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Sermon Outline, February 25, 2018, “Peaceful Heart”

Peaceful Heart

Luke 12:1-34

Colossians 3:15


Trust God’s Judgment.

Trust God’s Knowledge about People.

~ 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.


~ Job 34:21     For His eyes are upon the ways of a man,
And He sees all his steps.


~ Psalm 33:13-14        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,


~ Proverbs 5:21           For the ways of a man are before the eyes of the Lord,
And He watches all his paths.


Honor God’s Judgment.

~ Psalm 139:23-24      Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me and know my anxious thoughts;
24 And see if there be any hurtful way in me,
And lead me in the everlasting way.


~ Matthew 12:36-37   But I tell you that every careless word that people speak, they shall give an accounting for it in the day of judgment. 37 For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.


~ 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.


~ Proverbs 1:7             The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;
Fools despise wisdom and instruction.


~ Proverbs 9:10           The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.


~ Proverbs 16:6           By lovingkindness and truth iniquity is atoned for,
And by the fear of the Lord one keeps away from evil.


~ Proverbs 23:17         Do not let your heart envy sinners,
But live in the fear of the Lord always.



Trust God’s Value.

God values People.

~ 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.


Honor God’s value for People!

~ 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.


~ Colossians 3:15        Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.


~ Isaiah 26:3   The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace,
Because he trusts in You.


~ Psalm 46:1   God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.



Trust God’s Provision!

God provides for our needs.

~ Philippians 4:6-7       Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.


~ Philippians 4:19       And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.


Honor God’s Provision.

~ Hebrews 10:25          not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.


~ I Corinthians 15:58               Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.

Sermon Outline, February 18, 2018, “Changing Hearts”

Changing Hearts


Luke 8:26-56

II Corinthians 5:17


A Changed Heart takes the Step of Faith.

Faith seeks Jesus.

~ II Chronicles 20:3    Jehoshaphat was afraid and turned his attention to seek the LORD and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.


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


~ James 4:8     Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.


Faith overcomes Obstacles.

~ I John 5:4, 5             For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.

Who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?


~ 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,


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


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



A Changed Heart results from Jesus’ Power.

Jesus’ Authority commands Change.

~ John 5:28, 29            Do not marvel at this; for an hour is coming, in which all who are in the tombs will hear His voice, 29 and will come forth; those who did the good deeds to a resurrection of life, those who committed the evil deeds to a resurrection of judgment.


Jesus’ Ability creates Change.

~ II Corinthians 5:17   Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.



A Changed Heart Honors Jesus!

A Changed Heart gives Jesus the Credit.

~ Romans 6:4              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.


A Changed Heart points people to Jesus.

~ 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.

Sermon Outline, February 11, 2018, “Reflecting the Heart of Jesus”

Reflecting the Heart of Jesus


Luke 6:20-49

John 12:32


Followers of Jesus reflect Joy!

Joy comes with Forgiveness.

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


Joy comes with Provision.

~ Matthew 5:6             Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.


~ Isaiah 64:6   For all of us have become like one who is unclean,
And all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment;
And all of us wither like a leaf,
And our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.


Joy comes with Protection.

~ Romans 5:9  Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.


Joy comes with Persecution.

~ Matthew 5:11-12     Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.



Followers of Jesus reflect Love!

Followers of Jesus demonstrate a Radical Love.

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


Followers of Jesus demonstrate a Merciful Love.

~ Matthew 18:21-22   Then Peter came and said to Him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” 22 Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.


~ Luke 17:4     And if he sins against you seven times a day, and returns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ forgive him.”



Followers of Jesus reflect Stability.

Stability comes from Planting the Word of God in our hearts.

~ Romans 8:18            For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.


~ Acts 14:22    strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying, “Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.”


~ II Timothy 3:12       Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.


~ Revelation 2:10         Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to cast some of you into prison, so that you will be tested, and you will have tribulation for ten days.  Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.


Stability comes from Implementing the Word of God in our lives.

~ Psalm 1:1-3              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!
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
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.

Sermon Outline, February 4, 2018, “Pursuing the Heart of Jesus”

Pursuing the Heart of Jesus


Luke 5:1-11

Luke 9:23; Luke 9:24; Luke 9:58; Luke 9:63; Luke 14:26: Luke 14:33


Following Jesus requires Confidence!

Following Jesus requires Confidence in His Wisdom.

~ Colossians 2:3          in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.


~ James 1:5     But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.


Following Jesus requires Confidence in His Provision.

~ Psalm 23:1   The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.


~ Philippians 4:19       And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.


Following Jesus requires Confidence in His Power.

~ 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.


~ I Corinthians 1:18    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.



Following Jesus requires Obedience!

Following Jesus requires Immediate Obedience!

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


Following Jesus requires Complete Obedience!

~ 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.



Following Jesus requires Allegiance!

Following Jesus requires Complete Loyalty!

~ Luke 14:33   So then, none of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his own possessions.


~ Luke 9:25     For what is a man profited if he gains the whole world, and loses or forfeits himself?


~ Luke 14:26   If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple.


~ Luke 6:46     Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?


Following Jesus requires Complete Commitment!

~ Matthew 6:33           But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be ]added to you.


~ Philippians 1:21       For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.


~ Galatians 2:20           I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.

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