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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