of
Christ or at least give them a mild rebuke for their ignorant but crude, rude
and blasphemous behavior.

The Ignorant Fool is someone who does not know and our response to him or her
should be a compassion that causes us to proclaim the gospel to them. Our next
category, "The Educated Fool," will generate a different response.

The Educated Fool

The major difference between the Educated Fool and the Ignorant Fool is the
claim to knowledge. Romans 1:21-23 states, "For even though they knew God,
they did not honor Him as God, or give thanks; but they became futile in their
speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise,
they became fools,
and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an
image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and
crawling creatures."

The Educated Fool professes to be wise. They claim that they know what they
are talking about. If you talk with them they will usually claim to know more
than you and that you should listen to them. The truth is that though they claim
to be wise, they are fools.

There are many individual examples of these type of people, but there are
also certain groups that tend to have them. One of the most prominent examples,
at least in mind, are philosophy professors. I don’t know why, but almost every
philosophy teacher I have met seems to have come from some nominal Christian
background. They went somewhere and studied not only the philosophies of the
world but liberal theology as well. It seems they believe their task on earth is
to "enlighten" college students about the "myth" of Christianity. I waited until
I was a senior at the university before I took the required freshman philosophy
class. Since I was a little older and had already come to a solid foundation in
what I believe and why I believed it I could recognize the falsehoods being
espoused and weakness of the arguments being made. Tragically, I remember that
several Christians who were freshman were shook to the roots of their faith
because they had not thought through such things even though the assertions of
this professor were actually inane. The one good thing about this particular
professor was that he graded heavily on class participation instead of tests,
and since I participated a lot I received an excellent grade though I disagreed
with almost everything the professor said.

Second to philosophy professors are the so called "science" teachers that
espouse evolution. Many of them have extremely high IQ’s, yet they are totally
committed to the theory of evolution. You must understand that Evolution is
absolutely not true science. It does not follow the scientific method and it
actually distorts the truth as revealed by the real world around us. Dr.
Bounoure, past Director of Research at the National Center of Scientific
Research in France said, "Evolutionism is a fairy tale for grown-ups. This
theory has helped nothing in the progress of science. It is useless."

Evolution is the philosophical basis for many false religions including Secular
Humanism. All this brain power available in the minds of so many of these
"Scientists" and it is being used for foolishness. It is no wonder that the
Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 writes, "For the word of the cross is
to those who are perishing foolishness, but to us who are being saved it is the
power of God, For it is written, ‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the
cleverness of the clever I will set aside.’ Where is the wise man? Where is the
scribe (scholar)? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the
wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom
did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the
message preached to save those who believe. . . (v25) "Because the foolishness
of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
"

How should we respond to those who profess to be wise but are actually
Biblical fools? How do you treat an educated fool? The answer to that is, "it
depends." If the person has never heard a clear presentation of the gospel, then
we treat them as an Ignorant Fool. They may be arrogant in their ignorance, but
we still respond with the compassion that is always given to those who in
reality are simply caught up in their sin and do not know better.

However, if this person knows what Scripture says about Jesus Christ and has
rejected it in favor of his own philosophical system or religious practice, then
we treat them in a different manner. This person has heard the truth and
rejected it and so is the "dog" or "swine" that Jesus talks about in Matthew
7:6, "do not give what is Holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before
swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to
pieces."
These are the apostates John talks about in 2 John 9; "Anyone
who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have
God; the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son. If
anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into
your house, and do not give him a greeting for the one who gives him a greeting
participates in his evil deeds."

There is a point in which we need to be very strong in dealing with some
people and the Educated Fool is one of them. Do not roll over and play dead when
one of these false teachers come to your door or you deal with them at work or
at school. Even if they are an intellectual giant that can do all sorts of
mental gymnastics around you and play mind games with you remember that all they
have at best is their limited philosophy and their own thoughts. You have the
truth as revealed by God. Proclaim that to them. Be bold and direct using verses
such as John 14:6 where Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth and the life, no
one comes to the Father, but through Me."
Use Philippians 2:10,11, ". . .
That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those who are in heaven and
on earth, and under the earth, and that ever tongue should confess that Jesus
Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father,"
and then Revelation 20:15,
"And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was
thrown into the lake of fire."

