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Sermon Outline, December 17, 2017, “Sources of Joy”

                                                           Sources of Joy

 Luke 1:57-80

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

 

Rejoice in the Lord’s Goodness!

Acknowledge God’s Goodness.

~ James 1:17   Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.

 

Celebrate God’s Goodness!

~ Romans 12:15           Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.

 

 

Rejoice in the Lord’s Purpose.

The lack of Purpose leads to a lack of Joy.

~ 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.

 

Having Purpose is a Source of Joy.

~ 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.

 

 

Rejoice in the Lord’s Salvation.

Rejoice in His Fulfilled Promise of Salvation.

~ Genesis 22:18          In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.”

 

~ Isaiah 53:4-6            Surely our griefs He Himself bore, And our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted. 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. All of us like sheep have gone astray, Each of us has turned to his own way; But the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all To fall on Him.

 

Rejoice in His Victorious Salvation.

~ 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.

 

~ Romans 8:35, 37-39            Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

37 But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. 38 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.

 

~ Hebrews 2:14           Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil,

 

~ I Corinthians 15:54-57         But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, “Death is swallowed up in victory. 55 O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” 56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; 57 but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Sermon Outline, December 10, 2017, “God Specializes in the Impossible”

                                             God Specializes in the Impossible

Luke 1:26-38

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 32:17             ‘Ah Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! Nothing is too difficult for You,

 

Matthew 19:26            And looking at them Jesus said to them, “With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

 

God exalts the Humble.

God humbles the Proud.

~ Proverbs 16:18         Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before stumbling.

 

God exalts the Humble.

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

 

~ I Peter 5:6    Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time,

 

 

God extends grace to Sinners.

God extends grace to sinners Immeasurably.

~ Romans 5:20            The Law came in so that the transgression would increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more,

 

God extends grace to sinners Unreservedly.

~ 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.

 

 

God overcomes the Odds.

God overcomes the odds by His Purpose.

~ Matthew 1:21           She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.

 

~ 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.

 

~ I Timothy 2:5           For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,

 

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

 

~ 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.

 

God overcomes the odds by His Power.

~ Zechariah 4:6           Then he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel saying, ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord of hosts.

 

~ 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.

 

~ Jeremiah 32:17         ‘Ah Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! Nothing is too difficult for You,

Sermon Outline, December 3, 2017, “In the Sight of God”

                                                       In the Sight of God

Luke 1:5-25

I Peter 5:7; Psalm 42:5; Psalm 55:22

 

God knows our Person.

God knows our Name.

~ Isaiah 40:26 Lift up your eyes on high And see who has created these stars, The One who leads forth their host by number, He calls them all by name; Because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power, Not one of them is missing.

 

God knows our Character.

~ II Chronicles 16:9    For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His. You have acted foolishly in this. Indeed, from now on you will surely have wars.”

 

God knows our Situation.

~ Psalm 33:13-15        The Lord looks from heaven; He sees all the sons of men; 14 From His dwelling place He looks out On all the inhabitants of the earth, 15 He who fashions the hearts of them all, He who understands all their works.

 

 

God knows our Prayer.

God hears our Prayer.

~ Philippians 4:6          Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

 

~ I Thessalonians 5:17            pray without ceasing;

 

~ 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.

 

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

 

God answers our Prayer.

~ 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.

 

~ 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.

 

~ 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.

 

 

God knows our Purpose.

God has an overall plan.

~ John 3:16-17            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. 17 For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.

 

~ 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.

 

~ Titus 2:11      For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men,

 

~ 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.

 

God has a specific plan for each one in His overall plan.

~ 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.

Sermon Outline, November 26, 2017, “On His Terms”

                                                             On His Terms

Leviticus 10:1-3

  

We must respond to the Lord the way he tells us to, not however we please.

 

Leviticus 10:1              Now Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, each took his censer and put fire in it and laid incense on it and offered unauthorized fire before the Lord, which he had not commanded them.

