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Sermon Outline, August 11, 2019, “Holy People”

Holy People

I Peter 1:13-25

~ I Peter 2:9    But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;



Pursue God’s Will!

Obedience begins in the Mind.

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


Exercise Self-Control.

~ 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.



Pursue God’s Nature!

God is Holy.


Strive to imitate God.

~ Matthew 5:48            Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.


~ 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.



Pursue Fear of God’s Judgment!

God’s Judgment is Fair!

~ Romans 2:11             For there is no partiality with God.


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


God’s Judgment is Personal.

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


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


~ Matthew 12:36         But I tell you that every careless word that people speak, they shall give an accounting for it in the day of judgment.


God’s Judgment is Thorough.

~ Romans 2:16            on the day when, according to my gospel, God will judge the secrets of men through Christ Jesus.


~ 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.



Pursue Appreciation!

Appreciate the Redemption Price.

~ Titus 2:14                  who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.


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


The greatest expression of appreciation for our redemption price is to Abstain from sin!

~ Romans 6:1-2           What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it?


~ 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 10:29         How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled under foot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of grace?



Pursue New Lifestyle!

New Lifestyle began by the Word of God.

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


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


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


~ Hebrews 4:12           For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.


~ Matthew 24:35          Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.


~ 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.


New Lifestyle expresses sincere love.

~ I Corinthians 13:4-8a           Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, 5 does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, 6 does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; 7bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails;


Sermon Outline, August 4, 2019, “People of Faith”

People of Faith

I Peter 1:1-12


Confident in Jesus Christ!

Be Confident in the Person of Jesus Christ.

~ Luke 6:46     “Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?


~ Isaiah 29:13 “Because this people draw near with their words
And honor Me with their lip service,
But they remove their hearts far from Me,
And their reverence for Me consists of tradition learned by rote,


Be Confident in the Work of Jesus Christ!

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


~ 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.”



Confident in the Blessings of the Father!

Be Confident in the Blessing of God’s Protection!

~ Ephesians 6:12          For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.


~ 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.


Be Confident in the Blessing of God’s Salvation!

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


~ 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.



Confident in the Long-Term Goal!

The long-term goal strengthens faith to endure short-term distress.

~ John 16:33               These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”


~ James 1:2                 Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials,


~ 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.


~ Psalm 30:5               For His anger is but for a moment,
His favor is for a lifetime;
Weeping may last for the night,
But a shout of joy comes in the morning.


The long-term goal honors faith!

~ Romans 5:2              through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God.


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


~ Matthew 25:21         His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’


~ Romans 8:18            For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.

Sermon Outline, July 28, 2019, “Radically Transformed for Service”

Radically Transformed for Service

Luke 7:36-48 (NASB)

36 Now one of the Pharisees was requesting Him to dine with him, and He entered the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. 37 And there was a woman in the city who was a sinner; and when she learned that He was reclining at the table in the Pharisee’s house, she brought an alabaster vial of perfume, 38 and standing behind Him at His feet, weeping, she began to wet His feet with her tears, and kept wiping them with the hair of her head, and kissing His feet and anointing them with the perfume. 39 Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet He would know who and what sort of person this woman is who is touching Him, that she is a sinner.”

Parable of Two Debtors

40 And Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” And he replied, “Say it, Teacher.” 41 “A moneylender had two debtors: one owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42 When they were unable to repay, he graciously forgave them both.  So which of them will love him more?” 43 Simon answered and said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.” And He said to him, “You have judged correctly.” 44 Turning toward the woman, He said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has wet My feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You gave Me no kiss; but she, since the time I came in, has not ceased to kiss My feet. 46 You did not anoint My head with oil, but she anointed My feet with perfume. 47 For this reason I say to you, her sins, which are many, have been forgiven, for she loved much; but he who is forgiven little, loves little.” 48 Then He said to her, “Your sins have been forgiven.” 


The Pharisee Saw Jesus as an Honored Guest

           His Invitation was Self-Serving.

           His Invitation was Significantly Flawed.

