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Sermon Outline, October 15, 2017, “Focus on Serving”

                                                            Focus on Serving

John 13:1-20

THINK LIKE CHRIST

             Develop Christ-like compassion.

~John 13:1     Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.

 

Jesus was motivated by:

His compassion for others.

 

His confidence in His mission.

 

 ACT LIKE CHRIST

Develop Christ-like humility.

 

BECOME LIKE CHRIST

 

            We must embrace a Christ-like mindset.

 

            Serving is spiritually life-giving.

 

Serving points directly back to Jesus.

Sermon Outline, October 8, 2017, “Focus on the Example ~ Part II”

                                                  Focus on the Example ~ Part II

Matthew 5:13-16

 

Stand Strongly.

Stand Shamelessly.

~ Mark 8:38     For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.

 

Stand Courageously.

~ 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.

 

~ I Corinthians 6:9-11               Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.

 

 

Stand Constantly.

Focus on the Goal.

~ I Corinthians 6:18-20 Flee immorality. Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body. 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? 20 For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.

 

Refuse to be Distracted!

 

~ Refuse to be distracted by the Things of this world.

~ Hebrews 2:1             For this reason we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away from it.

 

~ Refuse to be distracted by Sin.

~ Hebrews 10:26-27     For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a terrifying expectation of judgment and the fury of a fire which will consume the adversaries.

 

~ Refuse to be distracted by Legalism.

~ Galatians 5:4  You have been severed from Christ, you who are seeking to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace.

 

~ Refuse to be distracted by Suffering.

~ Hebrews 6:4-6          For in the case of those who have once been enlightened and have tasted of the heavenly gift and have been made partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, and then have fallen away, it is impossible to renew them again to repentance, since they again crucify to themselves the Son of God and put Him to open shame.

Sermon Outline, September 24, 2017, “Focus on the Lost”

                                                           Focus on the Lost

 Luke 15

Matthew 28:19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,

 

God values the Lost.

God loves the lost.

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

 

God misses the lost.

~ 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.

 

 

God reaches the Lost.

God seeks the lost.

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

 

~ Jude 23         save others, snatching them out of the fire; and on some have mercy with fear, hating even the garment polluted by the flesh.

 

God embraces the lost.

~ I John 3:1      See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.

 

 

God forgives the lost.

God’s Forgiveness invites the Lost to the Table of Grace.

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

 

God’s Forgiveness invites the Lost to put on the Robe of Righteousness.

~ Isaiah 61:10              I will rejoice greatly in the Lord, My soul will exult in my God; For He has clothed me with garments of salvation, He has wrapped me with a robe of righteousness, As a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

 

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

 

God’s Forgiveness invites the Lost to wear the Ring of Relation.

~ Romans 8:14  For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.

 

~ Romans 8:16 The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God,

 

God’s Forgiveness invites the Lost to wear the Sandal of Reassurance.

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

Sermon Outline, September 17, 2017, “God Adds the Persecuted”

God Adds the Persecuted

Matthew 5:10-12       Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  11 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.

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

 

Rejoice in the Cause of Persecution!

Rejoice in the Cause of Righteousness!

~ I Peter 4:19  Therefore, those also who suffer according to the will of God shall entrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is right.

 

Rejoice in the Cause of Jesus Christ!

~ I Peter 4:14  If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.

 

 

Rejoice in the Path of Persecution!

Rejoice in the Certainty of Persecution!

~ John 15:20    Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A slave is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they kept My word, they will keep yours also.

 

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

 

~ 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.”

 

~ I Peter 4:12  Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you;

 

Rejoice in the Response to Persecution!

~ I Peter 4:16  but if anyone suffers as a Christian, he is not to be ashamed, but is to glorify God in this name.

 

 

Rejoice in the Reward for Persecution!

Rejoice in the Immediate Reward!

~ Matthew 28:20         teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.

 

~ Romans 14:17          for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

 

Rejoice in the Future Rewards.

~ 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.

 

~ II Timothy 4:6-8      For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.

Sermon Outline, September 3, 2017, “God Adds the Pure”

God Adds the Pure

Matthew 5:8

 

What does it mean to see God?

The Bible tells us no one can see God

1 Tim. 6:16       who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see.

 

John 1:18          No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.

 

1 John 4:12      No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.

 

Exodus 33:20   But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for man shall not see me and live.”

 

But we will see God in heaven

 

Rev. 21:3          And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.

 

And we can see God even now

 

Seeing God means beholding his glory

 

God opens our eyes

 

Hebrews 11:24-27        By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. 25 He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. 26 He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward. 27 By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible.

 

 

What does “pure in heart” mean?

 

God is concerned with more than just our actions; he wants our hearts.

 

Matt. 15:18-19            But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person. 19 For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.

 

Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things,             and desperately sick;             who can understand it?

 

A pure heart is one that is undivided and without hypocrisy

 

Psalm 24:3-4   Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord?     And who shall stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart,     who does not lift up his soul to what is false     and does not swear deceitfully.

 

Isaiah 42:8       I am the Lord; that is my name;              my glory I give to no other,
 

The first step is realizing our hearts are not pure

 

Proverbs 20:9              Who can say, “I have made my heart pure;              I am clean from my sin”?

 

Matthew 5:3   “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

 

 

Only Jesus can give us hearts that are able to become pure

 

Sermon Outline, August 27, 2017, “God Adds the Merciful”

God Adds the Merciful

 

Matthew 5:7

Luke 6:36-38   Be 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.”

 

The Heart of Jesus Reaches People.

The heart of Jesus sees people.

~ 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;

 

The heart of Jesus moves toward people.

~ Galatians 6:10           So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.

