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Sermon Outline, May 19, 2019, “A Lady Leader”

A Lady Leader

Judges 4 & 5

Influential Leaders provide Godly Leadership.

Godly Leadership provides Stability.

Psalm 1:3        He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,

Which yields its fruit in its season  And its leaf does not wither;  And in whatever he

does, he prospers.

Godly Leadership provides Spirit-led Leadership.

II Timothy 4:2-4         preach the word; be ready in season and out of season;  reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. For the time

will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have

their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance

to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will

turn aside to myths.

Influential Leaders provide Wise Leadership.

Wise Leadership demonstrates Respect.

I Peter 2:17       Honor all people, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king

Wise Leadership provides Support.

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.

Influential Leaders provide Positive Change.

Influential Leaders provide positive change through Vision.

Proverbs 29:18            Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained,

But happy is he who keeps the law.

Influential Leaders provide positive change by Empowering New Leaders.

II Timothy 2:2            The things which you have heard from me in the

presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to

teach others also.

Sermon Outline, May 12, 2019 “A Mother’s Prayer”

A Mother’s Prayer

I Samuel 1-2:11

One Essential of Effective Prayer is Integrity!

Integrity is an essential element for effective prayer.

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.

One of the hindrances of effective prayer is sin!

Psalm 66:18    If I regard wickedness in my heart, The Lord will not hear;

A Second Essential of Effective Prayer is Fervency!

Sincerity is a mark of Fervent Prayer.

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.

Persistence is a mark of Fervent Prayer.

Ephesians 6:18            With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,

I Thessalonians 4:17   Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.

A Third Essential of Effective Prayer is Faith!

Pray in faith by Praying Specifically.

Mark 11:24  Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you.

I John 5:14-15            14 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.

Pray in faith by Trusting in the Lord.

Hebrews 4:16              Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Matthew 7:7    Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.

Sermon Outline, Rahab’s Red Rope, May 5, 2019

Rahab’s Red Rope

Joshua 2, 6:17, 22, 23

Grip God’s Existence!

Acknowledge God’s Person.

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.

Psalm 14:1  The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.”  They are

corrupt, they have committed abominable deeds;  There is no one who does

good.

Acknowledge God’s Omnipresence!

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.

II Chronicles 16:9   For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the

earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His. You

have acted foolishly in this. Indeed, from now on you will surely have wars.”

I John 5:14-15  14 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.

Grip God’s Sovereignty!

Trust God’s Control!

Revelation 4:2  Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne was

standing in heaven, and One sitting on the throne.

Trust God’s Goodness!

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 8:32   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?

Grip God’s Power!

Trust God’s ability to Save!

Mark 16:16  He who has believed and has been baptized shall be

saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.

 

Acts 3:19  Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away,

in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord;

 

Romans 10:9  that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe

in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;

 

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.

 

I Peter 3:21  Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you—not the removal

of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God [a]for a good conscience—through

the resurrection of Jesus Christ,

 

II Thessalonians 1:8-9 dealing out retribution to those who do not know God

and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. These will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power,

Trust God’s ability to Honor Faith!

                         Psalm 1:1  How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the

wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!

Psalm 1:6  For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the

wicked will perish.

Hebrews 11:39  And all these, having gained approval through their faith, did

not receive what was promised,

Sermon Outline, April 28, 2019, “John – The Lessons I Learned from Jesus”

John – The Lessons I Learned from Jesus

John 20 – Acts 2

 

When did you know and believe that Jesus is Lord? (What’s your story?)

 

When have you nearly given up and Jesus challenged you to try a different way?

 

When have you been reminded that God didn’t need you, but He chose to allow you to be part of His story in a really big way?

 

When is a time you messed up, wore out, or stepped out of the Church’s mission, but God restored you to spread His message of hope and love?

 

What is the purpose of the church and how is your church a part of that purpose?

 

 

 

 

 

Sermon Outline, April 21, 2019, “The Day of Surprises”

The Day of Surprises

John 20:19-31

 

Examine the Surprise!

Truth makes a surprise wonderful!

~ Proverbs 13:12                     Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
But desire fulfilled is a tree of life.

 

True Facts verify the Resurrection Surprise!

~ Romans 6:3-4                       Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.

 

~ I Corinthians 11:26              For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.

 

 

Embrace this Surprise!

Embrace this Truth Readily!

~ 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.”

 

Embrace this Truth Eagerly!

~ 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,

 

 

Evangelize this Surprise!

Proclaim this Truth in Word!

~ 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.

 

Proclaim this Truth in Deed!

~ I Thessalonians 4:14            For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus.

 

~ Romans 6:3-4                       Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.

Sermon Outline, April 14, 2019, “The Surprising Switch”

The Surprising Switch

Matthew 27:15-56

 

Consider the Choice!

Option One: The Law demands Justice!

~ James 2:10               For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all.

 

~ Ezekiel 18:4             Behold, all souls are Mine; the soul of the father as well as the soul of the son is Mine. The soul who sins will die.

 

~ Romans 6:23            For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

Option Two: Grace extends Forgiveness!

~ Romans 6:23            For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

~ Romans 3:24            being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus;

 

~ Ephesians 2:8           For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;

 

 

Consider Grace!

