Crash & Burn

Skip Heitzig

We've all had to learn a few lessons the hard way, but it's far better to learn from someone else's mistakes. The Bible is full of stories we can glean from--positive and negative--about what to do and what not to do. Satan was filled with pride. Lot became complacent. And Achan let greed steal his blessing. Join us for Crash & Burn as we learn to fly by looking at the lives of those who fell.


 

Table of Contents

# SCRIPTURE: MESSAGE:
1 Isaiah 14:12-17 The Cosmic Crash; The Eternal Burn
2 Genesis 3 Falling Hard; Recovering Strong
3 Genesis 4:1-16 A Murder after Church
4 Genesis 11-19 Lot's Lingering Legacy
5 Joshua 7 Here Comes Trouble
6 Judges 14 A Superhero Loses His Cape
7 1 Samuel 26:21 Playing the Fool
8 2 Samuel 11 The Four Seasons of Failure
9 1 Kings 12:25-33 Taking Down a Nation

 


 

SERIES: Crash & Burn
MESSAGE: The Cosmic Crash; The Eternal Burn
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 14:12-17
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/4114

MESSAGE SUMMARY
One of the starkest truths we find in the Bible is its brutal honesty—it never flatters its heroes, and it never glosses over its villains. It presents the flaws, foibles, and failures of people in every generation. Just as Hebrews 11 is the Hall of Fame, showing the people of faith from the Old Testament, this series will look more at the Hall of Shame of those in the same time period. Why? So we can learn from their failures and not repeat them. In this new series, Crash & Burn, we will learn how to fly by looking at those who fell. But the first "fall" was the worst, making way for every fall thereafter. Today we consider how Lucifer became Satan.

STUDY GUIDE
Connect Recap Notes: October 2, 2016
Speaker: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: ""The Cosmic Crash; The Eternal Burn""
Text: Isaiah 14:12-17

Path

One of the starkest truths we find in the Bible is its brutal honesty---it never flatters its heroes, and it never glosses over its villains. Just as Hebrews 11 is the Hall of Fame, showing the people of faith from the Old Testament, this new teaching series will look at the Hall of Shame. Why? So we can learn from their failures and not repeat them. In this new series, Crash & Burn, we will learn how to fly by looking at those who fell. The first "fall" was the worst, making way for every fall thereafter. In this teaching, Pastor Skip considers how Lucifer became Satan. His path through the text is as follows:

  1. His Dwelling Was in Heaven (v. 12)
  2. His Domain Is on Earth (v. 12b)
  3. His Destiny Will Be Hell (v. 15)
  4. His Downfall Was His Pride (vv. 13-14)
Points

His Dwelling Was in Heaven
His Domain Is on Earth
His Destiny Will Be Hell

His Downfall Was His Pride

Practice

Connect Up: Compare and contrast God's characteristics---sovereignty, love, omnipotence (all powerful), omnipresence (everywhere present), etc.---to Satan's limitations. Take a moment to worship the Lord for His power over Satan and sin.

Connect In: Discuss the importance of the four ways we can cultivate humility (prayer, worship, encouragement, and service). How should we practice these things individually and as a church?

Connect Out: The Bible paints a realistic portrait of Satan---one out to kill and destroy. How does this reality help or hurt us in our outreach and evangelism? What are some of Satan's devices that Christians should be mindful of when we serve on behalf of Christ? How can we overcome the wiles of the Devil (see Ephesians 6:11-18)?

OUTLINE


  1. His Dwelling Was in Heaven (v. 12)

  2. His Domain Is on Earth (v. 12b)

  3. His Destiny Will Be Hell (v. 15)

  4. His Downfall Was His Pride (vv. 13-14)

 


 

SERIES: Crash & Burn
MESSAGE: Falling Hard; Recovering Strong
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Genesis 3
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/4116

MESSAGE SUMMARY
After Satan’s own crash and burn, he took his evil scheme from heaven to the earth to which he fell and began to ensnare the first people God made (misery loves company). From this familiar story that most of us know so well comes five lessons that are eminently practical as we deal with life in a fallen world. In this series, we want to learn to fly by looking at those who fell. Adam and Eve went from flying to falling. What does that mean for us?

