Sunday, December 28, 2014

Sunday Sermon Outline: Recognizing God's Ministry

The Recognition of God’s Gifts
Recognizing God's Ministry
2 Corinthians 5:14-21

Introduction: 2 Corinthians 5:14-21, “For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died; 15 and He died for all, that they who live should no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf. 16 Therefore from now on we recognize no man according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer. 17 Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. 18 Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ, and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were entreating through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”

 James 1:17


I.   The Ministry of Reconciliation vs. 18-19a
     “Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ, and gave us the ministry of reconciliation 19 namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them …”

Matthew 1:21; Luke 2:10-11; John 1:14; Colossians 1:13-14, 19-22; 2 Peter 3:9; 5:10-11


II. The Word of Reconciliation v. 19b
     “…He has committed to us the word of reconciliation.”

 Romans 10:17; 1 Corinthians 1:21; Matthew 16:26; Matthew 4:4; Acts 6:2-4, 7; Ephesians 3:21; Acts 13:26; 1 Peter 1:25 – 2:2


III. The Task of Reconciliation v. 20
     “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were entreating through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.”

Luke 8:15; John 15:8; Colossians 1:5-6; 1 Corinthians 16:14; James 1:18; Ephesians 4:11-13; 1 Thessalonians 1:6-8; Colossians 1:25, 27-28; Matthew 9:37-38; Mark 16:20; 2 Corinthians 6:1-4


Conclusion: Ezekiel 36:26; Hebrews 11:16


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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Sunday Sermon Outline: Recognizing God's Salvation

The Recognition of God's Gifts
Recognizing God’s Salvation
Titus 2:11-14

Introduction: Timothy 1:9-10


I.   The Grace of God v. 11 
     “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, …”

Ephesians 2:8-9; Luke 1:77-79; 2 Peter 3:9; Romans 3:24; Galatians 1:4


II. The Glory of Christ vs. 12-13
     “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, 12 instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, 13 looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus; …”

Luke 2:11; John 1:14, 17; 1 Timothy 1:14; Ephesians 1:7-8; 2:4-7; 1 John 5:11; Mark 10:15; Exodus 20:3; Matthew 6:33; 1 Timothy 4:7-8; Romans 10:2-3; Romans 1:16-17; Genesis 1:27; 1 John 4:17; 2 Corinthians 1:12; Hebrews 6:19; 1 Peter 2:11; 1:13; Colossians 3:1


III. The Good Deeds of Man v. 14
     “Jesus; 14 … gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.”

1 Peter 2:24; Matthew 7:18; 2 Timothy 2:21; John 3:21; 1 Corinthians 13:3; John 4:34; Luke 19:10; Colossians 1:10; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 1 Timothy 2:4; 1 Peter 2:9; Ephesians 2:10


Conclusion: Galatians 1:4; 3 John 11; Romans 8:18; 2 Corinthians 3:3; Ezekiel 36:26; 2 Corinthians 5:20; 2 Corinthians 6:1-2; John 4:42; Revelation 21:6; 22:17


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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Sunday Sermon Outline: Recognizing God's Spirit

The Recognizing of God’s Gifts
Recognizing God's Spirit
Acts 2:38-39

Introduction: Acts 2:38-39, “Repent, and let each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is for you and your children, and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God shall call to Himself.”

Romans 5:8; James 1:21; Romans 1:17; James 1:17


I.   The Reason for the Gift 

John 14:16-17; John 4:18


II.  The Importance of the Gift

John 3:5; Ezekiel 11:19-20


III. The Extent of God’s Gift

John 3:34; Acts 6:2-3; Romans 5:5


IV. The Purpose of the Gift

2 Peter 1:3-4

     A. Adoption. Romans 8:14-16; 2 Corinthians 3:17; 5:4-5

     B. Instruction. Nehemiah 9:19-20; John 16:13; 1 Corinthians 2:12-14; 14:33; John 4:24; 1 Corinthians 2:12


V.  The Acceptance of the Gift

Ephesians 1:13-14; James 2:19

     A. Faith. Galatians 3:2; 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14

     B. Repentance. Acts 2:38

     C. Confession. 1 John 4:2-3

     D. Baptism. Acts 2:38; Titus 3:5-7; Romans 8:17; 1 Corinthians 12:13

     E. Obedient Christian Living. Acts 5:32; 1 John 3:24


Conclusion: Acts 2:36-41, “"Therefore let all the house of Israel know for certain that God has made Him both Lord and Christ-- this Jesus whom you crucified." 37 Now when they heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Brethren, what shall we do?" 38 And Peter said to them, "Repent, and let each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is for you and your children, and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God shall call to Himself." 40 And with many other words he solemnly testified and kept on exhorting them, saying, "Be saved from this perverse generation!" 41 So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and there were added that day about three thousand souls.”

James 4:5; Hebrews 10:29; Ephesians 4:30; Galatians 5:5; John 6:63; 1 John 4:13; 2 Corinthians 9:15


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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Sunday Sermon Outline: Recognizing God's Righteousness

The Recognition of God’s Gifts
Recognizing God's Righteousness
Romans 5:8-17

Introduction: Romans 1:14-18


I.  Remission of Sins vs. 8-9
     “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.”

Colossians 1:13-14; Ephesians 1:7-8


II. Reconciliation to God vs. 10-11
     “For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. 11 And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.”

Colossians 1:19-22


III. New Representation vs. 12-15
     “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned-- 13 for until the Law sin was in the world; but sin is not imputed when there is no law. 14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam until Moses, even over those who had not sinned in the likeness of the offense of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come. 15 But the free gift is not like the transgression. For if by the transgression of the one the many died, much more did the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abound to the many.”

1 Corinthians 15:22, 45; John 11:25


IV. Righteousness vs. 16-17
     “And the gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned; for on the one hand the judgment arose from one transgression resulting in condemnation, but on the other hand the free gift arose from many transgressions resulting in justification. 17 For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.”

Romans 8:1-2; 3:10; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 2:24


Conclusion: Philippians 3:8-11; Romans 6:13, 16-18; 8:10-11; 2 Timothy 3:16; 1 John 5:3; Matthew 5:6, 10, 31, 33; 1 Corinthians 6:9; 1 John 2:29; Philippians 1:11


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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Sunday Sermon Outline: Recognizing God's Word

James 1:12-21
The Recognition of God’s Gifts
Recognizing God's Word

Introduction: James 1:17; Ephesians 1:3; Matthew 5:10-12

James 1:12-21, “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. 13 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. 16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. 17 Every good thing bestowed and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation, or shifting shadow. 18 In the exercise of His will He brought us forth by the word of truth, so that we might be, as it were, the first fruits among His creatures. 19 This you know, my beloved brethren. But let everyone be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God. 21 Therefore putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, in humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls.”


I.   Recognizing the Gift

2 Timothy 2:1


II.  Recognizing the Source of the Gift  vs. 13-17a
      “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. 16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. 17 Every good thing bestowed and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights …”

2 Peter 1:20-21; Colossians 1:25; Galatians 1:11-12; John 17:17; Matthew 4:4; Psalm 119:43, 160-161


III. Recognizing the Stability of the Gift  v. 17b
     “Every good thing bestowed and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation, or shifting shadow.” 

 1 Samuel 15:29; Isaiah 40:8; Matthew 24:35; Psalm 119:89; John 8:46-47; Matthew 7:24


IV. Recognizing the Significance of the Gift  vs. 18-21
     “In the exercise of His will He brought us forth by the word of truth, so that we might be, as it were, the first fruits among His creatures. 19 This you know, my beloved brethren. But let everyone be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God. 21 Therefore putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, in humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls.”


Ephesians 1:3-5, 8-9; Luke 8:11, 15; Romans 10:13-17; 1 Peter 1:23; Ephesians 4:24; 2 Timothy 2:24-25; Ephesians 5:6; Romans 2:8; John 3:36


Conclusion: Luke 17:19


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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sunday Sermon Outline: Recognizing God's Mercy

The Recognition of God's Gifts
Recognizing God’s Mercy
Luke 17:11-19

Introduction: Matthew 6:31-33; Colossians 3:2-3


I.    The Request of the Lepers  vs. 12-13
      “12 As [Jesus] entered a certain village, ten leprous men who stood at a distance met Him; 13 and they raised their voices, saying, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!"


II.  The Requirement of Jesus  v. 14a
      “when [Jesus] saw them, He said to them, "Go and show yourselves to the priests."