Grace takes our Place!

~ II Corinthians 5:21   He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

 

Grace takes our Punishment!

~ Isaiah 53:7               He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
Yet He did not open His mouth;
Like a lamb that is led to slaughter,
And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers,
So He did not open His mouth.

 

Grace takes our Penalty!

~ Isaiah 53:4-6            Surely our griefs He Himself bore,
And our sorrows He carried;
Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken,

Smitten of God, and afflicted.
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.
All of us like sheep have gone astray,
Each of us has turned to his own way;
But the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all
To fall on Him.

 

 

Consider the Response!

Many Reject Christ!

~ II Thessalonians 1:8-9         dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. These will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power,

 

Few Follow Christ!

~ Hebrews 10:26         For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,

 

~ Matthew 22:14          For many are called, but few are chosen.”

 

~ John 10:14               I am the good shepherd, and I know My own and My own know Me,

Sermon Outline, April 7, 2019, “Astonishing Anguish”

Astonishing Anguish

Luke 22:39-46

~ 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.

 

Pray to the Father.

Pray Faithfully.

~ I Thessalonians 5:17            pray without ceasing;

 

~ Ephesians 6:18                     With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,

 

Pray Specifically.

~ 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.

 

Pray Fervently.

~ 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.

 

 

Trust the Father’s Will.

Faith struggles to do God’s will.

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

 

Faith submits to God’s Sovereign Will.

~ 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.

 

~ 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.

 

~ Job 42:2                   “I know that You can do all things,
And that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted.

 

~ Jeremiah 29:11        For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.

 

~ 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.

 

 

Cherish the Father’s Encouragement.

Loneliness often accompanies Disappointments.

~ Matthew 27:46         About the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”

 

God encourages us with His Presence.

~ Psalm 139:7-10        Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there.
If I take the wings of the dawn,
If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea,
10 Even there Your hand will lead me,
And Your right hand will lay hold of me.

 

~ Matthew 28:20         teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

 

~ Hebrews 13:5           Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,”

Sermon Outline, March 31, 2019, “The Unexpected Pedicure”

The Unexpected Pedicure

John 13:1-20

~ Mark 10:45               For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

 

Serve with Humility!

Humility thinks of others Before Self.

~ Philippians 2:3-4      Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.

 

Humility places others Above Self.

~ Philippians 2:5-8       Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

 

~ 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.

 

 

Serve with Love!

Love serves Willingly.

~ Colossians 3:23        Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men,

 

~ Ecclesiastes 9:10       Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might; for there is no activity or planning or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol where you are going.

 

Love does Whatever.

~ Colossians 3:17        Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.

 

 

Serve with Influence!

Influence takes the First Step.

~ Matthew 20:28          just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.

 

Influence provides the Example, not the Exception.

~ Matthew 28:20        teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

 

~ Luke 12:48              but the one who did not know it, and committed deeds worthy of a flogging, will receive but few. From everyone who has been given much, much will be required; and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask all the more.

Sermon Outline, March 24, 2019, “Trust God’s Protection”

Trust God’s Protection

Daniel 6

~ Psalm 91:1-4            He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,
My God, in whom I trust!”
For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper
And from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with His pinions,
And under His wings you may seek refuge;
His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark.

 

 

God protects from Jealousy!

Jealous people attempt to destroy!

~ James 3:15-16          This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic. 16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing.

 

God protects through Contentment!

~ Philippians 4:11        Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.

 

 

God protects from Critics!

Critics attempt to destroy!

~ James 3:14-16          But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth. 15 This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic. 16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing.

 

God protects through the Truth!

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

 

 

God protects from Hate!

Hateful people attempt to destroy!

~ I Peter 5:8                Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

 

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

 

God protects our Soul!

~ Psalm 121:7            The Lord will protect you from all evil;
He will keep your soul.

 

~ II Timothy 4:18       The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed, and will bring me safely to His heavenly kingdom; to Him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

 

~ Romans 8:37-39       But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. 38 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.

Sermon Outline, March 17, 2019, “Faith Tested by Fire”

Faith Tested by Fire

Daniel 3

 

God provides through His Power!

God saves in the Test.

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

 

~ 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.

 

God saves us from the Tester!

~ Revelation 12:10      Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying,

“Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night.

 

~ Ephesians 1:7           In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace

 

~ Revelation 20:10       And the devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and [a]brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are also; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

 

 

God provides His Grace!

God’s grace gives us what we need!

~ Ephesians 2:8            For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;

 

~ Romans 3:24            being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus;

 

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

 

~ II Corinthians 12:9    And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.

 

~ Titus 2:11                 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men,

 

God’s grace provides His Presence!

~ Romans 8:13            for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live.

 

~ Romans 8:26-27       In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; 27 and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

 

~ John 16:8                  And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment;

 

God’s grace provides what is better!

~ Titus 3:7                   so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

 

~ Revelation 21:4         and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.”

 

 

God provides with His Sovereignty!

God’s purpose exceeds all other Purposes!

Romans 8:28-29          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. 29 For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren;

 

God’s purpose exceeds our Understanding!

~ 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.

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