Sunday, December 29, 2019

Sunday Sermon Outline: The Best Advice for a Great New Year


“The Best Advice for a Great New Year”
Philippians 3:12-16


Introduction:
     Philippians 3:12-16, “Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. 13 Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Let us therefore, as many as are perfect, have this attitude; and if in anything you have a different attitude, God will reveal that also to you; 16 however, let us keep living by that same standard to which we have attained.”


I. Forget the Past v. 13a
     “Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind …”


     James 4:8, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”


II. Face The Future v. 13b
     “Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead;”


     Matthew 6:34, “Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
     Jeremiah 29:11, “I know the plans I have for you, … plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”


III. Keep Your Eye on the Goal v. 14
     “Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”


     Matthew 10:37-38, “Anyone who loves his father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me; 38 and anyone who does not take his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me.”


Conclusion:
     Acts 17:30-31, “In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now He commands all people everywhere to repent. 31 For He has set a day when He will judge the world with justice by the Man He has appointed.”




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Sunday, December 22, 2019

Sunday Sermon Outline: Simeon's Song

Simeon's Song
Luke 2:21-35


Introduction:
     “He was in the world, and although the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize Him. 11 He came to that which was His own, but His own did not receive Him” (John 1:10-11).


I. The Stage is Set vs. 21-24
     Luke 2:21-24, “And when eight days had passed, before His circumcision, His name was then called Jesus, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb. 22 And when the days for their purification according to the law of Moses were completed, they brought Him up to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male that opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”), 24 and to offer a sacrifice according to what was said in the Law of the Lord, “A pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.””


     Galatians 4:4, “When the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law.”


II. The Spirit is Sent vs. 25-27
     Luke 2:25-27, “And there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; and this man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel; and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 27 And he came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to carry out for Him the custom of the Law, …”


III. The Song is Sung vs. 28-32
     Luke 2:28-32, “Then he took Him into his arms, and blessed God, and said, 29 “Now Lord, You are releasing Your bond-servant to depart in peace, According to Your word; 30 For my eyes have seen Your salvation, 31 Which You have prepared in the presence of all peoples, 32 A Light of revelation to the Gentiles, And the glory of Your people Israel.”


     “I will make you a great nation, And I will bless you, And make your name great; And so you shall be a blessing” (Genesis 12:2).


IV. The Sword is Swung vs. 33-35
     Luke 2:33-35, “And His father and mother were amazed at the things which were being said about Him. 34 And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary His mother, “Behold, this Child is appointed for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and for a sign to be opposed— 35 and a sword will pierce even your own soul—to the end that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.””


Conclusion:
     “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me” (John 14:6).




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Sunday, December 15, 2019

Sunday Sermon Outline: Mary's Song

Mary's Song
Luke 1:46-55

Introduction: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear!” (Luke 1:42)

Luke 1:46-55, “And Mary said: “My soul exalts the Lord, 47 And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. 48 “For He has had regard for the humble state of His bondslave; For behold, from this time on all generations will count me blessed. 49 “For the Mighty One has done great things for me; And holy is His name. 50 “And His mercy is upon generation after generation Toward those who fear Him. 51 “He has done mighty deeds with His arm; He has scattered those who were proud in the thoughts of their heart. 52 “He has brought down rulers from their thrones, And has exalted those who were humble. 53 “He has filled the hungry with good things; And sent away the rich empty-handed. 54 “He has given help to Israel His servant, In remembrance of His mercy, 55 As He spoke to our fathers, To Abraham and his descendants forever.””

I. Exalting God’s Plan vs. 46-49
     “My soul exalts the Lord, 47 and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. 48 For He has had regard for the humble state of His bondslave; for behold, from this time on all generations will count me blessed. 49 For the Mighty One has done great things for me; and holy is His name.”

II. Exalting God’s Principles vs. 50-53
     50 “And His mercy is upon generation after generation toward those who fear Him. 51 “He has done mighty deeds with His arm; He has scattered those who were proud in the thoughts of their heart. 52 “He has brought down rulers from their thrones, and has exalted those who were humble. 53 “He has filled the hungry with good things; And sent away the rich empty-handed.”

III. Exalting God’s Promise vs. 54-55
     54 “He has given help to Israel His servant, In remembrance of His mercy, 55 as He spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and his descendants forever.”

     Isaiah 60:22, “The smallest one will become a clan, and the least one a mighty nation. I, the Lord, will hasten it in its time.”
     Micah 5:2-5, “But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel. His goings forth are from long ago, from the days of eternity.” 3 Therefore He will give them up until the time when she who is in labor has borne a child. Then the remainder of His brethren will return to the sons of Israel. 4 And He will arise and shepherd His flock in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord His God. And they will remain, because at that time He will be great to the ends of the earth. 5 This One will be our peace.”
     Galatians 3:16, “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.”

