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Sermon Outline, November 17, 2019, “His Coming will Precipitate God’s Wrath”

His Coming will Precipitate God’s Wrath

II Thessalonians 1:6-10

 

Hell is the realization of God’s Justice!

Justice for Troublemakers.

~ I Corinthians 3:17    If any man destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy, and that is what you are.

 

Justice for Those who do not Know God.

~ John 17:3                  This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

 

Justice for Those who do not Obey the Gospel.

~ I Corinthians 15:3-4              For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,

 

~ Acts 2:38                  Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

 

 

Hell is the realization of Punishment!

Certain Punishment.

~ Revelation 21:8        But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.

 

Certain Pain.

~ Mark 9:48    where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.

 

Certainly Eternal.

~ Mark 9:48    where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.

 

~ Matthew 25:41         Then He will also say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels;

 

~ Revelation 14:11      And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever; they have no rest day and night, those who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.”

 

 

Hell is the realization of Death!

Death means Separation!

~ Matthew 25:41         “Then He will also say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels;

 

Death means Loneliness.

 

Death means Darkness.

~ Matthew 25:30         Throw out the worthless slave into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

 

Death means Sorrow!

~ Matthew 25:30         Throw out the worthless slave into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Sermon Outline, November 10, 2019, “His Coming will Precipitate Judgement”

His Coming will Precipitate Judgement

Matthew 25:31-46

 

The First Step of Judgement is Separation.

Separation – determined by the King.

~ Matthew 24:40, 41   Then there will be two men in the field; one will be taken and one will be left. 41 Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one will be left.

 

~ Luke 17:34   I tell you, on that night there will be two in one bed; one will be taken and the other will be left.

 

Separation – administered by the Angels.

 

Separation – experienced by All.

 

 

The Second Step of Judgement is Accountability.

The Judgement of the King will be Fair!

~ Romans 14:10, 12    But you, why do you judge your brother? Or you again, why do you regard your brother with contempt? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. 12 So then each one of us will give an account of himself to God.

 

~ Romans 2:16             on the day when, according to my gospel, God will judge the secrets of men through Christ Jesus.

 

~ Ecclesiastes 12:14     For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil.

 

~ Hebrews 4:13            And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.

 

The Judgement of the King will be Factual!

~ II Corinthians 5:10               For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.

 

~ John 3:18                 He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

 

~ Romans 8:1              Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

 

 

The Third Step of Judgement is Rewards.

Eternal Punishment!

~ II Peter 3:9               The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.

 

Eternal Life.

~ John 14:2-3               In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.

 

~ Revelation 21:3         And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them,

 

~ Romans 5:9              Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sermon Outline, November 3, 2019, “His Coming will be Phenomenal”

His Coming will be Phenomenal

Matthew 24:29-31

 

Phenomenal Signs will Precede His Coming!

 

False Christs.

 

Wars & Rumors of Wars.

 

Increase in Natural Disasters.

 

Intense Persecution of Christians.

 

Apostasy.

~ I Timothy 4:1           But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons,

 

~ Luke 18:8                  I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?”

 

Increase of Wickedness.

 

 

Phenomenal Signs will Accompany His Coming!

 

Cosmological Signs will accompany His Coming!

~ Joel 2:31       “The sun will be turned into darkness
And the moon into blood
Before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes.

 

~ Isaiah 34:4   And all the host of heaven will wear away,
And the sky will be rolled up like a scroll;
All their hosts will also wither away
As a leaf withers from the vine,
Or as one withers from the fig tree.

 

~ Philippians 2:10-11              so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

 

Glorious Signs will accompany His Coming.

~ I Corinthians 15:52               in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.

 

~ I Thessalonians 4:16             For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.

 

 

Phenomenal Signs will Follow His Coming!

 

Raised Bodies!

~ John 5:28-29            Do not marvel at this; for an hour is coming, in which all who are in the tombs will hear His voice, 29 and will come forth; those who did the good deeds to a resurrection of life, those who committed the evil deeds to a resurrection of judgment.

