Sunday, January 30, 2022

Sunday Sermon Outlines: Five Things We Cannot Escape

“Five Things We Cannot Escape”

1. We cannot escape personal responsibility.

Matthew 27:22-24,  “"What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called Christ?" Pilate asked. They all answered, "Crucify him!" 23 "Why? What crime has he committed?" asked Pilate. But they shouted all the louder, "Crucify him!" 24 When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. "I am innocent of this man's blood," he said. "It is your responsibility!"”
“In the past God overlooked … ignorance, but now He commands all people everywhere to repent” (Acts 17:30). 
“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6).
2. We cannot escape our influence on those around us.

“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:14-16).

John 3:20-21, “Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.”

3. We cannot escape the consequences of sin.

Galatians 6:7-8, “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8 The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.”

Romans 2:6-11, “God "will give to each person according to what he has done." 7 To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. 8 But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger. 9 There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil … 10 but glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good … 11 For God does not show favoritism.”

Numbers 32:23, “If you fail to do this, you will be sinning against the LORD; and you may be sure that your sin will find you out.” 
4. We cannot escape death.

Psalm 89:48, “What man can live and not see death, or save himself from the power of the grave?”

“all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). “The soul who sins is the one who will die. The son will not share the guilt of the father, nor will the father share the guilt of the son. The righteousness of the righteous man will be credited to him, and the wickedness of the wicked will be charged against him” (Ezekiel 18:20).

“To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God” (Revelation 2:7). “Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city” (Revelation 22:14).

“man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). 
5. We cannot escape the Judgment.
“Here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. 14 For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil” (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14).

“We know that we live in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent His Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God. 16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. 17 In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like Him” (1 John 4:13-17).

“We will all stand before God's judgment seat. 11 It is written: "'As surely as I live,' says the Lord, 'every knee will bow before Me; every tongue will confess to God.'" 12 So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God” (Romans 14:10-12).

Sunday, January 23, 2022

Sunday Sermon Outline: Reaching our Spiritual Potential

"Reaching Our Spiritual Potential"
2 Kings 4:1‑7

I. Manifesting a Spiritual Manner

II. Missing the Spiritual Mark

Galatians 5:22‑23, “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control.”

Galatians 5:24, “Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires.”

Romans 14:17, “The kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.”

III. Meeting the Spiritual Measure of Christ

2 Kings 4:1-7, “The wife of a man from the company of the prophets cried out to Elisha, "Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that he revered the LORD. But now his creditor is coming to take my two boys as his slaves." 2 Elisha replied to her, "How can I help you? Tell me, what do you have in your house?" "Your servant has nothing there at all," she said, "except a little oil." 3 Elisha said, "Go around and ask all your neighbors for empty jars. Don't ask for just a few. 4 Then go inside and shut the door behind you and your sons. Pour oil into all the jars, and as each is filled, put it to one side." 5 She left him and afterward shut the door behind her and her sons. They brought the jars to her and she kept pouring. 6 When all the jars were full, she said to her son, "Bring me another one." But he replied, "There is not a jar left." Then the oil stopped flowing. 7 She went and told the man of God, and he said, "Go, sell the oil and pay your debts. You and your sons can live on what is left."”


    1. To reach our spiritual potential, there must be a desire.

Hebrews 11:6; 1 John 4:10
    2. To reach our spiritual potential, we must begin with what we have.

Exodus 4:2; Matthew 14:17-18

    3. To reach our spiritual potential, we must live expectant lives.

Ephesians 3:20; Matthew 9:29
    4. To reach our spiritual potential, we must increase our faith.

James 4:2; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Matthew 13:31-32

Sunday, January 16, 2022

Sunday Sermon Outline: Hebrews 2:5-18

“Marvelous Man, Made by the Master”
Hebrews 2:5-18

Introduction: Hebrews 1:1-2; Luke 9:35

I.   Man, as God made him  Hebrews 2:5-8

     “For He did not subject to angels the world to come, concerning which we are speaking. [6] But one has testified somewhere, saying, “WHAT IS MAN, THAT YOU REMEMBER HIM? OR THE SON OF MAN, THAT YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT HIM? [7] YOU HAVE MADE HIM FOR A LITTLE WHILE LOWER THAN THE ANGELS; YOU HAVE CROWNED HIM WITH GLORY AND HONOR, AND HAVE APPOINTED HIM OVER THE WORKS OF YOUR HANDS; [8] YOU HAVE PUT ALL THINGS IN SUBJECTION UNDER HIS FEET.” For in subjecting all things to him, He left nothing that is not subject to him. But now we do not yet see all things subjected to him.”

Psalm 8:4-6; Job 7:17-18; Genesis 1:26; 1 Corinthians 1:9; 1 John 1:3; Philippians 2:7-8

II.  Man, as sin makes him  Hebrews 2:8
     “For in subjecting all things to him, He left nothing that is not subject to him. But now we do not yet see all things subjected to him.”

Matthew 28:18; Romans 5:12; Ezekiel 18:4; Romans 3:23; 6:23; Galatians 4:4-5

III. Jesus, as God intended man to be  Hebrews 2:9-18
     “But we do see Him who was made for a little while lower than the angels, namely, Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone. [10] For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to perfect the author of their salvation through sufferings. [11] For both He who sanctifies and those who are sanctified are all from one Father; for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren, [12] saying, “I WILL PROCLAIM YOUR NAME TO MY BRETHREN, IN THE MIDST OF THE CONGREGATION I WILL SING YOUR PRAISE.” [13] And again, “I WILL PUT MY TRUST IN HIM.” And again, “BEHOLD, I AND THE CHILDREN WHOM GOD HAS GIVEN ME.”
     [14] Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, [15] and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives. [16] For assuredly He does not give help to angels, but He gives help to the descendant of Abraham. [17] Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. [18] For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted.”

Hebrews 4:15; Matthew 4:1-10; 1 Peter 2:21-24

IV.  Man, as he can be in Christ
      Romans 8:1-3, “Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. [2] For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. [3] For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh.”

Psalm 119:105; Romans 8:28-30

Conclusion: Ephesians 4:22-24; Romans 5:12; Hebrews 5:8-9; Romans 8:29; Hebrews 12:1-2


Sunday, January 9, 2022

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