Conclusion: “We know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).
     “Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,” 6 so that we confidently say, “The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What will man do to me?”” (Hebrews 13:5-6).
     “In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. 3 If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:2-3).


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Sunday, December 8, 2019

Sunday Sermon Outline: The Angels' Song

The Angels’ Song
Luke 2:14

Introduction:
     Luke 2:8-14, “In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; 11 for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.”

     “He came to His own, and His own received Him not” (John 1:11).
     “Lord, they have killed your prophets and torn down your altars; I am the only one left, and they are trying to kill me.”
     “I have reserved for Myself seven thousand who have not bowed the knee to Baal.”  (Romans 11:3-5).

I. Glory to God

     “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23)
     “Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth” (Colossians 3:2).
     “with respect to the promise of God, he did not waver in unbelief but grew strong in faith, giving glory to God” (Romans 4:20).
     “For many walk, of whom I often told you, and now tell you even weeping, that they are enemies of the cross of Christ, 19 whose end is destruction, whose god is their appetite, and whose glory is in their shame, who set their minds on earthly things” (Philippians 3:18-19).
     “our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; 21 who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself” (Philippians 3:20-21).
     “if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God” (Colossians 3:1).
     “The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed, and will bring me safely to His heavenly kingdom; to Him be the glory forever and ever. Amen” (2 Timothy 4:18).

II. Peace among men with whom He is pleased

     “From the least even to the greatest Everyone is greedy for gain; From the prophet even to the priest Everyone practices deceit. 11 “They heal the brokenness of the daughter of My people superficially, Saying, ‘Peace, peace,’ But there is no peace” (Jeremiah 8:10-11).
     “This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased; listen to Him!” (Matthew 17:5).
     “No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier” (2 Timothy 2:4)
     “without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6).
     “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful” (John 14:26-27).
     “With good will render service, as to the Lord, and not to men, 8 knowing that whatever good thing each one does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether slave or free” (Ephesians 6:7-8).
     “walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God” (Colossians 1:10).

Conclusion:
     “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; 11 for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”
     “Do you suppose that I came to grant peace on earth? I tell you, no, but rather division” (Luke 12:51).
     “the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7).


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Sunday, December 1, 2019

Sunday Sermon Outline: Zechariah's Song

“Zechariah’s Song”
Luke 1:67-79


Introduction:
     “Zacharias was filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied, saying: 68 “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, For He has visited us and accomplished redemption for His people, 69 And has raised up a horn of salvation for us In the house of David His servant— 70 As He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from of old— 71 Salvation from our enemies, And from the hand of all who hate us; 72 To show mercy toward our fathers, And to remember His holy covenant, 73 The oath which He swore to Abraham our father, 74 To grant us that we, being rescued from the hand of our enemies, Might serve Him without fear, 75 In holiness and righteousness before Him all our days. 76 “And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; For you will go on before the Lord to prepare His ways; 77 To give to His people the knowledge of salvation By the forgiveness of their sins, 78 Because of the tender mercy of our God, With which the Sunrise from on high will visit us, 79 To shine upon those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, To guide our feet into the way of peace.”” 




I. A Song of Salvation vs. 68-71, 73-74, 77
     68 “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, For He has visited us and accomplished redemption for His people, 69 And has raised up a horn of salvation for us In the house of David His servant.”
     70 “As He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from of old— 71 Salvation from our enemies, And from the hand of all who hate us;”
     73 “The oath which He swore to Abraham our father, 74 To grant us that we, being rescued from the hand of our enemies, Might serve Him without fear.”
     77 “To give to His people the knowledge of salvation By the forgiveness of their sins.”




II. A Song of Obligation vs. 70, 72-73
     70 “As He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from of old”
     72 “To show mercy toward our fathers, And to remember His holy covenant, 73 The oath which He swore to Abraham our father




III. A Song of Transformation vs. 74-75
     74 “To grant us that we, being rescued from the hand of our enemies, Might serve Him without fear, 75 In holiness and righteousness before Him all our days.”




IV. A Song of Preparation vs. 76-77
     76 “And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; For you will go on before the Lord to prepare His ways; 77 To give to His people the knowledge of salvation By the forgiveness of their sins,”




V. A Song of Liberation vs. 78-79
     78 “Because of the tender mercy of our God, With which the Sunrise from on high will visit us, 79 To shine upon those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, To guide our feet into the way of peace.”




Conclusion:
     How silently, how silently, the wondrous gift is given.
     So God imparts to human hearts the blessings of his heaven.
     No ear may hear his coming but in this world of sin,
     Where meek souls will receive him still, the dear Christ enters in.




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