 

Transformed Bodies!

~ I Corinthians 15:53-55         For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, “Death is swallowed up in victory. 55 O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”

Sermon Outline, October 27, 2019, “Set Apart for Service”

Set Apart for Service

Acts 13:1-5

One Quality of a Servant in the Lord’s Kingdom is Sincerity.

Sincere servants are Interested in the Work of the Lord’s Kingdom.

~ II Corinthians 11:28              Apart from such external things, there is the daily pressure on me of concern for all the churches.

 

Sincere servants are Involved in the Work of the Lord’s Kingdom.

~ I Corinthians 15:58               Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.

 

 

A Second Quality of a Servant in the Lord’s Kingdom is Spirit-led.

Spirit-led servants Listen to the Holy Spirit.

~ Romans 8:5-7           For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so,

 

Spirit-led servants Submit to the Holy Spirit.

~ James 4:17              Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.

 

 

A Third Quality of a Servant in the Lord’s Kingdom is Service.

Serve in the area of Giftedness!

~ I Peter 4:10              As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

 

Serve Willingly!

~ Colossians 3:23-24  Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.

 

Serve Enthusiastically!

~ Romans 1:16            For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

Sermon Outline, October 20, 2019, “Unpacking for Heaven”

Unpacking for Heaven

1 Timothy 6:17–19

To store up, you pour out.

 Matthew 10:38–42, Proverbs 19:17, Matthew 25:31-46, Luke 12:13-21, Matthew 19:16-21, Luke 12:22-34, Mark 6:30-44, Acts 2:45, Acts 20:35, Acts 10:4, Hebrews 6:10, Exodus 36:6-7, I Kings 17:7-16, Proverbs 28:27, Deuteronomy 24:19, Proverbs 22:9, Proverbs 11:25, Luke 6:38, II Corinthians 9:6–7, and Psalm 82:3

Every one of these—and hundreds of other passages—teach the same principle: to store up, you pour out.

 

Why pour out?

1 Timothy 6:17 (NIV) Command

1 Timothy 6:17 (NIV) Command those who are rich in this present world….

1 Timothy 6:17–18 (NIV) Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.

 

1 Timothy 6:19 (NIV) In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.

 

The only way to store up for what is truly life is to pour out.

 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. ~ Romans 8:18

Sermon Outline, October 13, 2019, “Packing for Heaven”

Packing for Heaven

Matthew 6:19-21 and 1 Corinthians 33:11-15

 

You can take it with you.

Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done.  Revelation 22:12 (NIV) 

Don’t store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves don’t break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:19–21 (CSB)

 

All physical possessions are vulnerable to loss.

Be careful about what you take with you.

For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames. 1 Corinthians 3:11–15 (NIV)

Foundation 

For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, their work will be shown for what it is…  1 Corinthians 3:11–13 (NIV)

Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved. Acts 4:12 (NIV)

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. Jn 14:6

 

Framework 

But on the judgment day, fire will reveal what kind of work each builder has done. The fire will show if a person’s work has any value. If the work survives, that builder will receive a reward. But if the work is burned up, the builder will suffer great loss….  1 Corinthians 3:13–15 (NLT)

 

Fire 

For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames.  1 Corinthians 3:11–15 (NIV)

Saved by grace, rewarded by deed

Your heavenly offering to God is determined by your earthly deeds.

 

Sermon Outline, October 6, 2019, “Militant People”

Militant People

I Peter 5:8-11

~ John 10:10    The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.

Be Watchful!

He attacks our Minds!

~ I Timothy 4:1           But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons,

 

He attacks our Wills!

~ Romans 7:19            For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want.

 

He attacks our Bodies!

~ I Peter 1:13              Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

 

 

Be Firm!

Know the Truth!

~ John 17:17               Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth.

 

~ John 8:32                 and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”

 

Believe the Truth!

~ II Thessalonians 2:12           in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth, but took pleasure in wickedness.

 

Love the Truth!

~ Psalm 119:97           O how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day.

