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Sermon Outline, April 21, 2019, “The Day of Surprises”

The Day of Surprises

John 20:19-31

 

Examine the Surprise!

Truth makes a surprise wonderful!

~ Proverbs 13:12                     Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
But desire fulfilled is a tree of life.

 

True Facts verify the Resurrection Surprise!

~ 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.

 

~ 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 Surprise!

Embrace this Truth Readily!

~ 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.”

 

Embrace this Truth Eagerly!

~ 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,

 

 

Evangelize this Surprise!

Proclaim this Truth in Word!

~ 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.

 

Proclaim this Truth in Deed!

~ 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.

 

~ 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.

Sermon Outline, April 14, 2019, “The Surprising Switch”

The Surprising Switch

Matthew 27:15-56

 

Consider the Choice!

Option One: The Law demands Justice!

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

 

~ 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.

 

~ Romans 6:23            For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

Option Two: Grace extends Forgiveness!

~ Romans 6:23            For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

~ Romans 3:24            being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus;

 

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

 

 

Consider Grace!

Grace takes our Place!

~ 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.

 

Grace takes our Punishment!

~ Isaiah 53:7               He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
Yet He did not open His mouth;
Like a lamb that is led to slaughter,
And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers,
So He did not open His mouth.

 

Grace takes our Penalty!

~ 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.

 

 

Consider the Response!

Many Reject Christ!

~ II Thessalonians 1:8-9         dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. These will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power,

 

Few Follow Christ!

~ 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,

 

~ Matthew 22:14          For many are called, but few are chosen.”

 

~ John 10:14               I am the good shepherd, and I know My own and My own know Me,

Sermon Outline, April 7, 2019, “Astonishing Anguish”

Astonishing Anguish

Luke 22:39-46

~ James 1:12    Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.

 

Pray to the Father.

Pray Faithfully.

~ I Thessalonians 5:17            pray without ceasing;

 

~ 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,

 

Pray Specifically.

~ 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 Fervently.

~ James 5:16   Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.

 

 

Trust the Father’s Will.

Faith struggles to do God’s will.

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

 

Faith submits to God’s Sovereign Will.

~ 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.

 

~ 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.

 

~ Job 42:2                   “I know that You can do all things,
And that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted.

 

~ 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.

 

~ James 1:12               Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.

 

 

Cherish the Father’s Encouragement.

Loneliness often accompanies Disappointments.

~ Matthew 27:46         About the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”

 

God encourages us with His 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.

 

~ 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.”

 

~ Hebrews 13:5           Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,”

Sermon Outline, March 31, 2019, “The Unexpected Pedicure”

The Unexpected Pedicure

John 13:1-20

~ Mark 10:45               For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

 

Serve with Humility!

Humility thinks of others Before Self.

~ 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.

 

Humility places others Above Self.

~ Philippians 2:5-8       Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

 

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

 

~ 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.

 

 

Serve with Love!

Love serves Willingly.

~ Colossians 3:23        Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men,

 

~ Ecclesiastes 9:10       Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might; for there is no activity or planning or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol where you are going.

 

Love does Whatever.

~ 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.

 

 

Serve with Influence!

Influence takes the First Step.

~ Matthew 20:28          just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.

 

Influence provides the Example, not the Exception.

~ 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.”

 

~ Luke 12:48              but the one who did not know it, and committed deeds worthy of a flogging, will receive but few. From everyone who has been given much, much will be required; and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask all the more.

Sermon Outline, March 24, 2019, “Trust God’s Protection”

Trust God’s Protection

Daniel 6

~ Psalm 91:1-4            He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,
My God, in whom I trust!”
For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper
And from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with His pinions,
And under His wings you may seek refuge;
His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark.

 

 

God protects from Jealousy!

Jealous people attempt to destroy!

~ James 3:15-16          This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic. 16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing.

 

God protects through Contentment!

~ Philippians 4:11        Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.

 

 

God protects from Critics!

Critics attempt to destroy!

~ James 3:14-16          But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth. 15 This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic. 16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing.

 

God protects through the Truth!

~ John 8:32      and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.

 

 

God protects from Hate!

