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Sermon Outline, March 11, 2018, “The Cautionary Heart”

The Cautionary Heart

 

Luke 16:19-31

 

Prepare for the Entrance to Eternity!

Death Respects No One.

~ Hebrews 9:27           And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment,

 

Death provides a Transition.

~ Ecclesiastes 12:7      then the dust will return to the earth as it was, and the spirit will return to God who gave it.

 

Death ends all Opportunities.

~ Hebrews 9:27           And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment,

 

 

Prepare to Avoid Hell!

Hell realizes God’s Wrath.

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

 

Hell realizes God’s Punishment.

~ 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 9:44    where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.

 

~ Matthew 8:12           but the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

 

~ 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.”

 

~ 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.”

 

Hell realizes Separation.

~ 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;

 

Hell realizes Regrets.

~ Mark 8:36    For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul?

 

Hell realizes Finality.

~ Matthew 8:12           but the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

 

~ Mark 9:44    where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.

 

Hell realizes Eternity.

~ 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;

 

~ Matthew 25:46         These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

 

~ Mark 9:44    where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.

 

~ 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.”

 

Hell realizes Sorrow.

~ Matthew 8:12           but the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

 

 

Prepare to Enjoy Heaven!

Heaven consists of Faithful Christians.

~ 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.

 

Heaven consists of Comfort.

~ 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.”

 

Heaven consists of Joy.

~ I Corinthians 2:9       but just as it is written, “Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, and which have not entered the heart of man, all that God has prepared for those who love Him.”

 

Heaven consists of Fellowship.

~ Revelation 21:3        And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them,

 

Heaven consists of Eternity.

~ Matthew 25:46         These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

 

Heaven consists of Rest.

~ Revelation 14:13      And I heard a voice from heaven, saying, “Write, ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on!’” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “so that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow with them.”

 

Sermon Outline, March 4, 2018, “Jesus’ Heart for Lost People”

Jesus’ Heart for Lost People

 

Luke 15

John 3:16, Romans 5:8

 

Acknowledge Lost People!

Recognize their Lost Condition!

~ John 4:35     Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest.

 

Recognize our Responsibility!

~ 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.

 

~ Romans 1:14             I am under obligation both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish.

 

 

Search for Lost People!

Be Urgent!

~ Colossians 4:5          Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity.

 

Be Persistent!

~ 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.

 

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

 

Be Determined!

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

 

 

Share Jesus with Lost People!

Be Compassionate!

~ 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 Courageous!

~ 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.

 

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

Sermon Outline, February 25, 2018, “Peaceful Heart”

Peaceful Heart

Luke 12:1-34

Colossians 3:15

 

Trust God’s Judgment.

Trust God’s Knowledge about People.

~ 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.

 

~ Job 34:21     For His eyes are upon the ways of a man,
And He sees all his steps.

 

~ Psalm 33:13-14        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,

 

~ Proverbs 5:21           For the ways of a man are before the eyes of the Lord,
And He watches all his paths.

 

Honor God’s Judgment.

~ Psalm 139:23-24      Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me and know my anxious thoughts;
24 And see if there be any hurtful way in me,
And lead me in the everlasting way.

 

~ Matthew 12:36-37   But I tell you that every careless word that people speak, they shall give an accounting for it in the day of judgment. 37 For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.

 

~ Galatians 5:19-21     Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, 21 envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

 

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

 

~ Proverbs 9:10           The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

 

~ Proverbs 16:6           By lovingkindness and truth iniquity is atoned for,
And by the fear of the Lord one keeps away from evil.

 

~ Proverbs 23:17         Do not let your heart envy sinners,
But live in the fear of the Lord always.

 

 

Trust God’s Value.

God values People.

~ 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.

 

Honor God’s value for People!

~ 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.

 

~ Colossians 3:15        Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.

 

~ Isaiah 26:3   The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace,
Because he trusts in You.

 

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

 

 

Trust God’s Provision!

God provides for our needs.