STUDY GUIDE
Connect Recap Notes: October 9, 2016
Speaker: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: "Falling Hard; Recovering Strong"
Text: Genesis 3

Path

After Satan's own crash and burn, he took his evil scheme from heaven to earth, seeking to ensnare the first people God made. In this series, we want to learn to fly by looking at those who fell. Adam and Eve went from flying to falling—and their choices affect us all. Pastor Skip gave us five practical principles from this familiar story:

  1. Choices Will Be Challenged (vv. 1-5)
  2. Allurement Doesn't Mean Entitlement (v. 6)
  3. Disobedience Is Worse Than Deception (v. 7)
  4. A Hard Heart Brings a Hard Life (vv. 14-20)
  5. A Covering Is Better Than a Cover-Up (vv. 7-13, 21)
Points

Choices Will Be Challenged
Allurement Doesn't Mean Entitlement
Disobedience Is Worse Than Deception
A Hard Heart Brings a Hard Life
A Covering Is Better Than a Cover-Up

OUTLINE


  1. Choices Will Be Challenged (vv. 1-5)

  2. Allurement Doesn’t Mean Entitlement (v. 6)

  3. Disobedience Is Worse Than Deception (v. 7)

  4. A Hard Heart Brings a Hard Life (vv. 14-20)

  5. A Covering Is Better Than a Cover-Up (vv. 7-13, 21)

 


 

SERIES: Crash & Burn
MESSAGE: A Murder after Church
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Genesis 4:1-16
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/4118

MESSAGE SUMMARY
If you think that just attending a worship service is enough to make you a good person, then consider this: the first crime was committed by a mad farmer right after church! The story of Cain killing his brother Abel highlights how dysfunctional the first family was and how sin immediately affected humanity—and still does. Today, we look at the biography of a murderer who went from adoring God to assassinating his brother.

STUDY GUIDE
Connect Recap Notes: October 16, 2016
Speaker: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: "A Murder after Church"
Text: Genesis 4:1-16

Path

If you think that just attending a worship service is enough to make you a good person, then consider this: the first crime was committed by an angry farmer right after church! The story of Cain killing his brother Abel highlights how dysfunctional the first family was and how sin immediately affected humanity---and still does. In this teaching, Pastor Skip unpacked the biography of a murderer who went from adoring God to assassinating his brother.

  1. Worker (vv. 1-2)
  2. Worshiper (vv. 3-5)
  3. Waverer (vv. 6-7)
  4. Wrongdoer (vv. 8-10)
  5. Wanderer (vv. 11-16)
Points

Worker
Worshiper
Waverer
Wrongdoer
Wanderer
Practice

Connect Up: Pastor Skip taught that God's grace is still evident even in the midst of sin. Grace is defined as unmerited favor. God showed grace to Cain. How does He show grace to you? What does the reality of grace tell us about God's character and compassion toward the vilest of sinners?

Connect In: Like Adam and Eve's family, the family of God is full of people who are on different paths in their walk with Christ. What can we learn from the story of Cain and Abel as it relates to people within the church? How does our past shape our future? How can the church show grace and love to people who are struggling with abuse, addiction, theft, murder, etc.?

Connect Out: Knowing that God spared Cain, how can we craft a message that presents the gospel to the vilest of sinners? Take time to pray for people you know that need Jesus. Ask for God to open a door to share the good news of Christ.

OUTLINE


  1. Worker (vv. 1-2)

  2. Worshiper (vv. 3-5)

  3. Waverer (vv. 6-7)

  4. Wrongdoer (vv. 8-10)

  5. Wanderer (vv. 11-16)

 


 

SERIES: Crash & Burn
MESSAGE: Lot's Lingering Legacy
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Genesis 11-19
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/4120

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Some names summon noble thoughts. Other names evoke cautionary feelings. Lot is in the second category. Though he had everything he needed for spiritual success, his priorities were clearly fixed in the temporary pleasures of this life. Though the New Testament calls him righteous (see 2 Peter 2:7) because of his simple faith, his life could have been so much more. As it stands, Lot’s best years were squandered and fruitless.

