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Sermon Outline, November 18, 2018, “Baptized into Christ”

Baptized into Christ

Colossians 2:11-13

 

Baptism is essential for Salvation.

Baptism is essential for the Forgiveness of Sins.

~ 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.

 

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

 

~ I Peter 1:18-19         knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, 19 but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.

 

~ Acts 22:16                Now why do you delay? Get up and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on His name.’

 

Baptism is essential for a Good Conscience.

~ I Peter 3:21               Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you—not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience—through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,

 

~ Hebrews 10:22          let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.

 

 

Baptism is essential for the Work of the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit creates within us a New Person.

~ Titus 3:5                   He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit,

 

~ 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.

 

The Holy Spirit empowers our walk with Jesus Christ.

~ 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.

 

~ 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.

 

 

Baptism is essential for Union with Christ.

Baptism unites us with Christ.

~ Romans 6:3-4           Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? 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.

 

~ Romans 6:11            Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.

 

Baptism clothes us in Christ!

~ Galatians 3:27          For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.

 

~ Romans 8:1              Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

Sermon Outline, November 11, 2018, “Confess Christ”

Confess Christ

Matthew 10:32-33

 

Confess Christ with Personal Confidence!

Be confident in the Person of Christ!

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

 

~ Romans 1:4              who was declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead, according to the Spirit of holiness, Jesus Christ our Lord,

 

Be confident in the Work of Christ!

~ 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,

 

~ I John 5:13                           These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.

 

Be confident in the Word of Christ!

~ I Peter 3:15              but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence;

 

 

Confess Christ with Public Courage!

Confess Christ by Courageous Example!

~ Matthew 5:14-16      “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; 15 nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

 

~ II Timothy 1:8         Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord or of me His prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God,

 

Confess Christ by Courageous Proclamation!

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

 

~ Matthew 10:28         Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

 

 

Confess Christ with Anticipation!

Anticipate the Presence of Christ!

~ II Corinthians 5:6, 8            Therefore, being always of good courage, and knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord—

8 we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord.

 

Anticipate the Promise of Christ!

~ Revelation 3:21        He who overcomes, I will grant to him to sit down with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.

Sermon Outline, November 4, 2018, “Repent toward Christ”

Repent toward Christ

Acts 3:19

 

Repentance is a Command!

Repentance is a Powerful Command!

~ Matthew 4:17           From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

 

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

 

~ Revelation 2:5          Therefore remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first; or else I am coming to you and will remove your lampstand out of its place—unless you repent.

 

Repentance is an Authoritative Command!

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

 

 

Repentance is Continuous!

Repentance is a Continuous Process!

~ Philippians 2:12       So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling;

 

Repentance requires God’s attitude toward sin!

~ Psalm 5:5                 The boastful shall not stand before Your eyes;
You hate all who do iniquity.

 

 

Repentance is Conditional!

Repentance is Conditional for Fellowship!

~ Ephesians 4:30                     Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

 

~ I Thessalonians 5:19            Do not quench the Spirit;

 

~ 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.

 

Repentance is Conditional for Forgiveness!

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

Sermon Outline, October 28, 2018, “Faith in Christ”

Faith in Christ

Romans 10:9-10

~ 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.

 

The Object of Faith is Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ is Worthy of our faith!

~ Romans 1:4              who was declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead, according to the Spirit of holiness, Jesus Christ our Lord,

 

~ 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.

 

Jesus Christ must be the Object of our faith!

~ Proverbs 11:28         He who trusts in his riches will fall,
But the righteous will flourish like the green leaf.

 

~ Jeremiah 17:5          Thus says the Lord,
“Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind
And makes flesh his strength,
And whose heart turns away from the Lord.

 

~ Romans 10:11          For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed.”

 

 

The Essence of Faith is Trust.

First level of Faith is Assent.

~ 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,

 

Second level of Faith is Trust.