Do not be intimidated. If you have the Bible, you have the Word of God, you
have the truth. All they have is the finite musings of their limited minds. You
have the infinite wisdom of God Himself.

In addition to this you must silence the Educated Fool by your behavior. 1
Peter 2:13-15 tells us, "Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human
institution, whether to a king as the one in authority, or to governors as sent
by him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right, for
such is the will of God that by doing right you many silence the ignorance of
foolish men.
"
Make sure that your behavior is beyond reproach before God
and properly respectful to those who have authority over you.

While Educated Fools such as the leaders and teachers of false religions and
philosophical systems are hard to deal with at times, there is another type of
fool that God hates more. The Apathetic Fool.

The Apathetic Fool

The Apathetic Fool is best seen in Matthew 12:30, "He who is not for Me is
against Me; and he who does not gather with Me scatters,"
and Revelation
3:15,16, "I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I would that
you were cold or hot. So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I
will spit you out of My mouth."

There is no middle ground with God. You cannot straddle the fence. The person
who is putting off dealing with the Lord is a fool because you cannot put off
choosing about Christ. Either you are for Christ or you are against Him. Either
you work for Him or you work against Him. Either you are the friend of Jesus or
you are His enemy. There is no neutral position. Indifference to the claims of
Christ is a choice. They are His enemies.

How should we treat this type of fool? On one hand we may need to treat them
like the Ignorant Fool. Maybe the problem is that they just do not realize the
serious nature of Jesus’ claim to be God incarnate, and His work of atonement on
the cross. Maybe they are ignorant of the reality of an everlasting Hell which
is a real place where real torment will take place. It is a place that is shut
off forever from God. They are indifferent because they have never been
seriously challenged with the consequences of their unbelief. If that is the
case, they need to be taught.

On the other hand, perhaps they already have heard about these truths and
they are choosing to ignore them because they do not believe them to be true.
Remember that actions ultimately reveal what a person truly believes. Or they
may be passive Educated Fools. In either case we need to push them off the fence
they are sitting on by showing them the reality that the fence they think they
are sitting on is not really there. The only reason they are not already
suffering eternal damnation is because they are in the safety netting of God’s
extreme patience and forbearance with them. Warn them that when God removes that
safety netting the drop goes straight to Hades to begin their punishment and
then to eternal Hell after the Great White Throne judgement (Revelation 20).

That is how we should respond to the non-Christian who is apathetic about
Jesus Christ. However, we must also be aware that according to Revelation 3:16
there are those who claim to be Christians that are also apathetic. They
described as being "lukewarm" and Christ says he will spew them out of
His mouth. Whether these people are really Christians or not I am not going to
debate today. I cite the passage to bring up the issue of the tragic
consequences for those that profess to be Christians but are not serious about
following Him.

True believers who are passive will miss the blessings that could have and
should have been theirs. There will be a lack of the fruit of the Spirit so
instead of having love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, gentleness and
self-control they will experience to some degree hate, sorrow, conflict,
anxiety, evil, malice, harshness and rage. Hebrews 12 tells us they will also
suffer the chastisement of the Lord. The indifferent Christian will live a
wasted life. 1 Corinthians 3:12-15 describes their work as wood, hay and straw
that will be burned up instead of gold, silver and precious stones that bring an
eternal reward.

There is an even greater danger for such professing Christians that are
unresponsive and apathetic in their obedience to Christ. Jesus warned in Matthew
7:21-29 that there will those that will profess to know Him but will get to the
end of their life and only find out when they stand before God for judgement
that their name is not written in the book of life and they will be cast into
Hell (Revelation 20:15). Can you think of a worse tragedy than for someone to
think they are saved and going to heaven only to find out after it is too late
than they are not and are going to Hell? Challenge them to examine themselves to
see if they are in the faith (2 Corinthians 13:5).

The Apathetic Fool who claims to be a Christian needs to be lovingly, but
strongly admonished. 1 Thessalonias 5:14 tells us in a very succinct command how
to respond to professing believers saying, "And we urge you, brethren,
admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with
all men."

The Ignorant Fool needs to be taught. The Educated Fool needs to be dealt
with strongly with the truth. The Apathetic Fool needs to be forced from his
position of indifference. All of them need to be silenced by your doing right.
The final category to deal with this morning is the Wise Fool.