STUDY GUIDE
Connect Recap Notes: October 23, 2016
Speaker: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: "Lot’s Lingering Legacy"
Text: Genesis 11-19

Path

Some names summon noble thoughts. Other names evoke cautionary feelings. Lot is in the second category. Though he had everything he needed for spiritual success, his priorities were clearly fixed in the temporary pleasures of this life. Though the New Testament calls him righteous because of his simple faith (see 2 Peter 2:7), his life could have been so much more. Instead, Lot squandered his best years, leaving a fruitless legacy. Pastor Skip unpacked Lot’s legacy in three phases:

  1. He Followed a Champion (Genesis 11:27-31; 12:5)
  2. He Faced Challenges (Genesis 13:1-9)
  3. He Formed Choices
    1. By Looking (Genesis 13:10-11)
    2. By Leaving (Genesis 13:12-13)
    3. By Living (Genesis 14:12)
    4. By Leading (Genesis 19:1)
    5. By Lingering (Genesis 19:12-16)

Points

He Followed a Champion
He Faced Challenges
He Formed Choices
Practice

Connect Up: Discuss how your life, actions, and choices reflect Christ. Is your life a living witness or is it lacking witness? How can you correct bad choices? Where does God come in?

Connect In: Like Lot and Abraham, members in the body of Christ will face conflict. When conflict comes, pray about it, seek reconciliation, and learn from it. Discuss times you’ve been in conflict with other Christians. How did you resolve the issue?

Connect Out: Lot's senses habitually took precedence over his spiritual decisions, and though he lost much of what was important in his life, his soul was saved. How can we use the story of Lot to discuss the gospel with unbelievers?

OUTLINE


  1. He Followed a Champion (Genesis 11:27-31; 12:5)

  2. He Faced Challenges (Genesis 13:1-9)

  3. He Formed Choices

    1. By Looking (Genesis 13:10-11)

    2. By Leaving (Genesis 13:12-13)

    3. By Living (Genesis 14:12)

    4. By Leading (Genesis 19:1)

    5. By Lingering (Genesis 19:12-16)


 


 

SERIES: Crash & Burn
MESSAGE: Here Comes Trouble
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Joshua 7
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/4122

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Meet a guy whose name actually means trouble. Achan was an Israeli soldier whose personal action brought a national reaction. When he crashed and burned, he took others down with him—his fellow soldiers, his family, and his country. How can one person do so much damage? And what should be done when we find ourselves in the fallout of failure (our own or others’)? Moreover, can there ever be a bright future for those experiencing such dim circumstances?

STUDY GUIDE
Connect Recap Notes: October 30, 2016
Speaker: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: "Here Comes Trouble"
Text: Joshua 7

Path

In this message, Pastor Skip introduced us to a guy whose name actually means trouble. Achan was an Israeli soldier whose personal action brought a national reaction. When he crashed and burned, he took others down with him—his fellow soldiers, his family, and his country. Can there ever be a bright future for those experiencing such dim circumstances? Skip layed out some principles from the text, showing us what we should do when we find ourselves in the fallout of failure (our own or others'):

  1. Every Disobedience Is Detrimental (vv. 1-5)
  2. Every Sin Comes in Stages (vv. 19-21)
  3. Every Prayer Isn't Pure (vv. 6-13)
  4. Every Failure Isn't Forever (v. 26; Hosea 2:15)
Points

Every Disobedience Is Detrimental
Every Sin Comes in Stages
Every Prayer Isn't Pure
Every Failure Isn't Forever
Practice

Connect Up: Like Achan, our actions can either help or hamper our walk with God. Consider times when your actions have drawn you away or closer to Christ.

Connect In: Given that we are to love one another in the church (see John 13:34-35), all of your actions can either build up or tear down the body of Christ. How do our actions—good or bad—affect the entire church?

Connect Out: Knowing that every failure isn't forever, how can we share the gospel with those who have fallen and feel like they are unworthy of God's grace? In other words, how does grace work? Is it earned or freely given? Why does that matter when it comes to falling short of God's standards?
1White, John, The Fight: A Practical Handbook for Christian Living, Downers Grove, Illinois, InterVarsity Press, 1976, p. 79-80.

OUTLINE


  1. Every Disobedience Is Detrimental (vv. 1-5)

  2. Every Sin Comes in Stages (vv. 19-21)

  3. Every Prayer Isn’t Pure (vv. 6-13)

  4. Every Failure Isn’t Forever (v. 26; Hosea 2:15)

 


 

SERIES: Crash & Burn
MESSAGE: A Superhero Loses His Cape
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Judges 14
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/4124

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Some people make us scratch our head in wonder and wipe our eyes in sorrow. Samson was such a man. He had everything he needed to be outstanding, yet he ended his life as a blinded slave in the enemy’s camp. Most everyone knows of his exploits as the superhero of the Old Testament. And even though God used him, Samson could have been so much more. Let’s trace some of the downhill steps Samson took to lose his superhero cape.

