OceanSide church of Christ
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Victor M. Eskew
A. Coins have played a part in man’s financial history for thousands of years.
1 They used to be made of precious material such as silver and gold.
2 Coins have always had two sides.
a. The markings on each side were different.
b. We refer to the two sides as “heads” and “tails.”
B. This two-sided concept has been taken and applied to many things having two different angles. The phrase, “There are two sides to every coin,” is used often by many.
C. We want to take this phrase and look at several different areas. We’ve entitled our lesson, “Two-sided Coins.”
I. WORDS CAN BE A TWO-SIDED COIN.
A. The words that we speak can be two-sided in many ways.
1. Words can carry two meanings (Ex., “bad”).
2. Words can be hypocritical, saying one thing, but meaning something else.
3. Words can give life, or, words can bring death.
B. Two verses that refer to our ability to use words for both good and bad.
1. Proverbs 18:21a.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue…
2. James 3:9-10.
Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.
C. Peter is a wonderful example of one who used his words in two different ways.
1. It was he who made the good confession (Matt. 16:18).
2. It was he who cursed and swore that he knew not the Lord (Matt. 26:74).
D. We must be very careful with our words. Remember, we will give an account of what we say (Matt. 12:36-37).
But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.
II. WEALTH CAN BE A TWO-SIDED COIN.
A. Money, wealth, and riches are not evil in and of themselves.
B. Wealth is a two-sided coin.
1. It can be used to improve one’s life and to aid in the betterment of society.
2. It can generate pride in the heart of man that can cause one to elevate himself above others, and even God.
C. The problem is that many people gravitate toward the negatives of wealth once they begin to have it. Thus, the Bible has many warnings for the wealthy.
1. I Timothy 6:8-10.
And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
2. I Timothy 6:17-19.
Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; that they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.
D. In Proverbs 23:4, Solomon writes: Labour not to be rich. We should labor for higher, nobler things than the mere accumulation of money.
III. PREACHING CAN BE A TWO-SIDED COIN.
A. Preaching is a two-sided coin for two reasons:
1. Preaching involves both the positive and the negative (Rom. 11:22).
Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God.
2. Preaching involves the acceptance of the message by some and the rejection of the message by others (II Cor. 2:16).
To the one we are a savor of death unto death: and to the other the savor of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things?
B. Some try to turn preaching into a one-sided coin.
1. There are some who are geared toward the negative.
2. There are some who are geared toward the positive.
C. They key is having the ability to preach the whole counsel of God (Acts 20:26-27).
Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men. For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God
IV. CONFLICTS CAN BE TWO-SIDED COINS.
A. Conflicts are two-sided for several reasons.
1. There are at least two sides in every conflict.
2. There are at least two perspectives in every conflict.
3. There are at least two needs that are trying to be met in every conflict.
B. Solomon’s words about this two-sided coin is found in Proverbs 18:13.
He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is a folly and a shame unto him.
C. These two-sided coins are difficult for those who are caught in the middle of the two groups.
1. Both sides have their needs.
2. Both sides believe that they possess the truth.
3. Both sides have developed feelings about the opposing group.
4. There are ramifications of making a decision for one side versus the other side.
D. Things that are needed to overcome the two sides of conflict.
1. Focus squarely on the problem.
2. Seek and believe only the truth.
3. Keep the right attitudes.
4. Seek for solutions that meet needs.
A. When two-sided coins are presented to us, we must
1. Be cautious.
2. Be discerning.
B. We can handle these coins properly with knowledge and wisdom and truth (Prov. 23:23).
Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.