Sermon Outline, June 11, 2017, “Focused Workers”
Nehemiah 4 ~ 6
Focused Workers overcome Ridicule.
Overcome ridicule with Prayer.
~ Luke 6:27-28 But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.
~ Matthew 5:44 But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
Overcome ridicule with Christian Community.
~ Ecclesiastes 4:9 Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor.
~ Ecclesiastes 4:12 And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart.
Focused Workers overcome Greed.
Be Thoughtful of Others.
~ Philippians 2:4 do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.
~ Romans 15:1-2 Now we who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of those without strength and not just please ourselves. 2 Each of us is to please his neighbor for his good, to his edification.
~ 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.
~ Acts 20:35 In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’
~ II Corinthians 9:7 Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
Focused Workers overcome Opposition.
Confront opposition with Courage.
~ Luke 9:62 But Jesus said to him, “No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”
~ Philippians 3:14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Confront opposition with Truth.
~ John 8:32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.