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Sermon Outline, April 23, 2017, “Exalt the Father of Christ”

Exalt the Father of Christ

Ephesians 5:1-21

            ~ John 14:8-9              Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?

 Walk in Love.

            Love Unconditionally.

                        ~ Romans 5:6              For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.

~ Romans 5:8              But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

~ Luke 6:32-38           If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. 33 If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. 34 If you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners in order to receive back the same amount. 35 But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men. 36Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.  37 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged; and do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; pardon, and you will be pardoned. 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.”

              Love Unfailingly.

                        ~ I Corinthians 13:7-8             bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away.

 Walk in Light.

            Walk in Holiness.

                        ~ 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.”

             Walk in Truth.

                        ~ Romans 14:10           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.

~ Romans 14:12          So then each one of us will give an account of himself to God.

~ Galatians 5:19-21     Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, 21 envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

~ Colossians 3:5-6       Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry. For it is because of these things that the wrath of God will come upon the sons of disobedience,

 Walk in Wisdom.

            Wisdom redeems the Time.

                        ~ James 4:14               Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.

~ Psalm 90:12             So teach us to number our days,
That we may present to You a heart of wisdom.

             Wisdom understands God’s Will.

                        ~ 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.

             Wisdom desires to be filled with the Holy Spirit.

                        ~ 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.

             Wisdom expresses Worship for God.

                        ~ 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.

~ I Thessalonians 5:18  in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

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