 Leviticus 13-14; Luke 5:12-14


III. The Result of Obedience  v. 14b
     “And as they were going, they were cleansed.”


IV. The Recognition of One Leper  vs. 15-16
      “Now one of them, when he saw that he had been healed, turned back, glorifying God with a loud voice, [16] and he fell on his face at His feet, giving thanks to Him. And he was a Samaritan.”

 2 Kings 5:13-15


V.   The Response of Jesus  vs. 17-19
      “Then Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But the nine—where are they? [18] “Was no one found who returned to give glory to God, except this foreigner?” [19] And He said to him, “Stand up and go; your faith has made you well.”””

John 5:36-40


Conclusion: Ephesians 2:1-7; 5:26; Hebrews 4:15-16; 10:21-22; Colossians 1:11-14; 1 Corinthians 15:57; 2 Corinthians 9:15; 1 Peter 1:3


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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Sunday Sermon Outline: Colossians 4:2-6

Colossians 4:2-6
"Real Communication"

I.   As Christians, it is essential that we talk with God.  vs. 2-4
     “Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving; [3] praying at the same time for us as well, that God will open up to us a door for the word, so that we may speak forth the mystery of Christ, for which I have also been imprisoned; [4] that I may make it clear in the way I ought to speak.” 

Matthew 6:33


II.  As Christians, it is essential that we talk with others.  vs. 5-6
      “[5] Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. [6] Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.” 

Ephesians 6:11; 2 Timothy 2:15; 1 Peter 3:15; 1 Corinthians 3:10-11; 2 Timothy 4:2


Conclusion: Colossians 3:16-17


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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Sunday Sermon Outline: Romans 1:18-32

Romans 1:18-32
The Failure of America


Introduction: Judges 16:20; 10:13-14; Acts 14:16; Judges 17:6; 21:25; Revelation 17:14


I.   Rejection vs. 18-21
     "[18]  For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, [19] because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. [20] For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. [21] For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened."

Acts 14:16-17


II.  Rationalization v. 22
     "[22] Professing to be wise, they became fools,"


III. Religion vs. 23-32
     "[23] and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. [24]  Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. [25] For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen."
     "[26]  For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, [27] and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error."
     "[28]  And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, [29] being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, [30] slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, [31] without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; [32] and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them."


Conclusion: Proverbs 29:18; Psalm 81:11-14; 2 Chronicles 7:14; Proverbs 14:12; 16:25; Acts 3:19; Isaiah 33:22


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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Sunday Sermon Outline: Galatians 6

Galatians 6
The Focus of Truth

I.  Restoration to Christ  vs. 1-2
     “Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted. [2] Bear one another's burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.”

Matthew 22:36-40; 1 John 1:9; James 5:19-20


II. Reception by Christ  vs. 3-5
     “[3] For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. [4] But each one must examine his own work, and then he will have reason for boasting in regard to himself alone, and not in regard to another. [5] For each one will bear his own load.”
2 Corinthians 10:16-17; Ephesians 2:8-10; Romans 14:12; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Revelation 2:23


III. Representation of Christ  vs. 6-11
     “[6] The one who is taught the word is to share all good things with the one who teaches him. [7] Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. [8] For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. [9] Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. [10] So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith. [11] See with what large letters I am writing to you with my own hand.”

2 Corinthians 2:14; 5:20


IV. Resurrection with Christ  vs. 12-18
      “[12] Those who desire to make a good showing in the flesh try to compel you to be circumcised, simply so that they will not be persecuted for the cross of Christ. [13] For those who are circumcised do not even keep the Law themselves, but they desire to have you circumcised so that they may boast in your flesh. [14] But may it never be that I would boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. [15] For neither is circumcision anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation. [16] And those who will walk by this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God. [17] From now on let no one cause trouble for me, for I bear on my body the brand-marks of Jesus. [18] The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brethren. Amen.”

Romans 6:5-7


Conclusion: John 18:38; 17:17


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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Sunday Sermon Outline: Galatians 5

Galatians 5
The Goal of Truth

Introduction: Acts 2:42; John 17:17; John 14:6; John 8:31-32


I.   Severed from Truth vs. 1-4
     “It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery. [2] Behold I, Paul, say to you that if you receive circumcision, Christ will be of no benefit to you. [3] And I testify again to every man who receives circumcision, that he is under obligation to keep the whole Law. [4] You have been severed from Christ, you who are seeking to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace.”

Galatians 4:5; John 1:17


II. Saved by Truth vs. 5-8
     “[5] For we through the Spirit, by faith, are waiting for the hope of righteousness. [6] For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything, but faith working through love. [7] You were running well; who hindered you from obeying the truth? [8] This persuasion did not come from Him who calls you.”


III. Stumbling over Truth vs. 9-12
     “[9] A little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough. [10] I have confidence in you in the Lord that you will adopt no other view; but the one who is disturbing you will bear his judgment, whoever he is. [11] But I, brethren, if I still preach circumcision, why am I still persecuted? Then the stumbling block of the cross has been abolished. [12] I wish that those who are troubling you would even mutilate themselves.”

2 Peter 1:20-21;  Hebrews 1:1-2 says


IV. Serving in Truth vs. 13-15
     “[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. [14] For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.” [15] But if you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not consumed by one another.”

1 John 3:10


V.  Siding with Truth vs. 16-26
     “[16] But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. [17] For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please. [18] But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law. [19] 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. [22] 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. [24] Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. [25] If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. [26] Let us not become boastful, challenging one another, envying one another.”

1 John 3:10; ; Romans 16:17


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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sunday Sermon Outline: Galatians 4

Galatians 4
The Benefit of Truth

Introduction: John 17:17; Galatians 1:6


I.   The Effect of the Law vs. 1-3
     “Now I say, as long as the heir is a child, he does not differ at all from a slave although he is owner of everything, [2] but he is under guardians and managers until the date set by the father. [3] So also we, while we were children, were held in bondage under the elemental things of the world.”


II. The Effort of God vs. 4-7
      “[4] But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, [5] so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. [6] Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” [7] Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God.”

Galatians 3:27-29; John 14:6


III. The Enemies of Freedom vs. 8-20
     “[8] However at that time, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those which by nature are no gods. [9] But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how is it that you turn back again to the weak and worthless elemental things, to which you desire to be enslaved all over again? [10] You observe days and months and seasons and years. [11] I fear for you, that perhaps I have labored over you in vain. [12] I beg of you, brethren, become as I am, for I also have become as you are. You have done me no wrong; [13] but you know that it was because of a bodily illness that I preached the gospel to you the first time; [14] and that which was a trial to you in my bodily condition you did not despise or loathe, but you received me as an angel of God, as Christ Jesus Himself. [15] Where then is that sense of blessing you had? For I bear you witness that, if possible, you would have plucked out your eyes and given them to me. [16] So have I become your enemy by telling you the truth?”

2 Corinthians 3:3; 1 Corinthians 2:2

“[17] They eagerly seek you, not commendably, but they wish to shut you out so that you will seek them. [18] But it is good always to be eagerly sought in a commendable manner, and not only when I am present with you. [19] My children, with whom I am again in labor until Christ is formed in you— [20] but I could wish to be present with you now and to change my tone, for I am perplexed about you.”


IV. The Exhortation of Scripture vs. 21-31
     “[21] Tell me, you who want to be under law, do you not listen to the law? [22] For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the bondwoman and one by the free woman. [23] But the son by the bondwoman was born according to the flesh, and the son by the free woman through the promise. [24] This is allegorically speaking, for these women are two covenants: one proceeding from Mount Sinai bearing children who are to be slaves; she is Hagar. [25] Now this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children. [26] But the Jerusalem above is free; she is our mother. [27] For it is written, “REJOICE, BARREN WOMAN WHO DOES NOT BEAR; BREAK FORTH AND SHOUT, YOU WHO ARE NOT IN LABOR; FOR MORE NUMEROUS ARE THE CHILDREN OF THE DESOLATE THAN OF THE ONE WHO HAS A HUSBAND.” [28] And you brethren, like Isaac, are children of promise. [29] But as at that time he who was born according to the flesh persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, so it is now also. [30] But what does the Scripture say? “CAST OUT THE BONDWOMAN AND HER SON, FOR THE SON OF THE BONDWOMAN SHALL NOT BE AN HEIR WITH THE SON OF THE FREE WOMAN.” [31] So then, brethren, we are not children of a bondwoman, but of the free woman.”

Genesis 16:2


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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sunday Sermon Outline: Galatians 3


Galatians 3
“The Spirit of Truth”

I.  The Beginning of Salvation vs. 1-5
     “You foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified? [2] This is the only thing I want to find out from you: did you receive the Spirit by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith? [3] Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? [4] Did you suffer so many things in vain—if indeed it was in vain? [5] So then, does He who provides you with the Spirit and works miracles among you, do it by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith?”

