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Care for One Another


I Corinthians 12:25 & Luke 10:25-37

John 13:35

Be Sensitive!

Be sensitive with your eyes.

Romans 16:16     Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ greet you.

I Corinthians 16:20     All the brethren greet you. Greet one another with a holy kiss.

II Corinthians 13:12     Greet one another with a holy kiss.

Be sensitive with your heart.

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 Selfless!

Be selfless with your time.

I Corinthians 10:24     Let no one seek his own good, but that of his neighbor.

Philippians 2:4     do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.

Be selfless with your money.

Matthew 6:24     “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.

Matthew 6:21     for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

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

Luke 12:15      Then He said to them, “Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed; for not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions.”

Be Steadfast!

Provide Loving Care!

Galatians 5:14     For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Romans 13:8     Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law.

Galatians 5:13      For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.

Provide faithful Care!

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, April 22, 2018, “Encourage One Another”

Encourage One Another


I Thessalonians 5:11

~ Revelation 12:10


Encourage One Another with Worship.

Express Worship with Presence.

~ 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.


~ Psalm 27:4   One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the Lord And to meditate in His temple.


~ Psalm 122:1             I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.”


Express Worship with Generosity.

~ Hebrews 13:16          And do not neglect doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.



Encourage One Another with Presence.

A Personal Visit encourages People.

~ I Thessalonians 5:14             We urge you, brethren, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone.


~ I Samuel 23:16         And Jonathan, Saul’s son, arose and went to David at Horesh, and encouraged him in God.


A Personal Touch encourages People.

~ Matthew 8:2-3        And a leper came to Him and bowed down before Him, and said, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” Jesus stretched out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.



Encourage One Another with Words.

Encourage one another with Spiritual Words.

~ Romans 15:4            For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.


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


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


~ Romans 8:28            And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.


~ 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.”


~ II Corinthians 6:14   Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness?


~ Romans 10:17          So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.


~ 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?


~ 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.



Encourage one another with Spoken Words.

~ Ephesians 4:29         Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.


~ Proverbs 12:25         Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down, But a good word makes it glad.


~ Proverbs 16:24         Pleasant words are a honeycomb, Sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.



Encourage one another with Written Words.

~ Acts 15:31     When they had read it, they rejoiced because of its encouragement.


Sermon Outline, April 15, 2018, “Love One Another”

Love One Another


John 13:34-35; I Corinthians 13:4-8a


Love demonstrates Commitment of the Will.

The Choice of the Will must surpass the choice of feelings!

~ Jeremiah 17:9          “The heart is more deceitful than all else And is desperately sick; Who can understand it?


The Choice of the Will chooses Action!

~ John 15:12    “This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.


~ John 15:17   This I command you, that you love one another.


~ Romans 12:10           Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor;


~ I Peter 4:8    Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins.


~ I John 4:7     Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.



Love demonstrates Commitment to Righteousness.

Love desires the Standard of Righteousness!

~ John 13:34   A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.


~ I Corinthians 13:6    does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth;


~ Romans 12:17           Never pay back evil for evil to anyone.  Respect what is right in the sight of all men.


Love operates from the Standard of Righteousness.

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


~ Luke 6:32-38           32 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 demonstrates Commitment to Relationships.

Commit to Selflessness.

~ Romans 12:10          Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor;


~ I Corinthians 10:24               Let no one seek his own good, but that of his neighbor.


~ Philippians 2:3-4      Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.


Commit to Forgiveness.

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


Commit to Positive Thinking.

~ Philippians 1:6         For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.


~ Philippians 2:13       for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.


Commit to Faithfulness.

~ I Corinthians 10:13              No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.


~ II Timothy 2:13       If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.

Sermon Outline, April 8, 2018, “Extending the Heart of Jesus”

Extending the Heart of Jesu 

Luke 24:44-53


Extend the Gospel of Jesus with Conviction.

Conviction springs from a Credible Message.

~ 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 9:23     I do all things for the sake of the gospel, so that I may become a fellow partaker of it.


~ I Corinthians 1:23     but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness,


~ I Corinthians 2:2      For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.


Conviction flows from Personal Confidence in the Credible Message.

~ 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.


~ I Corinthians 1:21    For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.


~ 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.



Extend the Gospel of Jesus with Purpose.

The Gospel Message extends a Significant Purpose.

~ Luke 13:3     I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.


~ Proverbs 6:16-19     There are six things which the Lord hates,
Yes, seven which are an abomination to Him:
17 Haughty eyes, a lying tongue,
And hands that shed innocent blood,
18 A heart that devises wicked plans,
Feet that run rapidly to evil,
19 A false witness who utters lies,
And one who spreads strife among brothers.


~ Psalm 51:1-2, 7        Be gracious to me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness;
According to the greatness of Your compassion blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity
And cleanse me from my sin.

7 Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;

Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.


The Gospel message provides Personal Purpose.

~ I Peter 2:24  and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed.


~ I John 1:7     but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.


~ Psalm 103:12           As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.


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


~ I John 1:9     If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.



Extend the Gospel of Jesus with Confidence.

Be confident in Jesus’ Promise.

~ John 15:26   When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify about Me,


~ 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.


~ I Corinthians 6:19    Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?


~ Romans 8:13            for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live.


Be confident in the Power of Jesus’ Promise.

~ 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.”


~ Ephesians 3:20          Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us,

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