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Sermon Outline, May 26, 2019 “For Such a Time as This”

For Such a Time as This

 

Esther 4

Courage is Grounded by Confidence!

Be Confident in God’s Purpose!

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.

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.

Be Confident in God’s Presence!

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,”

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.”

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.

Be Confident in 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.

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,

Courage is Fueled by Love!

Love for Others!

John 15:13        Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.

Love for Truth!

I Corinthians 13:6       does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth;

Courage is Inspired by Faith!

Courage inspired by faith takes a Bold Risk!

Matthew 10:32            “Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven.

Luke 12:4-5     “I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that have no more that they can do. But I will warn you whom to fear: fear the One who, after He has killed, has authority to cast into hell; yes, I tell you, fear Him!

Courage inspired by faith pleases God!

Romans 11:20            Quite right, they were broken off for their unbelief, but you stand by your faith. Do not be conceited, but fear;

II Corinthians 5:7         for we walk by faith, not by sight—

Romans 5:1                 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,

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.

Sermon Outline, May 19, 2019, “A Lady Leader”

A Lady Leader

Judges 4 & 5

Influential Leaders provide Godly Leadership.

Godly Leadership provides Stability.

Psalm 1:3        He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,

Which yields its fruit in its season  And its leaf does not wither;  And in whatever he

does, he prospers.

Godly Leadership provides Spirit-led Leadership.

II Timothy 4:2-4         preach the word; be ready in season and out of season;  reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. 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.

Influential Leaders provide Wise Leadership.

Wise Leadership demonstrates Respect.

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

Wise Leadership provides Support.

Acts 20:28       Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which

the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He

purchased with His own blood.

Influential Leaders provide Positive Change.

Influential Leaders provide positive change through Vision.

Proverbs 29:18            Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained,

But happy is he who keeps the law.

Influential Leaders provide positive change by Empowering New Leaders.

II Timothy 2:2            The things which you have heard from me in the

presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to

teach others also.

Sermon Outline, May 12, 2019 “A Mother’s Prayer”

A Mother’s Prayer

I Samuel 1-2:11

One Essential of Effective Prayer is Integrity!

Integrity is an essential element for effective prayer.

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.

One of the hindrances of effective prayer is sin!

Psalm 66:18    If I regard wickedness in my heart, The Lord will not hear;

A Second Essential of Effective Prayer is Fervency!

Sincerity is a mark of Fervent Prayer.

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.

Persistence is a mark of Fervent Prayer.

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,

I Thessalonians 4:17   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.

A Third Essential of Effective Prayer is Faith!

Pray in faith by Praying Specifically.

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.

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.

Pray in faith by Trusting in the Lord.

Hebrews 4:16              Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

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

Sermon Outline, November 25, 2018, “Baptized into Christ”

Baptized into Christ

Colossians 2:11-13

 

Baptism is essential for Salvation.

Baptism is essential for the Forgiveness of Sins.

~ 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.

 

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

 

~ I Peter 1:18-19         knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, 19 but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.

 

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

 

Baptism is essential for a Good Conscience.

~ 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,

 

~ Hebrews 10:22          let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.

 

 

Baptism is essential for the Work of the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit creates within us a New Person.

~ 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,

 

~ II Corinthians 5:17   Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.

 

The Holy Spirit empowers our walk with Jesus Christ.

~ 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.

 

~ 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.

 

 

Baptism is essential for Union with Christ.

Baptism unites us with Christ.

~ 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.

 

~ Romans 6:11            Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.

 

Baptism clothes us in Christ!

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

 

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

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.

Daily Prayer Guide

What Heaven will be Like

Revelation 22:4

they will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads.