Galatians 1:6; Ephesians 1:13; Romans 8:9


II. The Blessing of Salvation vs. 6-9
     “[6] Even so Abraham BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS RECKONED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS. [7] Therefore, be sure that it is those who are of faith who are sons of Abraham. [8] The Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “ALL THE NATIONS WILL BE BLESSED IN YOU.” [9] So then those who are of faith are blessed with Abraham, the believer.”

John 14:16-17


III. The Bane of Salvation vs. 10-14
      “[10] For as many as are of the works of the Law are under a curse; for it is written, “CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO DOES NOT ABIDE BY ALL THINGS WRITTEN IN THE BOOK OF THE LAW, TO PERFORM THEM.” [11] Now, that no one is justified by the Law before God is evident; for, “THE RIGHTEOUS MAN SHALL LIVE BY FAITH.” [12] However, the Law is not of faith; on the contrary, “HE WHO PRACTICES THEM SHALL LIVE BY THEM.” [13] Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us—for it is written, “CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO HANGS ON A TREE”— [14] in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we would receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”

Galatians 5:17; Romans 3:23; 2 Thessalonians 2:13 


IV. The Benefit of Salvation vs. 15-18
     “[15] Brethren, I speak in terms of human relations: even though it is only a man's covenant, yet when it has been ratified, no one sets it aside or adds conditions to it. [16] Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as referring to many, but rather to one, “And to your seed,” that is, Christ. [17] What I am saying is this: the Law, which came four hundred and thirty years later, does not invalidate a covenant previously ratified by God, so as to nullify the promise. [18] For if the inheritance is based on law, it is no longer based on a promise; but God has granted it to Abraham by means of a promise.”

Romans 5:9; 1 John 4:6; Ephesians 4:11-12; 1 Peter 1:4-5


V.  The Basis of Salvation vs. 19-24
     “[19] Why the Law then? It was added because of transgressions, having been ordained through angels by the agency of a mediator, until the seed would come to whom the promise had been made. [20] Now a mediator is not for one party only; whereas God is only one. [21] Is the Law then contrary to the promises of God? May it never be! For if a law had been given which was able to impart life, then righteousness would indeed have been based on law. [22] But the Scripture has shut up everyone under sin, so that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe. [23] But before faith came, we were kept in custody under the law, being shut up to the faith which was later to be revealed. [24] Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith.”

John 15:26; 1 Timothy 2:5


VI. The Bond of Salvation vs. 25-29
     “[25] But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor. [26] 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. [28] There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. [29] And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's descendants, heirs according to promise.”

Mark 16:15-16; Acts 2:38


 Conclusion: 1 John 5:5-6; Mark 9:7; 1 Peter 1:21; Matthew 19:6; Philippians 3:3


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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Sunday Sermon Outline: Galatians 2

Galatians 2
“The Defense of Truth”

Introduction: Ephesians 2:20; John 17:17; Galatians 1:8-9


I.   Maintaining the Truth  vs. 1-6
     “Then after an interval of fourteen years I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, taking Titus along also. [2] It was because of a revelation that I went up; and I submitted to them the gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but I did so in private to those who were of reputation, for fear that I might be running, or had run, in vain. [3] But not even Titus, who was with me, though he was a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised. [4] But it was because of the false brethren secretly brought in, who had sneaked in to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, in order to bring us into bondage. [5] But we did not yield in subjection to them for even an hour, so that the truth of the gospel would remain with you. [6] But from those who were of high reputation (what they were makes no difference to me; God shows no partiality)—well, those who were of reputation contributed nothing to me.”

Acts 15:5; Ephesians 4:11, 14; Matthew 7:6


II. Verifying the Truth  vs. 7-10
     “[7] But on the contrary, seeing that I had been entrusted with the gospel to the uncircumcised, just as Peter had been to the circumcised [8] (for He who effectually worked for Peter in his apostleship to the circumcised effectually worked for me also to the Gentiles), [9] and recognizing the grace that had been given to me, James and Cephas and John, who were reputed to be pillars, gave to me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship, so that we might go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised. [10] They only asked us to remember the poor—the very thing I also was eager to do.”

1 Thessalonians 5:21-22; 1 John 4:1


III. Defending the Truth  vs. 11-21
     “[11]  But when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. [12] For prior to the coming of certain men from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles; but when they came, he began to withdraw and hold himself aloof, fearing the party of the circumcision. [13] The rest of the Jews joined him in hypocrisy, with the result that even Barnabas was carried away by their hypocrisy. [14] But when I saw that they were not straightforward about the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas in the presence of all, “If you, being a Jew, live like the Gentiles and not like the Jews, how is it that you compel the Gentiles to live like Jews?””

Titus 1:9; Acts 10:34-35; Ephesians 5:11

     “”[15] We are Jews by nature and not sinners from among the Gentiles; [16] nevertheless knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the Law; since by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified. [17] But if, while seeking to be justified in Christ, we ourselves have also been found sinners, is Christ then a minister of sin? May it never be! [18] For if I rebuild what I have once destroyed, I prove myself to be a transgressor.”

Galatians 3:28; Ephesians 2:14-16

     “[19] For through the Law I died to the Law, so that I might live to God. [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. [21] I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly.””

Titus 2:11-15


Conclusion: 2 Peter 1:1; 1 Timothy 4:16; 2 Timothy 1:14; Galatians 1:9; Revelation 3:3


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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Sunday Sermon Outline: Galatians 1

Galatians 1
“The Basis of Truth”

Introduction:  Acts 16:1-6; 18:23; Galatians 3:3; 5:7; 1:6; 3:1; 5:4


I.  The Deliverance of God  vs. 1-5
     “Paul, an apostle (not sent from men nor through the agency of man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised Him from the dead), [2] and all the brethren who are with me, To the churches of Galatia: [3]  Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, [4] who gave Himself for our sins so that He might rescue us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, [5] to whom be the glory forevermore. Amen.”

Acts 26:15-18; Ephesians 4:4-7; Matthew 10:34; Romans 12:18; 2:10; 5:1; Luke 2:14


II. The Distortion of the Truth  vs. 6-9
     “[6]  I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; [7] which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. [8] But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed! [9] As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed!”

John 4:23; 1 John 4:6


III. The Direction of the Divine  vs. 10-24
     “[10]  For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ. [11]  For I would have you know, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. [12] For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ. [13]  For you have heard of my former manner of life in Judaism, how I used to persecute the church of God beyond measure and tried to destroy it; [14] and I was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my contemporaries among my countrymen, being more extremely zealous for my ancestral traditions. [15] But when God, who had set me apart even from my mother's womb and called me through His grace, was pleased [16] to reveal His Son in me so that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult with flesh and blood, [17] nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me; but I went away to Arabia, and returned once more to Damascus.[18]  Then three years later I went up to Jerusalem to become acquainted with Cephas, and stayed with him fifteen days. [19] But I did not see any other of the apostles except James, the Lord's brother. [20] (Now in what I am writing to you, I assure you before God that I am not lying.) [21] Then I went into the regions of Syria and Cilicia. [22] I was still unknown by sight to the churches of Judea which were in Christ; [23] but only, they kept hearing, “He who once persecuted us is now preaching the faith which he once tried to destroy.” [24] And they were glorifying God because of me.”


Conclusion: Hebrews 1:1-3; Romans 5:1; 1 John 4:6


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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Sunday Sermon Outline: Hosea 14

Hosea 14
“Restoration of the Relationship”

Introduction: Isaiah 30:18; Psalm 68:20; Hebrews 12:29; Romans 16:26; Hebrews 1:2; 2 Timothy 2:26


I.   Repentance and Return to God  vs. 1-3
     “[1] Return, O Israel, to the LORD your God, for you have stumbled because of your iniquity. [2] Take words with you and return to the LORD. Say to Him, “Take away all iniquity and receive us graciously, that we may present the fruit of our lips. [3] Assyria will not save us, we will not ride on horses; nor will we say again, ‘Our god,’ to the work of our hands; for in You the orphan finds mercy.””

1 John 1:9;  Chronicles 7:14


II.  Renewal of Divine Support  vs. 4-7
     “[4] I will heal their apostasy, I will love them freely, for My anger has turned away from them. [5] I will be like the dew to Israel; he will blossom like the lily, and he will take root like the cedars of Lebanon. [6] His shoots will sprout, and his beauty will be like the olive tree and his fragrance like the cedars of Lebanon. [7] Those who live in his shadow will again raise grain, and they will blossom like the vine. His renown will be like the wine of Lebanon.”