 

 

Be Victorious!

God’s plan includes Eternity!

~ Romans 8:18             For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.

 

~ Revelation 2:10         Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to cast some of you into prison, so that you will be tested, and you will have tribulation for ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.

 

God’s resources are Limitless!

~ Romans 5:20            The Law came in so that the transgression would increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more,

 

God’s promises are Unlimited!

~ Psalm 147:3             He heals the brokenhearted   And binds up their wounds.

Sermon Outline, I Peter 5:1-7, “Humble People”

Humble People

I Peter 5:1-7

~ James 4:10   Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.

 

God’s People demonstrate Humility with Responsibility.

Pride makes excuses for irresponsibility.

~ Proverbs 16:18         Pride goes before destruction,
And a haughty spirit before stumbling.

 

Humility fulfills Responsibility.

~ Acts 20:28                Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.

 

~ Hebrews 13:17         Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with grief, for this would be unprofitable for you.

 

 

God’s People demonstrate Humility with Attitude.

Pride looks down on people.

~ Matthew 20:16         So the last shall be first, and the first last.”

 

Humility gives preference to others.

~ Romans 12:10          Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor;

 

~ Romans 12:16          Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation.

 

~ Philippians 2:3          Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves;

 

 

God’s People demonstrate Humility with Worry.

Pride causes us to fret about our worries.

~ Hebrews 11:6           And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.

 

Humility trusts God with Worry.

~ Psalm 55:22             Cast your burden upon the Lord and He will sustain you;
He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.

 

~ Philippians 4:6-7       Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

 

~ I John 5:14-15          This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.

 

~ Romans 8:32            He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?

 

~ Romans 8:28             And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

 

~ Romans 8:38-39        For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

~ Proverbs 3:5-6         Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.

 

~ Deuteronomy 7:9      Know therefore that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God, who keeps His covenant and His lovingkindness to a thousandth generation with those who love Him and keep His commandments;

Sermon Outline, September 22, 2019, “Persecuted People”

Persecuted People

I Peter 4

 

~ John 15:20                Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A slave is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they kept My word, they will keep yours also.

 

~ Acts 14:22                strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying, “Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.”

 

~ II Timothy 3:12        Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.

 

Glorify God with Focus!

Be like Christ!

~ I Peter 2:24               and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed.

 

~ Isaiah 53:5               But He was pierced through for our transgressions,
He was crushed for our iniquities;
The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him,
And by His scourging we are healed.

 

Stop Sinning.

~ I Peter 3:21              Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you—not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience—through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,

 

~ Acts 2:38                  Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

 

 

Glorify God with Love!

Pray for One Another!

~ The Voice of the Martyr ~ www.persecution.org

 

~ James 5:16                           Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.

 

Love One Another Earnestly!

~ I Corinthians 13:5    does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered,

 

Serve One Another!

~ James 1:12               Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.

 

 

Glorify God with Joy!

Joy seems like an unusual response to Persecution!

~ Philippians 4:4         Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!

 

Rejoice in Persecution!

~ Romans 8:18            For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.

Sermon Outline, September 15, 2019, “Righteous People”

Righteous People

I Peter 3:8-22

~ Matthew 5:8              “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

 

God’s People treat Others Rightly!

Treat one another with Love.

~ Romans 12:10           Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor;

 

Treat your enemies with Love.

~ Matthew 5:38-45                  “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39 But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. 40 If anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat also. 41 Whoever forces you to go one mile, go with him two. 42 Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you.

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.

 

~Romans 12:17, 19-21            17 Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men.

19 Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 “But if your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

 

 

God’s People represent Christ Rightly!

Defend Christ Personally!

~ Matthew 6:24            “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.

 

Defend Christ Strongly!

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God’s People proclaim the Gospel Rightly!

Proclaim the Gospel Truthfully!

~ I Corinthians 15:3-4             For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,

 

Proclaim the Gospel Personally!

~ Mark 16:16               He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.

 

~ Acts 2:38                  Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

 

~ Acts 22:16                Now why do you delay? Get up and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on His name.’

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