 

 

The Heart of Jesus Serves People.

The heart of Jesus serves people Selflessly.

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

~ Romans 15:2             Each of us is to please his neighbor for his good, to his edification.

 

The heart of Jesus serves people Freely.

~ Luke 6:35                 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.

~ Matthew 25:31-40   “But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; 33 and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left.

34 “Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; 36 naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? 38 And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? 39 When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’

 

 

The Heart of Jesus Forgives People.

The heart of Jesus forgives people Readily.

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

~ Matthew 6:14-15     For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.

 

The heart of Jesus forgives people Constantly.

~ Matthew 18:21         Then Peter came and said to Him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?”

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

Sermon Outline, August 20, 2017, “God Adds the Humble”

                                              God Adds the Humble

Matthew 5:5-6

James 4:6          But He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, “God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”

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

 

Humility senses God’s Estimation of Self.

Humility senses God’s Value for Self.

~ Romans 5:6              For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.

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

~ Romans 8:16            The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God,

~ 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.

~ Romans 8:31-34       What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? 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? 33 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.

~ 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.

 

Humility exercises Control over Self.

~ I Timothy 4:7-8        But have nothing to do with worldly fables fit only for old women. On the other hand, discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness; for bodily discipline is only of little profit, but godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.

 

Humility treats others with Respect.

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

~ Romans 12:16          Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation.

 

 

Humility submits to God’s Standard of Righteousness.

Humility submits to God’s Standard of Righteousness within Self.

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

 

Humility submits to God’s Standard of Righteousness toward Others.

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

 

 

Humility seeks God’s Honor.

The Lord honors the Gentle.

~ Psalm 25:9   He leads the humble in justice, And He teaches the humble His way.

~ Psalm 37:1   Do not fret because of evildoers, Be not envious toward wrongdoers.

 

The Lord honors the Right Thing.

~ Psalm 75:10 And all the horns of the wicked He will cut off, But the horns of the righteous will be lifted up.

Sermon Outline, August 13, 2017, “God Adds the Broken”

GOD ADDS THE BROKEN

Matthew 5:3-4

Luke 15:7         I tell you that in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.

Luke 15:10      In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.

 

Bless people with Love.

Bless people with Unconditional Love.

~ 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.

 

Bless people with Proactive Love.

~ 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.

 

 

Bless people with Grace.

Grace welcomes people.

~ Revelation 22:17      The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost.

 

Grace accepts people.

~ Romans 15:7            Therefore, accept one another, just as Christ also accepted us to the glory of God.

 

Grace embraces people.

~ Matthew 11:28-29    “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

 

 

Bless people with Truth.

Bless people with the Truth of 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,

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

 

Bless people with the Truth of the Forgiveness of Sins.

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

 

Bless people with the Truth of Eternal Life.

~ John 17:3     This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

Sermon Outline, August 6, 2017, “The Compassionate King”

The Compassionate King

Matthew 4:23-25

The Kingship of Jesus

            His Kingship was prophetic

~ Matthew 1:1          The record of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham:

~ 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.”

            His Kingship was problematic

~ Matthew 9:3          And some of the scribes said to themselves, “This fellow blasphemes.”

 

The Compassion of Jesus

            His Compassion was approved on high

~ Luke 4:18-19         The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor.
He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives,
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set free those who are oppressed,
19 To proclaim the favorable year of the Lord.”

            His Compassion was apparently specific

~ Luke 4:18   The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor.
He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives,
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set free those who are oppressed,

 

The Commission of Jesus

            His commission is to carry on

~ Matthew 28:19      Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,

            His commission is to care

~ Matthew 9:35-38  Jesus was going through all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness.

36 Seeing the people, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. 38 Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.”

               

Sermon Outline, July 30, 2017, “Remove the Rock of Lust”

Remove the Rock of Lust

 Matthew 5:27-28

 

~ I Peter 1:15-16          but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; 16 because it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

 

Recognize Lust as Sin.

Society worships lust.

~ Isaiah 5:20   Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!

 

God condemns lust.

~ I Corinthians 6:9-10              Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.

~ 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.

~ 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.”

 

 

Realize the Wreckage of Lust.

Lust wrecks the Family.

~ Hosea 8:7     For they sow the wind And they reap the whirlwind. The standing grain has no heads; It yields no grain. Should it yield, strangers would swallow it up.

 

Lust wrecks our Testimony for Christ.

~ II Samuel 12:14        However, because by this deed you have given occasion to the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme, the child also that is born to you shall surely die.

 

Lust wrecks the Person.

~ Ephesians 5:5           For this you know with certainty, that no immoral or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.

~ Colossians 3:5-6      Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry. For it is because of these things that the wrath of God will come upon the sons of disobedience,

 

 

Remove Lust Diligently.

Diligently enlist Self.

~ Matthew 6:22-23      “The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!

~ Job 31:1       I have made a covenant with my eyes; How then could I gaze at a virgin?

~ II Corinthians 10:5   We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,

~ Proverbs 4:23           Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life.

~ Proverbs 23:7           For as he thinks within himself, so he is. He says to you, “Eat and drink!” But his heart is not with you.

~ I Corinthians 6:18-20            Flee immorality. Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body. 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? 20 For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.

 

Diligently enlist 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.

~ Psalm 24:3-5            Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? And who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to falsehood And has not sworn deceitfully. He shall receive a blessing from the Lord And righteousness from the God of his salvation.

~ Matthew 5:8             Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

~ Philippians 4:8         Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.

~ I Peter 1:15-16         but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; 16 because it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

 

Diligently enlist Others.

~ Proverbs 24:6           For by wise guidance you will wage war, And in abundance of counselors there is victory.

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