~ Philippians 4:6-7       Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

 

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

 

Honor God’s Provision.

~ Hebrews 10:25          not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.

 

~ I Corinthians 15:58               Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.

Sermon Outline, February 18, 2018, “Changing Hearts”

Changing Hearts

 

Luke 8:26-56

II Corinthians 5:17

 

A Changed Heart takes the Step of Faith.

Faith seeks Jesus.

~ II Chronicles 20:3    Jehoshaphat was afraid and turned his attention to seek the LORD and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.

 

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

 

~ James 4:8     Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

 

Faith overcomes Obstacles.

~ 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?

 

~ 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.

 

 

A Changed Heart results from Jesus’ Power.

Jesus’ Authority commands Change.

~ John 5:28, 29            Do not marvel at this; for an hour is coming, in which all who are in the tombs will hear His voice, 29 and will come forth; those who did the good deeds to a resurrection of life, those who committed the evil deeds to a resurrection of judgment.

 

Jesus’ Ability creates Change.

~ 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.

 

 

A Changed Heart Honors Jesus!

A Changed Heart gives Jesus the Credit.

~ Romans 6:4              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.

 

A Changed Heart points people to Jesus.

~ 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.

Sermon Outline, February 11, 2018, “Reflecting the Heart of Jesus”

Reflecting the Heart of Jesus

 

Luke 6:20-49

John 12:32

 

Followers of Jesus reflect Joy!

Joy comes with Forgiveness.

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

 

Joy comes with Provision.

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

 

~ Isaiah 64:6   For all of us have become like one who is unclean,
And all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment;
And all of us wither like a leaf,
And our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.

 

Joy comes with Protection.

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

 

Joy comes with Persecution.

~ Matthew 5:11-12     Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

 

 

Followers of Jesus reflect Love!

Followers of Jesus demonstrate a Radical Love.

~ Romans 5:8              But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

 

Followers of Jesus demonstrate a Merciful Love.

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

 

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

 

 

Followers of Jesus reflect Stability.

Stability comes from Planting the Word of God in our hearts.

~ 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.

 

~ Acts 14:22    strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying, “Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.”

 

~ II Timothy 3:12       Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.

 

~ 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.

 

Stability comes from Implementing the Word of God in our lives.

~ Psalm 1:1-3              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!
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
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.

Sermon Outline, February 4, 2018, “Pursuing the Heart of Jesus”

Pursuing the Heart of Jesus

 

Luke 5:1-11

Luke 9:23; Luke 9:24; Luke 9:58; Luke 9:63; Luke 14:26: Luke 14:33

 

Following Jesus requires Confidence!

Following Jesus requires Confidence in His Wisdom.

~ Colossians 2:3          in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

 

~ James 1:5     But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

 

Following Jesus requires Confidence in His Provision.

~ Psalm 23:1   The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.

 

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

 

Following Jesus requires Confidence in His Power.

~ Romans 1:16             For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

 

~ I Corinthians 1:18    For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

 

 

Following Jesus requires Obedience!

Following Jesus requires Immediate Obedience!

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

 

Following Jesus requires Complete Obedience!

~ 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.

 

 

Following Jesus requires Allegiance!

Following Jesus requires Complete Loyalty!

~ Luke 14:33   So then, none of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his own possessions.

 

~ Luke 9:25     For what is a man profited if he gains the whole world, and loses or forfeits himself?

 

~ Luke 14:26   If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple.

 

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

 

Following Jesus requires Complete Commitment!

~ Matthew 6:33           But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be ]added to you.

 

~ 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.

Sermon Outline, January 28, 2018, “Protecting the Heart of Jesus”

Protecting the Heart of Jesus

 

Luke 4:1-13

 

Know the Holy Spirit!

The Holy Spirit allows Temptation!

~ James 1:13-15          Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone. 14 But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. 15 Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death.

 

 

The Holy Spirit empowers our spirits to overcome temptation.

~ Galatians 5:16           But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.