 

God is the same today as he was back then. – Malachi 3:6   “For I the Lord do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed.

 

God is patient and is holding back his wrath.

 

 

God supremely cares about the way people view him.

 

Leviticus 10:3  Then Moses said to Aaron, “This is what the Lord has said: ‘Among those who are near me I will be sanctified, and before all the people I will be glorified.’” And Aaron held his peace.

 

We need the whole Bible to get an accurate picture of God.

 

We must allow God to tell us who he is, not form our own opinions of him.

 

God is set apart. He is not like us. He is in a category all his own.

 

 

We never have the right to accuse God of wrong-doing.

 

Leviticus 10:3 – Aaron held his peace.

           

Job 1:22           In all this Job did not sin or charge God with wrong.

Job 2:10           But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women would speak. Shall we receive good from God, and shall we not receive evil?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips.

 

If we have an issue with something God has said or done, the problem is not with God but with us.

 

 

How can sinful people stand in the presence of a holy God?

 

  1. We must come to him on his terms.

 

  1. We must have our sins atoned for.

 

The answer is Christ.

 

John 14:6         Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

 

2 Cor. 5:21       For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Sermon Outline, November 19, 2017, “A Grateful Heart”

                                                             A Grateful Heart

 Luke 17:11-19

 

A Grateful Heart is Intentional.

Intentional Gratitude is Exceptional.

~ II Timothy 3:1-2      But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy,

 

~II Timothy 3:5          holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these.

 

Intentional Gratitude is Deliberate.

~ Colossians 3:17        Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.

 

 

A Grateful Heart is Expressive.

Gratitude expresses Sincerity.

~ Ephesians 5:20          always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father;

 

Gratitude expresses Humility.

~ Psalm 100:4             Enter His gates with thanksgiving And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name.

 

Gratitude expresses Praise.

~ Hebrews 13:15         Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name.

 

 

A Grateful Heart is Honorable.

Gratitude honors God’s Mercy.

~ II Corinthians 9:15    Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!

 

Gratitude honors God’s Power.

~ Philippians 4:6         Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

Sermon Outline, November 12, 2017, “Stewardship Reveals Faith”

                                                     Stewardship Reveals Faith

 Luke 9:23-26

 

Commit to Christ Personally.

Denying self for Christ is a Struggle.

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

 

~ 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.

 

~ James 4:4                 You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.

 

Denying self for Christ is Required.

~ I Peter 4:1-2             Therefore, since Christ has suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same purpose, because he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, so as to live the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for the lusts of men, but for the will of God.

 

~ Luke 12:34   For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

 

 

Commit to Christ Entirely.

Commit to Christ Daily.

~ I Corinthians 15:31  I affirm, brethren, by the boasting in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.

 

~ II Corinthians 4:10    always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.

 

Commit to Christ Totally.

~ Philippians 4:19       And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

 

~ II Corinthians 9:8     And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed;

 

 

Commit to Christ Solely.

Focus on the Person of Jesus.

~ Philippians 1:21        For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.

 

~ Galatians 2:20          I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.

 

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

 

~ I Corinthians 15:57   but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

~ Galatians 5:6            For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything, but faith working through love.

 

~ Ephesians 1:3           Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,

 

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

 

~ Colossians 3:1          Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.

 

~ I Thessalonians 4:16, 17      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.

 

Focus exclusively on the Person of Jesus Christ.

~ 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.

 

~ Proverbs 3:9             Honor the Lord from your wealth And from the first of all your produce;

 

~ Malachi 3:10            Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this,” says the Lord of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows.

 

~ Hebrews 12:2           fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Sermon Outline, November 5, 2017, “Faith Reveals Joy in Giving”

Faith Reveals Joy in Giving

 

II Corinthians 9:8

 

A Cheerful Giver desires to honor God.

A Cheerful Giver honors God’s Power.

~ Malachi 3:10            Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this,” says the Lord of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows.

 

A Cheerful Giver honors God’s Grace.