John 14:21, 23; Mark 3:5-6; Romans 12:21


III. Recognition of Divine Authority  vs. 8-9
     “[8] O Ephraim, what more have I to do with idols? It is I who answer and look after you. I am like a luxuriant cypress; from Me comes your fruit. [9] Whoever is wise, let him understand these things; whoever is discerning, let him know them. For the ways of the LORD are right, and the righteous will walk in them, but transgressors will stumble in them.”

Isaiah 42:8; Exodus 20:3-6; Psalm 63:1 119:98-100


Conclusion: 2 Corinthians 2:15-16; Ephesians 5:25-27; John 12:48; 1 Thessalonians 5:21-22; 1 John 4:1; Hebrews 2:1


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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Sunday Sermon Outline: Hosea 13

Hosea 13
“Terrible Transitions”

Introduction: Philippians 3:14; 1 Timothy 4:1; Hebrews 6:1; 10:39; Acts 26:18; 2 Timothy 3:13; Hosea 7:16


I.  From Priceless to Worthless  vs. 1-3
     “When Ephraim spoke, there was trembling. He exalted himself in Israel, but through Baal he did wrong and died. [2] And now they sin more and more, and make for themselves molten images, idols skillfully made from their silver, all of them the work of craftsmen. They say of them, “Let the men who sacrifice kiss the calves!” [3] Therefore they will be like the morning cloud and like dew which soon disappears, like chaff which is blown away from the threshing floor and like smoke from a chimney.”

Genesis 41:52; Exodus 20:3; Romans 6:23; 2 Timothy 2:16; Deuteronomy 26:18-19; Hosea 12:11


II. From Satisfaction to Devastation  vs. 4-8
     “[4] Yet I have been the LORD your God since the land of Egypt; and you were not to know any god except Me, for there is no savior besides Me. [5] I cared for you in the wilderness, in the land of drought. [6] As they had their pasture, they became satisfied, and being satisfied, their heart became proud; therefore they forgot Me. [7] So I will be like a lion to them; like a leopard I will lie in wait by the wayside. [8] I will encounter them like a bear robbed of her cubs, and I will tear open their chests; there I will also devour them like a lioness, as a wild beast would tear them.”

Hebrews 4:13; Isaiah 14:13; Ezekiel 28:17; Deuteronomy 8:10-14; James 4:4


III. From Subjects to Slaves  vs. 9-11
     “[9] It is your destruction, O Israel, that you are against Me, against your help. [10] Where now is your king that he may save you in all your cities, and your judges of whom you requested, “Give me a king and princes”? [11] I gave you a king in My anger and took him away in My wrath.”

1 Samuel 10:19


IV. From Life as Sons to Death as Sinners  vs. 12-14
     “[12] The iniquity of Ephraim is bound up; his sin is stored up. [13] The pains of childbirth come upon him; he is not a wise son, for it is not the time that he should delay at the opening of the womb. [14] Shall I ransom them from the power of Sheol? Shall I redeem them from death? O Death, where are your thorns? O Sheol, where is your sting? Compassion will be hidden from My sight.”

Hosea 14:9; Deuteronomy 30:19-20; 1 Corinthians 15:55-57


V.  From Success to Failure  vs. 15-16

     “[15] Though he flourishes among the reeds, an east wind will come, the wind of the LORD coming up from the wilderness; and his fountain will become dry and his spring will be dried up; It will plunder his treasury of every precious article. [16] Samaria will be held guilty, for she has rebelled against her God. They will fall by the sword, Their little ones will be dashed in pieces, and their pregnant women will be ripped open.”

Amos 3:2; Luke 12:47-48; Jeremiah 23:32; 21:5


Conclusion: Judges 17:6; 21:25; Matthew 24:51; Luke 16:24; Revelation 14:10; 20:10; 1 John 5:19; Hebrews 10:31; Romans 10:11


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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Sunday Sermon Outline: Hosea 12

Hosea 12
“Learning from the Past”

Introduction: Hebrews 10:30; Romans 8:5; 1 Corinthians 2:14; 1 Timothy 4:8


I.   The Dispute with Israel  vs. 1-2
     “Ephraim feeds on wind, and pursues the east wind continually; He multiplies lies and violence. Moreover, he makes a covenant with Assyria, and oil is carried to Egypt. [2] The LORD also has a dispute with Judah, and will punish Jacob according to his ways; He will repay him according to his deeds.”

Genesis 41:6; Exodus 10:13; 2 Chronicles 19:2; Hosea 7:11; Genesis 15:13; Hebrews 10:26-31


II. The Lineage of Israel  vs. 3-5
     “[3] In the womb he took his brother by the heel, and in his maturity he contended with God. [4] Yes, he wrestled with the angel and prevailed; He wept and sought His favor. He found Him at Bethel and there He spoke with us, [5] Even the LORD, the God of hosts, the LORD is His name.”

Genesis 32:25-28; Genesis 28:16-22


III. The Hope of Israel v. 6
     “[6] Therefore, return to your God, observe kindness and justice, and wait for your God continually.”

Romans 1:28; Acts 14:22


IV. The Fall of Israel  vs. 7-8
     “[7] A merchant, in whose hands are false balances, He loves to oppress. [8] And Ephraim said, “Surely I have become rich, I have found wealth for myself; in all my labors they will find in me no iniquity, which would be sin.”” 

 2 Chronicles 2:5; Galatians 1:4; 2 Timothy 3:5; Isaiah 42:8; Luke 12:18; Proverbs 30:12


V.  The Fault of Israel  vs. 9-11
     “[9] But I have been the LORD your God since the land of Egypt; I will make you live in tents again, as in the days of the appointed festival. [10] I have also spoken to the prophets, and I gave numerous visions, and through the prophets I gave parables. [11] Is there iniquity in Gilead? Surely they are worthless. In Gilgal they sacrifice bulls, yes, their altars are like the stone heaps beside the furrows of the field.”

John 8:11; 2 Corinthians 2:15-16; Deuteronomy 7:6; 14:2; Exodus 29:45-46; Jeremiah 31:3; Deuteronomy 29:5; 2 Chronicles 36:15-16; Isaiah 29:11-12; 1 John 2:15; James 4:4; Philippians 2:12; Galatians 5:24


VI. The Legacy of Israel vs. 12-14
     “[12] Now Jacob fled to the land of Aram, and Israel worked for a wife, and for a wife he kept sheep. [13] But by a prophet the LORD brought Israel from Egypt, and by a prophet he was kept. [14] Ephraim has provoked to bitter anger; so his Lord will leave his bloodguilt on him and bring back his reproach to him.”

Genesis 11:30;  25:21;  29:31; Hebrews 11:12; Romans 4:19; Hebrews 11:9; Genesis 12:10; Genesis 26:1; Genesis 41:41-2; Genesis 15:5; Exodus 1:5; Acts 1:15; Isaiah 11:9; Habakkuk 2:14; Acts 2:41; Haggai 2:7; Hebrews 11:23, 25; Exodus 2:15; Acts 7:29; Exodus 7:7; 12:36-40; Deuteronomy 8:4; Psalm 78:15-16; 114:8; Exodus 16:13; Hebrews 10:29; Exodus 34:6


Conclusion: Philippians 2:7-11; Joshua 3:15; John 5:3-5; Joshua 5:9; Romans 12:19; Ezekiel 33:11; Matthew 9:13; James 2:13


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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sunday Sermon Outline: Hosea 11

Hosea 11
“The Extending of Love”

Introduction: 1 Corinthians 10:11

I.   A Forgetful People  vs. 1-3
     “[11:1] When Israel was a youth I loved him, and out of Egypt I called My son. [2] The more they called them, the more they went from them; they kept sacrificing to the Baals and burning incense to idols. [3] Yet it is I who taught Ephraim to walk, I took them in My arms; but they did not know that I healed them.”

Deuteronomy 10:22; Exodus 1:7; 2 Peter 3:9; Zechariah 7:12; Proverbs 8:20


II. A Wayward People  vs. 4-7
     “[4] I led them with cords of a man, with bonds of love, and I became to them as one who lifts the yoke from their jaws; and I bent down and fed them. [5] They will not return to the land of Egypt; but Assyria—he will be their king because they refused to return to Me. [6] The sword will whirl against their cities, and will demolish their gate bars and consume them because of their counsels. [7] So My people are bent on turning from Me. Though they call them to the One on high, none at all exalts Him.”

Jeremiah 7:24; Luke 15:11-32; Matthew 23:37


III. A Merciful God  vs. 8-9  
     “[8] How can I give you up, O Ephraim? How can I surrender you, O Israel? How can I make you like Admah? How can I treat you like Zeboiim? My heart is turned over within Me, all My compassions are kindled. [9] I will not execute My fierce anger; I will not destroy Ephraim again. For I am God and not man, the Holy One in your midst, and I will not come in wrath.”

