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Sermon Outline, December 31, 2017, “Step into the Water”

Step into the Water

 Ezekiel 47:1-12        

  

This is a picture of the River of Life.

             It speaks of its Divine Source.

             It speaks of its Miraculous Character.

             It speaks of its Glorious Effect.

 

 This is a picture of how Life is Obtained.

             Step into the water that is ankle deep.

             Step into the water that is knee deep.

             Step into the water that is waist deep.

Sermon Notes, December 24, 2017, “The Reason for Christmas”

The Reason for Christmas

 

Luke 2:1-20

 

Celebrate God’s Providence!

God’s Providence prepared for His Son’s First Coming!

~ Galatians 4:4            But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law,

 

~ Galatians 4:4-5         But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.

 

God’s Providence prepares for His Son’s Second Coming!

~ Acts 1:7         He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority;

 

 

Celebrate God’s Salvation!

Celebrate God’s Powerful Salvation!

~ Acts 4:12      And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.

 

~ Matthew 16:16         Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.

 

~ Philippians 2:9-11    For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, 10 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.

 

~ I Corinthians 1:18, 23          For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

 

Celebrate God’s Universal Salvation!

~ John 3:16     For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

 

~ 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.

 

~ I Timothy 2:3-4        This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

 

Celebrate God’s Unique Salvation!

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

 

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

 

 

Celebrate God’s Good News!

God’s Good News consists of Truth!

~ 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.

 

God’s Good News must be Shared!

~ Acts 1:8        but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.

Sermon Outline, December 17, 2017, “Sources of Joy”

                                                           Sources of Joy

 Luke 1:57-80

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

 

Rejoice in the Lord’s Goodness!

Acknowledge God’s Goodness.

~ James 1:17   Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.

 

Celebrate God’s Goodness!

~ Romans 12:15           Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.

 

 

Rejoice in the Lord’s Purpose.

The lack of Purpose leads to a lack of Joy.

~ 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.

 

Having Purpose is a Source of Joy.

~ 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.

 

 

Rejoice in the Lord’s Salvation.

Rejoice in His Fulfilled Promise of Salvation.

~ Genesis 22:18          In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.”

 

~ 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.

 

Rejoice in His Victorious Salvation.

~ Romans 8:1-4           Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

 

~ Romans 8:35, 37-39            Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

37 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.

 

~ Hebrews 2:14           Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil,

 

~ I Corinthians 15:54-57         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?” 56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; 57 but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Sermon Outline, December 10, 2017, “God Specializes in the Impossible”

                                             God Specializes in the Impossible

Luke 1:26-38

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.”

 

God exalts the Humble.

God humbles the Proud.

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

 

God exalts the Humble.

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

 

~ I Peter 5:6    Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time,

 

 

God extends grace to Sinners.

God extends grace to sinners Immeasurably.

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

 

God extends grace to sinners Unreservedly.

~ I John 4:10                In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

 

 

God overcomes the Odds.

God overcomes the odds by His Purpose.

~ Matthew 1:21           She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.

 

~ Acts 4:12      And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.

 

~ I Timothy 2:5           For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,

 

~ Luke 19:10   For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.

 

~ John 3:17      For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.

 

God overcomes the odds by His Power.

~ Zechariah 4:6           Then he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel saying, ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord of hosts.

 

~ 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.

 

~ 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,

Sermon Outline, December 3, 2017, “In the Sight of God”

                                                       In the Sight of God

Luke 1:5-25

I Peter 5:7; Psalm 42:5; Psalm 55:22

 

God knows our Person.

God knows our Name.

~ Isaiah 40:26 Lift up your eyes on high And see who has created these stars, The One who leads forth their host by number, He calls them all by name; Because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power, Not one of them is missing.

 

God knows our Character.

~ 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.”

 

God knows our Situation.

~ Psalm 33:13-15        The Lord looks from heaven; He sees all the sons of men; 14 From His dwelling place He looks out On all the inhabitants of the earth, 15 He who fashions the hearts of them all, He who understands all their works.

 

 

God knows our Prayer.

God hears our Prayer.

~ Philippians 4:6          Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

 

~ I Thessalonians 5:17            pray without ceasing;

 

~ 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.

 

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

 

God answers our Prayer.

~ 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.

 

~ John 14:13-14          Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.

 

~ 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.

 

 

God knows our Purpose.

God has an overall plan.

~ John 3:16-17            For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.

 

~ I Timothy 2:3-4        This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

 

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

 

~ 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.

 

God has a specific plan for each one in His overall plan.

~ 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.

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