Sunday, February 28, 2021

Sunday Sermon Outline: Happiness Is

“Happiness Is …” 
“Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:20).
Hebrews 13:5, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” 
“In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us” (Romans 8:37).

I. Happiness is not found in material riches.

Ecclesiastes 2:11, “When I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun.” 
“godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8 But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 9 People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs” (1 Timothy 6:6-10).

Joshua 7:1,18-26; Matthew 19:22; 27:3-5; Acts 5:1-11
“Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions” (Luke 12:15).

II. Happiness is not found in worldly power.

“Should you then seek great things for yourself?” “Seek them not” (Jeremiah 45:5).
“The power of the wicked will be broken, but the LORD upholds the righteous” (Psalm 37:17). 

III. Happiness is not found in fame and glory.
“All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, 25 but the word of the Lord stands forever” (1 Peter 1:24-25).

IV. Happiness is not found in worldly pleasure.
“I thought in my heart, "Come now, I will test you with pleasure to find out what is good." But that also proved to be meaningless. 2 "Laughter," I said, "is foolish. And what does pleasure accomplish?" 3 I tried cheering myself with wine, and embracing folly … 8 I amassed silver and gold for myself, and the treasure of kings and provinces. I acquired men and women singers, and a harem as well – the delights of the heart of man. … 10 I denied myself nothing my eyes desired; I refused my heart no pleasure. My heart took delight in all my work, and this was the reward for all my labor. 11 Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 2:2-3, 8, 10-11).

“Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For everything in the world – the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does – comes not from the Father but from the world. 17 The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever” (1 John 2:15-17).

V. Happiness is found in submission to God.

“To the man who pleases Him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner He gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God” (Ecclesiastes 2:26).

Ecclesiastes 12:13, “Here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.”

John 13:17, “Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.” 
Acts 8:39; 16:34
“I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:10-11).

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