Deuteronomy 30:19; Psalm 78:38; Isaiah 55:8-9; Ezekiel 6:8; Isaiah 1:9


IV. A Repentant Remnant  vs. 10-12
     “[10] They will walk after the LORD, He will roar like a lion; Indeed He will roar and His sons will come trembling from the west. [11] They will come trembling like birds from Egypt and like doves from the land of Assyria; And I will settle them in their houses, declares the LORD. [12] Ephraim surrounds Me with lies and the house of Israel with deceit; Judah is also unruly against God, even against the Holy One who is faithful.”

Hosea 3:5; John 10:27-28; Hosea 7:11-12; Jeremiah 23:5-6; 32:37-38; 1 Peter 4:19; Hebrews 2:17; Romans 2:4; 11:5; Revelation 14:4


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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Sunday Sermon Outline: Hosea 10

Hosea 10
“A Godly Assessment of Religion”

Introduction: 2 Peter 3:9; Revelation 2:4, 14, 20; Hebrews 6:7-8


I.   Self-Centered Religion  vs. 1-4
     “Israel is a luxuriant vine; he produces fruit for himself. The more his fruit, the more altars he made; the richer his land, the better he made the sacred pillars. [2] Their heart is faithless; now they must bear their guilt. The LORD will break down their altars and destroy their sacred pillars. [3] Surely now they will say, “We have no king, for we do not revere the LORD. As for the king, what can he do for us?” [4] They speak mere words, with worthless oaths they make covenants; and judgment sprouts like poisonous weeds in the furrows of the field.”

Luke 12:18-19; 2 Corinthians 5:15; Hosea 2:8; 8:11, 2; Matthew 6:24; Hosea 8:7; Genesis 11:9; Deuteronomy 18:12; Hosea 9:15; Revelation 18:4; Luke 6:46; Matthew 12:36-37


II. Self-Imposed Glory  vs. 5-8
     “[5] The inhabitants of Samaria will fear for the calf of Beth-aven. Indeed, its people will mourn for it, and its idolatrous priests will cry out over it, over its glory, since it has departed from it. [6] The thing itself will be carried to Assyria as tribute to King Jareb; Ephraim will be seized with shame and Israel will be ashamed of its own counsel. [7] Samaria will be cut off with her king like a stick on the surface of the water. [8] Also the high places of Aven, the sin of Israel, will be destroyed; thorn and thistle will grow on their altars; then they will say to the mountains, “Cover us!” And to the hills, “Fall on us!”” 

1 Kings 12:28; 2 Corinthians 11:2-3; Isaiah 2:19


III. Self-Deceived Behavior  vs. 9-11
     “[9] From the days of Gibeah you have sinned, O Israel; there they stand! Will not the battle against the sons of iniquity overtake them in Gibeah? [10] When it is My desire, I will chastise them; and the peoples will be gathered against them when they are bound for their double guilt. [11] Ephraim is a trained heifer that loves to thresh, but I will come over her fair neck with a yoke; I will harness Ephraim, Judah will plow, Jacob will harrow for himself.”

2 Peter 3:9; Deuteronomy 14:2; Romans 8:28


IV. Spirit-Prescribed Response  v. 12
     “[12] Sow with a view to righteousness, reap in accordance with kindness; break up your fallow ground, for it is time to seek the LORD until He comes to rain righteousness on you.”

Micah 6:8; Titus 2:12-13; 2 Corinthians 5:7; Matthew 13:19; 1 Timothy 6:14


V.  Spirit-Revealed Judgment  vs. 13-15
     “[13] You have plowed wickedness, you have reaped injustice, You have eaten the fruit of lies. Because you have trusted in your way, in your numerous warriors, [14] therefore a tumult will arise among your people, and all your fortresses will be destroyed, as Shalman destroyed Beth-arbel on the day of battle, when mothers were dashed in pieces with their children. [15] Thus it will be done to you at Bethel because of your great wickedness. At dawn the king of Israel will be completely cut off.”

Romans 12:3; Proverbs 14:12


Conclusion: Hebrews 10:31; 1 Timothy 4:1; Revelation 14:8; 18:2-8; Titus 1:9


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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Sunday Sermon Outline: Hosea 9

Hosea 9
“Spiritual Loss”

I.    Loss of Spiritual Privilege  vs. 1-3
      “Do not rejoice, O Israel, with exultation like the nations! For you have played the harlot, forsaking your God. You have loved harlots’ earnings on every threshing floor. [2] Threshing floor and wine press will not feed them, and the new wine will fail them. [3] They will not remain in the LORD's land, but Ephraim will return to Egypt, and in Assyria they will eat unclean food.”

Zechariah 2:12; Leviticus 18:25; Jeremiah 2:7; 16:18, 12-13; 1 Corinthians 3:17; Luke 15:16


II. Loss of Spiritual Worship  vs. 4-5
     “[4] They will not pour out drink offerings of wine to the LORD, their sacrifices will not please Him. Their bread will be like mourners’ bread; all who eat of it will be defiled, for their bread will be for themselves alone; it will not enter the house of the LORD. [5] What will you do on the day of the appointed festival and on the day of the feast of the LORD?”

1 Kings 9:6-7


III. Loss of Spiritual Care  v. 6
     “[6] For behold, they will go because of destruction; Egypt will gather them up, Memphis will bury them. Weeds will take over their treasures of silver; thorns will be in their tents.”

Matthew 23:38; 13:37-43


IV. Loss of Spiritual Hope  vs. 7-10
     “[7] The days of punishment have come, the days of retribution have come; Let Israel know this! The prophet is a fool, the inspired man is demented, because of the grossness of your iniquity, and because your hostility is so great. [8] Ephraim was a watchman with my God, a prophet; yet the snare of a bird catcher is in all his ways, and there is only hostility in the house of his God. [9] They have gone deep in depravity as in the days of Gibeah; He will remember their iniquity, He will punish their sins. [10] I found Israel like grapes in the wilderness; I saw your forefathers as the earliest fruit on the fig tree in its first season. But they came to Baal-peor and devoted themselves to shame, and they became as detestable as that which they loved.”

2 Timothy 4:3-4; Genesis 3:15; Isaiah 62:6; 30:10; Jeremiah 23:16; Judges 19:29-30; 20:5-7, 47-48; Numbers 25:1-3, 8; Deuteronomy 4:3


V.  Loss of Spiritual Reproduction  vs. 11-16
     “[11] As for Ephraim, their glory will fly away like a bird— No birth, no pregnancy and no conception! [12] Though they bring up their children, yet I will bereave them until not a man is left. Yes, woe to them indeed when I depart from them! [13] Ephraim, as I have seen, is planted in a pleasant meadow like Tyre; but Ephraim will bring out his children for slaughter. [14] Give them, O LORD —what will You give? Give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts. [15] All their evil is at Gilgal; Indeed, I came to hate them there! Because of the wickedness of their deeds I will drive them out of My house! I will love them no more; all their princes are rebels. [16] Ephraim is stricken, their root is dried up, they will bear no fruit. Even though they bear children, I will slay the precious ones of their womb.”

Genesis 41:52; 48:16; ; Joshua 5:7-9; John 5:10; Joshua 4:20; 5:10-15; 2 Kings 2:1; 1 Samuel 15:21-33; Hosea 4:15; 9:15; 12:10; Amos 4:4; 5:5; 1 Samuel 11:14-15; Leviticus 26:30; Ezekiel 23:18; Zechariah 11:8; Psalm 106:40; 74:1; Amos 8:11-12


VI. Loss of Spiritual Reward  v. 17
     “[17] My God will cast them away because they have not listened to Him; and they will be wanderers among the nations.”

Galatians 6:7; Matthew 3:10; 23:38; 2 Thessalonians 2:11; 1 Peter 4:17-18; Hebrews 10:28-30, 35-38


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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Sunday Sermon Outline: Hosea 8

“Replacement Religion”
Hosea 8

Introduction: 2 Corinthians 13:5; John 8:31-32; Matthew 15:8-9
     Hosea 8:1-3, “Put the trumpet to your lips! Like an eagle the enemy comes against the house of the LORD, because they have transgressed My covenant and rebelled against My law. [2] They cry out to Me, “My God, we of Israel know You!” [3] Israel has rejected the good; the enemy will pursue him.”
   