The Wise Fool

The Wise Fool is described in 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 but is more simply stated
a few chapters later in 4:10 when Paul says, "We are fools for Christ’s
sake."

The world considers the Christian to be a fool. In our own society this
becoming increasingly prevalent. If you tell people in a science class that you
believe in creation and that Noah’s flood was real you will generally find your
science teacher will call you a fool. If you stand up and tell the scholars of
our universities that you believe that the Bible is the inerrant and infallible
Word of God, that it was written by the authors as claimed in the books, and
that Jesus really said what is recorded of Him in the Gospels, then they will
call you a fool. They will say you lack proper education and don’t know what you
are talking about. If you tell your neighbor that you believe that Jesus Christ
is God Himself who came as a man and who died for our sins and rose from the
dead on the third day and based on that offers salvation from sin as a gift of
God’s grace to all that will believe, then don’t be surprised if you neighbor
says you are crazy for believing in a myth like that. Those considered "wise" by
our society reject the truths of the word of God. For them Jesus was just a good
teacher, a nice man, and not really who He claimed. They do not believe He was
born of a virgin or lived a sinless life or performed miracles including raising
Lazarus from the dead. They certainly deny that Jesus rose from the dead Himself
and that He is God. The world will say you are a fool for believing and being a
follower of Jesus Christ.

How bad is it out there? Rep. J. Randy Forbes of Virginia, along with other
congressmen of the non-sectarian Congressional Prayer Caucus which regularly
prays for the future of our nation, decided to give a series of short 30 second
speeches on Thursday calling America back to prayer. Believe it or not, they
have received criticism for that including that it is congressional interference
with religion. The local paper, the Poughkeepsie Journal, did a call in poll
about it and found that 55% supported it and 37% opposed it. So locally, over
1/3 of the people oppose congressmen who pray for the future of our nation and
ask the American people to do the same.

The world has some tolerance for those that have a religion, but the more
serious you are about it the less tolerance it has for you. Those that strive to
be faithful to the Bible and follow Jesus Christ are considered to be extreme,
radicals and fanatics. Is that a bad thing even if the world does not like it?
Consider the examples given to us. What about the Apostles? Was Paul fanatical?
Was he extreme? Was he a radical? Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 11:1, "Be
imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ."
That sounds like we are to be
fanatical, extreme and radical. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says that "IF any man be
in Christ, he is a new creation!"
That is radical! But you say, "That was
the apostles. "That is for those who are leaders in the church."
WRONG! This
is for every believer.

Some of you have heard the story of Jim Elliot due to the movie released last
year concerning him, Nate Saint and the others that became martyrs over 51 years
ago.

Jim Elliot was saved when he was fairly young and he committed himself to
Bible Training. While in college he was well known and liked, a good student,
school champion wrestler, member of the student council and president of the
Foreign Missions Fellowship. Jim Elliot could have fit into a pastorate anywhere
in America but God put a different burden on his heart. There were those even
then that thought it somewhat foolish to serve God in such a radical manner. Jim
thought differently. In his diary he wrote, "He makes His ministers a flame
of fire.’ Am I ignitable? God deliver me from the dread asbestos of ‘other
things.’ Saturate me with the oil of the Spirit that I may be a flame. But a
flame is transient, often short-lived. Canst thou bear this, my soul – short
life? In me there dwells the Spirit of the Great Short-Lived, whose zeal for
God’s house consumed Him. ‘Make me Thy Fuel, Flame of God."

God used Jim Elliot in this manner. Jim put off marriage for a few years as
he started his work as a missionary. Later he did marry and brought his wife
down to Ecuador to the work that was going on with the Quichua indians, but Jim
wanted to reach another tribe where there was not gospel work going on. These
were the Aucas, a fierce and dangerous tribe. Jim along with 4 other men prayed
and planned and finally began the work. There was initial success. The Aucas
seemed to welcome the gifts dropped to them from a plane. There was more prayer,
more planning, more gifts, and finally they were ready to try to make personal
contact. A base was set up on a sand-bar on the bank of the river close to where
the Auca village was located. After a couple of days three Auca’s, two women and
one man ventured to meet them, and they responded positively. But could they
make more contact? Could the missionaries contact the whole village? There was
more prayer and planning and finally one morning, after the plane had flown over
the village to try to encourage them to come to the camp on the sand-bar, a
group of 10 men were seen going toward the missionary camp. Pete Fleming radioed
the base, "Looks like they’ll be here for the early afternoon service. Pray
for us. This is the Day! Will contact you next at four-thirty."