 

~ 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.

 

 

 

Know the Enemy!

The Enemy is Satan.

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

 

Satan tempts after a Spiritual High.

~ I Corinthians 10:12   Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed that he does not fall.

 

Satan tempts Anywhere.

~ Matthew 26:41          Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.

 

Satan tempts our Weakness.

~ 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.

 

Satan tempts by Deception.

~ John 8:44     You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

 

Satan tempts with Scripture.

~ 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.

 

Satan tempts us to Depend on Self rather than God.

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

 

Satan tempts us to Test God.

~ I Corinthians 10:9    Nor let us try the Lord, as some of them did, and were destroyed by the serpents.

 

Satan tempts us with the Easy Way Out.

~ Matthew 24:13         But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved.

 

Satan tempts us Constantly.

~ 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.

 

 

 

Know the Scripture!

The Word of God sensitizes our Conscience.

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

 

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

 

 

The Word of God empowers us to Overcome Temptation!

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

 

~ 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.

 

~ Philippians 2:14       Do all things without grumbling or disputing;

 

~ 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.”

 

~ 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.

 

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

 

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

 

~ James 1:19-20          This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God.

 

~ Revelation 2:10        Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to cast some of you into prison, so that you will be tested, and you will have tribulation for ten days.  Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.

Sermon Outline, January 21, 2018, “Heart Transplant”

Heart Transplant

 

Luke 3:21-23

 

Baptism secures a New Life.

Baptism secures a New Life of Obedience.

~ Matthew 28:19-20   Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.

 

~ 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.

 

Baptism secures a New Life of Commitment.

~ Romans 6:4  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.

 

 

Baptism secures New Gifts.

Baptism secures the Gift of 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.

 

~ I John 1:7     but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.

 

~ 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.

 

~ Romans 6:3   Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death?

 

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

 

Baptism secures the Gift of the Holy Spirit.

~ 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.

 

~ 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.

 

~ Colossians 2:12-13  having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. 13 When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions,

 

 

Baptism secures a New Relationship.

Baptism is the occasion where we become a Child of God.

~ Galatians 3:26-27     For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.

 

~ Romans 6:3-5           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. For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection,

 

~ I John 3:1     See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.

 

Baptism provides the Child of God with a New Goal.

~ II Corinthians 5:9     Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him.

 

~ John 4:34      Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work.

 

~ John 6:38     For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.

Sermon Outline, January 7, 2018, “Heart Surgery”

Heart Surgery

 

Luke 3:1-20

 

Repentance is Necessary for the Forgiveness of Sins.

Forgiveness of sins is Conditional.

~ 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;

 

Forgiveness of sins is given to those who Repent.

~ 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.

 

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

 

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

 

~ I John 1:9     If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 

 

Repentance is Necessary to Reflect the Heart of Jesus.

Selflessness reflects the Heart of Jesus.

~ 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.

 

~ 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.

 

Honesty reflects the Heart of Jesus.

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

 

Respectfulness reflects the Heart of Jesus.

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

 

Contentment reflects the Heart of Jesus.

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

 

 

Repentance is Necessary to Avoid God’s Wrath.

God’s Wrath is Certain.

~ Galatians 5:19-21     Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, 21 envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

 

~ 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.”

 

God’s Wrath consists of Separation.

~ Matthew 25:31-34, 41          “But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; 33 and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left.

34 “Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.

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;

 

 

God’s Wrath consists of Torment.

~ 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.”

 

~ 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.

 

~ 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.”

 

God’s Wrath lasts for Eternity.

~ 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.”

Sermon Outline, December 31, 2017, “Step into the Water”

Step into the Water

 Ezekiel 47:1-12        

  

This is a picture of the River of Life.

             It speaks of its Divine Source.

             It speaks of its Miraculous Character.

             It speaks of its Glorious Effect.

 

 This is a picture of how Life is Obtained.

             Step into the water that is ankle deep.

             Step into the water that is knee deep.

             Step into the water that is waist deep.

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