I.  They replaced Divine leadership with human leadership.  vs. 4-7
     “[4] They have set up kings, but not by Me; they have appointed princes, but I did not know it. With their silver and gold they have made idols for themselves, that they might be cut off. [5] He has rejected your calf, O Samaria, saying, “My anger burns against them!” How long will they be incapable of innocence? [6] For from Israel is even this! A craftsman made it, so it is not God; surely the calf of Samaria will be broken to pieces. [7] For they sow the wind and they reap the whirlwind. The standing grain has no heads; it yields no grain. Should it yield, strangers would swallow it up.”

2 Timothy 4:3; Ephesians 1:4; 5:27; Colossians 1:21-22; Galatians 6:7; Ephesians 1:22


II. They replaced a Divine relationship with human relationships.  vs. 8-10
     “[8] Israel is swallowed up; they are now among the nations like a vessel in which no one delights. [9] For they have gone up to Assyria, like a wild donkey all alone; Ephraim has hired lovers. [10] Even though they hire allies among the nations, now I will gather them up; and they will begin to diminish because of the burden of the king of princes.”

Deuteronomy 28:1, 9; 1 Peter 2:9


III. They replaced Divine worship with human worship.  vs. 11-14
     “[11] Since Ephraim has multiplied altars for sin, they have become altars of sinning for him. [12] Though I wrote for him ten thousand precepts of My law, they are regarded as a strange thing. [13] As for My sacrificial gifts, they sacrifice the flesh and eat it, but the LORD has taken no delight in them. Now He will remember their iniquity, and punish them for their sins; they will return to Egypt. [14] For Israel has forgotten his Maker and built palaces; and Judah has multiplied fortified cities, but I will send a fire on its cities that it may consume its palatial dwellings.”

Romans 1:25; Mark 7:8-9; Acts 2:42; 2 Corinthians 6:14; 1 John 1:7; 1 Corinthians 11:29


Conclusion: Luke 10:27; James 1:27


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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Sunday Sermon Outline: Hosea 7

“Wrong Choices”
Hosea 7

I.  Living a Lie  vs. 1-7
     “When I would heal Israel, the iniquity of Ephraim is uncovered, and the evil deeds of Samaria, for they deal falsely; The thief enters in, bandits raid outside, [2] and they do not consider in their hearts that I remember all their wickedness. Now their deeds are all around them; they are before My face. [3] With their wickedness they make the king glad, and the princes with their l ies. [4] They are all adulterers, like an oven heated by the baker who ceases to stir up the fire from the kneading of the dough until it is leavened. [5] On the day of our king, the princes became sick with the heat of wine; He stretched out his hand with scoffers, [6] For their hearts are like an oven as they approach their plotting; their anger smolders all night, in the morning it burns like a flaming fire. [7] All of them are hot like an oven, and they consume their rulers; all their kings have fallen. None of them calls on Me.”

Matthew 15:14; Acts 5:29; Exodus 1:15-17; 1 Samuel 14:29; Daniel 3:18; 6:10; Acts 4:19-20; Matthew 23:37


II. Religious Tolerance  vs. 8-10
     “[8] Ephraim mixes himself with the nations; Ephraim has become a cake not turned. [9] Strangers devour his strength, yet he does not know it; Gray hairs also are sprinkled on him, yet he does not know it. [10] Though the pride of Israel testifies against him, yet they have not returned to the LORD their God, nor have they sought Him, for all this.”

Exodus 33:16; Malachi 2:11; 2 Corinthians 6:17-18; Psalm 106:35-36; John 15:19; Hebrews 11:13; 1 John 2:15; 1 Corinthians 15:33; 1 John 4:17; Hebrews 11:16; Matthew 13:20-21


III. Chasing Contemporary Trends  vs. 11-13
     “[11] So Ephraim has become like a silly dove, without sense; they call to Egypt, they go to Assyria. [12] When they go, I will spread My net over them; I will bring them down like the birds of the sky. I will chastise them in accordance with the proclamation to their assembly. [13] Woe to them, for they have strayed from Me! Destruction is theirs, for they have rebelled against Me! I would redeem them, but they speak lies against Me.”

Hosea 2:12; Matthew 23:10


IV. Incomplete Worship  vs. 14-16
     “[14] And they do not cry to Me from their heart when they wail on their beds; for the sake of grain and new wine they assemble themselves, they turn away from Me. [15] Although I trained and strengthened their arms, yet they devise evil against Me. [16] They turn, but not upward, they are like a deceitful bow; their princes will fall by the sword because of the insolence of their tongue. This will be their derision in the land of Egypt.”

John 4:23-24; Matthew 23:27-28


Conclusion: Joshua 24:15


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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sunday Sermon Outline: Hosea 6

“Divine Reasoning”
Hosea 6

Introduction: Hosea 5:12, 14; 2 Peter 3:9; Hosea 5:15

I.  The Divine Objective  vs. 1-3
     “[6:1]  Come, let us return to the LORD. For He has torn us, but He will heal us; He has wounded us, but He will bandage us. [2] He will revive us after two days; He will raise us up on the third day, that we may live before Him. [3] So let us know, let us press on to know the LORD. His going forth is as certain as the dawn; and He will come to us like the rain, like the spring rain watering the earth.”

Philippians 3:8


II. Divine Judgments  vs. 4-5
     “[4] What shall I do with you, O Ephraim? What shall I do with you, O Judah? For your loyalty is like a morning cloud and like the dew which goes away early. [5] Therefore I have hewn them in pieces by the prophets; I have slain them by the words of My mouth; and the judgments on you are like the light that goes forth.”

2 Chronicles 16:9; Psalm 135:14; 1 Samuel 2:9; Matthew 4:4; John 12:48; Revelation 2:16; Hebrews 4:12; Ephesians 4:11; 2 Corinthians 2:15-16


III.  Divine Delight  vs. 6-7
     “[6] For I delight in loyalty rather than sacrifice, and in the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings. [7] But like Adam they have transgressed the covenant; there they have dealt treacherously against Me.”

1 Samuel 15:22; Proverbs 21:3; Matthew 9:12-13; Amos 5:21-24; Psalm 51:16-17; Mark 12:33; 1 John 5:20; Jeremiah 9:23-24; Genesis 2:16-17; 2 Peter 1:3; Jeremiah 23:14


IV. Divine Assessment  vs. 8-11
     “[8] Gilead is a city of wrongdoers, tracked with bloody footprints. [9] And as raiders wait for a man, so a band of priests murder on the way to Shechem; surely they have committed crime. [10] In the house of Israel I have seen a horrible thing; Ephraim's harlotry is there, Israel has defiled itself. [11] Also, O Judah, there is a harvest appointed for you, when I restore the fortunes of My people.”

Malachi 1:6-7; Colossians 2:8; Leviticus 5:3; 2 Corinthians 6:17-18; Hebrews 12:15; Titus 1:15; Hosea 8:7


Conclusion: Psalm 74:22-23


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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sunday Sermon Outline: Hosea 5

“Pronouncing Judgment”
Hosea 5

Introduction: Romans 15:4


I.   The Recipients of Judgment  v. 1
      “Hear this, O priests! Give heed, O house of Israel! Listen, O house of the king! For the judgment applies to you, for you have been a snare at Mizpah and a net spread out on Tabor.”

Genesis 31:43-53; Judges 4:12-16


II. The Grounds for Judgment  vs. 2-3
      “[2] The revolters have gone deep in depravity, but I will chastise all of them. [3] I know Ephraim, and Israel is not hidden from Me; for now, O Ephraim, you have played the harlot, Israel has defiled itself.”

Hebrews 4:13


III. The Necessity for Judgment  vs. 4-5
     “[4] Their deeds will not allow them to return to their God. For a spirit of harlotry is within them, and they do not know the LORD. [5] Moreover, the pride of Israel testifies against him, and Israel and Ephraim stumble in their iniquity; Judah also has stumbled with them.”

James 1:22; Hosea 4:12; 1 Timothy 4:1; 2 Corinthians 11:3


IV. The Surety of Judgment  vs. 6-10
     “[6] They will go with their flocks and herds to seek the LORD, but they will not find Him; He has withdrawn from them. [7] They have dealt treacherously against the LORD, for they have borne illegitimate children. Now the new moon will devour them with their land. [8] Blow the horn in Gibeah, The trumpet in Ramah. Sound an alarm at Beth-aven: “Behind you, Benjamin!” [9] Ephraim will become a desolation in the day of rebuke; among the tribes of Israel I declare what is sure. [10] The princes of Judah have become like those who move a boundary; on them I will pour out My wrath like water.”