Hateful people attempt to destroy!

~ I Peter 5:8                Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

 

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

 

God protects our Soul!

~ Psalm 121:7            The Lord will protect you from all evil;
He will keep your soul.

 

~ II Timothy 4:18       The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed, and will bring me safely to His heavenly kingdom; to Him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

 

~ Romans 8:37-39       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.

Sermon Outline, March 17, 2019, “Faith Tested by Fire”

Faith Tested by Fire

Daniel 3

 

God provides through His Power!

God saves in the Test.

~ Psalm 55:22             Cast your burden upon the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.

 

~ James 1:12               Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.

 

God saves us from the Tester!

~ 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.

 

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

 

~ Revelation 20:10       And the devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and [a]brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are also; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

 

 

God provides His Grace!

God’s grace gives us what we need!

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

 

~ Romans 3:24            being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus;

 

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

 

~ II Corinthians 12:9    And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.

 

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

 

God’s grace provides His Presence!

~ 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.

 

~ John 16:8                  And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment;

 

God’s grace provides what is better!

~ Titus 3:7                   so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

 

~ 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 provides with His Sovereignty!

God’s purpose exceeds all other Purposes!

Romans 8:28-29          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. 29 For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren;

 

God’s purpose exceeds our Understanding!

~ 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.

Sermon Outline, March 10, 2019, “The Predicament of Moses”

The Predicament of Moses

Exodus 14:1-12

 

Be Calm!

One Normal Reaction to a Predicament is Fear!

 

Stay Calm!

~ Psalm 46:10             “Cease striving and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

 

~ John 14:1                 “Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me.

 

 

Be Patient!

Another Normal Reaction to a Predicament is Impatience!

~ Psalm 37:8               Cease from anger and forsake wrath;
Do not fret; it leads only to evildoing.

 

Be willing to Wait!

~ Psalm 27:14              Wait for the Lord;
Be strong and let your heart take courage;
Yes, wait for the Lord.

 

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

 

~ 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,

 

 

Be Progressive!

Another Normal Reaction to a Predicament is feeling Trapped!

 

Go Forward in Faith!

~ Philippians 3:12-14              Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. 13 Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

 

 

Be Joyful!

Another Normal Reaction to a Predicament is Despair!

~ Psalm 42:5               Why are you in despair, O my soul?
And why have you become disturbed within me?

Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him
For the help of His presence.

 

Rejoice in the Lord!

~ Psalm 43:5               Why are you in despair, O my soul?
And why are you disturbed within me?

Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him,
The help of my countenance and my God.

 

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

Sermon Outline, March 3, 2019, “The Faith of David”

The Faith of David

I Samuel 17:41-51

 

~ 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?

 

Victorious Faith is Obedient.

Obedient Faith is Immediate.

~ Exodus 20:12           Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the Lord your God gives you.

 

Obedient Faith is Complete.

~ I John 2:4-5              The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him; but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him:

 

 

Victorious Faith is Confident.

Confident Faith is in the Person of God.

~ 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,

 

Confident Faith is Persistent.

~ Galatians 6:9            Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.

 

Confident Faith is Positive.

~ 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,

 

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

 

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

 

 

Victorious Faith is Courageous.

Courageous Faith is Proactive.

~ 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.

 

Courageous Faith is Bold.

~ Matthew 17:20         And He said to them, “Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.

 

Courageous Faith is Contagious.

~ Hebrews 12:1-2       Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 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, February 24, 2019, “Radical Relinquishment”

Radical Relinquishment

Jeremiah 41:17 42:22

 

God’s Judgment on Judah

 

A Fearful Remnant

Jeremiah 41:17-18              And they went and stayed at Geruth Chimham near Bethlehem, intending to go to Egypt 18 because of the Chaldeans. For they were afraid of them, because Ishmael the son of Nethaniah had struck down Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, whom the king of Babylon had made governor over the land.

