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Sermon Outline, July 14, 2019, “Transformed by Christ . . . to Love”

TRANFORMED BY CHRIST… TO LOVE

    A. What Do You Love the Most?

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       B. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a 

________ is patient, _________ is kind. __________does not envy, _________ does not boast, __________ is not proud. ____________ does not dishonor others, __________ is not self-seeking, __________ is not easily angered, ____________ keeps no record of wrongs. ____________ does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. __________ always protects, always hopes, always trusts, always perseveres. Love never fails. 

 

Write your name in the blanks next to the parts that would describe how you love. Write the ones you struggle with below and commit them to prayer…

 

PRAYER: “God, these areas of love are where I need your help. Guide me Lord in learning to love through… _______________________________________________________________

 

 

  1. Matthew 22: 37-40

37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

 

  1. Using 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 as a guide- how do you love God?

 

  1. How do you love your neighbor as you love yourself?

 

Sermon Outline, July 7, 2019, “Radically Transformed by the Gospel”

Radically Transformed by the Gospel

 Romans 8:3-8

 Mission Statement: Go and make disciples of all people for Christ.

 Vision Statement: To be God’s people, transformed by the Gospel of Christ into an irresistible community of love, discipleship, and service.

 

The Battle for Transformation

 

We Do not Make Peace with the Enemy

Romans 12:2, Colossians 3:1–10

 

What Fails to Transform

Romans 8:3–4, Romans 3:20

 

The Transformed and Untransformed Mind

·         Desire

Romans 8:5

 

·         Deficiency

Romans 8:7–8

 

·         Denouement

Romans 8:6, Romans 8:13, Galatians 6:8

 

Living in Transformation

Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. Romans 8:5 (NLT)

 

Sermon Outline, June 30, 2019, “Praise Prevails”

Praise Prevails

II Chronicles 20

 

~ Hebrews 13:15                     Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name.

 

Praise the Lord with Confidence!

Confidence turns to the Lord!

~ Psalm 91:1-2            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!”

 

~ Psalm 118:8             It is better to take refuge in the Lord
Than to trust in man.

 

Confidence seeks the Lord!

~ Matthew 6:16            “Whenever you fast, do not put on a gloomy face as the hypocrites do, for they neglect their appearance so that they will be noticed by men when they are fasting. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full.

 

~ Matthew 6:17-18     But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face 18 so that your fasting will not be noticed by men, but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.

 

 

Praise the Lord in Prayer!

Praise in prayer focuses on God’s Sovereignty.

~ Revelation 19:6        Then I heard something like the voice of a great multitude and like the sound of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, saying,

“Hallelujah! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns.

 

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

 

Praise in prayer focuses on God’s Power.

~ Genesis 18:14          Is anything too difficult for the Lord? At the appointed time I will return to you, at this time next year, and Sarah will have a son.”

 

~ Numbers 11:23         The Lord said to Moses, “Is the Lord’s power limited? Now you shall see whether My word will come true for you or not.”

 

~ Jeremiah 32:17         ‘Ah Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! Nothing is too difficult for You,

 

~ Matthew 19:26         And looking at them Jesus said to them, “With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

 

~ Luke 1:37                 For nothing will be impossible with God.

 

~ Philippians 4:13        I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.

 

 

Praise the Lord in Song!

Singing to the Lord centers the focus on the Lord!

~ Ephesians 5:19         speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord;

 

~ Colossians 3:16         Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

 

Singing to the Lord anticipates His victory!

~ I Corinthians 15:57              but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Sermon Notes, June 23, 2019, “Radical Obedience”

Radical Obedience

II Kings 22 – 23:30

 

~ James 1:22               But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.

 

A Tender Heart Loves God’s Word.

A love for God’s Word expresses passion for God’s Word.

~ Psalm 1:2                 But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.

 

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

 

A love for God’s Word expresses respect for God’s Word.

~ James 1:22-23          But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror;

 

A love for God’s Word expresses a promise to keep God’s Word.

~ John 14:15   “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.

 

~ John 14:21    He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him.”

 

 

A Tender Heart pursues God’s Word.

Pursue God’s Word with Completeness.

~ Joshua 1:8                This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.

 

Pursue God’s Word with Zeal.