2 Corinthians 5:10; 2 Peter 3:10; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-8; Acts 17:30-31; Hebrews 12:8


V.  The Illustrations of Judgment  vs. 11-15

     A. A Slow Judgment  vs. 11-12
     “[11] Ephraim is oppressed, crushed in judgment, because he was determined to follow man's command. [12] Therefore I am like a moth to Ephraim and like rottenness to the house of Judah.”

     B. An Incurable Judgment  v. 13
     “[13] When Ephraim saw his sickness, and Judah his wound, then Ephraim went to Assyria and sent to King Jareb. But he is unable to heal you, or to cure you of your wound.”

     C. A Savage Judgment  vs. 14-15
     “[14] For I will be like a lion to Ephraim and like a young lion to the house of Judah. I, even I, will tear to pieces and go away, I will carry away, and there will be none to deliver. [15] I will go away and return to My place until they acknowledge their guilt and seek My face; in their affliction they will earnestly seek Me.”

Mark 7:6-8; John 17:17; Romans 12:19; Hebrews 10:30; Galatians 6:7; Hebrews 10:26-27


Conclusion: Ezekiel 18:4; Romans 6:23; Galatians 6:7-8


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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Sunday Sermon Outline: Hosea 4

“Sin in the Land”
Hosea 4

Introduction: Hosea 3:5; 1:2, 11; Ephesians 1:5


I.   The Iniquity of the People  vs. 1-5
      “Listen to the word of the LORD, O sons of Israel, For the LORD has a case against the inhabitants of the land, Because there is no faithfulness or kindness Or knowledge of God in the land. [2] There is swearing, deception, murder, stealing and adultery. They employ violence, so that bloodshed follows bloodshed. [3] Therefore the land mourns, And everyone who lives in it languishes Along with the beasts of the field and the birds of the sky, And also the fish of the sea disappear. [4] Yet let no one find fault, and let none offer reproof; For your people are like those who contend with the priest. [5] So you will stumble by day, And the prophet also will stumble with you by night; And I will destroy your mother.”

Hosea 9:3; Colossians 1:13; Titus 2:12; 2 Peter 2:13-15; Galatians 5:19-21; 6:7


II.  The Iniquity of the Priesthood  vs. 6-11
      “[6] My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being My priest. Since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children. [7] The more they multiplied, the more they sinned against Me; I will change their glory into shame. [8] They feed on the sin of My people And direct their desire toward their iniquity. [9] And it will be, like people, like priest; So I will punish them for their ways And repay them for their deeds. [10] They will eat, but not have enough; They will play the harlot, but not increase, Because they have stopped giving heed to the LORD. [11] Harlotry, wine and new wine take away the understanding. ”

Jeremiah 5:30-31; 2 Timothy 4:3; Luke 16:14-15


III. The Idolatry of the Nation  vs. 12-14
      “[12] My people consult their wooden idol, and their diviner's wand informs them; For a spirit of harlotry has led them astray, and they have played the harlot, departing from their God. [13] They offer sacrifices on the tops of the mountains and burn incense on the hills, under oak, poplar and terebinth, because their shade is pleasant. Therefore your daughters play the harlot and your brides commit adultery. [14] I will not punish your daughters when they play the harlot or your brides when they commit adultery, for the men themselves go apart with harlots and offer sacrifices with temple prostitutes; so the people without understanding are ruined.”

1 Timothy 6:3-4; 1:7; 2 Timothy 3:13


IV. The Isolation of the Nation  vs. 15-19
      “[15] Though you, Israel, play the harlot, Do not let Judah become guilty; Also do not go to Gilgal, Or go up to Beth-aven And take the oath: “As the LORD lives!” [16] Since Israel is stubborn like a stubborn heifer, Can the LORD now pasture them like a lamb in a large field? [17] Ephraim is joined to idols; let him alone. [18] Their liquor gone, they play the harlot continually; their rulers dearly love shame. [19] The wind wraps them in its wings, and they will be ashamed because of their sacrifices.”

Matthew 15:14; Romans 16:17; 2 Timothy 3:5; Matthew 22:2-3; 1 Timothy 5:22; Philippians 3:18-19; Ephesians 5:7-8


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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Sunday Sermon Outline: Hosea 3

The Adulterous Wife
Hosea 3

I.    The Purchase is Made  vs. 1-2
     “Then the LORD said to me, “Go again, love a woman who is loved by her husband, yet an adulteress, even as the LORD loves the sons of Israel, though they turn to other gods and love raisin cakes.” [2] So I bought her for myself for fifteen shekels of silver and a homer and a half of barley.”

Jeremiah 3:20; James 4:4; 2 Timothy 2:12-13


II. The Condition is Declared  v. 3
     “[3] Then I said to her, “You shall stay with me for many days. You shall not play the harlot, nor shall you have a man; so I will also be toward you.””

2 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 4:22; 1 Peter 1:7; Hebrews 10:26; Hosea 2:16; Revelation 19:7-8


III. The Waiting Begins  vs. 4-5
     “[4] For the sons of Israel will remain for many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or sacred pillar and without ephod or household idols. [5] Afterward the sons of Israel will return and seek the LORD their God and David their king; and they will come trembling to the LORD and to His goodness in the last days.”

Acts 2:17; 1 Samuel 8; Jeremiah 2:13; Acts 17:21; Revelation 3:17-19


Conclusion: Hosea 1:2; 3:1; 2:5, 10; Hosea 1:4-6, 9; 2:3, 6, 9-13; Hosea 2:14; 3:2
1 Corinthians 6:20; 1 Peter 1:18-19; Ephesians 5:27; Ephesians 2:12-13; Revelation 2:10; 14:4; 19:7


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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Sunday Sermon Outline: Hosea 2

“The Price of Harlotry”
Hosea 2

Introduction: Hosea 1:2; John 5:44


I.  Divine Divorce 2:1-7
     “Say to your brothers, “Ammi,” and to your sisters, “Ruhamah.” [2] “Contend with your mother, contend, for she is not my wife, and I am not her husband; and let her put away her harlotry from her face and her adultery from between her breasts, [3] Or I will strip her naked and expose her as on the day when she was born. I will also make her like a wilderness, make her like desert land and slay her with thirst. [4] “Also, I will have no compassion on her children, because they are children of harlotry. [5] “For their mother has played the harlot; she who conceived them has acted shamefully. For she said, ‘I will go after my lovers, who give me my bread and my water, my wool and my flax, my oil and my drink.’ [6] “Therefore, behold, I will hedge up her way with thorns, and I will build a wall against her so that she cannot find her paths. [7] “She will pursue her lovers, but she will not overtake them; and she will seek them, but will not find them. Then she will say, ‘I will go back to my first husband, for it was better for me then than now!’”

Hosea 1:11; 2 Peter 3:9

A. Her Shameless Prostitution 2:2

Matthew 10:35-36; Joshua 24:15

B. Her Certain Punishment 2:3-4

C. Her Disgusting Behavior 2:5

Luke 13:3,5

D. Her Future Repentance 2:6-7

Matthew 12:30


II. Proper Punishment 2:8-13
     “[8] “For she does not know that it was I who gave her the grain, the new wine and the oil, and lavished on her silver and gold, which they used for Baal. [9] “Therefore, I will take back My grain at harvest time and My new wine in its season. I will also take away My wool and My flax given to cover her nakedness. [10] “And then I will uncover her lewdness in the sight of her lovers, and no one will rescue her out of My hand. [11] “I will also put an end to all her gaiety, her feasts, her new moons, her sabbaths and all her festal assemblies. [12] “I will destroy her vines and fig trees, of which she said, ‘These are my wages which my lovers have given me.’ And I will make them a forest, and the beasts of the field will devour them. [13] “I will punish her for the days of the Baals when she used to offer sacrifices to them and adorn herself with her earrings and jewelry, and follow her lovers, so that she forgot Me,” declares the LORD.”

A. The Source of Prosperity Ignored 2:8

B. The Removal of Prosperity Threatened 2:9-11

James 4:4

C. The Abuse of Prosperity Reiterated 2:12-13

2 Peter 2:13-15


III. God's Grace 2:14-23
     “[14] “Therefore, behold, I will allure her, bring her into the wilderness and speak kindly to her. [15] “Then I will give her her vineyards from there, and the valley of Achor as a door of hope. And she will sing there as in the days of her youth, as in the day when she came up from the land of Egypt. [16] “It will come about in that day,” declares the LORD, “That you will call Me Ishi And will no longer call Me Baali. [17] “For I will remove the names of the Baals from her mouth, so that they will be mentioned by their names no more. [18] “In that day I will also make a covenant for them with the beasts of the field, the birds of the sky and the creeping things of the ground. And I will abolish the bow, the sword and war from the land, and will make them lie down in safety. [19] “I will betroth you to Me forever; Yes, I will betroth you to Me in righteousness and in justice, in lovingkindness and in compassion, [20] And I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness. Then you will know the LORD. [21] “It will come about in that day that I will respond,” declares the LORD. “I will respond to the heavens, and they will respond to the earth, [22] And the earth will respond to the grain, to the new wine and to the oil, And they will respond to Jezreel. [23] “I will sow her for Myself in the land. I will also have compassion on her who had not obtained compassion, and I will say to those who were not My people, ‘You are My people!’ And they will say, ‘You are my God!’”