 

Missions Moment

This summer, I (Ellie Mullins) went to Doryumu, Shai-Hills, Ghana, West Africa.  I went with Adventures in Missions for a one-month journey with twelve other girls.  While in Ghana, we worked with the Cities of Refuge Ministries (CORM).  CORM works with the International Justice Misson (IJM) to rescue children from Ghana’s fishing industry, a form of trafficking on Lake Volta which is one of the largest man-made lakes in the world.    The lake is home to thousands of fishing boats with child workers, mostly young boys ages 3-10.  Fishing is pretty much a way of life in Ghana, so many people don’t see that there is anything wrong with it. The parents send their children to work on the lake for four cedis, the equivalent of 1 USD a day.  The conditions on the lake are horrendous. The children are submerged in the water for a large portion of the day and their skin develops a condition that inhabits the surface of the whole body with sores and boils.  There are parasites and other diseases that can come into the bodies of the children.  There are also eels and dangerous trees in the water that cause eye injuries.  The children are given 1-2 non-nutritious meals a day, and they are often unclothed.  CORM believes that this is NOT how life should be for these children.    After the children are rescued, they are sent to the CORM compound where they live, rehabilitate, learn about Jesus, and are simply children. The children go to school on CORM’s campus at a private Christian school called Faith Roots International Academy.  The ages of children do not correspond to their grades because the children were not in school when they were working on the lake.  The grades they are placed in depend on test results when they arrive at CORM.  One of the children I got closest to is named Moses.  He is 16 years old and in a 5th grade classroom.  The children also do not know how old they are.  When they were trafficked, they didn’t have a way to keep track of how much time had passed, and many were so young that they didn’t know their birth date.  The children receive a new birthday when they arrive at CORM.  The date becomes the day that they were rescued, and the year of their birth is determined by physical examination.  The ages of the children often prove to be inaccurate.
At CORM I was a third grade teacher’s assistant.  I taught class a couple of times, but mostly I graded papers and created relationships with the children in my class.  The school is for the children that live at CORM.  It is also open to the community which creates an unknown, as we do not know what kind of home life the community kids come from.  This was the hardest aspect of the trip for me.  I had a little girl in my class, Lily, who would turn in her tests after 2 minutes and go back to put her head down on the table.  Lily was a house slave for a family that barely let her rest.  The kids were allowed to nap after they had completed their work, so this was Lily’s strategy for getting the rest that she was deprived of.  The education system is very corrupt and it was hard to stand by and watch. There are a very few children who have parents that actually have an education and care about their children’s studies.  There are some children that excel, while others lag further and further behind.  Many children are not given adequate time at home to study because they are forced to work.  There is not enough help to catch these children up, so they get frustrated at never knowing what is happening in school and usually they drop out.    While in Ghana, I heard the voice more clearly than I ever have before.  I went on this trip to discover what international missions looks like for me, and God gave me that answer.  I know that this is the life that I am called to and I know that it is at CORM in Ghana.  I’ve never felt more called or more useful to the Lord’s work in my life.  The biggest need that I saw while at CORM was the psychological rehabilitation of these kids, and that is something I could help with after I graduate with my Psychology and Sociology degrees.  I feel as though the Lord took every desire of my heart and put it in that one place.  CORM is my new home, and I long to go back there, living out the Lord’s plan for my life and serving those kids.
You can help support this ministry by going to http://www.cityofrefugeoutreach.org/

~ Ellie Mullins

Daily Prayer Guide

Our Resurrection

John 6:40

For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day.”

Daily Prayer Guide

Our Resurrection

John 11:24

Martha *said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.”

Sermon Outline October 1, 2017, “Focus on the Example”

Focus on the Example

 

Matthew 5:13-16

~ Matthew 10:32-33  “Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven.

Stand Honestly.

Stand for Truth.

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

Stand for Purity.

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

Stand for Righteousness.

~ Matthew 5:6     “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

~ Matthew 5:20     “For I say to you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.

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

 

Stand Strongly.

Stand Shamelessly.

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

Stand Courageously.

~ Matthew 10:32-33     “Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven.

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

 

Stand Constantly.

Focus on the Goal.

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

Refuse to be Distracted!

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

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

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

~ 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.

 

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