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Sermon Outline, April 1, 2018, “The Heart of a Champion”

The Heart of a Champion 

Luke 24:1-43

 

Examine this Truth.

Wisdom examines Truth.

~ Matthew 12:40         for just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the sea monster, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

 

~ John 2:19     Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”

 

Wisdom examines Truth Thoroughly.

~ Romans 6:4-5           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. For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection,

 

~ I Corinthians 11:26              For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.

 

 

Embrace this Truth.

Embrace this Truth Immediately.

~ II Corinthians 6:2      for He says,

“At the acceptable time I listened to you,
And on the day of salvation I helped you.”

Behold, now is “the acceptable time,” behold, now is “the day of salvation”—

 

Embrace this Truth Wholeheartedly.

~ 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,

 

 

Exclaim this Truth.

Proclaim this Truth Personally.

~ I Thessalonians 4:14            For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus.

 

~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.

 

Proclaim this Truth Verbally.

~ 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.”

 

~ Matthew 28:10-20    Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and take word to My brethren to leave for Galilee, and there they will see Me.”

11 Now while they were on their way, some of the guard came into the city and reported to the chief priests all that had happened. 12 And when they had assembled with the elders and consulted together, they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers, 13 and said, “You are to say, ‘His disciples came by night and stole Him away while we were asleep.’ 14 And if this should come to the governor’s ears, we will win him over and keep you out of trouble.” 15 And they took the money and did as they had been instructed; and this story was widely spread among the Jews, and is to this day.

16 But the eleven disciples proceeded to Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had designated. 17 When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some were doubtful. 18 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

 

Sermon Outline, March 25, 2018, “The Broken Heart”

The Broken Heart

 

Luke 22:39-71; 23

 

Respond to Hurt with Trust.

Trust God beyond Reason.

~ Proverbs 3:5-6         Trust in the Lord with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.

 

Trust God beyond Sight.

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

 

~ 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.

 

~ Romans 1:17             For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “But the righteous man shall live by faith.”

 

 

Respond to Hurt with Obedience.

Respond to hurt with Humble Obedience.

~ Matthew 5:38-41     “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39 But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. 40 If anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat also. 41 Whoever forces you to go one mile, go with him two.

 

Respond to hurt with Complete Obedience.

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

 

 

Respond to Hurt with Truth.

Truth provides Strength.

~ Ephesians 6:14         Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,

 

Truth provides Peace.

~ John 8:32     and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”

 

 

Respond to Hurt with Forgiveness.

Forgiveness is an unusual response to hurt.

~ Exodus 21:23-24      But if there is any further injury, then you shall appoint as a penalty life for life, 24 eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot,

 

Forgiveness reflects God’s grace to hurt.

~ Ephesians 4:32          Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.

Sermon Outline, March 18, 2018, “The Heart’s Anticipation”

The Heart’s Anticipation

 

Luke 17:22-37; 21:25-36

 

Christ’s Coming is Certain!

Promises predict His Certain Coming.

~ Matthew 25:31         But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne.

 

~ John 14:3     If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.

 

Signs precede His Certain Coming.

~ Matthew 24:23-24   Then if anyone says to you, ‘Behold, here is the Christ,’ or ‘There He is,’ do not believe him. 24 For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect.

 

All Eyes will behold His Certain Coming.

~ 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.

 

 

Christ’s Coming is Uncertain!

The Unknown Date speaks to Uncertainty!

~ Matthew 24:36         But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.

 

~ 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;

 

The Quickness of His Coming speaks to Uncertainty!

~ Revelation 1:3          Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy and heed the things which are written in it; for the time is near.

 

~ Revelation 3:11        I am coming quickly; hold fast what you have, so that no one will take your crown.

 

~ Revelation 22:7        “And behold, I am coming quickly. Blessed is he who heeds the words of the prophecy of this book.”

 

~ Revelation 22:12      Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done.

 

~ Revelation 22:20      He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming quickly.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

 

~ I Corinthians 15:52              in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.

 

The Unexpectedness of His Coming speaks to Uncertainty!

~ Matthew 25:13          Be on the alert then, for you do not know the day nor the hour.

 

 

His Coming is Motivational!

Pursue Salvation!

~ I Peter 2:11              Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul.

 

~ Galatians 5:17          For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.

 

Pursue Sanctification!

~ II Corinthians 6:14-17         Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? 15 Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? 16 Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said,

“I will dwell in them and walk among them;
And I will be their God, and they shall be My people.
17 “Therefore, come out from their midst and be separate,” says the Lord.
“And do not touch what is unclean;
And I will welcome you.

 

~ Ephesians 5:3           But immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints;

 

Pursue Spiritual Strength!

~ 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,

 

Sermon Outline, March 11, 2018, “The Cautionary Heart”

The Cautionary Heart

 

Luke 16:19-31

 

Prepare for the Entrance to Eternity!

Death Respects No One.

~ Hebrews 9:27           And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment,

 

Death provides a Transition.

~ Ecclesiastes 12:7      then the dust will return to the earth as it was, and the spirit will return to God who gave it.

 

Death ends all Opportunities.

~ Hebrews 9:27           And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment,

 

 

Prepare to Avoid Hell!

Hell realizes God’s Wrath.

~ James 4:17   Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.

 

Hell realizes God’s Punishment.

~ Matthew 25:41         “Then He will also say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels;

 

~ Mark 9:44    where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.

 

~ Matthew 8:12           but the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

 

~ Revelation 14:11      And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever; they have no rest day and night, those who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.”

 

~ Revelation 21:8        But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”

 

Hell realizes Separation.

~ Matthew 25:41         “Then He will also say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels;

 

Hell realizes Regrets.

~ Mark 8:36    For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul?

 

Hell realizes Finality.

~ Matthew 8:12           but the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

 

~ Mark 9:44    where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.

 

Hell realizes Eternity.

~ Matthew 25:41         “Then He will also say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels;

 

~ Matthew 25:46         These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

 

~ Mark 9:44    where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.

 

~ Revelation 14:11      And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever; they have no rest day and night, those who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.”

 

Hell realizes Sorrow.

~ Matthew 8:12           but the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

 

 

Prepare to Enjoy Heaven!

Heaven consists of Faithful Christians.

~ 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.

 

Heaven consists of Comfort.

~ Revelation 21:4         and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.”

 

Heaven consists of Joy.

~ I Corinthians 2:9       but just as it is written, “Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, and which have not entered the heart of man, all that God has prepared for those who love Him.”

 

Heaven consists of Fellowship.

~ Revelation 21:3        And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them,

 

Heaven consists of Eternity.

~ Matthew 25:46         These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

 

Heaven consists of Rest.

~ Revelation 14:13      And I heard a voice from heaven, saying, “Write, ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on!’” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “so that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow with them.”

 

Sermon Outline, March 4, 2018, “Jesus’ Heart for Lost People”

Jesus’ Heart for Lost People

 

Luke 15

John 3:16, Romans 5:8

 

Acknowledge Lost People!

Recognize their Lost Condition!

~ John 4:35     Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest.

 

Recognize our Responsibility!

~ 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.

 

~ Romans 1:14             I am under obligation both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish.

 

 

Search for Lost People!

Be Urgent!

~ Colossians 4:5          Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity.

 

Be Persistent!

~ 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.

 

~ Galatians 6:9            Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.

 

Be Determined!

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

 

 

Share Jesus with Lost People!

Be Compassionate!

~ Colossians 3:12        So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience;

 

Be Courageous!

~ 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.

 

~ Matthew 10:32-33   Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven. 33 But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven.

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