~ Luke 13:3                 I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.

 

~ Revelation 3:19        Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline; therefore be zealous and repent.

 

 

A Tender Heart experiences God’s Word.

Obedience to God’s Word brings Restoration.

~ 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;

 

Obedience to God’s Word brings Peace.

~ John 14:27               Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.

Sermon Outline, June 16, 2019, “Positive People”

Positive People

Acts 4:36; Acts 11:19-29

~ I Thessalonians 5:11            Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.

 

~ I Thessalonians 5:14             We urge you, brethren, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone.

 

Encourage one another with your Heart.

A Thoughtful Heart encourages others.

~ 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,

 

~ Philippians 2:4         do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.

 

A Generous Heart encourages others.

~ Matthew 5:42            Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you.

 

~ Matthew 10:8           Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. Freely you received, freely give.

 

~ Luke 6:30                 Give to everyone who asks of you, and whoever takes away what is yours, do not demand it back.

 

~ Luke 6:38                 Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.”

 

A Supportive Heart encourages others.

~ I Corinthians 13:7    bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

 

~ Philippians 1:6         For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.

 

 

Encourage one another with your Words.

Truthful Words encourage others.

~ Ephesians 4:25         Therefore, laying aside falsehood, speak truth each one of you with his neighbor, for we are members of one another.

 

Grace-filled Words encourage others.

~ Ephesians 4:15         but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ,

 

~ Ephesians 4:29         Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.

 

 

Encourage one another with your Person.

A Humble Person encourages 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.

 

A Holy Spirit-Filled Person encourages others.

~ Galatians 5:22-23    But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

 

~ 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.

 

A Trustworthy Person encourages others.

~ Proverbs 18:24         A man of too many friends comes to ruin,
But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

Sermon Outline, June 9, 2019, “A Sacred Gift”

A Sacred Gift

Genesis 39

~ I Peter 1:15-16         but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; 16 because it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

 

Value the Gift!

Value the Surface of the Gift!

~ I Corinthians 6:19-20           Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? 20 For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.

 

~ I Corinthians 6:18                Flee immorality. Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body.

 

Value the Substance of the Gift!

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

 

~ Proverbs 23:7                       For as he thinks within himself, so he is.
He says to you, “Eat and drink!”
But his heart is not with you.

 

~ II Corinthians 10:5               We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,

 

~ Philippians 4:8                     Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.

 

 

Guard the Gift!

Guard the Gift Constantly!

~ Job 31:1                   I have made a covenant with my eyes;
How then could I gaze at a virgin?

 

~ Psalm 119:11           Your word I have treasured in my heart,
That I may not sin against You.

 

~ Romans 12:2            And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

 

Guard the Gift Resolutely!

~ Mark 9:43, 45, 47    If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life crippled, than, having your two hands, to go into hell, into the unquenchable fire,

 

~ 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.

 

 

Reserve the Gift!

Reserve the Gift for God!

~ II Corinthians 7:1                 Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

 

Reserve the Gift for your Testimony for Jesus Christ!

~ I Thessalonians 4:3-4          For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor,

Sermon Outline, May 26, 2019 “For Such a Time as This”

For Such a Time as This

 

Esther 4

Courage is Grounded by Confidence!

Be Confident in God’s Purpose!

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.

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.

Be Confident in God’s Presence!

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,”

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.”

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.

Be Confident in God’s Sovereignty!

Revelation 19:6           Then I heard something like the voice of a great multitude and like the sound of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, saying,  “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns.

Ephesians 3:20            Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us,

Courage is Fueled by Love!

Love for Others!

John 15:13        Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.

Love for Truth!

I Corinthians 13:6       does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth;

Courage is Inspired by Faith!

Courage inspired by faith takes a Bold Risk!

Matthew 10:32            “Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven.

Luke 12:4-5     “I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that have no more that they can do. But I will warn you whom to fear: fear the One who, after He has killed, has authority to cast into hell; yes, I tell you, fear Him!

Courage inspired by faith pleases God!

Romans 11:20            Quite right, they were broken off for their unbelief, but you stand by your faith. Do not be conceited, but fear;

II Corinthians 5:7         for we walk by faith, not by sight—

Romans 5:1                 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,

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.

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,

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