~ James 2:19               You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder.

 

~ Isaiah 1:18               “Come now, and let us reason together,”
Says the Lord,
“Though your sins are as scarlet,
They will be as white as snow;
Though they are red like crimson,
They will be like wool.

 

~ 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.

 

 

The Evidence of Faith is Surrender.

Evidence of Faith is Internal Surrender.

~ Matthew 7:21           “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.

 

Evidence of Faith is External Surrender.

~ Matthew 7:20           So then, you will know them by their fruits.

 

 

The Result of Faith is Conditional.

Salvation in Christ is Conditional upon our Response.

~ 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.

 

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

 

Faith in Christ is NOT the only conditional response for salvation.

~ James 2:24               You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone.

 

~ Acts 3:19                  Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord;

 

~ Romans 10:9            that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;

 

~ Mark 16:16               He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.

 

~ 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 Peter 3:21               Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you—not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience—through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,

Sermon Outline, October 21, 2018, “The Gospel of Love”

The Gospel of Love

Romans 5:5-10

 

God’s Love is Unconditional.

His unconditional love is Certain.

~ I John 4:8     The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

 

~ I John 4:16   We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.

 

His unconditional love is Faithful.

~ Matthew 5:43-45      “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.

 

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

 

~ 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.

 

~ Luke 6:27-38           “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. 29 Whoever hits you on the cheek, offer him the other also; and whoever takes away your coat, do not withhold your shirt from him either. 30 Give to everyone who asks of you, and whoever takes away what is yours, do not demand it back. 31Treat others the same way you want them to treat you. 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.”

 

 

 

God’s Love is Selfless.

God’s Selfless Love Sacrifices!

~ 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.

 

~ Romans 8:32            He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?

 

~ Isaiah 53:5               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.

 

God’s Selfless Love Gives!

~ Titus 3:5                    He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit,

 

~ Romans 8:38-39       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.

 

~ I Peter 4:10              As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

 

~ 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.

 

~ Romans 8:26-27       In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; 27 and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

 

~ Romans 8:33-34       Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies; 34 who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.

 

 

God’s Love is Proactive.

God’s Proactive Love sees the Positive in 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.

 

God’s Proactive Love seeks People!

~ I John 4:19               We love, because He first loved us.

 

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

Sermon Outline, October 14, 2018, “The Gospel of Grace”

The Gospel of Grace

Romans 3:19-31

 

God’s Grace provides Forgiveness for All People.

All people have sinned!

~ Romans 3:10            as it is written, “There is none righteous, not even one;

 

~ James 2:10               For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all.

 

Therefore, All people are Guilty!

~ Ecclesiastes 12:14                For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil.

 

~ Romans 14:10                      But you, why do you judge your brother? Or you again, why do you regard your brother with contempt? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God.

 

~ II Corinthians 5:10               For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.

 

Therefore, All people are Condemned!

~ Ezekiel 18:4             Behold, all souls are Mine; the soul of the father as well as the soul of the son is Mine. The soul who sins will die.

 

~ Hebrews 10:31         It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

 

~ 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.”

 

 

God’s Grace provides forgiveness through the Blood of Christ!

The Blood of Christ turns away God’s Wrath!

~ I John 2:1-2              My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world.

 

~ 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.

 

~ Isaiah 53:5               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.

 

The Blood of Christ expresses God’s Love.

~ 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.

 

The Blood of Christ cleanses our Sin!

~ Isaiah 1:18               “Come now, and let us reason together,”
Says the Lord,
“Though your sins are as scarlet,
They will be as white as snow;
Though they are red like crimson,
They will be like wool.

 

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

 

~ I Peter 1:18-19         knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, 19 but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.

 

~ 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.

 

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

 

 

God’s Grace provides forgiveness through Faith!

Forgiveness by Law-keeping is Impossible.

~ Galatians 2:16          nevertheless knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the Law; since by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified.