STUDY GUIDE
Connect Recap Notes: November 6, 2016
Speaker: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: "A Superhero Loses His Cape"
Text:  Judges 14

Path

Some people make us scratch our head in wonder and wipe our eyes in sorrow. Samson was such a man. He had everything he needed to be outstanding, yet he ended his life as a blinded slave in the enemy's camp. Most everyone knows of his exploits as the superhero of the Old Testament. And even though God used him, Samson could have been so much more. Pastor Skip traced some of the downhill steps Samson took to lose his superhero cape.

  1. He Disrespected His Parents (vv. 1-4)
  2. He Disregarded His God (vv. 5-9)
  3. He Distanced His Friends (vv. 10-11)
  4. He Downplayed His Failures (vv. 12-18)
  5. He Decimated His Enemy (vv. 19-20)
Points

He Disrespected His Parents
He Disregarded His God
He Distanced His Friends
He Downplayed His Failure
He Decimated His Enemy
Lessons from a Fallen Hero
Practice

Connect Up: Though the Lord is full of grace, discuss why you think God allows people like Samson to disobey Him. Is there ever a point of no return with the Lord? Use Hebrews 6:4-6 as a point of discussion.

Connect In: How do individual actions (even poor ones like Samson's) affect the body of Christ? Using the body analogy Paul used in 1 Corinthians 12:12-31, discuss the importance of unity and cooperation within the church.

Connect Out:  Jesus said concerning people, "You will know them by their fruits" (Matthew 7:16). First, discuss what good fruit looks like (see Galatians 5:22-23). Second, discuss how the fruit we produce influences and affects the nonbelievers we are trying to reach with the gospel?

OUTLINE


  1. He Disrespected His Parents (vv. 1-4)

  2. He Disregarded His God (vv. 5-9)

  3. He Distanced His Friends (vv. 10-11)

  4. He Downplayed His Failure (vv. 12-18)

  5. He Decimated His Enemies (vv. 19-20)

 


 

SERIES: Crash & Burn
MESSAGE: Playing the Fool
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: 1 Samuel 26:21
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/4125

MESSAGE SUMMARY
It’s dangerous business to call the ruler of a country a fool. It would cost one’s life in ancient times. But here’s a case where the king himself admits his own folly. In a single autobiographical statement, King Saul admits his error. Yes, even leaders can crash and burn. Let’s look more closely at the career of a king who ended very differently than he began and see what went wrong. Moreover, let’s try to discover what things he could’ve done differently.

STUDY GUIDE
Recap Notes: November 13, 2016
Speaker: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: "Playing the Fool"
Text: 1 Samuel 26:21

Path

It's dangerous business to call the ruler of a country a fool. It would cost you your life in ancient times. But here's a case where the king himself acknowledges his own folly. In a single autobiographical statement, King Saul admitted his error. Even leaders can crash and burn. Pastor Skip looked closely at the career of a king who ended very differently than he began, identifying what went wrong.

Points

How He Began
What Went Wrong What Should've ChangedPractice

Connect Up: Discuss the importance of using your talents for God. Jesus taught a parable about a man who hid his talents (in those days, a talent was also a measure of money) in the ground (see Matthew 25:14-30). Are you hiding your talents? Or do you use them for the growth of God's kingdom?

Connect In: Saul didn't have genuine friendships. Do you lean on fellow Christians in times of need? Or do you try to work out things in your own power? What advantage is there to working together as the body of Christ?

Connect Out
: If you exude Saul's characteristics (arrogance, indifference, disobedience, and preeminence), how will it affect your witness in the world? How does what you do and say help or hinder your outreach to nonbelievers? One theologian said, "Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing."