  

A Desire to Seek the Will of God

Jeremiah 42:1-6                  Then all the commanders of the forces, and Johanan the son of Kareah and Jezaniah the son of Hoshaiah, and all the people from the least to the greatest, came near and said to Jeremiah the prophet, “Let our plea for mercy come before you, and pray to the Lord your God for us, for all this remnant—because we are left with but a few, as your eyes see us— that the Lord your God may show us the way we should go, and the thing that we should do.” Jeremiah the prophet said to them, “I have heard you. Behold, I will pray to the Lord your God according to your request, and whatever the Lord answers you I will tell you. I will keep nothing back from you.” Then they said to Jeremiah, “May the Lord be a true and faithful witness against us if we do not act according to all the word with which the Lord your God sends you to us. Whether it is good or bad, we will obey the voice of the Lord our God to whom we are sending you, that it may be well with us when we obey the voice of the Lord our God.”

 

God Answers Those Who Seek Him

 The Choice: God’s Will or My Desires

Jeremiah 43:1-4      When Jeremiah finished speaking to all the people all these words of the Lord their God, with which the Lord their God had sent him to them, Azariah the son of Hoshaiah and Johanan the son of Kareah and all the insolent men said to Jeremiah, “You are telling a lie. The Lord our God did not send you to say, ‘Do not go to Egypt to live there,’ but Baruch the son of Neriah has set you against us, to deliver us into the hand of the Chaldeans, that they may kill us or take us into exile in Babylon.” So Johanan the son of Kareah and all the commanders of the forces and all the people did not obey the voice of the Lord, to remain in the land of Judah.

 

Why Don’t We Trust God?

Jeremiah 41:17-18               And they went and stayed at Geruth Chimham near Bethlehem, intending to go to Egypt 18 because of the Chaldeans. For they were afraid of them, because Ishmael the son of Nethaniah had struck down Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, whom the king of Babylon had made governor over the land.

 

God’s teaching so often conflicts with our desires.

 

 God’s teaching so often counters our commonsense.

 

Matthew 5:43–44              “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,

 

Matthew 18:21–22           Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” 22 Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.

 

Matthew 6:15                    but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

 

 

God’s teaching so often creates risk.

 

No man is worth his salt who is not ready at all times to risk his well-being, to risk his body, to risk his life in a great cause. Theodore Roosevelt

 

Are You on Your Way to Egypt?

 

 

Sermon Outline, February 17, 2019, “Interpretation”

Interpretation

Psalm 119:34

~ II Timothy 2:15       Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.

 

Consider the Don’ts of Bible Interpretation!

Don’t Misread the Text.

~ I Timothy 6:10          For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

 

~ John 10:30               I and the Father are one.

 

~ John 20:31                but these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.

 

~ 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.

 

~ 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.

 

~ Psalm 37:4               Delight yourself in the Lord;
And He will give you the desires of your heart.

 

Don’t Distort the Text!

~ II Timothy 4:3-4      For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.

 

Don’t Contradict the Text!

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

 

~ 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.

 

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

 

~ 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,

 

Don’t Ignore the Text!

~ 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.

 

Don’t use Feelings.

~ John 8:32                 and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.

 

Don’t use Relativism!

~ Matthew 25:41         Then He will also say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels;

 

~ Mark 9:43-44            If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life crippled, than, having your two hands, to go into hell, into the unquenchable fire, 44 [where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.]

 

~ Luke 16:23-24         In Hades he lifted up his eyes, being in torment, and saw Abraham far away and Lazarus in his bosom. 24 And he cried out and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus so that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool off my tongue, for I am in agony in this flame.’

 

~ 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.”

 

Don’t be Overconfident!

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

 

 

Consider the Do’s of Bible Interpretation!

Pray for Correct Understanding!

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

 

~ 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.

 

Look for the Common Sense Meaning!

~ 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.

 

Use all the Helps available!

~ Proverbs 1:5             A wise man will hear and increase in learning,
And a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel,

 

Recognize the Particular Literary Form!

~ Proverbs 1:7             The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;
Fools despise wisdom and instruction.

 

~ 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.

 

~ 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.

 

~ Proverbs 22:6           Train up a child in the way he should go,
Even when he is old he will not depart from it.

 

~ Proverbs 22:15         Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child;
The rod of discipline will remove it far from him.

 

Use Context!

~ II Timothy 2:15       Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.

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