 

~ 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.

 

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

 

Forgiveness by Faith is the Only Possibility!

~ Philippians 3:9         and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith,

 

~ II Corinthians 5:21   He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

 

~ 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.

Sermon Outline, October 7, 2018, “Preparing for Battle”

The Armor of God

 

Ephesians 6:10-18 New International Version (NIV)

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

 

 

Sermon Outline, September 30, 2018, “Inspiration of Good News”

Inspiration of Good News

John 14:1-6

 

Be Confident in the Person of God!

Be Confident in God.

~ 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.

 

~ 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.

 

Be Confident in Jesus Christ.

~ 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.

 

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

 

~ 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.

 

 

Be Confident in the Place of God!

God’s Place is Heaven!

~ Psalm 23:6               Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

 

~ 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.”

 

God’s Place is Spacious!

~ Revelation 21:16      The city is laid out as a square, and its length is as great as the width; and he measured the city with the rod, fifteen hundred miles; its length and width and height are equal.

 

God’s Place is Prepared!

~ Revelation 21:1-2    Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband.

 

 

Be Confident in the Promise of God!

Anticipate God’s Promise!

~ Matthew 16:27                     For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and will then repay every man according to his deeds.

 

~ 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.

 

~ I Thessalonians 4:16            For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.

 

~ I John 3:2                             Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is.

 

~ 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.

 

 

Anticipate His Joyous Promise!

~ I Thessalonians 4:17            Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.

 

~ I Thessalonians 4:14, 16, 17            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.

16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.

17 Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.

 

 

Be Confident in the Provision of God!

Jesus is the Way to God!

~ John 10:10               The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.

 

~ John 11:25-26           Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?”

 

Jesus is the Only Way to God!

~ 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.

 

~ Romans 8:1              Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

Sermon Outline, September 23, 2018, “Obligation of Good News”

Obligation of Good News

Romans 1:14-16

Be Responsible!

We have an obligation to God.

Matthew 28:18-20

 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go 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.”

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 evento the remotest part of the earth.”

Romans 14:12

 So then each one of us will give an account of himself to God.

II Corinthians 5:10

 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for [his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.

We have an obligation to our fellow man.

Matthew 28:19-20

19 Go 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 Icommanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

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 evento the remotest part of the earth.”

Be Ready!

Be Prepared!

I Peter 3:15

but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence;

Be Enthusiastically Prepared!

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.

Romans 5:6

For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.

Romans 5:8

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

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.

 

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 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.

Be Relentless!

Stand up for the Gospel!

Luke 12:4-5

“I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that have no more that they can do. But I will warn you whom to fear: fear the One who, after He has killed, has authority to cast into hell; yes, I tell you, fear Him!

Contend for the Gospel!

Jude 3

Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints.

Sermon Outline, September 16, 2018, “Evidence of Good News”

Evidence of Good News

Acts 26

~ I Peter 3:15  but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence;

 

Be Authentic!

Authentic Testimonies consist of Respect!

~ I Peter 2:17  Honor all people, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king.

 

Authentic Testimonies consist of Transparency!

~ I Timothy 1:5           But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.

 

Authentic Testimonies consist of Simplicity!

~ I Corinthians 1:17     For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not in cleverness of speech, so that the cross of Christ would not be made void.

 

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

 

 

Be Credible!

Credibility presents the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

~ 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,

 

~ 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.

 

Credibility presents Evidence of the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

~ I Corinthians 15:10              But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me.

 

 

Be Bold!

Boldness in our testimony stems from Confidence!

~ II Timothy 1:7         For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.

 

Boldness in our testimony expresses Courage!

~ 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.

 

Boldness in our testimony expresses Optimism!

~ 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 32:7           ‘Behold, Hanamel the son of Shallum your uncle is coming to you, saying, “Buy for yourself my field which is at Anathoth, for you have the right of redemption to buy it.”’

 

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

 

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

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