OUTLINE

  1. How He Began

    1. With Natural Advantages (1 Samuel 9: selected)

    2. With Supernatural Advantages (1 Samuel 10: selected)

  2. What Went Wrong

    1. He Played the Fool by Arrogance (1 Samuel 13:3)

    2. He Played the Fool by Indifference (1 Samuel 14:24-30)

    3. He Played the Fool by Disobedience (1 Samuel 15:13-16)

    4. He Played the Fool by Preeminence (1 Samuel 18:5-9)

  3. What Should’ve Changed

 


 

SERIES: Crash & Burn
MESSAGE: The Four Seasons of Failure
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: 2 Samuel 11
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/4130

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Our year comes to us in seasons—winter, spring, summer, and fall—as the earth makes its journey around the sun. Our spiritual life can sometimes be the same, especially when we allow sin to intrude. The warm, alluring breezes of temptation can sneak up suddenly and, if acted upon, can bring the cool chill of broken fellowship with God. None of us are immune from enticement but all of us should be informed. Today we see King David’s crash and burn in his battle with lust.

STUDY GUIDE
Recap Notes: December 4, 2016
Speaker: Skip Heitzig
Text: 2 Samuel 11
Teaching: "The Four Seasons of Failure"

Path

Our year comes to us in seasons---winter, spring, summer, and fall---as the earth makes its journey around the sun. Our spiritual life can sometimes be the same, especially when we allow sin to intrude. The warm, alluring breezes of temptation can sneak up suddenly and, if acted upon, can bring the cool chill of broken fellowship with God. None of us are immune from enticement but all of us should be informed concerning its effects. In his message, Pastor Skip taught how David crashed and burned in his battle with lust.


Points

Springtime in David's City
Summertime in David's Sight
"Fall Time" in David's Sanctity
Wintertime in David's Soul
Practice

Connect Up: How does sin affect your relationship with God? Why do you think God allows His people to sin? What does God desire for those caught in sin?

Connect In: F.B. Meyer said, "No man suddenly becomes base." Sexual sin rarely sneaks up on people. Rather, it is a gradual growth. To help offset sin's influence, Skip reminded us to mentally rehearse the consequences first. How will anticipating the fallout help keep sin at bay? How does unrepentant sin affect your community, the body of Christ?

Connect Out: Sexual sin brings unique shame. How can we reach out to those who struggle with sexual sin? How do we help people get out of the chair with the shotgun and find new life in Christ?

OUTLINE


  1. Springtime in David’s City (v. 1)

  2. Summertime in David’s Sight (v. 2)

  3. “Fall Time” in David’s Sanctity (vv. 3-4)

  4. Wintertime in David’s Soul (v. 5; vv. 24-27)


 


 

SERIES: Crash & Burn
MESSAGE: Taking Down a Nation
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: 1 Kings 12:25-33
URL: http://SkipHeitzig.com/4132

MESSAGE SUMMARY
It’s bad enough when one person has their own crash and burn. It’s infinitely worse when one person takes everyone down with them. Jeroboam was a spiritual suicide bomber—plunging the nation of Israel into division, idolatry, and eventual judgment. Today we follow the steps he took and the reasons that led to his destructive path in hopes of strengthening our own resolve.

STUDY GUIDE
Recap Notes: December 11, 2016
Speaker: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: "Taking Down a Nation"
Text: 1 Kings 12:25-33

Path

It's bad enough when one person has his or her own crash and burn. It's infinitely worse when they take everyone else down with them. Jeroboam was a spiritual suicide bomber---plunging the nation of Israel into division, idolatry, and eventual judgment. In this teaching, Pastor Skip unpacked the steps Jeroboam took and the reasons that led to his destructive path, showing how we can strengthen our own resolve.


Points

He Feared Losing Power
He Failed Trusting God
He Followed His Own Heart
He Forsook God's Word
Practice

Connect Up: Idolatry is still prevalent today. It can be anything: a desire or wish, a person or thing. Do you have any idols in your life? What are you doing to clean them out of your closet, reestablishing God's priority?

Connect In: What do you think about in quiet moments? How does your heart affect your home---both physically (your personal life) and spiritually (the body of Christ)?

Connect Out: There are many idols in the world (sex, drugs, fame, etc.). How can Christians lovingly identify the idols in the world, but also help proclaim the solution through the gospel? How can you help the restless find rest in Christ? Briefly discuss how you share the gospel in your community.

OUTLINE


  1. He Feared Losing Power (vv. 26-27)

  2. He Failed Trusting God (v. 25)

  3. He Followed His Own Heart (vv. 26, 28, 33)

  4. He Forsook God’s Word

    1. By Changing the Object of Worship (v. 28)

    2. By Changing the Place of Worship (vv. 29-30)

    3. By Changing the Means of Worship (v. 31)

    4. By Changing the Time of Worship (vv. 32-33)


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