~ Psalm 23:1-3, 5        The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows.

 

~ Philippians 4:19       And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

 

~ Luke 6:30-35           Give to everyone who asks of you, and whoever takes away what is yours, do not demand it back. 31 Treat 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.

 

~ Luke 6:38     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.”

 

 

A Cheerful Giver receives Joy in Giving.

A Cheerful Giver gives Voluntarily.

~ Acts 2:44-45            And all those who had believed were together and had all things in common; 45 and they began selling their property and possessions and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need.

 

A Cheerful Giver is loved by God.

~ Acts 20:35                In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’

 

~ 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?

 

 

A Cheerful Giver Experiences Freedom.

A Cheerful Giver experiences freedom from Sin.

~ Matthew 6:19           Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.

 

~ Psalm 62:10             Do not trust in oppression And do not vainly hope in robbery; If riches increase, do not set your heart upon them.

 

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

 

A Cheerful Giver experiences freedom to Give.

~ Matthew 10:8            Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. Freely you received, freely give.

 

~ John 3:16-17            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. 17 For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.

Sermon Outline, October 29, 2017, “Faith Overcomes Debt”

                                                 Faith Overcomes Debt

 

Luke 14:28-30            For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it? 29 Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who observe it begin to ridicule him, 30 saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’

 

Develop a Budget.

A Budget requires Discipline.

~ 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.

 

A Budget reflects Priorities.

o   First Priority ~ God

~ Proverbs 3:9 Honor the Lord from your wealth And from the first of all your produce;

 

o   Second Priority ~ Invest Savings Wisely

 

o   Third Priority ~ Pay Bills on Time

~ Romans 13:7             Render to all what is due them: tax to whom tax is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor.

 

o   Fourth Priority ~ Get out of Debt

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

 

o   Fifth Priority ~ Plan for Emergencies

 

o   Sixth Priority ~ Use some resources for Personal Enjoyment

~ I Timothy 6:17           Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy.

 

 

Eliminate Debt.

The Bible speaks about Debt.

~ Proverbs 22:7           The rich rules over the poor, And the borrower becomes the lender’s slave.

 

Develop a Plan to Eliminate Debt.

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

 

 

Honor the Lord.

Honor the Lord with the Tithe.

~ Malachi 3:10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this,” says the Lord of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows.

 

Honor the Lord with the Offering.

~ II Corinthians 9:6-8               Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed;

 

Honor the Lord with the Sacrifice.

~ Luke 21:1-4              And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury. And He saw a poor widow putting in two small copper coins. And He said, “Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all of them; for they all out of their surplus put into the offering; but she out of her poverty put in all that she had to live on.”

Sermon Outline, October 22, 2017

Focus on Study

 Psalm 1

Delight in Passion for the Word.

Passion for the Word pursues the Word.

~ Psalm 119:47, 48     I shall delight in Your commandments, Which I love. 48 And I shall lift up my hands to Your commandments, Which I love; And I will meditate on Your statutes.

 

~ Psalm 119:97           O how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day.

 

~ Psalm 119:127         Therefore I love Your commandments Above gold, yes, above fine gold.

 

~ Psalm 119:167         My soul keeps Your testimonies, And I love them exceedingly.

 

Passion for the Word pursues the Word Daily.

~ Matthew 4:4             But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’

 

 

Delight in the Power of the Word.

The Powerful Word builds Stability in our spirits.

~ I Thessalonians 4:13            But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope.

 

~ Psalm 23:4   Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

 

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

 

The Powerful Word produces Fruit.

~ Romans 12:2             And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

 

The Powerful Word produces Health.

~ Matthew 4:4             But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’

 

 

Delight in the Purpose of the Word.

The Word cultivates our relationship with the Lord.

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

 

The Word builds confidence for the Judgment Day.

~ 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.

 

~ Romans 14:10, 12     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.  12 So then each one of us will give an account of himself to God.

 

~ Revelation 20:15       And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

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.

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