That contact never came. On that Sunday afternoon, January 8, 1956, Jim
Elliot, Pete Fleming, Nate Saint, Roger Youderian and Ed McCully gave up what
they could not keep to gain what they could not lose. Five days later, a rescue
party found their bodies in the river with Auca spears in them. They gave their
lives in their efforts to reach these ignorant people with the Gospel of Jesus
Christ.

The world would say that is foolish that God allowed 5 men to die. He allowed
5 women to be widowed. He allowed their children to be orphaned with one child
to be born a few weeks after her father’s death. But Jim Elliot also wrote this:
"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose."
That is a true statement that he lived by. Another quote of Jim Elliot applies
here, "When it comes time to die – make sure that all you have to do is die."
The world says this is foolish, but God used the death of these men to call
other people to the mission field and in less than three years contact was made
with this same tribe. The widow of Jim Elliot, Elizabeth, along with their baby
daughter, Valerie, then went to live in the Auca village and they became friends
with the men who had killed Jim. "Because the foolishness of God is wiser
than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men"
– 1 Corinthians
1:25.

I don’t know that God is calling any of you to die as a missionary martyr in
some foreign land. I do know – absolutely – that God is calling you to serve Him
where you are right now with the same commitment that Jim Elliot and those other
4 men had. Jesus said in Matthew 16:24-27, "If anyone wishes to come after
Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whosoever
wishes to save his life shall lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake
shall find it. For what will a man be profited, if he gains the whole world, and
forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son
of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels; and will
then recompense every man according to his deeds."

Jim Elliot said, "He is no fool who gives up what he can not keep to gain
what he can not lose."
Are you afraid to be called a fool for Christ? Or are
you willing to be such a wise fool. The reality is that you will be one type of
fool or another. What type of fool are you and what type do you want to be? Are
you an ignorant fool? An educated fool? An apathetic fool? Or are you willing to
be a wise fool, a fool for Christ. That is the kind of fool I want to be!

Sermon Study
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KIDS CORNER

Parents, you are responsible to apply God’s Word to your children’s lives.
Here is some help. Young Children – draw a picture about something you
hear during the sermon. Explain your picture(s) to your parents at lunch.
Older Children -
Do one or more of the following: 1) Write down all the
Scripture references made. 2) Count how many times the word "fool" is used. Talk
with your parents about the different types of fools and the type you want to
be.

THINK ABOUT IT!

Questions to consider in discussing the sermon with others.

What is the origin of "April’s Fools Day"? Define the word "Fool." What is
the Biblical definition of a fool? What three categories of people fit that
definition? Read Isaiah 44:9-20 and summarize the foolishness described. How
should you respond to the ignorant fool? What is an "Educated Fool"? How do they
generally differ from ignorant fools? Describes people who fit this category?
How should you respond to them? Why should you not be intimidated by them? How
does Matthew 7:6 apply to your response to them? Why is your behavior important
in dealing with them – 1 Peter 2:13-15? What is an Apathetic Fool? How should
you respond to them? What dangers does the apathetic "Christian" face? How
should respond to them? What is a Wise fool? How does the respond to those who
believe and follow the Bible? How did unbelievers treat Paul? How do the worldly
treat you? If favorably, why? If unfavorably, why – and how do you respond to
it? What do you think of Jim Elliot’s prayer, "Make me Thy Fuel, Flame of
God"?
Explain. What do you think about his statement, "He is no fool who
gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose"?
How does it apply to
you? What type of fool are you? Explain. Would you be ready to die if God called
you today? If not, why not? What do you need to do? What is keeping you from
doing it? What is your plan to overcome it?

Sermon Notes – April 1, 2007

What Type of Fool Are You? – Selected Scriptures

 

The April Fool

 

The Ignorant Fool

 

The Educated Fool

 

The Apathetic Fool

 

 

The Wise Fool


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