           His Invitation was Spiritually Shipwrecked.



 John 13:1-17 (NASB)

13 Now before the Feast of the Passover, Jesus knowing that His hour had come that He would depart out of this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end. During supper, the devil having already put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon, to betray Him, Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come forth from God and was going back to God, 4got up from supper, and laid aside His garments; and taking a towel, He girded Himself.

Jesus Washes the Disciples’ Feet

Then He poured water into the basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded. So He came to Simon Peter. He said to Him, “Lord, do You wash my feet?” Jesus answered and said to him, “What I do you do not realize now, but you will understand hereafter.” Peter said to Him, “Never shall You wash my feet!” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me.” Simon Peter said to Him, “Lord, then wash not only my feet, but also my hands and my head.” 10 Jesus said to him, “He who has bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean, but not all of you.” 11 For He knew the one who was betraying Him; for this reason He said, “Not all of you are clean.”

12 So when He had washed their feet, and taken His garments and reclined at the table again, He said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? 13 You call Me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am. 14 If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15 For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you. 16 Truly, truly, I say to you, a slave is not greater than his master, nor is one who is sent greater than the one who sent him. 17 If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them. 


Peter Saw Jesus as the Serving Savior.

            He Couldn’t Fathom the Act.

           He Couldn’t Resist the Aftereffect.

           He Couldn’t Deny the Application.

Sermon Outline, July 14, 2019, “Transformed by Christ . . . to Love”


    A. What Do You Love the Most?

1.                                                                                             2.

3.                                                                                             4.



       B. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a 

________ is patient, _________ is kind. __________does not envy, _________ does not boast, __________ is not proud. ____________ does not dishonor others, __________ is not self-seeking, __________ is not easily angered, ____________ keeps no record of wrongs. ____________ does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. __________ always protects, always hopes, always trusts, always perseveres. Love never fails. 


Write your name in the blanks next to the parts that would describe how you love. Write the ones you struggle with below and commit them to prayer…


PRAYER: “God, these areas of love are where I need your help. Guide me Lord in learning to love through… _______________________________________________________________



  1. Matthew 22: 37-40

37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”


  1. Using 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 as a guide- how do you love God?


  1. How do you love your neighbor as you love yourself?


Sermon Outline, July 7, 2019, “Radically Transformed by the Gospel”

Radically Transformed by the Gospel

 Romans 8:3-8

 Mission Statement: Go and make disciples of all people for Christ.

 Vision Statement: To be God’s people, transformed by the Gospel of Christ into an irresistible community of love, discipleship, and service.


The Battle for Transformation


We Do not Make Peace with the Enemy

Romans 12:2, Colossians 3:1–10


What Fails to Transform

Romans 8:3–4, Romans 3:20


The Transformed and Untransformed Mind

·         Desire

Romans 8:5


·         Deficiency

Romans 8:7–8


·         Denouement

Romans 8:6, Romans 8:13, Galatians 6:8


Living in Transformation

Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. Romans 8:5 (NLT)


Sermon Outline, June 30, 2019, “Praise Prevails”

Praise Prevails

II Chronicles 20


~ 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.


Praise the Lord with Confidence!

Confidence turns to the Lord!

~ Psalm 91:1-2            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!”


~ Psalm 118:8             It is better to take refuge in the Lord
Than to trust in man.


Confidence seeks the Lord!

~ Matthew 6:16            “Whenever you fast, do not put on a gloomy face as the hypocrites do, for they neglect their appearance so that they will be noticed by men when they are fasting. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full.


~ Matthew 6:17-18     But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face 18 so that your fasting will not be noticed by men, but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.



Praise the Lord in Prayer!

Praise in prayer focuses on God’s Sovereignty.

~ 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.


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


Praise in prayer focuses on God’s Power.

~ 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.”


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


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



Praise the Lord in Song!

Singing to the Lord centers the focus on the Lord!

~ Ephesians 5:19         speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord;


~ Colossians 3:16         Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.


Singing to the Lord anticipates His victory!

