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Sermon Outline, May 20, 2018, “Accept One Another”

Accept One Another

 

Romans 15:7

 

Accept One Another for the Sake of Truth!

Stand together in Truth!

  • Bible

~ II Timothy 3:16       All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;

 

~ II Peter 1:20-21        But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, 21 for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.

 

~ John 10:35                If he called them gods, to whom the word of God came (and the Scripture cannot be broken),

 

~ John 17:17               Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth.

 

~ Isaiah 40:8               The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.

 

~ Psalm 119:11           Your word I have treasured in my heart, That I may not sin against You.

 

  • Jesus

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

 

~ Colossians 2:9          For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form,

 

Stand together for Truth!

~ 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.

 

~ II Timothy 3:16       All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;

 

~ John 14:6     Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.

 

~ 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.”

 

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

 

~ 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.

 

~ 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.

 

~ 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.

 

~ 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.”

 

~ Genesis 2:24            For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.

 

 

Accept One Another for the Sake of Growth!

Be patient with Spiritual Growth!

~ Romans 14:1            Now accept the one who is weak in faith, but not for the purpose of passing judgment on his opinions.

 

~ II Peter 3:18             but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

 

Be patient with Zeal!

~ 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.

 

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

 

~ 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,

 

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

 

Be patient with Personalities!

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

 

 

Accept One Another for the Sake of Love!

Accept one another Unconditionally!

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

 

~ Romans 7:19            For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want.

 

~ James 3:2     For we all stumble in many ways. If anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body as well.

 

Accept one another Sincerely!

~ I Samuel 16:7           But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

Sermon Outline, May 13, 2018, “Forgive One Another”

Forgive One Another

 

Ephesians 4:32; Matthew 18:21-35

 

Be Intentional.

Be Intentional with Release!

~ 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.

 

Be Intentional with Initiative!

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

 

~ I Corinthians 13:5    does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered,

 

~ Matthew 5:7             Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

 

 

Be Gracious!

Extend Grace!

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

 

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

 

~ 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.

 

Extend Sincere Grace!

~ Matthew 5:7            Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

 

~ Luke 6:37                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.

 

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

 

 

Be Determined!

Refuse to Think about the Offense!

~ Isaiah 43:25             I, even I, am the one who wipes out your transgressions for My own sake, And I will not remember your sins.

 

Refuse to Talk about the Offense!

~ Revelation 12:10      Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying,

“Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night.

 

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

 

~ 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.

 

 

Refuse to Use the Offense against the Other Person!

~ Romans 12:17-21     Never pay back evil for evil to anyone.  Respect what is right in the sight of all men. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. 19 Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 “But if your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Sermon Outline, May 6, 2018, “Pray for One Another”

Pray for One Another

 

James 5:13-20

 

 

Pray with Character!

Character prays with Humility!

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

 

~ Psalm 121:1             I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; From where shall my help come?

 

~ 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 8:33-34       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.

 

Character prays with Confession!

~ 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.

 

 

Pray with Compassion!

Compassion prays for those Physically Sick.

~ James 5:14   Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord;

 

Compassion prays for those Spiritually Sick.

~ Hebrews 10:26         For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,

 

~ 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.

 

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

 

~ Matthew 13:20-22    The one on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, this is the man who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; 21 yet he has no firm root in himself, but is only temporary, and when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he falls away. 22 And the one on whom seed was sown among the thorns, this is the man who hears the word, and the worry of the world and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.

 

 

Pray with Confidence!

Pray with Confidence in God’s Presence!

~ Psalm 139:7-10        Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend to heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the dawn, If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, 10 Even there Your hand will lead me, And Your right hand will lay hold of me.

 

Pray with Confidence in God’s Power.

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

 

~ Mark 11:24              Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you.

 

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

 

~ John 14:13-14          Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.

 

~ I John 5:14-15          This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.

 

Pray with Confidence in God’s Sovereignty.

~ I Timothy 6:15          which He will bring about at the proper time—He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords,

 

~ Revelation 19:6        Then I heard something like the voice of a great multitude and like the sound of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, saying,

“Hallelujah! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns.

 

~ 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.

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,

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,

 

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