A. A New Courtship 2:14-15a

Joshua 7:16-26

B. A New Response 2:15b-17

Luke 15:10; Romans 6:13-14, 16; 1 Peter 4:16; Acts 4:12

C. A New Marriage 2:18-20

D. A New Prosperity 2:21-23a

2 Corinthians 9:10-11

E. A New Privilege 2:23b

Romans 3:28-30


Conclusion: Malachi 2:10; Hebrews 4:13; 1 Timothy 2:4-5; Romans 6:23; Colossians 2:13-14


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Saturday, June 28, 2014

The Words of God

Consider mankind. People are often careful in what they say for various reasons – political or business advantage, social position, politeness, fear, embarrassment, insecurity. But the Lord suffers from none of those things. He is God. He is Creator.

How many times have we read, “All Scripture is inspired by God” (2 Timothy 3:16), yet we live and act as if were the work of “mere men” (1 Corinthians 3:4)? We project our thoughts and ways upon the word of God, forgetting His declaration, “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:9).

God doesn't have to watch what He says. He has no superior to fear. He has no higher position to seek. The social conventions of men are beneath Him, and their scheming is not the product of His mind but of Satan's (Ephesians 6:11). In fact, God has taught us in His Son, “Let your statement be, ‘Yes, yes’ or ‘No, no’; anything beyond these is of evil” (Matthew 5:37).

So why do men so often approach the Scriptures looking for hidden meanings? I believe that in order to properly understand the Bible, we have to start by assuming a literal meaning. Absolutely, there are figurative statements within God's word, but don't start your journey to understanding assuming that God is trying to hide something from you. As Moses learned so long ago, “The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our sons forever, that we may observe all the words of this law” (Deuteronomy 29:29).

The word of God is what He wants us to know, otherwise He would not have revealed them in the first place. He has spoken not for His own advantage, but for ours (Romans 1:17). So as you read the Bible, know that God speaks plainly.

Perhaps we would never have the boldness to say to someone, “You serpents, you brood of vipers, how will you escape the sentence of hell?” (Matthew 23:33). But Jesus did, because “He is Lord of lords and King of kings” (Revelation 17:14).

“Oh, but He's God, and I'm just a man. I could never say something like that.”

Really? Not even if the Spirit of God were within you? Acts 13:8-10 says that “Elymas the magician ... was opposing them, seeking to turn the proconsul away from the faith. [9] But Saul, who was also known as Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, fixed his gaze on him, [10] and said, “You who are full of all deceit and fraud, you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease to make crooked the straight ways of the Lord?”” See? In the Spirit of God, Paul spoke plainly.

Haven't you ever once wondered why the modern church doesn't see the same spiritual success as the first century church? I believe it is because today's church leaders are preaching acceptance, tolerance and a non-judgmental spirit, while the church that Jesus established and the leaders He chose were more concerned with accurately relaying the words of the Lord. As Paul said, “I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. [3] I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling, [4] and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, [5] so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God” (1 Corinthians 2:2-5).

But the faith of the modern church is no longer resting on “the power of God.” As the apostle forewarned, we have around us men who are “holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power.” The word of God is plain and direct, “Avoid such men as these” (2 Timothy 3:5).

“Then who should I listen to?”

God.

“But my preacher said ...”

If he hasn't set aside his opinions and pointed you directly to the word of God, he is no real servant of God.

We read of the birth of the church in the beginning of the book of Acts. It is said that “the congregation of those who believed were of one heart and soul” (Acts 4:32). Why? Because “they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness” (Acts 4:31).

“But our church doesn't believe ...”

But Christ's church does. Those who truly belong to the Lord believe in the word of God. “The mind of man plans his way, but the LORD directs his steps” (Proverbs 16:9).

Thus David said, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105).

Thus Jesus said, “Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth” (John 17:17).

The question is, what do you say? I would only point you to the Scriptures, “in humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls. [22] Prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves” (James 1:21-22).

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Sunday Sermon Outline: Hosea 1

“The Children of Harlotry”
Hosea 1  

Introduction: 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 1 Samuel 15:29; Romans 16:26


I.  The Command to Marry 1:1-2
     “The word of the LORD which came to Hosea the son of Beeri, during the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and during the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash, king of Israel. [2] When the LORD first spoke through Hosea, the LORD said to Hosea, “Go, take to yourself a wife of harlotry and have children of harlotry; for the land commits flagrant harlotry, forsaking the LORD.””

Titus 1:11


II. The Command to Name His Children 1:3-9
      “[3] So he went and took Gomer the daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son. [4] And the LORD said to him, “Name him Jezreel; for yet a little while, and I will punish the house of Jehu for the bloodshed of Jezreel, and I will put an end to the kingdom of the house of Israel. [5] On that day I will break the bow of Israel in the valley of Jezreel.”

Joshua 1:27-28

     “[6] Then she conceived again and gave birth to a daughter. And the LORD said to him, “Name her Lo-ruhamah, for I will no longer have compassion on the house of Israel, that I would ever forgive them. [7] “But I will have compassion on the house of Judah and deliver them by the LORD their God, and will not deliver them by bow, sword, battle, horses or horsemen.””

Revelation 5:5;  1 John 5:4

     “[8] When she had weaned Lo-ruhamah, she conceived and gave birth to a son. [9] And the LORD said, “Name him Lo-ammi, for you are not My people and I am not your God.”


 III. The Coming Messiah vs. 10-11
     “[10] Yet the number of the sons of Israel will be like the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured or numbered; and in the place where it is said to them, “You are not My people,” it will be said to them, “You are the sons of the living God.” [11] And the sons of Judah and the sons of Israel will be gathered together, and they will appoint for themselves one leader, and they will go up from the land, for great will be the day of Jezreel.”


Conclusion: Romans 9:22-26; 2:6-11; Ephesians 5:7-8


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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Sunday Sermon Outline: James 5

“Patience in Suffering”
James 5

Introduction: 2 Timothy 3:12; 2 Thessalonians 1:4-5


I.  Warning to oppressors vs. 1-6
     “Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries which are coming upon you. [2] Your riches have rotted and your garments have become moth-eaten. [3] Your gold and your silver have rusted; and their rust will be a witness against you and will consume your flesh like fire. It is in the last days that you have stored up your treasure! [4] Behold, the pay of the laborers who mowed your fields, and which has been withheld by you, cries out against you; and the outcry of those who did the harvesting has reached the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth. [5] You have lived luxuriously on the earth and led a life of wanton pleasure; you have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter. [6] You have condemned and put to death the righteous man; he does not resist you.”

Matthew 19:24; 1 Timothy 6:9-10; 2 Peter 3:10


II. Encouragement to the oppressed vs. 7-12
     “Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious produce of the soil, being patient about it, until it gets the early and late rains. [8] You too be patient; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near. [9] Do not complain, brethren, against one another, so that you yourselves may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing right at the door. [10] As an example, brethren, of suffering and patience, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. [11] We count those blessed who endured. You have heard of the endurance of Job and have seen the outcome of the Lord's dealings, that the Lord is full of compassion and is merciful. [12] But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath; but your yes is to be yes, and your no, no, so that you may not fall under judgment.”

Revelation 6:10; 1 Corinthians 15:36; Isaiah 45:9-10; Jeremiah 4:3; Hosea 10:12


III. Wisdom to overcome oppression vs. 13-20
     “[13] Is anyone among you suffering? Then he must pray. Is anyone cheerful? He is to sing praises. [14] Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; [15] and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him. [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. [17] Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the earth for three years and six months. [18] Then he prayed again, and the sky poured rain and the earth produced its fruit. [19] My brethren, if any among you strays from the truth and one turns him back, [20] let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.”

Ephesians 6:11; 2 Corinthians 12:7, 10; Acts 20:28; Hebrews 13:7; Matthew 10:28; 1 Kings 17:3-6, 8-16; 18:17


Conclusion: James 5:19-20, “My brethren, if any among you strays from the truth and one turns him back, [20] let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.”

Romans 6:6; Ephesians 5:9-11; Genesis 4:9; John 8:31-32; 2 Timothy 1:10; John 16:3


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