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

Sermon Notes, June 23, 2019, “Radical Obedience”

Radical Obedience

II Kings 22 – 23:30


~ James 1:22               But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.


A Tender Heart Loves God’s Word.

A love for God’s Word expresses passion for God’s Word.

~ Psalm 1:2                 But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.


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


A love for God’s Word expresses respect for God’s Word.

~ James 1:22-23          But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror;


A love for God’s Word expresses a promise to keep God’s Word.

~ John 14:15   “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.


~ John 14:21    He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him.”



A Tender Heart pursues God’s Word.

Pursue God’s Word with Completeness.

~ Joshua 1:8                This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.


Pursue God’s Word with Zeal.

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


~ Revelation 3:19        Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline; therefore be zealous and repent.



A Tender Heart experiences God’s Word.

Obedience to God’s Word brings Restoration.

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


Obedience to God’s Word brings Peace.

~ John 14:27               Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.

Sermon Outline, June 16, 2019, “Positive People”

Positive People

Acts 4:36; Acts 11:19-29

~ I Thessalonians 5:11            Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.


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


Encourage one another with your Heart.

A Thoughtful Heart encourages others.

~ 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,


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


A Generous Heart encourages others.

~ Matthew 5:42            Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you.


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


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


~ 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 Supportive Heart encourages others.

~ I Corinthians 13:7    bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.


~ 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.



Encourage one another with your Words.

Truthful Words encourage others.

~ Ephesians 4:25         Therefore, laying aside falsehood, speak truth each one of you with his neighbor, for we are members of one another.


Grace-filled Words encourage others.

~ Ephesians 4:15         but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ,


~ 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.



Encourage one another with your Person.

A Humble Person encourages others.

~ 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.


A Holy Spirit-Filled Person encourages others.

~ Galatians 5:22-23    But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.


~ 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.


A Trustworthy Person encourages others.

~ Proverbs 18:24         A man of too many friends comes to ruin,
But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

Sermon Outline, June 9, 2019, “A Sacred Gift”

A Sacred Gift

Genesis 39

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


Value the Gift!

Value the Surface of the Gift!

~ I Corinthians 6:19-20           Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? 20 For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.


~ I Corinthians 6:18                Flee immorality. Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body.


Value the Substance of the Gift!

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


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


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


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



Guard the Gift!

Guard the Gift Constantly!

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


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


~ 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.


Guard the Gift Resolutely!

~ Mark 9:43, 45, 47    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,


~ 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.



Reserve the Gift!

Reserve the Gift for God!

~ II Corinthians 7:1                 Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.


Reserve the Gift for your Testimony for Jesus Christ!

~ I Thessalonians 4:3-4          For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor,

Sermon Outline, Rahab’s Red Rope, May 5, 2019

Rahab’s Red Rope

Joshua 2, 6:17, 22, 23

Grip God’s Existence!

Acknowledge God’s Person.

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.

Psalm 14:1  The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.”  They are

corrupt, they have committed abominable deeds;  There is no one who does


Acknowledge God’s Omnipresence!

Hebrews 4:13  And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but

all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom

we have to do.

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.”

I John 5:14-15  14 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.

Grip God’s Sovereignty!

Trust God’s Control!

Revelation 4:2  Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne was

standing in heaven, and One sitting on the throne.

Trust God’s Goodness!

Romans 8:28  And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

Romans 8:32   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?

Grip God’s Power!

Trust God’s ability to Save!

Mark 16:16  He who has believed and has been baptized shall be

saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.


Acts 3:19  Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away,

in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord;


Romans 10:9  that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe

in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;


Mark 16:16  He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but

he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.


Acts 2:38  Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the

name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the

gift of the Holy Spirit.


I Peter 3:21  Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you—not the removal

of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God [a]for a good conscience—through

the resurrection of Jesus 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,

Trust God’s ability to Honor Faith!

                         Psalm 1:1  How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the

wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!

Psalm 1:6  For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the

wicked will perish.

Hebrews 11:39  And all these, having gained approval through their faith, did

not receive what was promised,

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